Windows Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008 RTM — Are you ready for them?

It seems like it’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally happened: Windows Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008 have been released to manufacturing.  So are you ready for them?  Let’s talk a little about deploying them, FAQ-style: What new tools will be made available with Windows Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008? A…

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New computers: what should your company be buying?

Processors keep getting faster, hard drives keep getting bigger, memory keeps getting cheaper.  Enterprises want their computers to last longer, too.  So you would think that would mean that they would buy something close to the best in order to extend the life of the machine.  Frighteningly though, I still hear from companies buying machines…

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A concise history of BDD

I’ve seen quite a few "concise history" books recently — apparently people like history, but don’t like it to be long-winded or rambling.  So keeping with that idea, let me present the history of the Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) solution accelerator: Version Released Description Business Desktop Deployment 1.0 August 2003 This was the first version…

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Fully customizing Internet Explorer 7.0

For several years, Microsoft has provided the Internet Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK) to create custom installation packages with your own options and settings; that’s no different with Internet Explorer 7, as you can download the IEAK via http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/ie/bb219543.aspx.  But what about Windows Vista, where Internet Explorer 7.0 is built in?  In those cases you don’t…


Windows Media Player 11 and Windows Mobile 6: trying to sync with a storage card

One of my Christmas presents was a 2GB microSD card for my T-Mobile Wing phone (a very nice Windows Mobile 6 device, extremely happy with it).  I thought it would be nice to sync some music to it so I could use it as a player.  So I attached it to my Windows Vista PC,…


Microsoft Deployment, ConfigMgr, Boot Media, Unknown Computers, Web Services

Did you ever read the title for a blog entry and have no idea what the posting is about?  Well, this one might fall into that category.  So first, some background information straight from the Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 documentation (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb633291.aspx): To deploy an operating system to a new computer without stand-alone media…

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Deploying Office 2003 with Microsoft Deployment

I’ve heard several people ask how to deploy Office 2003 using Microsoft Deployment, as they have been given the impression that Microsoft Deployment doesn’t support Office 2003 deployment.  While it’s true that Microsoft Deployment provides no specific tools or documentation about deploying Office 2003, that doesn’t mean you can’t do it.  Office 2003 is just…

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New Year’s Resolution

Yes, it’s already past the middle of January, which means I’m already slacking on one of my New Year’s resolutions: to post blog entries more frequently.  Another resolution is to respond promptly to e-mail, but sadly I’m already behind on that too.  It’s just been one of those years (so far). To start off the…