New Tafiti web site

Microsoft Research has created a new Live Search front end that uses Silverlight.  Imagine that, a combination of search and a rich user experience 🙂  Check out http://www.tafiti.com to see it in action.  Be sure to click on the little tree icon to see a tree view (literally) of your results.


BDD 2007 Patch 1 Source Code Released

It took a while to get around to it, but we finally got it posted.  You can download the MSI installer from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=6A67F884-D629-4962-BD0A-C51BAD560354&displaylang=en.  For those of you who downloaded the source for the original BDD 2007 release, this source will install into a separate directory, and from there you can compare the two to see the changes…


New Microsoft Update Catalog web site available

See the blog posting at http://blogs.technet.com/mu/archive/2007/08/14/the-microsoft-update-catalog-v1-is-live.aspx for more details.  For those of you who have been looking for one place to download content from Microsoft Update and Windows Update, this is the place.  Content available includes security updates, drivers, and much more.  For all the items you want to download, place them in the download cart…


Can I deploy Windows Vista Ultimate with BDD 2007?

Yes, you can.  However, because there is no volume license version of Windows Vista Ultimate, you would need to have a separate license key for each machine being deployed, and each of these machines would need to activate to the Microsoft activation servers on the Internet. The simplest way of handling this is to use…


Where do we hang out (virtually)?

Desktop deployment is a fairly broad topic, covering various products, tools, processes, etc.  We try to cover as much as we can in the Business Desktop Deployment solution accelerator (http://www.microsoft.com/bdd), on the TechNet Desktop Deployment TechCenter (http://www.microsoft.com/desktopdeployment), at conferences like TechEd, Microsoft Management Summit, and IT Forum.  But most of that is one way: Microsoft…

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Conference Recordings Available Online

Interesting in viewing some of the sessions presented at the largest Microsoft conferences held worldwide?  Check out the Microsoft TechNet EMEA IT’s Showtime web site at http://www.microsoft.com/emea/itshowtime/.  They have recordings from MMS, TechEd US, TechEd IT Forum (Europe), TechEd Australia, and other conferences. Included in the list is one of the sessions that Tim Mintner…


Windows Server 2008 Launch Date Announced at WPC 2007 in Denver

Kevin Turner (Microsoft’s COO) announced during his keynote session at the Worldwide Partner Conference this week that Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008, and SQL Server 2008 will all launch on February 27, 2008.  While that probably feels like a long time off to you, I can assure you that it instills in me a…


One more BDD 2007 Patch 1 installation suggestion

If you have manually moved the distribution share since you installed BDD 2007, updating the HKLM\Software\Microsoft\BDD\Distribution_Dir registry value to tell BDD the new location, you may notice that the patch install still tries to update the old location.  This happens because MSI still thinks its in the old location. To avoid this particular problem, you…


Another new BDD patch?

No, just kidding 🙂  But for those of you who closely watch every new download from the Microsoft download center, you may have noticed that the BDD 2007 download (available at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=62043) shows a new date, June 21.  So what exactly changed?  For those of you with good memories, you may remember that there used to…


BDD 2007 Patch 1 knowledge base article and patch now available

Check out http://support.microsoft.com/?id=937191 for the list of fixes included in BDD 2007 Patch 1, as well as for the links to the MSI patch files (MSP’s) that can be downloaded.  When installing the patch, be sure to use a command line such as: msiexec /update BDD2007_x86_Patch1.msp REINSTALL=ALL REINSTALLMODE=as /quiet If you’re curious as to what…

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