Microsoft Management Summit – Free Recordings

If you were not able to make it to MMS, or were unable to clone yourself to attend all the sessions taking place at the same time, fear not!  Over 160 sessions across 5 technical tracks are now available at Digital MMS. http://www.mms-2012.com/digitalmms You can take a Windows PowerShell crash course from Don Jones, or…

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Windows 7 Deployment Options for Small and Midsize Businesses

The Microsoft Download Center has a neat poster (available in PDF, Visio, and XPS formats) walking through the advantages, limitations, and requirements for the different deployment options available to small and midsize businesses planning on a deployment of Windows 7. Explore the different options for deploying Windows 7 in a small or midsize organization. This…

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A Steady State Without SteadyState

Windows SteadyState was a great technology designed for administrators that were responsible for computers used by many people (think labs, kiosks, internet cafes, libraries, community centers, etc).  The kind of place where people like to screw around with settings, download viruses, delete files, add stuff that shouldn’t be there… SteadyState addressed these issues by allowing…

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Jumpstart your Windows 7 and Office 2010 Deployment

In case you are starting to evaluate the deployment of Windows 7 and Office 2010 in your environment (especially now that Windows 2000 is no longer supported), I just found an excellent resource on TechNet: Building a Technical Proof of Concept for the Joint Deployment of Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010 The site and…

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Windows 7 Deployment Resources

Overview (100-200 level) Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.6 Guide AppLocker Step-by-Step Guide BranchCache Early Adopter’s Guide Choosing a Deployment Strategy DirectAccess Early Adopter’s Guide Five Steps to Windows 7 Application Readiness Internet Explorer 8 Deployment Guide How to Start a Windows 7 Pilot Deployment Planning Multilingual User Interface (MUI) Deployments Step by Step: Basic Windows Deployment…

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P2V Baby

It just does not get any easier than this.  Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell (Sysinternals gurus extraordinaire) have just published another amazingly useful (and free!) tool: Disk2vhd, which uses the power of Volume Shadow Copy Service(VSS) to turn your running version of Windows into a .vhd file for use with Virtual PC or Hyper-V.  Just…

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Windows 7 About Face

The story from June 2008: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/06/25/et-tu-intel/ Intel, the giant chip maker and longtime partner of Microsoft, has decided against upgrading the computers of its own 80,000 employees to Microsoft’s Vista operating system, a person with direct knowledge of the company’s plans said. The person, who has been briefed on the situation but requested anonymity because…

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Windows 7 – Customize your notification area

Windows 7 does an excellent job of hiding the various notification icons that vendors (yes, even us) seem heck-bent on using to grab your attention in XP/Vista. However, there may be some icons (perhaps Communicator or Windows Live Messenger) that you’d like to see all the time.  You can change what shows up in this…

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