Microsoft Is Heading To Europe…Will You Be There?

We have less than three weeks till we kick off our next European tour! Be aware, seating is limited, so if you have not registered, you will want to do so soon before all the remaining spots are taken. What can you expect at our five-hour free Tour Workshops? Learn about Office 2010 key IT investments….


Steady State for Windows 7

A few years ago we developed a tool called Windows Steady State to enable IT admins in shared computing environments to control configure and revert the configuration computer of computers used in schools, libraries, internet cafes, kiosks as well as other public and shared computing locations. Steady State was designed to work with Windows XP…


Springboard Windows 7 Deployment Learning Portal

We are delighted to announce the world wide release of the Springboard Windows 7 Deployment Learning Portal on TechNet.  The Springboard Deployment Learning Portal is an online assessment and learning tool, designed to help IT Pros identify their knowledge strengths and information gaps around Windows 7 deployment.  Based on interactive assessment responses, the participant is…


P2V Migration for Software Assurance Explained

By now the announcements have gone out for the Beta, been blogged about and seen in other social networking channels, so I thought I would do something a bit more in depth on this for the Springboard Blog. A little (recent) history… In Fall of 2009 there was a perfect storm of tools and automation…


Tools To Make Working With Internet Explorer 6 in Windows 7 Easier

Over the past few months, many of you have shared with me your need to continue to be able to offer support for Internet Explorer 6 specific application while rolling out Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8 into your organization. Suggestions for walkthroughs, papers and application compatibility lists were made by many of you. Based…


Improving Your Image: Sector-Based, File-Based, and Sysprep – What Makes the Most Sense? Part 3: Deploy-time Build Automation and Recommendations

This is the third and final blog in the series . In the last blog, The Pros and Cons, I covered the main benefits and underlying drawbacks of file-based and sector-based core images. I intentionally stuck to core image files (the .WIM, .V2I, .GHO, .TIB, .VHD, etc. files themselves) and purposely left out the automation…


Improving Your Image: Sector-Based, File-Based, and Sysprep – What Makes the Most Sense? Part 2: The Pros and Cons.

Welcome to blog number two in the series where we’ll look at file-based images versus sector-based images. We’ve already done the tools primer and defined the terms again in the last blog post. Now we actually get some real work done by comparing the “tried-and-true approach” of sector-based images that most of us (including me)…


Windows 7 Language Packs

Last Feb Brandon posted a piece on Language Pack availability for Windows 7 here. I have had a lot of questions from IT pros in the past few weeks that are deploying Windows on where to find them so we thought we’d resurface this important topic and resources. Windows 7 will continue to enable the…


Have you tried the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP 1 Beta yet?

Have you downloaded the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP Beta yet? The Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta helps keep your PCs and servers on the latest support level, provides ongoing improvements to the Windows Operating System (OS), by including previous updates delivered over Windows Update as well as…