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…

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Windows Vista SP2 and Windows Server 2008 SP2 Service Pack Blocker Tool Expiration

For those of you who use the Windows Service Pack Blocker Tool, we want to let you know that the Windows Vista SP2 and Windows Server 2008 SP2 blockers will expire on August 24th 2010. After the expiration date, Windows Vista SP2 and Windows Server 2008 SP2 will be offered through Windows Update on computers…

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Improving Your Image: Sector-Based, File-Based, and Sysprep – What Makes the Most Sense? Part 1: Terms and Windows Tools Primer

Jeremy Chapman who has contributed many pieces to this blog starts a multipart series on the benefits of using package based imaging tools. Welcome to blog number one in the series of imaging and image composition. Last week, Stephen kicked off the series in the Springboard Series Insider Newsletter and I’ll try to get through…

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Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 5.0 now available!

The new Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0 is now available for download! MAP 5.0 is an agentless tool designed to simplify and streamline the IT infrastructure planning process across multiple scenarios through network-wide automated discovery and assessments. This Solution Accelerator performs an inventory of heterogeneous server environments and provides you with usage information…

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Understanding Group Policy Settings In Internet Explorer 8

This weeks post is from Carl Luberti, a Senior Support Escalation Engineer with the Internet Explorer team. To start, I wanted to address that Internet Explorer 8 has over 1300 Group Policy entries that can be configured, which is great for keeping your environment managed and safe. That can also create some challenges in wrapping…

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Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Update 1 – Now Available!

Over the past few months, we have talked quite a bit about the MDT 2010 Beta (Your Adding Office 2010 to MDT 2010 Environment Questions Answered!, Your Building a LiteTouch Bootable USB Image Questions Answered!, and Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Update 1 – Now in Beta Release!) We are very pleased to announce the the…

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