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…

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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…

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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)…

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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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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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The Get On The Bus Tour Comes To Philadelphia

Yesterday, Microsoft’s Get On The Bus tour came to Philadelphia, PA. We got to see the sites, try some Cheesesteak sandwiches and meet with some amazing IT pros, We even got to meet the Mayor of Philadelphia, Michael Nutter. It was a great stop with many more to come. If you in DC, Charlotte, Richmond,…

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Piloting Windows 7- Part 2 : Initial Project Planning for a Windows 7 Pilot

Continuing the series with our guest blogger, Jeremy Chapman. As with any IT project, the first part of planning is about building a plan. There are several things you’ll want to accomplish with a pilot and depending on your organization, the importance of each validation area will vary. I think of the pilot as trying…

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Piloting Windows 7 – Part 1: Intro and Targeting Users for the Pilot

We once again welcome guest blogger, Jeremy Chapman. Now that I’ve written the most informal white paper ever published about operating system deployment, I’ve been inundated with requests to talk about piloting Windows 7. There were some excellent resources written in the Windows Vista timeframe from MVPs, but as they have pertained to Windows Vista…

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Stephen Rose Deploys Windows 7 to Businesses!

Richard and Greg talk to Stephen Rose about how businesses are installing Windows 7. Stephen references the case studies on Windows 7 installations that started even before the product had shipped. The conversation digs into the ROI calculators that shows how an organization can save time, effort and money with Windows 7. Application compatibility is…

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