TechNet Flash April 30, 2014: Hybrid cloud | Free ebook: Integrated Cloud Platform | Windows 8.1 security

TechNet Flash is a bi-weekly newsletter that delivers the latest alerts of new resources to help IT professionals be more successful with Microsoft products and technologies. Subscribe here.     Here are the headlines from April 30, 2014:   Top News:   Live event: Moving to a hybrid cloud with Microsoft Azure Free ebook: Microsoft…


End of Support Dates for Windows Vista RTM, Windows XP SP2, and Windows 2000

  Windows users, make sure you are ready for these important dates:   ·       Support for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) and Windows 2000 will end on July 13, 2010. ·       Support for the Windows Vista Release to Manufacturing (RTM) will end on April 13, 2010.   To help ensure your Windows Vista PCs…


Must-reads for performance testing Windows 7

  Let me guess… you’re thinking it’s time to upgrade from Windows XP or Windows Vista, but there is no budget for the new hardware you’ve come to associate with any operating system migration. Here’s what you do:   First, buzz on over to Daniel Oxley’s Confessions of a Microsoft Consultant blog entry on “Benchmarking…


Windows XP to Windows 7 Migration Videos

  These are very useful and short videos that walk you through a potentially important aspect of your Windows 7 deployment: the migration from Windows XP.   In Part 1 of Window XP to Windows 7 Migration Using MDT 2010: Building the Deployment Environment (9 minutes, 56 seconds), you’ll learn how to build media that…


Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 Beta 2 has launched

  For those who didn’t sign up in advance last week for notification on the availability of the MDT 2010 Beta 2, just click here to get the toolkit. If you are already a member, click here. MDT 2010 is the next version of Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, a Solution Accelerator for operating system and application…


Migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7

  Some things need repeating.   With the continued reporting about Windows XP users being left out in the cold when it comes to upgrading to Windows 7, here’s some warm information (not hot, since we’ve talked about this before) about using the latest beta of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Beta to transfer the…


Why you should consider the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Beta

  You may have heard that the MDT 2010 beta, the next version of the solution accelerator for operating system and application deployment, is ideal for deploying the Windows 7 beta in your test environments. What you may not know is that is also very useful for migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7 beta….


New in the Springboard series: Using Group Policy Preferences to manage diversity

Since we live in the real world—a world where many of you will most likely be managing desktop and laptops with different versions of the Windows operating system, including Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7, this Springboard Series article will help you understand the considerations involved, and how Group Policy Preferences can help you…