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    Recently Mark Russinovich hosted a panel of top independent industry experts to drive an open discussion around Windows Vista adoption and deployment, and demystify known issues. The panel featured leading third-party Windows Vista adoption subject-matter experts including Mark Minasi , author...
  • Blog Post: MED-V 2.0 Beta Available

    The beta of the next version of Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) is now available. For those not familiar with MED-V , it’s part of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP). The purpose of MED-V is to remove the barriers to Windows upgrades by resolving application incompatibility...
  • Blog Post: Building Windows 7 Images

    In the previous post we looked at the key information and first steps required to perform a successful deployment of Windows 7, and we looked in some detail at one of the main concerns organizations have when deploying a new OS; application compatibility. In this post we’ll look at the resources available...
  • Blog Post: Get TMG running fast with Deploying Microsoft® Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010

    Microsoft Press have just released a series of three “Deployment” guides for the Forefront product range. The three guides, for Threat Management Gateway 2010, Unified Access Gateway 2010 and Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server are a new concise style. These are very short guides, between 70...
  • Blog Post: Choosing the Path to Windows 7

    A successful deployment of a desktop operating system begins long before the first client machines are touched. The collection of information about your client machines forms the basis for creating a successful deployment plan. In this first of three posts we’ll cover the first steps and the tools available...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Windows 7 Course released in 10 Languages

    I’m pleased to announce that today the “Deploying Windows 7” course has been published to the MVA. This course originated in the Deployment Learning Portal (DLP). While the DLP itself has been phased out, it will continue to live within the MVA and in the 10 languages listed below. Tomorrow we will release...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Windows 7

    In the previous posts we discussed the path to deploying Windows 7 , including application compatibility and image creation. In this post we’ll discuss the methods for deploying Windows 7 to clients. First, let me explain the terms and tools you may have heard about. In the previous posts and other articles...
  • Blog Post: Want to Reduce Desktop Costs? (Part 1 or 3)

    Is the cost of ownership of your Microsoft client systems rising? Are you looking for ways to reduce the costs associated with deploying Windows and managing it thereafter? There are two solutions available to help combat these costs. In this 3 part post I’ll cover these two solutions, provide links...
  • Blog Post: The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2008 Solution Accelerator is now available

    Microsoft® Deployment Toolkit 2008 now available. MDT 2008 extends existing functionality to deploy Windows Vista® SP1 and Windows Server® 2008 for both Lite Touch and Zero Touch deployments using Systems Management Server 2003* and Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007. This release...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Update 1 - Now in Beta Release!

    Deploy Windows 7 and Office 2010 quickly and reliably—while boosting user satisfaction. If you’re making the move to Windows 7 and Office 2010, you need tools and guidance to help deploy Windows and Office quickly—and do it right the first time. Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 Update 1 Beta includes...