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  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Beta Has Officially Launched

    The Beta for Windows 7 is officially launched this week. For TechNet subscribers, you can download Windows 7 Beta now here . On January 9th , the beta will open to all IT professionals on the Springboard Series for Windows 7 here . Full details are available on the Springboard blog .
  • Blog Post: Using Advanced Query Syntax To Find Files in Windows 7

    Files are tricky things. They are very good at hiding within the file system. Well that’s how it seems to me. If I’m honest, the file does hide really, I just forget or confuse the one I’m looking for with another one. Usually the name, so I end up starting at the top of a folder structure knowing the...
  • 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: New TechNet Windows 7 Content Released

    Just in time for the release of Windows 7, the TechNet Windows 7 video content has now been posted. There are 10 session to choose from in 4 different media formats, plus a web page with lots more links and resources to help you get a head start with Windows 7. Windows 7 Feature Overview This session...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: IT Time - Microsoft Virtual Academy Preview – Windows “8”, SQL Server 2012 and System Center 2012

    The latest edition of the MVA Preview show on TechNet Radio’s IT Time series is now live. This edition looks at the upcoming release of the Windows Server “8”, SQL Server 2012 and System Center 2012 Operations Manager courses. Also we will preview of what you can expect for each as well as courses on...
  • 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: 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...