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Imagex A Vista OPK Command-line Utility
Capture an image of the installation 1. Boot the master computer with the custom WinPE CD. 2. Use Imagex to capture the installed Vista OS on drive C: to drive D: imagex /compress fast /capture c: d:\baseimg.wim “Vista Base Image” Apply an image to a computer 1. Boot the...
7 Sep 2006
64 bit WinPE not showing up in WDS?
For the missing x64 WinPE image, see this article: http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsVista/en/library/9e197135-6711-4c20-bfad-fc80fc2151301033.mspx?mfr=true You have to enable the x64 detection. From the article: • x64-based client computers do not receive an x64 Windows PE boot...
4 Mar 2007
Leveraging the Buy Local Desktop Icon
Did you know you can add up to $1,200 in products and services for your customers whenever they buy a PC from you with Windows XP preinstalled at no cost to you? Did you know you can have you company logo displayed to your customers next to the offers of the desktop icon? Click here to find out more...
22 Aug 2006
IE7 is scheduled to be released Nov. 1
System Builder, heads up! Internet Explorer 7 went RTM October 18, and is scheduled to be distributed via Automatic Update on November 1. Visit the following site to find out more information around this release: http://oem.microsoft.com/script/contentpage.aspx?PageID=561370 You'll get information...
24 Oct 2006
Why Windows XP SP2b and Windows Server 2003 SP2a?
Microsoft made some changes to Microsoft Windows desktop operating system software related to the way in which Internet Explorer (IE) handles some web pages (IE Active X update, KB912945). This update to Internet Explorer technology relates to Microsoft 's involvement with the Eolas Technologies and...
22 Aug 2006
Automate the Download and Installation of Windows Updates
If you are a System Builder and are having problems using Windows Updates to sell systems pre-patched with Windows Updates because of WGA, we have a solution for you. With the use of a simple batch file and a System Builder specific tool, you’ll never have to worry about WGA issues anymore. Here is...
27 Oct 2006
The Server Source is Here!
Whether you're thinking about getting into the server business or you're a seasoned pro, the Server Source is the one resource to help you grow your business. In the Server Source, you will find an organized tree of specific topics to guide you through SBS sales and deployment. The Server Source technical...
8 Sep 2006
SB: Deploying Windows Vista in Business. How to navigate the implementation waters.
Hi everyone, If you are installing Windows Vista in a business environment, then this webcast is for you. I strongly recommend you attending. Here are the details: Event Date: 3/15/2007 Presenter: Doug Thompson Event Time: 9:00 AM Pacific, USA & Canada (DST) = GMT...
13 Mar 2007
OPX Training Videos Available!
Many of you have asked for more in-depth training on how to use OPX to deploy Windows and Team BOB has responded with 4 training videos called "The Clone Wars". These videos are designed to give you a complete understanding of OPX and how to use it in your business. Think of these videos as an informal...
30 Nov 2006
WebCast - Windows Vista Deployment End to End Series
Are you ready to pre-install Windows Vista? Do you know there is a new OPK for Vista that improves the efficiency of deploying Windows? Want to learn how to use image base technology to deploy Windows without media? Learn how to install Windows Vista in ~4.5 minutes! These webcast series is geared to...
13 Jan 2007
A quick way to add support & branding to Vista!
This is an easy way you can brand Vista with your logo and add your support information to Vista. You'll have to manually copy your logo to the system32 folder and make sure it has the same filename you specify. Below is a registry file. Open up notepad, copy the follow text into notepad, customize with...
28 Sep 2006
Windows Vista Network Deployment Scripts
These are the scripts used when creating a custom WinPE for network Vista deployment. startnet.cmd - <Capture an Image> @echo off @echo Initializing network... wpeinit @echo Waiting for network services... :StartMon ping -n 1 wds > NUL if not %ERRORLEVEL%==0 GOTO StartMon...
1 Mar 2007
Windows Vista ROI Calculator
Here is an excellent tool which helps companies determine the potential benefits and return on investment from implementing Windows Vista Business or Windows Vista Enterprise developed by independent company called Alinean Inc. http://www.alinean.com/microsoft/vistavalue/microsoft_Vista_Calculator...
16 Aug 2007
Troubleshooting Windows Vista OPK Deployments
Many of you guys have been asking lots of great question on Windows Vista OPK. Because of this, I figured it would be a great idea to do a troubleshooting webcast on Windows Vista OPK deployments. If you are having issues or want great insights on Windows Vista OPK then you'll want to attend this webcast...
15 Mar 2007
Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2c Release
Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2c has released to manufacturing and will be available to system builders in September 2007. Critical Action Item: System builders who use imaging must create new Windows XP Professional images with Service Pack 2c when shipping Service Pack 2c product keys;...
9 Aug 2007
Windows SBS 2003 Partner Group Tour – 13 US-City Stops!
Microsoft takes to the road. The Microsoft SBS Development team along with the Windows Vista and 2007 Microsoft Office system have announced plans to visit 13 U.S. cities this September as part of the 3rd U.S. SBS partner group tour. The goal of this tour is to take the Small Business partners and Microsoft...
23 Aug 2006
Microsoft Partner University
Have you ever visited Microsoft Partner University? If you haven't, you might want to check it out. MPU is an easy way to get sales training on Microsoft’s solutions. This is a really cool site where you can quickly search by the following categories: New Courses Sales / Business Value Licensing...
14 Sep 2006
Is Windows Vista wiping out their out-of-box drivers? Here's how you preserve it!
In your autounattend.xml, add the Microsoft-Windows-PnpSysprep component. Set the PersistAllDeviceInstalls value to True . Here are the details. PersistAllDeviceInstalls PersistAllDeviceInstalls indicates whether all Plug and Play devices will be uninstalled during the generalize pass and then...
7 Feb 2007
Microsoft USB Flash Drive Manager
If you are using USB keys to boot WinPE, you should take a look at this tool. One thing that I have observed is that it boots the USB key much faster. It also has a lot of configurable settings and it works on a great deal more USB keys than formatufd. Here's the link where you can download it: ...
12 Jul 2007
Windows Vista and 2007 Office System Builder Channel Launch Webcast Available On-Demand
If you missed the webcast celebrating the launch of Windows Vista and 2007 Office with Bill Gates, you can still watch the recorded version from the OEM System Builder website. Please visit http://oem.microsoft.com/vistaofficewebcast to take part in this celebration. There is technical, preinstallation...
1 Feb 2007
Memory Support for Windows Vista
I've been asked by many people on how much memory does Windows Vista supports so I decided to post it here. If you haven't seen the product guide, I strongly suggest downloading it. It lists all the new features in Windows Vista. Home Basic Home Premium Business ...
1 Feb 2007
Automate your Vista DVD Deployments
This is a sample script you can use to automate the installation of Vista. Copy & paste the following text to notepad, replace the product key with your product key, and save the file with the name autounattend.xml. To use this, copy the autounattend.xml to a USB key. On a computer you wish to install...
7 Sep 2006
SBBYPASS - Windows Update Command Prompt Installer is available!
This is a tool that you can use from a command prompt to get Windows Updates without having to activate or validate Windows. This can be run from the desktop in factory mode from a command prompt, or implemented through OPX or OPK. The tool will automatically download all the updates any particular system...
20 Sep 2006
Using Windows Vista Computers in a Windows Small Business Server 2003 Network
A great question was asked during one of the SBS online study group which was "How do I join Vista systems to an SBS environment?" We decided to write a step by step article with screenshot on what you need to do to join a Vista system to an SBS network. This article includes patching the SBS server...
25 May 2007
Automate your Vista Factory Installations
Copy the following text to notepad. For the product key, enter the product key that corresponds to the version of Windows Vista you want to install. Vista Default Product Keys: Business - 4D2XH-PRBMM-8Q22B-K8BM3-MRW4W HomeBasic - RCG7P-TX42D-HM8FM-TCFCW-3V4VD HomePremium - X9HTF-MKJQQ...
8 Feb 2007
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