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  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Deployment: From the ground up – Deploy The Image

    Hello Folks, This is the last post in this series . In previous posts we covered Generate an inventory of our environment Setup our workbench to build our image Started building our image by importing the OS and Drivers Finalized the Image with Packages and Application Today we’ll use the image we already...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Deployment: From the ground up – Packages, Applications and Finalizing the Image

    Hello Folks, Windows XP reached the end of it’s supported life last week . So, let’s resume our Windows 8.1 deployment series in order to help us deploy supported OS versions. In previous posts we covered: Generate an inventory of our environment Setup our workbench to build our image Started building...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Deployment: From the ground up – Prepare for Lite Touch Installation

    Hello Folks, In this Windows 8.1 deployment series we have started looking at how we can streamline the deployment of Windows 8.1 in your environment. I know that every environment is different and that some of you will have very specific requirements, However this series looks at a generalized environment...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Deployment: From the ground up – Machine Inventory

    Hello Folks, In this Windows 8.1 deployment series we have started looking at how we can streamline the deployment of Windows 8.1 in your environment. I know that every environment is different and that some of you will have very specific requirements, However this series looks at a generalized environment...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Deployment: From the ground up – Setup your environment

    Hello Folks, Earlier in March I wrote that I was working on this series that covers the migration of XP to Windows 8.1 from the ground up. In this post we setup our environment. This environment will be crucial to take care of all the phases of our project. Plan Deliver Operate Let get going. First download...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Deployment: From the ground up

    There has been a lot of talk about the end of Windows XP, the end of support for XP that is… As I write this post there is only a few days left for Windows XP support. What is end of support? (the following is taken word for word from here) After 12 years, support for Windows XP will...
  • Blog Post: Plan your Windows 8 deployment with the Map Toolkit.

    We recently announced the release of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 8.0. The MAP Toolkit makes it easy to assess your current IT infrastructure for a variety of technology migration projects. This Solution Accelerator provides a powerful inventory, assessment, and reporting tool...
  • Blog Post: Gérer les drivers dans MDT 2010, Partie 3 – Bien choisir sa méthode pour les fichiers INF

    Continuing with our theme of how to make use of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 , here we have the third and final post of a 3-part series for our French-speaking readers on how to manage drivers using MDT 2010 to help ensure your deployment of Windows 7 on your new PCs works well. The series is...
  • Blog Post: The Top 5 Learning Resources to Brush Up on Your Skills This Summer

    Summer is a great time of year. The weather is nice, the sun shines, there’s no snow to shovel or try to drive through. It’s also a time of year when the traffic on the roads gets a little lighter and the office is a less busy. You might even get the chance to leave a few hours early on a...
  • Blog Post: Découvrir les outils pour mener à bien votre déploiement windows 7

    One of the challenges I face is how to properly serve the French-speaking IT Professionals out there.  I don’t write French very well and others on the team are, unfortunately, primarily English speakers.  I suppose that if I wanted to I could craft a blog post or two in Croatian since this...
  • Blog Post: Get Ready for Windows 8 & Windows Server 2012 with MAP 7.0 Beta

    Last week we released a beta version of Microsoft Assessment & Planning (MAP) Toolkit 7.0.  The MAP Toolkit,  a free download , is an agentless, automated, multi-product planning and assessment tool for quicker and easier desktop, server and cloud migrations. MAP provides detailed readiness...
  • Blog Post: Gérer les drivers dans MDT 2010, Partie 2 – Quelle stratégie à adopter ?

    Continuing with our theme of how to make use of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 , here we have the second post of a 3-part series for our French-speaking readers on how to manage drivers using MDT 2010 to help ensure your deployment of Windows 7 on your new PCs works well. The series is written...
  • Blog Post: Get the jump on Windows 8

    There has been a lot of excitement over the launch of Windows 8 in the consumer space and the launch of the sleek new Windows Surface has just added to the buzz. However, for those who manage, secure and maintain the IT infrastructure for organizations, corporations and companies across Canada, the information...
  • Blog Post: Déployer Windows 7 avec MDT 2010, Partie 4 – Utilisation la base de donnée dans MDT

    This post is the fourth and final post in a 4-part series for our French-speaking readers on how to use MDT 2010 to deploy Windows 7 in your environment. The series is written by Yannick Plavonil , a Microsoft MVP based in Quebec. You can find this and more on his own blog – Revue du Geek . Let me know...
  • Blog Post: Déployer Windows 7 avec MDT 2010, Partie 3 – Déployer une image référence Windows 7

    This post is the third post in a 4-part series for our French-speaking readers on how to use MDT 2010 to deploy Windows 7 in your environment. The series is written by Yannick Plavonil , a Microsoft MVP based in Quebec. You can find this and more on his own blog – Revue du Geek . Let me know what other...
  • Blog Post: Gérer les drivers dans MDT 2010, Partie 1 – Les drivers fournis sous forme d’application

    Continuing with our theme of how to make use of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 , here we have the first of a 3-part series for our French-speaking readers on how to manage drivers using MDT 2010 to help ensure your deployment of Windows 7 on your new PCs works well.  The series is written...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8: From an enterprise point of view

    Some of us get to live in the world of cool.  We are on the leading edge of software (and sometimes hardware); we are not simply IT Professionals, but we are also IT Enthusiasts … we are passionate about technology, and we always want the latest and greatest.  We wait with bated breath for...
  • Blog Post: Freaked out about Deployment of Win 7 and where to start?

    My good Friend Jeff Alexander over on the other side of the world down under (he’s THE infrastructure evangelist for Australia) posted up this nifty link and tool. It’s part of the big glob of stuff called Springboard, whenever something cool and useful bubbles up I want to make sure you know about it...
  • Blog Post: Back to the basics with Microsoft software licensing options

    My colleagues and I get asked a lot about licensing. Frankly, Microsoft doesn’t have a great reputation for keeping it simple. And to be totally transparent – I, like many of my colleagues, would usually rather stick a fork in my eye that talk about it because it can get complicated. And...