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  • Blog Post: Exposing Vista Myths and Making Deployments Easy

    Perhaps easy in the title should be replaced with easier . After all, deploying a new desktop operating system is still not as simple as a mere push of a button and it's still not a job to give to your grade school nephew. Easy is a relative term. However, with each new desktop operating system, the...
  • Blog Post: A Small Business Rolls Out Vista and Office 2007

            Alan is the top IT guy (as well as the only IT guy) for a small vibrant company call AGSI located in Hornby, Ontario , just west of Toronto. I visited him at their funky new office location earlier this week to talk about his Vista and Office 2007 deployment project. He's...
  • Blog Post: Managing a Smooth Windows Vista SP1 Deployment

    Earlier this month, both Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista SP1 were released to manufacturing (RTM), which is great news for IT shops that have been working with beta versions and are eager to get the released code. However, there has been a bit of extra noise in the blogosphere particularly about...
  • Blog Post: Making Messy Deployment Projects Simpler

    Desktop deployment is often thought of as the ugly step child of IT projects. It's much messier than server deployment. There's less control over what's really out there, more unknowns. Before coming to Microsoft, I made good use of all the free deployment tools that Microsoft made available to help...
  • Blog Post: IT Executive Roadmap Tour - Coming to a City Near You

    One of the toughest things about being the IT manager in a small or medium sized company is that you tend to wear many hats and need to be up to speed on so many different technologies to be able to do your job effectively. This fall, myself and my colleagues , Rick and Damir , will be out on the road...
  • Blog Post: Did You Miss It?

    Earlier this week, on March 5, Mark Russinovich got together with a panel of experts to talk frankly about deploying Vista, answering questions live on-line from those watching the webcast. They discussed adoption experiences, the user access control (UAC) feature, application compatibility (including...
  • Blog Post: Waiting for SP1?

    The announcement went out today that Windows Vista SP1 beta will be released in a few weeks to a select group of beta testers and that it's expected to be released to manufacturing in the first quarter of 2008. You may be thinking, "Great, I've been waiting for SP1 before planning my Vista deployment...
  • Blog Post: Release of SP1 to the Public and More Vista Deployment Resources

    We've been talking quite a bit about various aspects of Vista on the IT Manager Connection blog as well as the Canadian IT Pro blog - aspects such as configuration, deployment and the impact of service pack 1. SP1 became available to TechNet and MSDN subscribers a few weeks ago, but today the big announcement...
  • Blog Post: Still Undecided About Vista?

    Microsoft Technical Fellow and desktop guru Mark Russinovich will be hosting an interactive virtual roundtable—broadcast LIVE over the Internet on Wednesday, March 5 th . The subject? Windows Vista adoption and deployment. On the panel with Mark will be independent industry experts and IT pros...
  • Blog Post: The Case for UAC

    Vista's User Account Control (UAC) feature has been much maligned by users and IT professionals alike who say the prompts are too frequent and annoying and that most users will simply click through without reading, much less understanding, what each prompt is trying to warn them about. The motivation...
  • Blog Post: Windows Client Roadmap

    Today a letter from Bill Veghte, Senior VP of Windows at Microsoft, has gone out to all Windows customers about the “end of sales” date (June 30) for Windows XP and what that means as well as an update about Vista and Windows 7. You can read the full letter here . I’ve outlined some of the key points...