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  • Blog Post: Windows 7: Clean Install vs. Upgrades

    A hot topic as I traveled to my customers this month has been the recent confusion around upgrading to Windows 7. And inevitably the questioned is asked: Should I do a clean installation or simply upgrade my computer? Here’s a list of why I believe an upgrade is a REALLY BAD IDEA. Some applications don...
  • Blog Post: Desktop Virtualization Hour and Summits

    Looking at desktop virtualization, including VDI? Thinking about migrating to Windows 7? Want savings, but unsure of the tradeoffs? Have more questions? Watch the Desktop Virtualization Hour on March 18 th Whether you’re thinking about vitalizing applications, the operating system, or user data—and interested...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization Briefing with Microsoft, Citrix and HP

    Space is limited so register soon for these locations Bellevu e, Washington, March 10, 2010 Denve r, Colorado, March 24, 2010 Los Angele s, California, March 24, 2010 Virtualization can dramatically improve scalability, data security, and IT efficiency. Join experts from Citrix, HP and Microsoft to discover...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 – Too Sweet to Pass Up

    One of the few constants at Microsoft is innovation. This blog posting inaugurates the expansion of our team’s business focus from Northwest Higher Education customers to include the entire West region. With this change comes the opportunity to include new authors and experiences from IT champions who...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 is Common Criteria Certified

    Our friends over at the FutureFed blog reported that Windows 7 has passed the Common Criteria (CC) certification process and achieved Evaluation Assurance Level 4 with augmentation (EAL4+). Common Criteria certification is an international standard recognized by 26 member nations including the United...
  • Blog Post: KMS Questions about Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

    Key Management Service (KMS) activates computers on a local network, eliminating the need for individual computers to connect to Microsoft. To do this, KMS uses a client–server topology. KMS client computers can locate KMS host computers by using Domain Name System (DNS) or a static configuration. KMS...
  • Blog Post: Get Personal with Windows 7

    Customize Windows 7 and Windows Live Messenger—for free. This cool online tool lets you put yourself in the action at a beach setting, the mountains, or your favorite outdoor cafe . You can create your own avatar for your Windows 7 , and then share it with your friends on Windows Live Messenger .
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) Training Resources

    TechCenter for Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) is a great site to learn how to use the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP)—a dynamic, desktop solution available to Software Assurance customers—to help you reduce application deployment costs, deliver applications as services, and better...
  • Blog Post: Articles and White Papers for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

    Occasionally Microsoft consolidates their online resources in a one-stop-shopping fashion. Check out this latest library to improve your understanding and get more in-depth information about Windows Server 2008 R2. The site includes some great white papers, guides, and datasheets (oh my…).
  • Blog Post: Free eBooks & Guides from Microsoft

    Over the last few years, Microsoft has been quietly publishing a series of free books and guides that show home-users, students, teachers, and IT Administrators how to get more from their computing investments. Below is a list of these jewels that I recently uncovered. Own Your Space-Keep Yourself...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Announced

    Microsoft announced the next version of Windows, internally code-named “Windows 8,” to help the partners build devices that take advantage of the new user experience. As part of this technical preview, Mike Angiulo, corporate vice president of Windows Planning, Hardware and PC Ecosystem at...
  • Blog Post: How to customize default user profiles in Windows 7

    Cannot copy and paste the default profile like you use to in Windows XP? To customize a default user profile or a mandatory user profile, you must first customize the default user profile. Then, the default user profile can be copied to the appropriate shared folder to make that user profile either the...
  • Blog Post: Multilingual Images, Language Packs, Language Bar Settings

    All installations of Windows 7 contain at least one language pack and the language-neutral binaries that make up the core operating system. Language packs contain resources that are specific to a particular language and are used to localize the user interface (UI). Because the language resources for...
  • Blog Post: When Your Windows Evaluation Expires

    According the Windows Server 2008 R2 Activation Page , “If you have not activated Windows Server 2008 R2, you are reminded each time you log in and at common intervals until the end of the activation grace period of 30* days. If you have not activated Windows Server 2008 R2 during this grace period,...
  • Blog Post: Favorite KMS & MAK Volume Activation Resources

    Microsoft Volume Activation is always a hot topic with education customers. Here is a list of the top online resources where you can learn about the concepts, capabilities, and recommended best practices that can help you manage the activation of Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, and Windows...
  • Blog Post: Dell Virtualization Events: Desktop to Datacenter

    Discover and Learn about Windows 7, Desktop Migration, and Data Center Virtualization for Government and Education Want to Increase Your Efficiency? The Virtualization Power of 3! Windows 7 Microsoft HyperV DELL PowerEdge Servers WINDOWS 7 Windows 7 Enterprise is the most advanced Windows operating system...