Federal Windows Vista Team

Comments, thoughts and experiences related to Windows Vista as provided by the Microsoft Federal Windows Vista Team. Team members include Rob Campbell, Ed Leary, Yvette Maybee, Jeff Schnegelberger, Patrick Svenburg and Rhys Ziemer.

Federal Windows Vista Team

  • Windows Deployment Services and x64-based Systems

    The Federal team is a big fan of Windows Deployment Services (WDS). We have used WDS for large scale deployments, but we recently ran into a problem using WDS to install x64 builds of Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Beta 3. We imported the boot...
  • Windows Vista wins GCN Best of FOSE 2007 Awards

    At FOSE, the annual government IT conference at the DC Convention Center, Windows Vista was awarded GCN Best of FOSE Awards in the software category. I've been at the event Tuesday and Wednesday and it has been great to meet all the people genuinely interested...
  • How to setup the Key Management Service on Windows Vista

    This blog post outlines the process to setup the Key Management Service setup on a Windows Vista system. The Federal Vista Team would like to thank Joel Yoker for providing this content. Those of you not familiar with the new Volume Activation 2.0...
  • Install times for Vista RC2 (from DVD)

    Last week Vista RC2 (build 5744) was released. This week I spent some time testing RC2. One interesting aspect to testing Vista is seeing the different installation times. With RC2 I was seeing sub 20 minute installs from DVD, so I did some more thorough...
  • Windows Vista Step-by-Step Guides for IT Professionals

    Check out the link below for a great set of Windows Vista documents. Note that many of these were recently updated. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=311f4be8-9983-4ab0-9685-f1bfec1e7d62&DisplayLang=en Here’s what...
  • How to create a custom Vista DVD

    The steps below outline how to create a custom Vista DVD. The idea here is that you can manually install one Vista machine with all your software and settings, and then easily capture an image to install other machines very simply. If you have more than...
  • New Windows blog and much more

    I would like to point out a new Microsoft Windows blog that recently came on line called Shell Revealed . There is a blog section as well as forums, downloads and galleries. I think it is great that the core UI design team has started this channel of...
  • Internet Explorer keyboard shortcuts

    Aaron over at the IEBlog posted a great compilation of IE 6/7 keyboard shortscuts back in February, but with the recent availabillity of IE7 Beta 3 I thought this would be a good time to remind people about it. Enjoy! Cheers, p.
  • "...best version of Windows ever"

    It's hard keeping track of what is being written about Windows Vista in various media outlets but I would like to take the opportunity to point to a recent article from Computer World called 20 Reasons Why Windows Vista Will Be Your Next OS . I think...
  • Two+ Weeks after Beta 2

    First off, I need to apologize for not having any new content up here in a while, but with the release of Beta 2, we've been swamped here internally. All things aside, someone on the team should have found the time to post before now, but that said, I...
  • Windows Vista Firewall

    Our colleague Jesper Johansson has a great post up on Windows Vista Firewall - definitely worth checking out. p.
  • Vista Build 5365 / UAC Notes

    Recently Microsoft made available to select TAP/Beta testing groups a new build (5365) which I just finished installing. All in all, I've say that things have progressed nicely from my pervious build (5348) and the previous public release (5342). I'm...