If you're a Microsoft Partner then you will be very interested in what we call the Windows Vista Demo Readiness Toolkit (DRT). It's a Windows Vista installation (imaged based - naturally) that comes ready with customer scenarios, sample applications and a feature showcase that allows you to very easily demonstrate all the key features. There's also an easy to follow script so even the non-technical can look like demo jedis in front of their customers.
There are a handful of user accounts automatically created for you each of which represents a different type of user from generic information worker to IT Pro or system admin. The main user even comes equipped with an array of documents, media and Outook 2007 emails ready to search, find and work with.
Some of the features you can easily show off include:
And there is actually more that I haven't mentioned yet!
If you're fortunate enough to have a second laptop for demos then this will be ideal for the DRT because by default it will repartition your disk and setup 2 partitions (the second of which is required for the Bitlocker demo). Alternatively, you can install the DRT on your main machine and still use it for your work - it'll just need a bit of tweaking - here's how:
So this will leave you with two environments; your main installation that you can use for everyday use and your new DRT environment ready for you to give killer demos with.
RC1 for now, RTM version in the pipeline
At the moment the DRT is based on the RC1 build of Vista but we're currently busy putting together the bits for the RTM one as we speak. Stay tuned for an announcement about and RTM DRT in the next couple of weeks.
Where to get it?
If you are a partner in the UK then you can order your copy here: Order the DRT
If you're not in the UK then it's time to contact your Microsoft partner - to get in contact, start here!
Find out more about the DRT here
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