Being an earlier adopter can sometimes be painful because you have to do a lot of the learning and path finding on your own.  Microsoft IT are the best example of early adopters and it's good to see they are sharing their experiences with the rest of us so we can learn from their mistakes and knowledge.  They've compiled all these resources in the following website http://www.microsoft.com/technet/itshowcase/getready.mspx 

You will of course find all these resources and more in the Vista Deployment Den!

Windows Vista

TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft IT Optimizes Network Traffic with the Next Generation TCP/IP Stack

Learn how Microsoft IT was able to streamline network traffic using a new implementation of the TCP/IP protocol suite known as the Next Generation TCP/IP stack.

Planning the Windows Vista Deployment at Microsoft

How Microsoft IT planned and performed the deployment of Windows Vista throughout Microsoft.

Preparing to Deploy Windows Vista and the 2007 Office System at Microsoft

Description of how Microsoft IT prepared for the deployment of Windows Vista and Microsoft Office 2007 to tens of thousands of Microsoft desktop computers, worldwide.

Optimizing Client Security by Using Windows Vista

In an attempt to strengthen the security of data network and data storage, Microsoft IT deployed an early version of Windows that provided improved defenses against the threats of unauthorized access and communications.


2007 Office System

Deploying Groove Server 2007 and Groove 2007 at Microsoft

Learn how Microsoft IT deployed Groove 2007, which has resulted in a worldwide user base of over 8,000, a robust hosted and on-site server infrastructure, and direct integration with technologies such as Active Directory, Office, and SharePoint.

Enterprise Search at Microsoft with Office SharePoint Server 2007

Bringing diverse content sets together in a single search center experience has been a challenge, with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 it’s possible to allow users to search against different content repositories with just a few clicks.

Robust Reporting Portal on Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007

myBI enables users to view reports, scorecards, key performance indicators (KPIs), multi-dimensional analytics, and other metrics without having to move from one reporting site to another.

TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft IT Deployed Office Groove 2007

Learn how Microsoft IT deployed Groove 2007, which has resulted in a worldwide user base of over 8,000, a robust hosted and on-site server infrastructure, and direct integration with technologies such as Active Directory, Office, and SharePoint.

Streamlining Records Management Using SharePoint Server 2007 Workflow

Learn how the LCA Corporate Records Management team at Microsoft used Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Office InfoPath 2007 to create an efficient inventory tracking solution.

Improved Business Analytics Solution Enables Faster Decision Making

Microsoft deployed an internal tool called Rhythm of the Business to help its financial analysts and top executives support global sales and marketing strategies with up-to-date progress reports for key business metrics.

Deploying the 2007 Office System at Microsoft

Learn how Microsoft IT used robust new deployment technologies, such as a single build folder, single customization patch, and script hooks, in the 2007 Microsoft Office system to streamline the enterprise rollout of applications.

Preparing to Deploy Windows Vista and the 2007 Office System at Microsoft

Description of how Microsoft IT prepared for the deployment of Windows Vista and Microsoft Office 2007 to tens of thousands of Microsoft desktop computers, worldwide.

TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft IT Deployed and Architected SharePoint Server 2007

Learn how Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 was deployed internally at Microsoft.

How Microsoft Automated Employee Performance Reviews

Experiences of Microsoft IT migrating from a document and paper-based employee review process to a fully-electronic process.

Improving an IT Self-Help Portal User Experience

Microsoft improved the user experience, reduced the help desk costs, and published more engaging and timelier information by migrating its IT Portal to SharePoint Server 2007.


Exchange Server 2007

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Edge Transport and Messaging Protection

Learn how Microsoft IT used the messaging protection features of the Edge Transport server role and Forefront Security for Exchange Server 2007 to block, delete, reject, or quarantine unwanted messages.

Going 64-Bit with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007

Learn how Microsoft IT moved its messaging systems to the 64-bit platform.

Enterprise Messaging with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007

This topic illustrates how Microsoft met evolving business needs with the deployment of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, such as reducing risks associated with spam, improving business agility, and lowering TCO.

 

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