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  • Blog Post: Bill and Steve at D6 with Windows 7 Touch

    I've refrained from posting anything about Windows 7 until now but it seems that this week the lid was lifted - albeit only a fraction - on what you might be in store for with the next version of Windows.  Steve S gave an interview where he danced around release dates and features and functionality...
  • Blog Post: What is MDOP and what's the big deal?

    We've sold 1,000,000 licenses for MDOP since October 2006 - so it must be pretty important right? So what is it? Well, it stands for Microsoft Desktop Optimisation Pack (you'll need to use Optimization if you want to Live it) and is a set of desktop management tools available through Software Assurance...
  • Blog Post: Calling all web design and web developer students - event to learn about Microsoft's web technologies

    I learnt about this particular event through Mark Johnston's blog and it's a great opportunity for students to learn about Microsoft's web technologies. It's a full day of goodness with two tracks, one for design students and the other for developers. Judging from the agenda, I would say that if you...
  • Blog Post: WAIK documentation online

    In an all-round smart move, the TechNet folk have published the WAIK documentation online for your deployment pleasure. My favourite bits are where you can customise the Out of Box Experience (OOBE) and configure the Welcome Center and also what the user sees the first time they start Vista; things like...
  • Blog Post: How to save $1,000,000 on your IT deployment and support with application virtualisation

    Well, it depends a lot on your individual circumstances as a organisation but the Swedish Medical Center in Seattle have managed to do save $1,000,000. Their IT is quite big with 500 applications across 4,500 desktops and 150 thin desktops and they have just over 7200 employees. They made their savings...
  • Blog Post: Learn Infrastructure from Microsoft Consultants

    Microsoft Consultants really know their stuff when it comes to technology and the guys I know in the Infrastructure side of things are at the top of their game!  So when they told me they were doing some TechNet Webasts throughout August to December – I had to let you know. You can register here...
  • Blog Post: Get to a Windows Server 2008 Launch Event

    Yesterday we launched Windows Server 2008 - congrats to the whole team!  Now you have the opportunity to find out all about it at a TechNet event at venues up and down the UK.  Here are the details: TechNet 2008 Launch Roadshow Following the 2008 Launch event in Birmingham on 19 th March, TechNet...
  • Blog Post: Vista makes deployment and management easier

    Today sees the launch of Windows Server 2008 and the campaign we're pushing out into market is one of turning IT guys and girls into heroes within their companies.  Don't get it? Imagine turning the perception of your IT department as a cost centre and a black hole for budget into one of delivering...
  • Blog Post: UAC "Split Token" workaround

    Older apps weren't designed with UAC in mind and there can be some compatibility problems during the installation and use of software. When developing applications now and in the future, there are some UAC guidelines available but in the meantime you might find this workaround useful if you come across...
  • Blog Post: Vista and Office 2007 Technet Deployment - Why and How

    If you have a Microsoft licensing agreement * there are resources you already have to help explain why and how you can effectively deploy Windows Vista and Office 2007 in your organisation.  Following on from a successful event last year on this topic and as a result of further requests for the...
  • Blog Post: Specify which applications you share with the community on ACT

    The Application Compatibility Toolkit allows you to specify which compatibility information you share based on the application tested. So for example if you have compatibility information for bespoke, home grown applications that you don't want to share with the online community you can choose not to...
  • Blog Post: Learn how to efficiently deploy Vista and Office 2007 in your business

    One of the things that I spend much of time talking to partners about is how to use the excellent tools and resources available to them so that they can turn their deployment of Vista and Office 2007 into a efficient, cost effective operation. IT can be the competitive differentiation between you and...
  • Blog Post: USMT gets a GUI wrapper

    The User State Migration Tool (USMT) is what you use to move lots of users from one operating system to another.  It moves files and settings from their old PC to their new one with the minimum of fuss and is a great tool to use when implementing your Vista deployment! One drawback is that it's...
  • Blog Post: New Deployment training (BDD v3)

    We are pleased to announce the new Desktop Deployment Planning Services Readiness (BDD v3) Workshop for partners. · Duration : 4 Days · Cost: £400 · No of Deliveries in H1 – 4 (First date on 25 th September)– with more planned if demand outstrips supply! Technologies & Products used during the course...
  • Blog Post: New Solution Accelerators

    Check these out for tools and guidance on rolling out Microsoft technology in the most efficient and quick ways: New Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) Foundation Certification A new MOF Foundation exam and certification is now available through the Examination Institute for Information Science (EXIN...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2008

    Microsoft last week made available its set of IT deployment tools and practices called Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2008. The solution is designed to help IT personnel install Microsoft operating systems and solutions across servers. It helps IT automate desktop installations within an organization...