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  • Blog Post: Planning the Vista deployment at Microsoft

    We've got a fair few machines kicking about at Microsoft and as you can imagine deploying Windows Vista and Office 2007 is quite a task in itself. In fact, planning such a depoyment is a job in itself. If you're planning your Vista and Office 2007 rollout and you want to get some great insight into how...
  • Blog Post: IIS7: a whole load of hosting goodness

    The IIS website over at www.iis.net has had a revamp in the wake of the Vista launch which of course comes with IIS7; the latest and greatest version of Internet Information Server. One of the things that I like about IIS7, apart from the new management console, is the fact that as an application developer...
  • 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: Free Vista Deployment Summit

    The training maestros over QA-IQ are running a free Windows Vista Deployment Summit at Microsoft UK HQ on April 18th. There is capacity for 120 people but, as always, the tickets are going very quickly . The summit will feature Jason and Keith from the Deployment Center of Excellence Team and a keynote...
  • Blog Post: Daylight Saving Partner Webcast

    Further to my recent post about Daylight Saving updates to Microsoft products, partners are encouraged to join the webcast on this very subject. You can sign up for the webcast here: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032324210 Again, you can find more information on the DST...
  • Blog Post: XP SP3 later this year?

    Just speculation, but upon closer inspection of the announcement of the agreement between Microsoft and Juniper networks , this little excerpt slipped out: "Microsoft is announcing that Windows Vista supports this protocol today and Windows Server ® 2008 and Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) will support...
  • Blog Post: Vista and Longhorn Server: Better Together

    So hopefully you are all familiar with Windows Vista but what you might not have heard about is the next Windows Server platform which is looming in the background. This is code-named "Longhorn Server" and is just about to hit Beta 3 with a release to manufacturing RTM next year. So why are these two...
  • Blog Post: Clever stuff with Offline Files in Windows Vista

    Offline Files for Dummies One of the more subtle changes in Windows Vista is the way the operating system manages Offline Files. Offline files, for those who don't know is the ability to work with files that reside on a networked server even though the machine is not connected to the network. Wasn't...
  • Blog Post: UK Windows Vista Events

    11 October 2006, Edinburgh, and 19 October, Manchester: What's New in Administering Vista In this session we will examine Group Policy functionality improvements that have been made with Windows Vista. We'll describe the new and updated features and how these help to alleviate the problems that were...
  • Blog Post: Deployment Interview with Microsoft IT

    I forgot to post about my first interview conducted last month for Partner TV! I sat down and talked to Asif Jinnah, Senior IT Manager from Microsoft UK about the rollout of Windows Vista and Office 2007 to users in Microsoft UK. We talk about how they managed the migration of users and Line of Business...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Podcast

    Powershell is an object orientated scripting language which is extensible and is the foundation admin tool for Exchange Server 2007 and System Center Operations Manager 2007. One of our MVPs (Most Valuable Professionals) talks about Windows Server 2008 in particular powershell and virtualisation on this...
  • 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: Forefront Edge and System Center VPC for download

    Matt passed this link on to me today and thought it might be useful to help understand and demonstrate the capabilities in our Edge security offering.  In particular Intelligent Application Gateway (IAG) which provides secure access to company applications and resources wherever you are connected...
  • Blog Post: Time Machine vs ShadowCopy

    Unfortunately Apple's Time Machine requires a separate disk, dedicated to the backing-up of data on your primary drive. Useful in the case of a hard-disk failure, but not exactly the cheapest option. It also seems to have an esoteric GUI, which may or may not work well in real-word usage. Windows Vista...
  • Blog Post: Rev Vista with ReadyBoost

    ReadyBoost is a new feature in Vista which allows the user to accelerate the performance of the PC simply by inserting a USB Flash Disk/Pen/Dongle/Widget. It uses the fast flash memory instead of paging files back to the sluggish hard disk which greatly speeds up the operating system. I've just been...
  • Blog Post: Shopping for cars, much like buying Windows in the future...

    Those thought leaders over at Gartner have sited Virtualisation as the end of what we know as Windows. So, in the future we should expect a more modular approach where you can build your own Windows according to your needs. It's comparable to choosing the extras on your car I guess. First you choose...
  • Blog Post: 3 Minute View on Vista - Using Guided Help

    As promised: PTS Screencast: "3 Minute View on Vista - Using Guided Help" The screencast shows how a user can follow a guided help topic to find out a solution to a problem. In this particular example the help topic is on hiding and showing file extensions. Technorati tags: Screencast , Guided Help ...
  • Blog Post: DST Support Update

    To help customers through this change and in response to their feedback, Microsoft has decided to amend the regular Extended Hotfix Support program to add a new pricing category for extended non-security hotfixes with a wide customer demand. The new pricing category will be applied to the daylight saving...
  • 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: Partner Opportunity: Vista and Office 2007 Deployment

    If they haven't deployed already, businesses are starting to think about deploying Windows Vista and Office 2007. Microsoft Partners have a great opportunity to provide deployment services for these new technologies and do so in a repeatable, process-driven manner. The Business Desktop Deployment Accelerator...
  • Blog Post: Swiss Cheese vs Oracle

    "Oracle is years behind Microsoft and other companies on security," said Cesar Cerrudo, CEO at information security services company Argeniss in Argentina. "I think Oracle is an amateur when it comes to security right now." Oracle patched 101 security flaws this quarter - which is more holes than the...
  • Blog Post: Vista Deployment Screencast

    The latest screencast insallment is on Vista deployment; to give it the proper name - Business Desktop Deployment (BDD). So what's behind the acronym? Well, BDD provides one solution with which businesses can plan, build and deploy Windows Vista to their user's machines. The deployment techniques used...
  • Blog Post: Vista: Microsoft IT share experiences and best practices

    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...
  • Blog Post: BDD version 3 Workshops

    We are pleased to announce the new Desktop Deployment Planning Services Readiness (BDD v3) Workshop for partners. Duration 4 Days Cost £400 4 Deliveries in H2 Technologies & Products used during the course User State Migration Tool 3.0 Windows Vista Deployment tools WinPE System Image Manager Windows...
  • Blog Post: Daylight Saving Time Support Update

    Support Assistance: Microsoft has implemented worldwide procedures to provide customers and partners no-charge support for DST assistance. Check them out below: Premier 1. For technical support at no-cost contact the local Microsoft Customer Support: 1-800-936-3100 (U.S.) or visit the support site for...