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  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) Remote Server Administration Tools

    I just received an email from one of my Windows 7 Loadfest attendees asking: “A re there plans for remote admin server support via MMC under 7, I think Vista dropped this support for the standard toolset - AD, DHCP, DNS, Exchange, etc.” Well it just so happens we already have that available and it can...
  • Blog Post: Before Installing Windows 7 run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor

              Many of you have been coming to the Windows 7 IT Pro launch events around the country.  At the event you have been getting a free, not-for-resale version of Windows 7 Ultimate.  I strongly suggest before you install Windows 7, especially if its an older machine...
  • Blog Post: How to Make Your USB Stick Drive Bootable

    Have you ever needed to make a bootable USB stick drive?  We will actually be doing this as part of our live events in order to be able to upgrade a Windows XP machine to Windows 7. We will make the USB drive bootable and add resources from the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit such as Operation System...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Pricing Announced!!!!

    One of the most common questions I have been asked at my live events and loadfests is the pricing structure for Windows 7.  Well, they have finally been announced and can be found HERE .  There are some upgrade specials to get 50% or more off on pre-orders!!    Important Pre-Order...
  • Blog Post: I Want To Update My ADMX Central Store with the Windows 7 ADMX files but I Can’t Find Them!!!!

    I’ve been asked this question a few times by people who want to update their Central Store with the latest ADMX files for Windows 7. Where Are The ADMX Files If you are running Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise or Ultimate you’ll find the ADMX files under %WINDIR%\PolicyDefinitions .  It’s simply...
  • Blog Post: Extending Your Activation Grace Period on Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2

    Most of the content I use for webcasts and live events have virtual machines that have been created either by someone on my team or by someone at Microsoft corporate. The virtual machines are not created with trial versions of the operating system but with fully licensed product. For obvious reasons...
  • Blog Post: “NEW Efficiency!” Launch Event - Windows 7 Resources

    *********************************** Update 11/12/09 - Slidedecks links are at: **************************************** http://blogs.technet.com/johnbaker/archive/2009/11/10/the-new-efficiency-launch-powerpoint-slide-decks.aspx ******************************************************************...
  • Blog Post: Test Drive Windows 7, take a survey and enter to WIN a Toshiba notebook

    The Windows 7 Test Drive is designed to let you explore the great new features in Windows 7 – with no installation required.  Check out our updated site with new content on Enterprise products including IE8, MDOP and Virtualization.  Try out our virtual labs, watch demo videos, download whitepapers...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Events Presents “Microsoft Virtualization Tour” for IT Pros!

    TechNet Events Presents: TechNet Unleashed: The Microsoft Virtualization Tour Join our TechNet IT Evangelists as they hit the road again this fall to bring you the highlights of Microsoft’s great virtualization solutions. We’ll go from the desktop to the enterprise, starting with VHD native boot – a...
  • Blog Post: Just Out!! Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 4.0

    Download the newly released Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 4.0 and see how you can use this planning tool for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 migration and virtualization projects. The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit is an agentless toolkit that finds computers on a network...
  • Blog Post: Bytes By TechNet Interview: Jeremy Moskowitz and John Baker on XP to Windows 7 Migration

    John Baker, Sr. IT Evangelist at Microsoft, and Jeremy Moskowitz, Chief Propeller Head at Gpanswers.com talk about the latest features in Microsoft Windows Group Policy. Jeremy touches on XP to Windows 7 migration along with other insights that give administrators real control over their desktops and...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Windows 7? Links to Some Great Resources…..

    If you’ve been given the task of deploying Windows 7 in your environment then take a look at the following links for some great resources to get you on the road to a successful deployment. Windows Upgrade Advisor The Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor scans your PC for potential compatibility issues and lets...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting a Failed Microsoft Security Essentials Install - Error Code 0x80070643

    I was working on my daughter’s Windows 7 computer last weekend and one of the first things I noticed was she hadn’t installed any updates for quite a while. It took a couple of update cycles to get her machine current.  Once it was, I noticed the antivirus software the computer had come with had...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 Update 1

    If you’re using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 then you’ll be pleased to know the MDT 2010  Update 1, the newest version of Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, is now available!   What is the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 Update 1 It’s Solution Accelerator for operating system...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Deployment – Deployment Step 1: Gather Required Software (Part 4 of 8)

    In this screencast I’ll review the software required for Lite Touch Installation (LTI) deployments.  Using MDT 2010 for the Lite Touch, High-Volume Deployment strategy streamlines deployment and reduces support costs by providing a more consistent configuration with fewer support calls. The Lite...
  • Blog Post: Advanced Deployment Scenarios using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010: (Part 3 of 7)

    Configuring Role Methods in the Configuration Database Role methods are used to target a group of computers based on a variety of criteria. As you will see there are four types of methods: Computers , Role , Locations , and Make and Model . The Role method is unique in that it can be assigned to other...
  • Blog Post: Advanced Deployment Scenarios using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010: (Part 7 of 7)

    Custom Edit the Deployment Wizard to Add a New Page   In the final part of the seven part series we’ll see how we can do further customizations to the MDT deployments.  We’ll use the MDT 2010 Wizard editor from CodePlex to modify our Windows Deployment Wizard .  In this demonstration we...
  • Blog Post: How Do I Get Rid of Phantom or Hidden Devices?

    I did a post recently about Extending Your Activation Grace Period on Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 . I had been working on some virtual machines I needed for a presentation I was doing and needed to get the machines up running without burning a product key and activating. Once I resolved my issue...
  • Blog Post: Advanced Deployment Scenarios using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010: (Part 2 of 7)

    Create and Explore the Configuration Database The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit has the ability use a configuration database which provides a rich opportunity for customization of an automated deployment.  The configuration database is a logical extension of the configuration settings normally stored...
  • Blog Post: Creating a Firewall Rule to Allow ICMPv4 Echo Requests

    You're trying to do some basic troubleshooting on your network and you ping a machine but it doesn't respond.  You know its there.  Why isn't it responding?  It's probably the firewall on the machine that's causing the problem.  In this screencast you'll see how to create a firewall...
  • Blog Post: Download Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1

    If you have a bunch of machines you want to install SP1 on you can always use Windows Update.  This means however SP1 is going to be downloaded over for each of the machines.  Obviously not if you’re using WSUS!!! In my case I have a lot demo machines in hyper-v that don't have access to the...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Deployment – Step 5: Deploy Windows 7 to Target Computer (Part 8 of 8)

    In this screencast I'll go through the process of deploying the custom image created in Part 7 of the series.  We will import the image into the Deployment Workbench and then create a Task Sequence to deploy the imported image to target computers in our environment.   Resources: Download Windows...
  • Blog Post: Blain and John's Resource Guide for Windows 7 Deployment

    Blain and John’s TechNet Event Resources Windows 7 Deployment Sept- Dec 2010 Future Live, In-Person Event Information TechNet (for IT Pros): http://www.technetevents.com MSDN (for Software Developers): http://www.MSDNEvents.com Webcasts Windows 7 Webcast Series http://www.microsoft.com/events/series...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 5.0 Now Available

      The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0 is an agentless tool designed to simplify and streamline the IT infrastructure planning process across multiple scenarios through network-wide automated discovery and assessments. This Solution Accelerator performs an inventory of heterogeneous...
  • Blog Post: Msiexec.exe Command Line Options

    The other day at a TechNet event someone asked me about the various parameters that can be used when doing an application install with MSIEXEC.EXE. I found the info below at http://bit.ly/agBMUI . ****************************************************************************************************...