Vista SP1 is now available from MVLS, the download center, and from Windows Update. As a trusted IT admin in Education what should you communicate to your constituents? Here is some fodder.
What changes in Vista SP1?
Microsoft has published a website devoted to this topic - http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-GB/help/ea7577b8-813f-47a5-ba05-2f5b2e436b281033.mspx
As you might expect, there is a focus on performance and remediation of any issues that have come up since Vista was released. A short list from the site is below.
How do I install SP1 for Vista?
Microsoft has also published a site devoted to this topic - http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-GB/help/133c8953-c9cd-4fa5-8883-03e91bb6f2021033.mspx
There are best practices to keep in mind any time you make a major change to your computer. There is a good list of those practices available on the site, which I am copy/pasting here.
When you are ready to install, you can either download and install SP1 or let Windows Update install it for you. Step by step directions for both processes, as well as the process to uninstall SP1 should go wrong, are included at the SP1 install site given in the URL above. [This would be a good time to provide guidance on any services you have setup locally like WSUS]
When should I install SP1 for Vista?
This is an opportunity to stand out as a trusted advisor. Keep in mind that SP1 went through massive testing programs prior to release, but given that each and every environment is different and unique there is nothing wrong with you testing SP1 with your unique set of applications and hardware before recommending it to your constituents. With that in mind...
We have tested SP1 on our (current set / most popular set) of desktops and laptops as well as working with (most of your applications / x critical application / student information system / digital curriculum) and feel comfortable making a recommendation to install when you are ready.
For your own preparation and getting up to speed on the tools/resources at your disposal for SP1, see the following TechNet site. This site includes a link to the tool for blocking SP1 from being installed over Windows Update, if you find compatibility issues or need to reserve more time for testing.