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25+ Vista deployment tricks
Next week I'm going on the road to visit schools in Denver, Phoenix, and Las Vegas back to back to back. I'm about to hop on a conference call with a peer to discuss the agenda. I'm thinking about abandoning the slide deck (I hate slides) and creating a tips and tricks type demo. I haven't come up with...
28 Nov 2006
Vista Hardware List
Pretty cool site to list out devices and systems that have been certified for Vista. http://winqual.microsoft.com/HCL/Default.aspx?m=v
28 Mar 2007
Adding manual customizations to your BDD image capture
I recently worked with a school district to walk through a full setup and capture using BDD. This was a really nice experience for me since in technical sales you sometimes spend too much time talking about a solution and not enough time working with it to flush out the details and questions that only...
15 Feb 2007
Where to find technical information on TPM
The Trusted Platform Module is not a Microsoft technology but Vista leverages TPM as a preferred hardware component when enabling BitLocker drive encryption. The Trusted Computing Group maintains the specifications on TPM and provides a great deal of technical background information. Link to Trusted...
3 Feb 2007
Retail Launch Animations
They came for Vista Blog that points over to animations for sharing knowledge with retail partners. These are fantastic. Also - no post yesterday. That's a result of being on vacation and spending the day with family. By the end of the day I find I've exerted twice the energy of a standard work...
23 Dec 2006
Microsoft Open Source Lab extends letter to Mozilla
Nice unbiased article on ZDNet regarding a recent posting to a Mozilla dev newsgroup from the director of the Microsoft Open Source Labs. The letter was in regards to the Mozilla team utilizing the Microsoft Open Source Lab for testing and working on builds of Mozilla for Windows Vista. If you haven...
27 Aug 2006
Vista Sidebar Gadget for SharePoint Learning Kit
So you're a student taking an online class and you need to keep track of all your assignments, when they are due, which have been graded and returned, etc. Wouldn't it be nice if you had the information always in front of you and up to date so you were never late with an assignment again? I've had...
22 Feb 2007
Credential Provider Samples
I know a few schools out there are working on custom credential providers for Vista. I have heard of projects such as authenticating to third party kerb realms, etc. The code samples for Vista RTM have been posted and may be of value. Link to Download details: Credential Provider Samples [Updated...
3 Jan 2007
Windows Easy Transfer Companion (Beta)
This looks really interesting. I will be testing today. Windows Easy Transfer Companion enables you to automatically transfer your most important programs from your Windows XP-based PC to your new Windows Vista-based PC. This way you can become productive on your new PC as soon as possible. Easy Transfer...
16 Feb 2007
Search folders in tools
Interesting post The gist of this article is even if the tool you're using does not support search folders you can place a search folder within a real folder and it should pick it up. That really gets my mind working on scenarios... Theoretically I could craft all kinds of uses for this. Two posts...
23 Dec 2006
Another good use for vhdmount, mounting Vista backups
I just read a great post on MSDN blogs regarding vhdmount, a tool in Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 Beta 2 (that's a seriously long name) that allows you to mount VHD files to the host operating system, and with the registry changes in this write-up you can associate the executable with the file type so...
2 Sep 2006
Get your Vista machine ready for St. Patrick's Day!
You wouldn't want to bring bad luck to your gear would you? Here's a simple trick to bring good luck and avoid pinching... More info on St. Patrick's Day 1. Right click on your desktop and select "Display Settings". The click on "Windows Color and Appearance". 2. Select the drop-down arrow next to "Show...
17 Mar 2007
x64 drivers for the smartcard reader in HP laptops!
Sweet, I just heard, tested, and confirmed that the drivers HP has posted for the TI smartcard reader work for 64-bit even though they are only listed in the category for 32-bit versions of Vista. I am only able to test this on my nc8430 and my nx6125, beyond those two models I have no idea whether this...
11 May 2007
Windows Vista - Wikipedia
I've seen the link to this site in a couple of blogs and even Email signatures. Wikipedia (I'm a fan) has a great series of articles on Vista including an overview and new features. I'm impressed! This is a great community effort to consolidate all the new information. Link to Windows Vista - Wikipedia...
23 Aug 2006
Vista LiveMeeting scheduled today for Education
If you have questions or need info about Vista and volume activation please join the call today. I'll be in the Q/A panel helping answer questions from over 800 registered attendees. One of the main points of focus will be flushing out Volume Activation details. Vista Activation – What you Need to Know...
3 May 2007
Great screencast on Vista deployment!
So, I am planning a couple of additional Education FAQ write-ups. The next on my list is BitLocker, I just haven't done the work yet. I am also planning a write-up on deployment that is specific to Education. In the mean time, I found a great screencast by Keith Combs if you would like to see an overview...
23 Aug 2006
What is the quickest/easiest way to open the Network Connections page in Vista/2008
In other words to get to this page. I’ll be honest, having to navigate through the Network and Sharing Center can sometimes be an extra step for me rather than a value-add. At times it can be very helpful, at other times I just want to get to the IP configuration page for a network adapter as quickly...
26 Apr 2008
Link: SoftGrid Virtual Labs
Finally back to my office for some lab time to rework demos and presentation content. In fact, before the week is over I hope to reach out to a few of you MVPs for input! I'm excited to see this virtual lab for testing SoftGrid come online, especially with SMS integration! If you are managing desktops...
19 Mar 2007
You cannot mod XP to Vista
A few times while visiting customers I've been asked the question: "So, if I apply all the latest patches, I install IE7, and I install Defender, does XP give me the same security as Vista?" NO, Absolutely not! Much like many write-ups I saw posted early after the release of Vista, too often...
24 May 2007
Use FolderShare to sync your new Vista machine with your old XP machine
I know several members of my family have been waiting to buy a new desktop because they wanted Vista. How do you go about copying all your data between the two machines and what if you want to use both until you get comfortable? No problem. First off, I've found the Easy Transfer Wizard is VERY easy...
31 Jan 2007
Reducing application conflicts on unmanaged faculty/staff machines
Yesterday a press release snuck out with several announcements regarding virtualization. For full detail, link to Kevin's post and then to the press announcement after the jump. Kevinsul's Management Blog : Announcing the 'Windows Installer Utility for MSFT Application Virtualization' (and why you should...
12 Sep 2007
My Vista autounattend file template
This is an answer file I use to demonstrate an unattended setup with Vista Business/Enterprise. First off, please do not copy this file verbatim with hopes of using it in mass deployments. There are settings I have cleared or set generically so you need to populate them on your own. I am posting this...
5 Feb 2007
VPN to your Vista machine
This may not seem all that interesting at face value but there are a LOT of people in higher education who have workstations that use public IP's. There is a secure way to connect to your machine remotely. Here's how to setup your Windows Vista workstation to accept new incoming VPN connections. This...
19 May 2007
Vista SP1 - Standalone Update now on MVLS
Yesterday I promised the stand alone update would be coming soon. I just checked and the 32-bit version is now available on the Microsoft Volume License Services website (MVLS). I am expecting the 64-bit version to follow soon. I'll amend this post when I confirm it is online as well...
5 Mar 2008
Information on Service Pack 2 for Windows Server 2003
Why so excited? See the list of things this update includes. WDS!!! Windows Deployment Services will update RIS to support network deployment of Windows Vista.
5 Aug 2006
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