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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Search for mobile, very nice

    Link to Windows Live Search for mobile beta Maybe I have been too wrapped up in Vista lately. I'm usually right on top of apps like this when they release but this one snuck past me. Very, very cool!
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: RDP7 for XP and Vista

    Remote Desktop Protocol 7, the version which shipped with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, is available to install on Windows XP (x86) as well as Windows Vista (x86/x64).  This will bring the RDP7 functionality to those platforms including new functional enhancements including multiple monitors...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Tablet PCs in Education

    Imagine – you are studying for a final and find an item on the syllabus you just don’t recall. That day your mind was off in space for one reason or another. You open a browser and search across the professor’s class notes. You see the material from that day, highlight a specific bullet point and click...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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.