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  • Blog Post: Why Hyper-V for VDI whitepaper

    This whitepaper demonstrates why organizations should choose Microsoft® Hyper-V™ as their hypervisor when designing and implementing a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solution. Choosing a hypervisor for deploying a VDI solution involves a number of important considerations, each of which can be...
  • Blog Post: Video: Migration From Windows XP to Windows 7

    Find out what you need to know about the process of migrating your computers from Windows XP to Windows 7. This video discusses: Backup considerations and options Preparing hard drives and partitions Capturing Windows XP data and settings with the Windows Easy Transfer Tool Installing Windows 7 Restoring...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Support of IPv6

    Support for Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), a new suite of standard protocols for the Network layer of the Internet, is built into the latest versions of Microsoft Windows, which include Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP with Service...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Compatibility: Evaluation and Remediation Video

    Explore the importance of application compatibility in a successful Windows 7 deployment. In this video, you'll learn about potential driver and application issues, then how to evaluate the compatibility of your applications using tools like the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit and Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Previews Next Release of Windows Phone

    Recently Microsoft has previewed the next release of Windows Phone called “Mango”. Mango will deliver smarter and easier communications, apps and Internet experiences and will bring Windows Phone to more customers around the world. Read the complete news at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2011...
  • Blog Post: Desktop backgrounds (wallpaper)

    Celebrate the joyous season with this classic evergreen bough. To get a desktop background, click Get it now, right-click the image, and then click Set as background. Get them at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/downloads/personalize/wallpaper-desktop-background Read my favorites blogs: Designing...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista and 7 Support Lifecycle

    Microsoft provides support on the current service pack, and in some cases the immediately preceding service pack, for the products listed below. See the Lifecycle Support Policy FAQ for details on the Service Pack Support Policy. As a convenience to you, Microsoft is providing a list of the currently...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Deployment: Finding, testing, and fixing applications on Windows 7 Video

    Windows 7 Deployment: My Application is Broken and Can’t Get Up! Finding, testing, and fixing applications on Windows 7 with the Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.6 In Windows 7 migrations application compatibility is an important issue. That’s where the Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) comes...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft security updates for December 2011

    As part of Microsoft's routine, monthly security update cycle, we released 13 new security updates on December 13, 2011. Get the details at http://www.microsoft.com/security/pc-security/bulletins/201112.aspx Read my favorites blogs: Designing a backup less Exchange 2010 Architecture Step by step guide...
  • Blog Post: Real people. Real answers.

    Ask questions and we will search for real answers. See answers by topic Install, Upgrade and Activate Windows Update Networking, Mail, and Getting Online All topics See answers by version Windows 7 Windows Vista Windows XP All Versions Find out at http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us
  • Blog Post: Now Available: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 Beta 1

    The next version of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) —version 2012— is now available for beta download. To participate in the beta program, register for MDT 2012 Beta 1 at Microsoft Connect. MDT is the recommended process and toolset to automate large-scale server deployments. Microsoft Deployment...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.6

    The Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) version 5.6 contains the necessary tools and documentation to evaluate and mitigate application compatibility issues before deploying Windows 7®, Windows Vista®, a Windows Update, or a new version of Windows Internet Explorer® in your environment...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Windows Thin PC (WinTPC)

    Reduced End Point costs for VDI: WinTPC empowers enterprises to leverage their end point hardware investments to access virtual desktops that are delivered using VDI or sessions. WinTPC is available as a benefit of SA, and hence does not represent any additional cost for SA customers. Windows Thin PC...
  • Blog Post: Making the Experience Better Together with Windows 7

    Windows Server 2008 R2 has many features that are designed specifically to work with client computers running Windows 7. Windows 7 is the most current version of the Windows operating system from Microsoft. Read all the security features at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/R2-better-together...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor

    To see if your PC is ready for Windows 7, download the free Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor. It scans your PC for potential issues with your hardware, devices, and installed programs, and recommends what to do before you upgrade. (If you’re already running Windows 7, you can add premium features online with...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Deployment Learning Portal

    The portal is designed to help you identify the strengths and gaps in your knowledge around Windows 7 deployment and provide some targeted learning to help you reach the top of your game. About This Portal The Deployment Learning Portal is an online assessment and learning tool administered by The Test...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Solution Accelerators

    Tools and guidance that help you solve your deployment, planning, and operational IT problems. They are free and fully supported. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/solutionaccelerators/default.aspx ?ocid=soc-n-SA-loc-services-omers What you can do with a Solution Accelerator Take advantage of cloud...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and Exchange Server

    Is Exchange supported running on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1? We wanted to let you know that we've completed testing with Windows 2008 R2 SP1 and the following versions of Exchange are supported to run on Windows 2008 R2 SP1 (the RTM version of SP1): Exchange 2010 SP1 Exchange 2010 RTM Exchange 2007 SP3...
  • Blog Post: 8 simple ways to help IT maintain your computer and devices at work

    Your PC and mobile devices are critical to your job. Every day you rely on them to perform tasks, connect with people, and access resources. Maintaining your computer and keeping it running smoothly can even be closely tied to job performance. At work, your computer and devices are part of a larger network...
  • Blog Post: Where IS your data? Select the right client virtualization solution & mitigate this concern…

    Planning a Windows 7 migration? How much of your corporate data is at the airport today in a lost or stolen laptop? What is the cost per year to manage your desktops? Are you prepared to support the upcoming “always-on” workforce? Read more at http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsserver/archive/2011/05...
  • Blog Post: Demonstration: Windows 7 Hardware Assessment with the MAP Toolkit : VIDEO

    Learn how to use the MAP Toolkit to determine if your existing PCs are ready to be upgraded to Windows 7 from a hardware and device compatibility perspective. Need tools and guidance to help your organization migrate to Windows 7? Learn how to use the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit to...
  • Blog Post: If you love Windows 7, there’s more to love

    If you love Microsoft Windows 7, then there is more to love. Add features to your PC with Windows 7 by moving up to a more powerful edition. Want to personalize your desktop with photos? Safeguard your work with automatic network backups? You can move to a more powerful edition of Windows 7 in about...
  • Blog Post: Simplify Windows 7 & Internet Explorer migrations with MAP Video

    This demo is the first in a series of three focused on how to plan, securely deploy, and manage your migration to the Windows 7 operating system. In this demo, you’ll learn how you can use the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.5 to streamline and simplify your migration to Windows 7 and...