Thursday, February 22, 2007

Configuration Manager Beta 2

System Center Configuration Manager 2007 (SMSv4) Beta 2 has now been released via the connect site. Time to start looking at a Zero Touch deployment solution for Windows Vista using System Center, if you have not already.



BDD 2007 Updated Components !

Your BDD workbench should give you the latest info:

Final versions of other deployment tools are now available! Use BDD 2007 to download, install and manage them via the component page.

Application compatibility Toolkit 5.0 - Analyze and mitigate your application compatibility issues.

Office Migration Planning Manager - A group of tools designed to help administrators during the planning and testing phases of a 2007 Microsoft Office system deployment.

Windows Vista Hardware Assessment - The newly released Windows Vista Hardware Assessment solution accelerator is an agentless assessment tool that makes it easier for customers and IT consultants to quickly assess their existing PCs' readiness for Windows Vista migration.

Volume Activation Management Tool – Automate and centrally manage the volume activation process using a Multiple Activation Key (MAK). VAMT can perform both MAK proxy and MAK independent activation of single or multiple remote computers running volume editions of Windows Vista at once.

Key Management Service (KMS) – Enable KMS on a Windows Server 2003 environment. KMS enables customers to host a local service within their environment which can be used by volume editions of Windows Vista Business and Windows Vista Enterprise for activation.

KMS Management Pack for MOM 2005 – Monitor and report the health of the KMS hosts fulfilling the activation requests within their organization. System administrators can create alerts for conditions that could indicate KMS outages or impending problems


Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Virtual PC 2007 Released

Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 has been officially released, which includes some significant improvements including support for both AMD and Intel Virtualization.



Monday, February 05, 2007

Vista Deployment Summit

Taking your first look at Windows Vista and the deployment challenges ahead? I will be running a free community Deployment Summit in April where you can find out more about Business Desktop Deployment, Application Remediation, Office 2007 deployment and also more information on Microsoft SoftGrid.

Check out the press release last week which has all the details


Into the Grid

What do you know about Microsoft SoftGrid, Application Virtualization?

There is some great documentation available now online to help bring you up to speed on this technology. Take a look inside and then take some time to consider how significant this product could be in the future.

Get into Microsoft SoftGrid


Sunday, February 04, 2007

Vodafone Mobile Connect "Vista Version"

Great news, I have just found on the Vodafone website the latest release candidate for a Vista Compatible Mobile Connect package.

Download Vodafone Mobile Connect Vista RC

Once downloaded, unzip the folder to the local drive and make sure you have uninstalled any old drivers you may have already tried. Results look good at the moment, drivers installed without any problems and I am able to establish a GPRS connection. I am not in a 3G area today so that trial will have to wait until tomorrow, but the device driver problems appear to have been resolved.