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Volume 9, Issue 14, July 11, 2007.
The popular Windows Vista Hardware Assessment deployment tool just got better. And it is now available as a free download. Windows Vista Hardware Assessment 2.0 offers IT professionals a quick way to assess their existing computers’ readiness for Windows Vista without any software agents. In this new release, you will find new features such as a 2007 Microsoft Office system hardware assessment, enhanced scalability for large enterprise networks, selective inventory by organization units and more. Windows Vista Hardware Assessment 2.0 is part of an essential suite of Windows Vista Solution Accelerators including the Data Encryption Toolkit for Mobile PCs, the Windows Vista Security Guide, and the Business Desktop Deployment 2007.
It’s easy to see why the excitement around the Windows PowerShell command line and scripting environment continues to build. It seems like we’ve just begun to discover what can be done using the tool. One of the most talked-about features of Windows PowerShell is its pipeline, but it’s also, unfortunately, one of the most misunderstood features. If you are already a Windows PowerShell user or interested in understanding more about this powerful command line interface, don’t miss Don Jones’s column in TechNet Magazine: Windows PowerShell Rethinking the Pipeline. And don’t forget, you can download Windows PowerShell 1.0 or evaluate it as part of your Windows Server 2008 evaluation. There are several introductory videos that demonstrate the various capabilities of Windows PowerShell, including Introduction to Windows PowerShell, Windows Vista and Windows PowerShell, and Windows PowerShell and IIS 7.
Top Stories and Featured Content
How do you secure the desktop against malicious ActiveX controls without limiting application compatibility? We’ll take you on a tour of the ActiveX Installer Service (AxIS) in Windows Vista that addresses this issue with a new way to manage ActiveX controls.
In the Boot Configuration Data (BCD) Editor FAQ, find out what the BCD store is, why it was created, where it’s located in the registry, how to modify it, and more.
Support and Troubleshooting
Knowledge Base Articles
See a selection of new Knowledge Base articles on the TechNet Web site. KB articles feature an Article Translations box in the right column. You can select a language from the drop-down list and read the article in the selected language.
It’s time to take advantage of Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office system. Download the new and improved Windows Vista Hardware Assessment 2.0 tool to help you determine your computers’ readiness and the upgrades that may be required for your migration project.
Wednesday, July 18, 11:30 AM Pacific Time
Join this webcast to find out if your existing computers are ready to fun Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office system using the newly-released Windows Vista Hardware Assessment 2.0.
Windows Vista Virtual Labs have recently been refreshed. In these labs you’ll learn to manage network security, deploy operating system images using Windows Deployment Services, configure User Account Control for standard and administrative users via group policy, and more.
Get best practice guidance for managing Windows Vista desktop operations. Windows Vista Service Life-Cycle Management (WVSLM) provides concise guidance to help minimize the total cost of ownership of desktop infrastructure. Process guidance and document templates help make service management concepts from the IT Infrastructure Library and the Microsoft Operations Framework tangible and easily implementable by focusing on a single and common IT service.
WVSLM is part of a family of Windows Vista Solution Accelerators, including the Windows Vista Hardware Assessment, Business Desktop Deployment 2007, Windows Vista Security Guide, and the Data Encryption Toolkit for Mobile PCs.
This free kit provides a comprehensive plan to combat malware, and gives you tools to uncover ‘stealthy’ malware and restore infected PCs — so users can safely get back to work.
Case Studies and White Papers
Windows Vista Deployment Case Studies
• Collegiate Housing Services
Housing Company Saved $38,000 in PC Replacement Costs During Recent Windows Vista Deployment
• Sporton International, Inc.
Telecommunications Certification Company Found 88% of Existing PCs to Be Windows Vista Ready.
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