Newest Book: Mastering Windows 7 Deployment

No sooner than Mastering Hyper-V Deployment is done, I’m working on Mastering Windows 7 Deployment.  I’m contributing 6 chapters to this one and I’m half way through writing the draft editions.  This book is providing all the steps and all the methods to do a Windows 7 deployment project using the MS product set.  I don’t know what the schedule is at the moment.  I’d suspect early next year will be the RTM.


Microsoft Assessment and Planning 5.0 CTP

A community technical preview (i.e. a pre-beta, probably buggy) release of MAP version 5.0 has been released on Connect by Microsoft.  MAP is a free set of tools and guidance on how to prepare for a set of technologies, e.g. Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Hyper-V, etc.  Version 5 adds:

  • Heterogeneous Server Environment Inventory for Technologies including Windows Server, Linux, UNIX and VMware
  • Ability to determine usage of deployed  System Center Configuration Manager, a member of the Core Client Access License (Core CAL) Suite.
  • Office 2010 Readiness Assessment.
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Irish Windows 7 and W2008 R2 Community Launch Videos

Microsoft Ireland has posted the video of the Dublin community launch of Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Exchange 2010.  I was lucky enough to be a part of the presentations, talking about the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit for Windows 7, the Application Compatibility Toolkit and Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010.  This was a demo intensive session and well worth checking out if you couldn’t make it on the day.  I’m in the “Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2 Story Part I” video.