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.
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.
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.