This week Microsoft released the latest version of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack for Software Assurance (MDOP) on http://licensing.microsoft.com, including the SoftGrid 4.2 Client and Sequencer which add Vista compatibility. The CD image also contains the Diagnostic and Recovery Toolkit, Asset Inventory Service, Advanced Group Policy Management and System Center Desktop Error Monitoring.  For more information on these other products see this MDOP overview page. The SoftGrid versions in the MDOP package include: The SoftGrid Virtual Application Server (VAS) version 4.1.1.302 The SoftGrid Client version 4.2.0.302 The SoftGrid Sequencer version 4.2.0.303 Note that there is no 4.2 version of the SoftGrid Virtual…

The Windows BitLocker Design and Deployment guides describe the various aspects of planning for deploying Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption for Windows Vista Enterprise and Windows Vista Ultimate computers in an enterprise environment. The document is organized in two guides, and you should carefully consider each guide before you deploy BitLocker Drive Encryption.Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption Design GuideThis guide provides a systematic approach when planning for BitLocker deployment and highlights the main decision points. This guide is intended for use by an infrastructure specialist or system architect. It assumes that you have a good understanding of how BitLocker and TPM work…

Deploying System Center Configuration Manager 2007Q&A with the SCCM 2007 Deployment Feature team.Add to CalendarJune 29, 200710:00 A.M. Pacific TimeAdditional Time ZonesEnterChatRoom Operating System Deployment with System Center Configuration Manager 2007Q&A with the SCCM 2007 OSD Feature TeamAdd to CalendarJuly 10, 200710:00 A.M. Pacific TimeAdditional Time ZonesEnterChatRoom Software Updates Management with System Center Configuration Manager 2007Q&A with the SCCM 2007 Software Updates Management Feature TeamAdd to CalendarJuly 12, 20071:00 P.M. Pacific TimeAdditional Time ZonesEnterChatRoom Desired Configuration Monitoring with System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Q & A with the SCCM 2007 DCM Feature Team.Add to CalendarJuly 19, 200710:00 A.M. Pacific TimeAdditional…

TechNet Webcast: Deploying System Center Configuration Manager 2007 (Level 200)Monday, July 02, 2007 – 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Pacific TimeWally Mead, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Corporationhttp://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032343568&Culture=en-US TechNet Webcast: Deploying System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Clients (Level 300)Friday, July 06, 2007 – 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Pacific TimeWally Mead, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporationhttp://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032343641&Culture=en-US And both of them with my farvorite presenter: Wally Mead 🙂

System Center Operations Manager 2007: Introduction – http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032343974&EventCategory=3&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US System Center Operations Manager 2007: Advanced Topics – http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032343965&EventCategory=3&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US Monitoring Web Applications with the MOM 2005 Web Sites and Services Management Pack – http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032325778&EventCategory=3&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US Managing Exchange and Active Directory with Operations Manager – http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032305338&EventCategory=3&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US

Download the Windows Vista pre-configured virtual hard drive and get a head start on testing applications on Windows Vista. OverviewFor organizations with complex desktop infrastructures, whether large or small, Windows Vista Enterprise is the operating system designed specifically to help realize a better return on IT investments. In this VHD, you’ll have the opportunity to road-test new and improved features including management (e.g. MUI, BDD, etc…) usability (e.g. Search, Navigation, etc…) and security (UAC, Windows Defender, etc…), enhancements to the Windows Vista platform. System Requirements Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2003; Windows Vista; Windows XPA virtualization product that supports the…

If you find yourself blocked by a required prerequisite when you’re running setup to evaluate Configuration Manager 2007 Beta 2 in your lab environment (or TAP production environment) there is a setup switch than can come to your rescue: Setup /NoPrereq. Using this setup switch will cause setup to run and skip the prerequisite checking process. This means that none of the prerequisite check rules will run during setup so I’d recommend that you first run setup with the prerequisite checking turned on to ensure that you’ve resolved as many setup prerequisites as you easily can. This setup switch will…

On July 1st, MS will release an update to SoftGrid that will add support for Windows Vista.  SoftGrid, a part of the Desktop Optimisation Pack (Software Assurance customers only) is an application virtualisation and streaming solution that resolves issues surrounding software deployment: Application compatibility issues Regression testing Self service Rapid deployment For further informantion on SoftGrid, check http://www.microsoft.com/softgrid/

Windows Server 2008, when it ships later this year, will include an installation option called “Server Core” that allows admins to set up a minimal environment to run a handful of roles. At TechEd 2007 in Orlando, Microsoft announced that it will be adding yet another admin-selectable role option to Server Core: Internet Information Services 7.0 (IIS7), Microsoft’s Web server. Windows Server 2008 (the product which was known, until quite recently as Longhorn Server) has been designed since its inception to consist of a core foundation with roles layered atop it. Instead of uninstalling functionality, customers will add on specific…

SCCM 2007 supports the following 14 Site System roles, with those prefixed with [NEW] being new to SCCM:   Site Server – The server on which you install the SCCM software. Site Database Server – The server running SQL and hosting the SCCM Site Database (only required for Primary Sites) Configuration Manager Console – The interface for administering SCCM. Installed by default on Primary Site Servers this role can also be installed on workstations to allow remote administration. SMS Provider – The intermediate Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), layer that sits between the Configuration Manager Console and the Site Database (the…

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