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…

Today I passed the "Designing, Implementing, and Managing Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003" MCP Test.The test is 40 questing with a passing score on 700 out of 1000. My score was 936. Hopefully this will end my focus on SMS 2003 so I can spend all my researach time on ConfigMgr 2007.

Clinic 2263: Exam Preparation for the MCDST Certification Summary: This online clinic prepares students who are currently providing end-user support in a Microsoft Windows® XP operating environment with a review of the objectives covered on the Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST) certification exams. Audience: IT Pro Available Offline: Yes Price: FREE Subscription: 1 year Clinic 2955: First Look: Microsoft® BizTalk® Server 2006 for IT Professionals Summary: This clinic provides IT professionals with an introduction to BizTalk Server 2006 and how to deploy and manage applications in a BizTalk environment. Audience: IT Pro Available Offline: Yes Price: FREE Subscription: 90…

The Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) 3.0 RC delivers new features that enable admins to more easily manage and deploy updates across the organization. New features in WSUS 3.0 include a new MMC -based UI with advanced filtering and reporting, improved performance and operational reliability, flexible deployment options to improve branch office support, and more content access throught the Microsoft Update Catalog site. Key areas and features investments in the new WSUS 3.0 include: Straightforward Installment · In place upgrade over 2.0 · New configuration wizard to guide setup and configuration Improved Administrative Experience · New MMC based powerful UI…

Lets face it, Microsofts new deployment tools rock. But today it got even better… Microsoft now have multicast support checked into the build tree for Longhorn Server.  It will be tightly integrated into the Longhorn Server Windows Deployment Services (WDS) role. Microsoft will release the bits on a very limited basis this month to some customers via an IDS build, with much broader availability as they’ll drop Beta 3 from airplanes.  For those of you with subscriptions to TechNet Plus Online, you’ll get the goodies early.  Want more details? New MGMT tasks in the WDS MMC and WDSUTIL New WDS Client UI page indicating…

Deploying Microsoft Windows Vista Operating System Images Using SMS 2003 Virtual Labhttp://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=6067734Event OverviewAfter completing this lab, you will be better able to: • Install the SMS 2003 OS Deployment Feature Pack Update. • Install USMT 3.0 to capture and restore user state information. • Create an Image Capture Wizard CD. • Image a Windows Vista client computer. • Import the Windows Vista image into an SMS 2003 image package. • Deploy the Windows Vista image to upgrade a Windows 2000 client computer. NoteBy registering for this Virtual Lab – you will receive a one-time follow up call from a Microsoft representative to inform you of special…

The final version of the Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.0 are now released. If you are already familiar with ACT 5.0 make sure you download the new bits and the refreshed product guide here.  If you want to learn more about the tools and resources around application compatibility for Windows Vista – please visit our TechNet site. For people new to ACT, it is a single toolset that can help detect, diagnose, and mitigate compatibility issues found in Windows Vista.  I think the single coolest feature of this tool is that you can deploy it in your current environment, Windows 2000 or Windows…

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