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Windows 7 Deployment Learning Portal from Springboard Series Team

Windows 7 LogoGet helpful tips and tricks from Bytes by TechNet host Keith Combs and Senior Community Manager Stephen Rose on how to use the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) to create a technical proof of concept to help you see how Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010-as part of the Microsoft Optimized Desktop-will work in your environment.

About this Portal – The Deployment Learning Portal is an online assessment and learning tool administered by The Test Factory on behalf of Microsoft Ltd. It requires a separate registration and login process than the Windows Live login process used by TechNet. By registering for this experience, you accept that your data will be sent to The Test Factory, which is located in the United Kingdom.

Register for this Portal here – http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/ff470986.aspx

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I am Speaking in TechNet Webcasts – Windows Optimized Desktop Strategy

Microsoft conducts a series of TechNet webcasts for IT Professionals for the benefit of the community. These are 90-minute interactive sessions with experts on various technologies ranging from Windows 7, Windows Server, SQL Server, Virtualization, Visio and SharePoint. You might want to attend these sessions to have a better understanding of the capabilities that these technologies offer and learn how they can help you efficiently manage day-to-day IT operations.

TechNet Webcasts – Windows Optimized Desktop Strategy

As a part of this program, I will be doing a session today on Windows Optimized Desktop Strategy. Register for this webcast here.

The desktop is more than just the operating system: The desktop includes the applications that make your business run, the data with which you make critical business decisions, the settings that help your employees personalize their PCs and make them more productive, and the hardware your users need to access the entire computing environment. When making client computing decisions, it is essential to have a complete desktop strategy that considers the whole desktop — User Settings, Data, Applications, browser, and the operating system. Attend this session to understand how to plan for a broader desktop strategy for your organization and users.

I will be focusing on these below areas –

For your reference., I will post the slide-deck once the webcast completes!

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Microsoft Windows Installer, Application Compatibility and Deployments

What’s New in System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) v.Next

System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM)System Center Configuration Manager v.Next provides powerful and flexible user-centric management, allowing people to be able to seamlessly access their data from virtually anywhere, across multiple device types while providing IT with unified management tools and centralized control.

Providing User-Centric Management

Configuration Manager v.Next provides client management a user-centric approach, without being overly complex, while simplifying and consolidating onto a single, unified tool. These comprehensive user-centric management tools can help IT to manage and provide people with software that is tied to their identity and can follow them across multiple devices and access scenarios.

Flexible Delivery of Applications

Configuration Manager v.Next automatically delivers people applications by sensing and responding to system conditions that can be used to intelligently deploy applications in using a method most appropriate to the situation., a concept known as Conditional Delivery. This type of application delivery is provided through a new application model where the application itself is defined once, then delivered through multiple channels such as virtual, mobile, on presentation servers, or via traditional application deployment. This allows for a significantly simplified application deployment process. The applications themselves are protected with state-based delivery, which continues to provide people with predictable and reliable access to applications in the event that they are damaged or accidently deleted. People get the best experience with each of their devices through a process that distinguishes between primary and secondary devices and delivers services in the most appropriate way— including traditional, streaming, or from a presentation server.

On-Demand Applications

Configuration Manager v.Next helps to reduce the load on IT staff by providing people with an intuitive, self-service Web portal that allows anywhere access to enterprise applications that are dynamically customized by the user’s identity and role, helping to make people more effective, productive, and empowered. This rich storefront experience allows people to intuitively find and select which applications they need access to – making it easy to let people choose exactly what they need to do their jobs, when they need it.

Unifying Management Tools

Configuration Manager v.Next helps modernize IT, providing for a simplified, lean, and unified infrastructure for management and security to streamline your operational costs. Centralized management of desktop virtualization platforms, including Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-v) {App-V Guides/Tutorials}, Microsoft Enterprise Virtualization (Med-V), and Citrix XenApp, is also integrated into the Configuration Manager v.Next.

In addition, Configuration Manager v.Next provides for robust mobile device management support on multiple platforms such as Windows® Phone and Nokia Symbian, enabling people to self-provision applications, control settings, and manage mobile device updates.

Forefront® EndPoint Protection will also be built on Configuration Manager v.Next. Forefront EndPoint Protection and Configuration Manager are being brought together to help organizations gain efficiency in client protection management by reducing infrastructure and simplifying Deployment, thus helping to reduce costs.

Simplify IT Processes to Reduce Costs and Support Compliance

With Configuration Manager v.Next you can now set baseline configurations for your client systems to help automatically detect vulnerabilities based on changed configurations and to help identify non-compliance issues. With IT-defined automated remediation in Configuration Manager v.Next, configurations that have been changed from the baseline configuration can be detected and automatically reset to the desired configuration to further enhance system compliance.

Simplifying Management Administrative Improvements

Configuration Manager v.Next eliminates the need for additional primary Configuration Manager sites, which were traditionally used for data segmentation, by allowing for throttling and scheduling capabilities on distribution points as well as in primary sites. This allows for Configuration Manager site design flexibility that was not possible with previous versions.

The administrator console in Configuration Manager v.Next has been significantly enhanced with the addition of a role-based access control (RBAC) model that provides administrators with a streamlined console customized to their specific role—granting only what they need to do their job.

In addition, Configuration Manager v.Next provides for a ‘self-healing client’, that auto-remediates client health, even if the client is removed. This can significantly reduce IT administrative overhead and improve deployment reliability.

Providing an Integrated Platform

Configuration Manager v.Next provides for integrated end-to end IT client lifecycle management, from imaging to application delivery, maintenance, patching, and remediation, as well as supporting decommissioning of the devices—all through a single tool.

Additionally, Configuration Manager v.Next provides tight interoperability with Windows with features such as BranchCache™, direct access, power-saving settings, the User State Migration Toolkit (USMT), and the Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT). Because of this interoperability, it can help administrators get the most from Windows clients while gaining efficiencies in management.

Legacy Configuration Manager Migration and Support

Configuration Manager v.Next provides support for an organization’s existing traditional device-centric management models. The product does not require organizations to immediately replace legacy management techniques and can instead make a slow and gradual move to the new models. This allows for the flexibility to take advantage of new upgrade features without necessarily switching to new management models in entirety.

Unify and Simplify

Configuration Manager v.Next allows for a comprehensive user-centric approach to client management, tying applications directly to a user’s identity and allowing applications to follow people across multiple device types. Combined with user-friendly tools such as the self-service portal, Configuration Manager v.Next empowers people with the flexibility to work from multiple locations and on multiple devices.

Finally, Configuration Manager v.Next provides for a single view into overall client health, and allows for IT controls and remediation automation that helps to enhance the overall client management approach.

Summing up

The 3 Significant Pillars of this release of System Center Configuration Manager include,

Embrace user-centric management

  • Provide a rich application management model to capture admin intent
  • Allow the administrator to think users first
  • Provide the end user a fitting user experience to find/install software with
  • Allow the user to define their relationship to applications

Modernize our infrastructure and core components

  • Redesigned hierarchy and SQL Server replication
  • Automated content distribution
  • Client Health improvements and auto-remediation
  • Redesigned admin experience and role-based security model
  • Native 64-bit and full Unicode support

Continue to improve throughout the product

  • Software Updates auto-deployment (including Forefront definitions)
  • Automated settings remediation (DCM “set”)
  • Consolidated and expanded mobile device management
  • Improvements to OS Deployment and Remote Control
  • And much, much more.

In the upcoming articles, you will read more on the Software Distribution benefits in SCCM v.Next, Mobile Device Management etc.

Source: System Center Configuration Manager v.Next Data Sheet and MMS2010 Presentation Materials

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General Microsoft

I got my MVP Award ‘again’ in Setup and Deployment

MVP LogoHi Folks, it feels great to share this information with you. I’ ve been awarded Microsoft MVP again this year in the Stream of ‘Setup and Deployment’. This would be my third consecutive year as an MVP. I would take this moment to thank all my friends, readers, session attendees, MS Product Teams, MVP Program and my Organization for the constant support and encouragement. You guys are fantastic..!!

I just received this below email..! 

Dear Vijay Raj,

Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2010 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in Setup & Deployment technical communities during the past year.

Also in this email:

  • About your MVP Award Gift
  • How to access www.mvpaward.com to begin taking advantage of your award benefits
  • Your MVP Identification Number
  • MVP Award Program Code of Conduct

The Microsoft MVP Award provides us the unique opportunity to celebrate and honor your significant contributions and say “Thank you for your technical leadership.”

Toby Richards
General Manager
Community & Online Support

If you feel you have the potential and wanna’ try being an MVP – Check this out

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General How-to Microsoft

Silverlight Deployment Guide v4 is available for Download

Early last week the new version of the Silverlight Deployment Guide went live and can be found on the Silverlight Resources page.

This guide is great for any enterprise who wants to deploy, manage, or troubleshoot the installation of Silverlight version 1-4 in their corporation.  The previous version 2 of the guide has more than 100,000 completed downloads to date.

Silverlight LogoThe major new additions since the previous versions of the guide are:

  • Deploying and managing Silverlight out of browser (OOB) applications
  • Links to the Updated Group policies and template (ADMX/L files) which includes new capabilities to lockdown:
    • Silverlight Trusted Applications — allows users to install out-of-browser applications via the Install dialog
    • WebCam and Microphone — allows webpages/applications to access the microphone and webcam
    • UDP Multicast Networking — allows webpages/applications to do UDP multicast networking
    • Updated the verbiage to include Silverlight 4 and new system requirements

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Microsoft Windows Installer, Application Compatibility and Deployments

Download Windows 7 & Office 2010 Deployment Proof of Concept (PoC) Jump Start Kit

Looking to accelerate your Windows 7 deployment?  Want some help in creating a ready-to-go, virtual network test image?  Check out the new, step-by-step Technical Proof of Concept guide available from the Springboard Series and get:

  1. Windows 7 LogoTechnical guidance to help you explore and test Windows 7, Office 2010, and Internet Explorer 8 (as well as virtualization options with App-V)
  2. Video demonstrations and tutorials [For App-V Videos – Check this article]
  3. Quick links to related deployment tools
  4. Access to forum, partner, and Microsoft Services support offerings

IT pros in the U.S. and Canada: You can also order a Proof of Concept Jumpstart kit, which contains an image for Windows 7 and Office 2010 plus the latest compatibility and deployment tools all in one easy-to-use test environment!

You can download the Proof of Concept Jump Start Kit here

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Microsoft Tools Windows Installer, Application Compatibility and Deployments

Download SuperFlow for Operating System Deployment via Preboot Execution Environment (PXE)

This SuperFlow provides information about operating system deployment using preboot execution environment (PXE) service points. The SuperFlow provides step-by-step information about how to configure the enterprise network to support Configuration Manager PXE service point deployments. It then describes the steps from creating the deployment package until the operating system deployment task sequence begins to run on the client computer.

The SuperFlow interactive content model provides a structured and interactive interface for viewing documentation. This SuperFlow includes comprehensive information about a specific dataflow, workflow, or process. You will find overview information, steps that include detailed information, procedures, sample log entries, best practices, security information, and other information. This SuperFlow also includes links to relevant resources, such as Web sites or local files that are copied to your computer when you install the SuperFlow.

Download the SuperFlow for Operating System Deployment via PXE here [msi format]

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Webinar: Best Practices for Building Installation in Visual Studio 2010

Long-time Visual Studio developers understand that the Visual Studio Installer (VSI) tool is not ideal for most installation projects. It may look OK at first glance, but you soon realize VSI has many deficiencies, including:

  1. Visual Studio 2010 LogoCan’t manage components and features
  2. Can’t customize dialog boxes
  3. Can’t validate MSIs for Microsoft® Logo Guidelines
  4. Limited support for custom actions
  5. Can’t create updates and patches

Watch this Webinar from Flexera software to learn best practices for building reliable Windows Installer (MSI) installations inside the Visual Studio 2010 interface. Long-time Visual Studio developers understand that the Visual Studio Installer (VSI) tool is not ideal for most installation projects.

This Webinar explains how the world’s top software companies build reliable MSI installations inside Visual Studio 2010 using InstallShield. If you use Visual Studio 2010 to develop applications – and especially if you work in a large enterprise-level development environment – this Webinar is for you.

Learn best practices for building reliable Windows Installer (MSI) installations inside the Visual Studio® 2010 interface.

  • Webinar: Best Practices for Building Installations in Visual Studio 2010
  • Presenter: Robert Dickau, Flexera Software
  • Date: Available now for viewing

View this webinar now : Click here

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Springboard Series Virtual Roundtable – Plan, Test and Assess Windows 7 Deployment

On April 29th, join Microsoft Technical Fellow, Mark Russinovich, as he will be leading a discussion around the process of planning, testing, assessing and rolling out Windows 7 in an enterprise organization. Mark will be joined by a panel of IT professionals who are currently in the piloting and deployment process, along with Microsoft subject matter experts who can speak in depth about the technologies. The event will be broadcast live over the web at 9:00 am PDT, and will be available for on-demand viewing following the broadcast.

Windows 7 LogoThe discussion will be open and candid, with the panel sharing insights, dispelling myths and getting down to the real story around technical adoption of Windows technologies. Specific topics will include the role of the pilot and the critical information it provides, best practices and tips & tricks for ensuring a successful effort, tools and technologies that will help automate the pilot and deployment processes, and conducting a frank post-pilot assessment. During the event, Mark will field questions coming in via the web from viewers across the globe.

Access the VRT live at: http://ms.istreamplanet.com/springboard/

Missed a previous Springboard Series Virtual Roundtable?

  •  You can read the Questions and Answers of the Part 2 to get more information on how Virtualization can help Application Compatibility
  • Gain insight, tips, and tricks from Microsoft Technical Fellow Mark Russinovich, industry experts, and IT professionals from around the world from the recordings

Looking at Windows 7 Deployment?

Complete Application Compatibility Series

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Microsoft Tools Windows Installer, Application Compatibility and Deployments

Download SuperFlow for Configuring Software Updates and Deployment

The SuperFlow interactive content model provides a structured and interactive interface for viewing documentation. Each SuperFlow includes comprehensive information about a specific dataflow, workflow, or process. Depending on the focus of the SuperFlow, you will find overview information, steps that include detailed information, procedures, sample log entries, best practices, real-world scenarios, troubleshooting information, security information, animations, or other information. Each SuperFlow also includes links to relevant resources, such as Web sites or local files that are copied to your computer when you install the SuperFlow.

The SuperFlow for Configuring Software Updates provides detailed steps that help you to plan for and configure software updates at a site. This SuperFlow also includes troubleshooting information and additional resources that you can use to learn more about configuring software updates in Configuration Manager 2007.

This below software provides information that helps you to prepare for and deploy software updates after you configure the software updates infrastructure and synchronize software updates.

Download the Software Update Deployment SuperFlow here [.msi format]

This Software provides detailed steps that help you to plan for and configure software updates at a site.

Download SuperFlow for Configuring Software Updates here [.msi format]

Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7; Windows Server 2003; Windows Server 2008; Windows Vista

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