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Hi. My name is Craig Rowland. I'm one of the program managers on the Windows Driver Kits team. I've been at Microsoft for almost eight years now. I've moved around between groups but have always been doing work related to Windows and driver

November, 2005

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    Dell "X-Image"

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    Kevin Devin ran across Dell's X-Image tool . He wonders if this is not the same Microsoft Ximage tool. From this article you can see it clearly is not. Rather, it is an internally developed Dell tool they started work on in 2001. It was developed for...
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    Happy Thanksgiving everyone

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    Over the past months via our TAP program, events such as WinHEC and our customer site visits, I've met a lot of great people who are using our kits. That has been one of the greatest pleasures of my job. To everyone I've had the pleasure of meeting fact...
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    Cable vs. Phone

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    A few weeks ago I got a flyer in the mail from the cable company, Comcast, advertising phone service via their cable system. We're building a new home and every phone/cable jack in the house is a dual jack, with both coax and cat5 in the box so I can...
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    ASI Presentation at WDK TAP Hands-on Event

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    In case you weren't fortunate enough to attend the hands-on event, I've posted the content of the ASI presentation here . Since it was created entirely by the ASI dev and test teams it has a slightly different perspective than I give, plus it has some...
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    Wrapping up the hands-on lab

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    We're wrapping up the hands-on lab today. I can't remember ever having more fun at work than I've had this week. Seeing the interactions between our devs and testers and the TAP partners was really awesome. I hope everyone who came to Redmond this week...
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    Danger and the Windows Driver Kit

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    The NT Insider showed up in my mail box today. Honestly, it is usually too geeky for me, but the Peter Pontificates column caught my eye. The headline..."Danger and the Windows Driver Kit." I laughed out load several times as he described the HCT as a...
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    First day of hands-on lab for TAP partners

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    The room was packed to capacity, ok beyond capacity, for the first day of the hands-on lab. As far as I can see all of the scheduling and technical stuff is going very smoothly. It's really exciting to see this many people dedicating this much time to...
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    Handy little switch of the day

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    It is common to install a test OS via ASI then discover that that build you just installed has a bad NIC driver or even no NIC driver for the NIC in your test system. I've described earlier how you can install the NIC driver automatically via ASI. That...
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    Technology over product

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    One of the cardinal sins of product development is creating a product to take advantage of the latest wiz-bang technology and ending up with a product that is really cool and really technologically advanced but a product that nobody wants. I just found...
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    More SDV Links: thanks Steve.

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    Thanks to Steve Dispensa for the link to this article on Static Driver Verifier. The article also links here , where you'll find most of the "official" information on SDV.
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    Excellent new article on Ximage from Jerry Honeycutt on Technet

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    Here . This is the first time I've seen someone, other than myself, discuss the advantages of file based images, such as single instancing, image maintenance and non-destructive deployment and the availability of a public API set. Jerry's conclusion...
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    SDV in Wired News

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    I saw a lot of people congratulating each other around here when Wired News published an article on SDV yesterday. If you're writing Windows drivers you need to know about this tool. It is, of course, in the WDK.
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    Dates for WinHEC 2006 have been set

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    See details here . May 23-25 in Seattle...sigh. Anybody tired of going to Seattle for WinHEC yet?
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    Using DIFxApp

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    This is the first I've seen anybody post about their experience using DIFxApp. I hope this is just the beginning. As I've said before, if you're at all involved with the development, distribution or support of Windows drivers you need to know about DIFx...
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    HCT Retirement

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    The November 24 edition of the Microsoft WHQL newsletter made an important announcement. The WDK will replace the HCT at Windows Vista RTM. It will also replace the DCT, IFS and DDK. The replacement of the HCT for downlevel, Windows XP and Server 2003...
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    DTM Content on MSDN

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    DTM content is beginning to appear on MSDN. Here is the first article I'm aware of. Please let me know what content is good or bad and what additional content is needed.
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    WDK Hands-On Event "Sold-out"

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    The on campus WDK Hands-on event next week is officially sold out. We actually had to turn away a fair number of people. This is kind of a good-news bad-news situation. I don't like that we're having to turn people away but at the same time I'm really...
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    Live

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    If you've been reading this blog you know how much I like Start.com . Well, it looks like the prototype is about to become the official fron-end of Microsoft's effort to sell Windows and Office as a service. Check out www.live.com .
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