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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

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    WinHEC registration is open

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    http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/winhec/ I'm told registrations are significantly ahead of 2005's pace.
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    The branding police

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    The branding police are at work again. In future builds of the WDK, and any other product which ships Ximage you'll see Ximage is now named ImageX. The only thing that is changing is the name.
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    Napster vs. iTunes

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    This article has a bit of a sensational headline. If you don't read past the headline it appears that the Napster CEO, Chris Gorog, is bashing Microsoft pretty severly. If you read further, however, he's actually very bullish on Microsoft's strategy....
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    Windows XP and Server 2003 logo via WDK: aka HCT end-of-life

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    This is a draft of the announcement which will be in the next edition of the WHQL news . Long story short, the HCT will cease to exist shortly after the WDK ships and all qualification testing will be done via the WDK. Microsoft Announces Changes...
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    Windows Deployment Services

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    Most of you are aware that we aren't going to be able to ship the ASI client setup CD with the WDK as we had hoped. This leaves you on your own when doing the initial install of the client's safe OS. Some of our partners have been successful in using...
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    The best comment on the whole driver signing discussion

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    From Will Dean: "The real tragedy of driver-related BSODs is that in many applications people should never have needed to write KM code at all, let alone the ghastly 50 lines of application code surrounded by 5000 lines of impossible PnP/Power boilerplate...
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    I guess I touched a nerve...Vista driver signing requirements

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    This post seems to have touched some raw nerves. I wasn't expecting that but I'm not surprised either given all the feedback I've heard re: driver signing since the first beta of XP. I understand the frustrations, I also know that when Windows crashes...
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    Another Delicious Monster article

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    Now they're getting national attention. See this article in Wired.
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    Digital Signatures for Kernel Modules on x64-based Systems Running Windows Vista

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    This is an important change for Vista drivers. The biggest change, from my perspective is this... "Note: Even users with administrator privileges cannot load unsigned kernel-mode code on x64-based systems. This applies for any software module that...
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    Debugging Vista

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    There is a good chance you're already aware of this, but I'll post the link here for reference. On current builds of Vista boot.ini is missing. That means you need to learn some new procedures for setting up your debugger. Here are the details. If you...
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    Preview: New draft of the WDK ADT Quick Start Guide

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    WDK Automated Deployment Tools Quick Start Guide ASI Setup Setting up ASI is a two-step process. First you setup the server, and then you setup the clients. The server may be installed on any system as long as the clients can get to the shares on...
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    International attention for the WDK.

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    It looks like most of this blog is not in English so it's difficult for me to evaluate its value. However, it's really cool to see a blog from China talking up the WDK. Actually, there is a lot of anecdotal evidence from our work with beta and TAP sites...
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    Package Importer: WDK Strategy payoff

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    You may be aware that the DTM’s packaging features allow you to take a job from one controller and move it to another controller. This allows you to create jobs once then copy them to all of your controllers. Up to now the process of importing jobs onto...
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    If you're working with Vista images you need to know this

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    The BCD changes how Windows Vista boots from previous Windows operating systems. This is an excellent FAQ that will help you get up to speed quickly.
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    Working from the coffee shop

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    Some of you know of my passion for coffee and the fact that I often take my laptop with me and work for an hour or two in local shops that offers WiFi. The UZ is one of my very favorites. It is owned by the guy who was the master roaster for Starbucks...
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    Why are you reading this blog?

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    If you've been reading this blog since the beginning then you're probably aware of the reasons I started it. At WinHEC last year I took note of the great conversations that were occurring between Microsoftees and their customers on blogs. I decided the...
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    Where do I get the ASI logs?

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    If you're reporting an ASI bug or other problem to Microsoft it is important that you include the ASI logs. Here are some details on how to locate the right logs... ASI.exe logs When ASI exits with an error, the location of the log file will...
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    The value of ASI

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    I heard many times from people who are seeing the WDK for the first time, "I don't understand the value of ASI." It is obvious we need to have a document that explains that clearly. The article below will be published in the next edition of our TAP newsletter...
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    Happy 2006

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    Greetings, and welcome to 2006. I've been on an unintentional posting vacation. You may recall a while back I asked for your help in figuring out what parts of our setup need to change. We've been working very hard recently to overhaul setup. That, in...
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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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