Nick MacKechnie

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  • Blog Post: Improving Desktop Performance with the Risk and Health Assessment Program for Windows Desktop

    Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of Improving Desktop Performance with the Risk and Health Assessment Program for Windows Desktop, which discusses how through a cooperative Windows Desktop Risk Assessment Program engagement with Premier Field Engineering, Microsoft IT completed...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

    Hi All, The Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool allows you to create a copy of your Windows 7 ISO file on a USB flash drive or a DVD. To create a bootable DVD or USB flash drive, download the ISO file and then run the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool. Once this is done, you can install Windows 7 directly...
  • Blog Post: Windows Management Framework is here!

    Hi All, Windows Management Framework, which includes Windows PowerShell 2.0, WinRM 2.0, and BITS 4.0, was officially released to the world this morning. By providing a consistent management interface across the various flavours of Windows, we are making our platform that much more attractive to deploy...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 and Windows Vista Service Pack 2 Released to Web

    Hi All, Service Pack 2, the latest service pack for both Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista, supports new types of hardware and emerging hardware standards, includes all of the updates that have been delivered since SP1, and simplifies deployment, for consumers, developers, and IT professionals. Download...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 Customer Preview Program

    Hi All, In late October Mike Nash announced the Beta   of Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 - beginning with a small group of Technology Adoption Program customers. This week we're opening up the beta to a broader audience. Starting today, MSDN and TechNet subscribers will...
  • Blog Post: Deployment Planning for BitLocker Drive Encryption for Windows Vista

    Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of Deployment Planning for BitLocker Drive Encryption for Windows Vista, which discusses how Microsoft IT is deploying BitLocker Drive Encryption to increase data security on laptop and desktop computers.  To increase data security on...
  • Blog Post: Green IT and the Environment

    Hi All, The environment is high on the agenda of many corporate board rooms. With this in mind and with IT services highlighted as a contributor to the company carbon footprint it seemed relevant to highlight the Microsoft website devoted to this subject. Microsoft Environment – Innovating to improve...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 3.1 (MAP) Solution Accelerator NOW AVAILABLE!

    Officially released on 30-June-2008 to the general public, this tool could be very useful to you to perform hardware inventory, compatibility analysis and readiness reporting on our newest products. If you are interested in assessing your IT infrastructure and planning to migrate to Windows Server 2008...
  • Blog Post: The New, Windows Client TechCenter

    Hi All, We recently launched the new Windows Client TechCenter, merging the Windows XP and Windows Vista TechCenters with the Springboard Series lifecycle approach to give IT pros a one-stop source for all of the Windows Client guidance, downloads, and community resources they need to adopt and manage...
  • Blog Post: Implementing Volume Activation 2.0 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

    Microsoft introduced Volume Activation 2.0 with Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. This paper describes how Microsoft IT manages the Volume Activation 2.0 process. Technical Case Study
  • Blog Post: WS2008 RSAT tools (Vista SP1 required) now available for public download

    Hi All, Many customers have noticed that installing Vista SP1 removes the GPMC, if it was previously installed. This has come up several times over the past few weeks, so I wanted to put the word out that the RSAT tools are now available for public download. This download will restore GPMC functionality...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and BDD 2007 are now Windows Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008-Ready!

    Hi All, Microsoft® Deployment Toolkit 2008-Unified Tools and Guidance for Desktop and Server Deployment Automation. Download it today! We are pleased to announce that Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2008 has been released! This is an update to Microsoft Deployment, released in November 2007...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator Released!

    Hi All, We are pleased to announce the RTM release of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator (MAP). MAP is the next-generation version of the agent-less assessment platform from Microsoft. In this new release, we have added an improved user interface with expanded capabilities...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Overview

    Hi All, I came across this tool which I thought could be valuable when you are looking at upgrades to Vista, Windows 2008 or indeed, virtualisation. This network-wide assessment tool gives you not only the capability of hardware inventory and assessment for desktops, but includes server migration...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Releases Windows Vista Service Pack 1, Windows Server 2008 to Manufacturing

    Hi All, Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) was released to manufacturing today and will start being available to customers in March, starting with Microsoft Volume Licensing customers. Windows Server 2008 was also released to manufacturing today and will be available for purchase to new customers...
  • Blog Post: Hotfixes and Security Updates included in Windows Vista Service Pack 1

    Hi All, Windows Vista Service Pack 1 includes all previously released updates for Windows Vista. Many of these updates are available to the public on the Microsoft Download Centre and Windows Update, while others are only available to specific customers or partners. It is standard practice to include...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Service Pack 1 RC Refresh Public Availability Program

    Hi All, Windows Vista Service Pack 1 RC Refresh is available to Beta testers through Windows Update. Experience the WU installation path for Windows Vista SP1 by following these simple steps and give us your feedback to improve our quality. Before You Install You must uninstall any...
  • Blog Post: New Zealand time zone differs between Windows Vista and down-level Windows OSes - 1st of January is approaching!

    Hi All, We sent this information out in September during the mad rush of customers preparing for the Daylight Savings change, however this may have fallen off the radar for customers running Vista and Outlook. Customers running Windows Vista and Outlook will need to rebase their calendars again after...
  • Blog Post: MSTSC /console switch in Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista SP1

    Hi All, In Windows Server 2003, the /console option was used for several purposes. With the introduction of the /admin option in Windows Server 2008 this have changed. Windows Server 2008 doesn’t have a concept of a console that you can login to as that session (session 0) is for services...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Product Activation for Windows Vista & Windows 2008

    Hi All, Please find below a link to a technical bulletin that describes the technologies used for product activation as applied to versions of Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 acquired through retail, original equipment manufacturer, or volume license channels . All editions of Windows Vista...
  • Blog Post: Two new updates for Windows Vista published yesterday

    Hi All, An update is available that improves the compatibility, reliability, and stability of Windows Vista http://support.microsoft.com/kb/941649 This update resolves some compatibility and reliability issues in Windows Vista. Cumulative update rollup for USB core components in Windows Vista...
  • Blog Post: Two updates available to improve the compatibility and performance of Windows Vista

    There are up some major updates for Windows Vista that have just been published to the web and are available for download. The Vista performance fix pack, KB 938979 (32 bit & 64 bit versions) . The reliability fix pack, KB 938194 (32 bit & 64 bit versions) . Each of these fixes will...
  • Blog Post: Introduction to ADModify.net

    ADModify is written using Microsoft Visual C#® .NET 2003. Version 2.0 is improved to make the same modifications in less than half the time of the previous version. Its feature set allows administrators to bulk modify any Active Directory® directory service attribute from any Active Directory partition...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Windows Vista

    Automating the installation of Windows Vista is the goal of many customers and the Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) is a key part to achieving that goal. The Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) is designed to help Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), system builders, and corporate...
  • Blog Post: Installing AdminPak on Windows Vista

    The AdminPak (Windows Server 2003 SP1 Administrators Tool Pack) can be installed on Windows Vista, but following installation it is necessary to register some DLLs in order to get the MMC snap-ins to work. Attached please find a text file which can be renamed to a BAT file. To install the AdminPak...
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