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    UPDATE 1 – April 10th 2 - Post edited to provide more detail of Windows 8.1 Update installation timing. UPDATE 2 - April 16th - Added link to blog post with important information for WSUS customers. Today we announced the availability of Windows 8.1 Update . This is a cumulative update...
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    Do you want to learn how to deploy Windows 8.1 the right way? We’ve got just what you need to get started with your deployment, the Windows 8.1 Deployment Jump Start . This Jump Start from the Microsoft Virtual Academy is presented by MVP’s and deployment gurus Johan Arwidmark and Mikael Nystrom along...
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    If you missed last weeks Windows 8 Virtual Roundtable, “What IT Pros Should Know About Windows 8 Enterprise”? Fear not as the full show is now available for on demand viewing! Learn about apps, virtualization, deployment, advancements in security, managing devices, and more in this virtual...
  • Blog Post: Desktop Deployment Gurus Mix Things up to Explain the New Office

    Springboard Series Windows alum Jeremy Chapman and Yoni Kirsh are on a mission to help people understand the different delivery models for the new Office desktop apps. They decided to break from the tradition of whitepapers and blog posts – instead they opted for weekly video series, packed with...
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    I debated on what part 2 of this blog series should be - hardware and software compatibility or data migration. I chose data migration purely based on the automation steps in the chain I listed out in the first blog and because there aren't many things that excite me more in the Windows 7 deployment...
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    We are pleased to announce that the next version of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit—version 6.5—is now available for beta download . The journey to the cloud is now smoother than ever with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 6.5 Beta. The MAP Toolkit’s new capabilities...
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    We once again welcome guest blogger, Jeremy Chapman. Now that I’ve written the most informal white paper ever published about operating system deployment , I’ve been inundated with requests to talk about piloting Windows 7. There were some excellent resources written in the Windows Vista...
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    The first stop on the Springboard Series Tour was the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Sao Paulo is the 7th largest city in the world and filled with many IT pros. Myself and Elias Mereb, a MVP from Venezuela who is joining me for the tour, presented Windows Deployment, Windows Intune and Flexible Workstyle...
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    This weeks post is the part two to the Your Building a LiteTouch Bootable USB Image Questions Answered! post from 6/21. Big thanks to Jeremy Chapman from the Windows Product Team and Brian Shiers from the Microsoft Office team for the assist. Over the last couple of weeks at TechEd and from folks...
  • Blog Post: The Springboard Series Visits Argentina

    Our third stop on the tour takes us to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Here we presented Windows deployment techniques to over 100 decision makers, drove on the widest street in the world and of course, sampled the local delicacies. Our next and final stop is TechDays in Chile.
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    We are delighted to announce the world wide release of the Springboard Windows 7 Deployment Learning Portal on TechNet. The Springboard Deployment Learning Portal is an online assessment and learning tool, designed to help IT Pros identify their knowledge strengths and information gaps around Windows...
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    If you are like most desktop service managers, you probably have several applications that you manage and depending on your users, there may be several applications that you don’t know about. There are a few places out there where “Standard User” or “Least-Privileged User”...
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    We are pleased to announce that the next version of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit—version 6.5—is now available for download . The journey to the cloud is now smoother than ever with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 6.5 Beta. The MAP Toolkit’s...
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    Blog author Jeremy Chapman is a Sr Product Manager with the Windows Commercial team. By now the announcements have gone out for the Beta , been blogged about and seen in other social networking channels, so I thought I would do something a bit more in depth on this for the Springboard Blog. A little...
  • Blog Post: 800 Days Until Windows XP End of Support

    It takes 18-24 months to plan for and deploy a new operating system. If you haven’t started planning to migrate your Windows XP PCs to a modern OS, or if your migration plan have stalled here are some great tools to help you. First of all, start by downloading  the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit ...
  • Blog Post: América del Sur, aquí vengo!

    Over the past few years I have been very fortunate to meet so many of you face to face during my travels with the Springboard Series Tours. I have spent time in Finland and Rome talking MDT, ACT and MAP, London and Barcelona discussing AppCompat, and even sharing with you twenty Windows tools you did...
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    Are you looking to learn more about Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Exchange 2010 and other Microsoft products? Well the New Efficiency Virtual Launch Event is the perfect opportunity to do so. What will you find there? Steve Ballmer’s Keynote Replay Over 100 sessions presented by...
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    The new Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0 is now available for download! MAP 5.0 is an agentless tool designed to simplify and streamline the IT infrastructure planning process across multiple scenarios through network-wide automated discovery and assessments. This Solution Accelerator...
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    Don’t forget to join us this Thursday at 9 am PST for our live, Virtual Roundtable, “Is XP Good Enough? Really?” This event will address questions and concerns around migration costs, application compatibility, and organization readiness. The panel will also cover the role of virtualization in the desktop...
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    What’s new on Talking About Windows ? Well, hear from Jeremy Chapman, Senior Product Manager for Microsoft, as he shares his knowledge on the User State Migration Tool (USMT), which transfers information from XP to Windows 7 faster and easier than ever before. Program Manager Michael Kleef...
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    Over the past few months, we have talked quite a bit about the MDT 2010 Beta ( Your Adding Office 2010 to MDT 2010 Environment Questions Answered! , Your Building a LiteTouch Bootable USB Image Questions Answered! , and Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Update 1 - Now in Beta Release! ) We are very pleased...
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    The Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 launches are just around the corner. As you prepare to deploy these operating systems, get a jump start with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 Beta 2. Leverage this Solution Accelerator to achieve efficient, cost-effective deployment of Windows 7 and Windows...
  • Blog Post: Who’s That Guy On The Springboard Deployment Page?

    Today’s post is from Adam “Bomb” Carter. A few months ago, when Jeremy Chapman moved from the Windows Product Management team to the Office team, someone needed to take over ownership of the Pilot and Deploy Windows 7 pages on Springboard . That’s when my face popped up on there, which may have led to...
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    How are your Windows 7 deployment skills? Know when to use MDT, ACT, MAP and WAIK? Do you know how use the over 1400 security settings to lockdown and manage Internet Explorer 9? Not sure? Sounds like you need a little DLP ( Deployment Learning Portal ). The DLP is designed to help you identify the strengths...