This week’s “TechNet Events Presents” event in downtown San Francisco was on deploying Windows 7. I’ve attended sessions, blogged and presented on some of these topics in the past year and it’s still a hot topic. There is clearly still a need to talk about the benefits and challenges of moving to Windows 7 and the tools available to overcome those challenges.
With the job market and the economy in its current questionable state, many businesses are truly doing as much as they can with less. Sometimes that means delaying projects – if Windows XP is still doing it’s job, the deployment of Windows 7 might be waiting in the wings.
If you are just beginning to think about rolling out Windows 7 you’ll want to know about some of the tools like ACT and MDT. Also, don’t forget about App-V, MED-V or XP Mode which may help you keep some legacy applications in play while taking advantage of the new features in Windows 7.
Here are some links to tools and resources you might like to check out:
- Application Compatibilty Toolkit (ACT)
- Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT)
- Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) – Includes App-V, MED-V and other tools for SA customers.
- Springboard Series on TechNet – The portal for Windows Client OSes! Find videos, documentation and other great tips.
- Chris Henley’s Blog – Chris was the presenter at this TechNet Events Presents event. He blogs about all things Microsoft and he also posts his slide presentations from the events. Chris also co-authored a great guide for Windows Server 2008 R2 Administration.