Volume 11, Issue 20: September 9, 2009
Note from the Editor
With just over a month till the official release of Windows 7, it’s time to momentarily divert attention away from the features, usability and performance of the new client OS – the user community is already touting that for you – and focus more on the set of resources that will help you rationalize the desktop and do more with less. Yes, a well-planned migration can help you reduce costs.
It all starts with a good evaluation, and then using the best practices for configuration and deployment. The Springboard team has put together a special trial just for IT pros. If you haven’t yet got your hands on the Windows 7 RTM, download the new 90-day Trial of Windows 7 Enterprise to test and evaluate the final version of Windows 7 Enterprise.
Then the Springboard Series for Windows 7 enables you to test your hardware, software, and deployment strategies and get deployment guidance, step-by-step tutorials, and more. We recently covered these, but it’s worth mentioning again these key resources: the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator, the Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows 7 RC, and the IPD guide for Windows Deployment Services.
OK, I can’t resist a little nod to the great features. Quickly check them out with the TechNet Video: Windows 7 Feature Overview.
And here are some new deployment webcasts and videos:
Thrive Live! Migrating Windows XP to Windows 7 Using Windows Easy Transfer and USMT
Windows 7 Deployment Enhancements
Windows 7 Planning and Deployment Tools
Then the fun begins with the run-up to the official launch. We’ll kick it off with the New Efficiency Virtual Event. On September 29 in San Francisco, Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer and top technology leaders across industries will debate the role of IT in helping companies drive business growth during these tough economic times. Catch it live online starting at 9:00 A.M. Pacific Time. Increasing productivity and innovation could ultimately put a company in better stead to capture market share and rebound faster than cost-cutting alone. Get a close look at how real companies are justifying IT investments across the desktop, server, the network, and beyond.
Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Now Available
Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 is the stand-alone hypervisor that enables organizations to improve server utilization and reduce costs. Download the Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 and test out the new features such as live migration and expanded processor and memory support for host systems. If your organization is looking to consolidate workloads onto a single physical server, or consolidate servers in general, this might be the solution. The learning curve is minimal since it allows IT professionals to leverage existing patching, provisioning, management and support tools and processes, plus their individual skills and the collective knowledge of Microsoft tools.
Thanks for reading,
Editor, TechNet Flash
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