The Desktop Files: You Can't Be Too Rich or Too Thin Wes Miller - March 2008 Thin clients come and thin clients go, but there always seems to be some scenario that can benefit from them. Today, they're used in kiosks and in environments where Web browsing is all that is needed. Here's a look at how you can repurpose old hardware with a client app to save some money.
Desktop Deployment: Simple, Scalable Deployment with BDD 2007 Adam Shepherd - November 2007 Don't have SMS 2003? Don't worry, there's another solution for creating simple desktop deployments. Here's an in-depth guide to using BDD 2007 and SQL Server to create scalable deployments that require little or no manual input.
The Desktop Files: The Truth about Defragmentation Wes Miller - November 2007 Myths about the pitfalls of defragmentation have prevented many an administrator from performing this important maintenance task. Find out which problems are real, which ones are unlikely, and how you can avoid them.
Windows Vista: Deploying Windows Vista with BDD 2007 Michael Niehaus - September 2007 Your organization is ready to migrate from Windows 2000 or Windows XP to Windows Vista, and the project is your responsibility. Don’t fret. Here’s a step-by-step guide to how you can use the Business Desktop Deployment 2007 Solution Accelerator to simplify your Windows Vista deployment.
The Desktop Files: PC Recovery with Windows PE Wes Miller - September 2007 Windows Vista offers some valuable tools that make system recovery quite easy. But for large, diversified organizations, out-of-the box solutions don’t usually work. If you’re in a large company that needs to build customized self-recovery solutions, don’t miss this discussion about building your own recovery solution with Windows PE.
The Desktop Files: Getting to Know RDP Wes Miller - August 2007 The Remote Desktop Protocol, which allows you to access machines remotely, is a useful piece of technology that gets better with every version of Windows. Get an overview of Remote Desktop, looking at many of the benefits and limitations it has to offer.
The Desktop Files: The Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack Wes Miller - July 2007 Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack brings together a number of valuable utilities that Microsoft has recently acquired—and one that was built internally. Explore all of its components and see how they can save your IT department a lot of time.
The Desktop Files: PsTools Primer Wes Miller - March 2007 PsTools provides a gaggle of useful utilities for system administration. Explore all the tools this free suite has to offer and learn how you can use them to do everything from changing a user account password and viewing a user's SID to gathering system information and managing processes.
The Desktop Files: Inside the Windows Imaging Format Wes Miller - December 2006 With the release of Windows Vista comes a change in how Windows is installed and deployed. These changes are built around the new Windows Imaging Format (WIM). Here’s an overview of the new format, how it works, and the decisions that went into its design.
Windows Vista: Getting Ready for Windows PE 2.0 Wes Miller - November 2006 Along with Windows Vista, a more powerful version of Windows PE will be released. This overview discusses the new features and capabilities found in Windows PE 2.0 and how these changes will affect you
Deployment: Boot into RAM with Windows PE Wes Miller - October 2006 With added support for variable boot configurations, Windows PE has become even more flexible. Learn three different ways to boot into RAM and how this can benefit your next deployment.
System Management: Getting Started with Windows PE Wes Miller - September 2006 You may have encountered Windows PE during OS deployment. But did you know it can also be used for recovery, diagnostics, and repairs? Here’s a look at some of the things you may not have known about Windows PE.
Utility Spotlight: Automate Device Driver Integration Michael Murgolo - May • June 2006 When you’re deploying thousands of Windows-based computers, configuring a single system and duplicating its hard drive (or system image) onto other corporate computers can save you a lot of time and free up IT resources.
Case Study: A 200,000+ Desktop Deployment Steve Reay - Winter 2005 Deploying a major software application such as Microsoft® Office 2003 or Microsoft Windows® XP Professional throughout a global enterprise can be a challenge for any IT organization. And just because Microsoft wrote the software doesn't mean internal deployment is a simple process.