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Springboard Series Insider

Volume 1, No. 2

June 2009

Note from the Editor

Stephen Rose

Welcome to another edition of the Insider! We have a lot to cover this month, so let’s dive right in…
Windows 7 Release Candidate
The Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC)—now available for download—offers several refinements over the Beta release. Please be aware that the Windows 7 Beta expires on August 1 and that, beginning July 1, your machine will reboot every two hours (nice reminder, huh?). If you haven’t downloaded the RC yet, you can get it here.

Tech•Ed
Thank you to everyone who attended the recent Tech•Ed event in Los Angeles. We had a blast meeting everyone who visited the Springboard booth and attended our sessions. We hope that you were able to take away some useful knowledge. If you did not get the chance to attend, catch up with on-demand replays of these top sessions:

Tech•Ed 2009 Bill Veghte Keynote

Windows 7 Resources with the Springboard Series

Microsoft and the IT Pro Community

Springboard Series Presents: Straight Talk about Windows 7

Springboard Series Presents: Windows Deployment Made Easy

Who’s Talking About Windows?
Ever wondered why certain decisions were made by the Microsoft teams behind the development of Windows 7? Visit TalkingAboutWindows.com for insight into the principles and trade-offs that go into such a complex development effort directly from folks like Jon DeVaan, Mark Russinovich, Gabe Aul, and others who helped design and engineer Windows 7. Exchange comments with other IT professionals and Microsoft engineers—and hear about the early adoption experiences of your peers.
As always, please feel free to send me an e-mail message with your thoughts, comments, and suggestions on how we can help make your Windows 7 experience the best possible experience for you, your company, and your customers.
Best regards,
Stephen Rose
Sr. Community Manager, Microsoft Windows Client IT Pro Division


New Resources

What’s New in Windows 7 RC

Learn about features and improvements in the Windows 7 Release Candidate in areas like performance, networking, security, and PC management.

Windows 7 VHD Boot Demonstration

This command line demonstration explains how to build a bootable Windows 7 VHD image from a Windows 7 «install.wim» file using diskpart.exe and imagex.exe. The demonstration continues with an explanation of how to configure the boot entry using bcdedit.exe and explains the limitations of VHD Boot. See the Windows 7 VHD Overview page for more information about this technology.

Migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7

Learn how to use the User State Migration Tool (USMT) to migrate user files and settings from Windows XP to Windows 7 using a default installation.

Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) 5.5

Inventory, assess, and prepare applications for Windows 7 and Windows Vista deployment projects.

Windows 7 Application Quality Cookbook

Originally intended for developers, the Application Quality Cookbook is a comprehensive resource describing application compatibility changes in Windows 7.


Something to Blog About

Application Compatibility and Windows XP Mode
When getting ready to deploy a new operating system, application compatibility is always a consideration. We recently interviewed Windows Senior Product Manager Jeremy Chapman to get more details about Windows XP Mode as one option to solve single-machine application compatibility. Check out the interview and comment or ping back with your application compatibility solutions to join the discussion.


Tips and Tricks

Encrypt Removable USB Drives with BitLocker To Go on Windows 7

With Windows 7, you can easily protect the data stored on removable drives. See how you can use BitLocker To Go to keep USB drives more secure.

Prepare and Service Windows Images Using the New DISM Tool

Discover how you can service Windows images and prepare Windows PE images with the new Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) command line tool available with Windows 7.

New User State Migration Toolkit (USMT) Features for Windows 7

Here is an overview of the new features you can use in the User State Migration Toolkit (USMT) to simplify migration to Windows 7.

View all Windows 7 Tips and Tricks
OPPORTUNITY: Want to share tips and tricks around Windows desktop deployment, management, and optimization with your fellow IT pros? Send an e-mail message to winpro@microsoft.com and your tips may appear in a future edition of this newsletter!


Community Update

Chris Spanougakis

Windows 7 in the Real World
With the release of Windows 7 RC, IT pros are starting to test and deploy Windows 7 in their real environments. Check out their stories in this and future newsletters:
“Windows 7 RC is here, so I grabbed the opportunity to download it and install it on all of our production PCs in our company. We are a Small Business Specialist so we have a lot of laptops that our employees take around when they visit customers. It was a great feeling for them to test Windows 7 at work and at home, especially if you consider that we had some five-year-old laptops that we easily upgraded to Windows 7 RC. The upgrade was a success: no need for special drivers and all of our applications worked smoothly. Of course we must note the new Windows XP mode, which gave us the ability to run old applications (not compatible with Windows Vista) under Windows XP seamlessly. The best part is that the user cannot distinguish that this application runs in a Windows XP virtual machine, which is great.
Some of our employees frequently use mobile phones that they want to synchronize via Windows 7. No problem there. Windows 7 recognized all these devices, and in a minute everybody was able to get and copy pictures from the phone to the PC and vice versa. Windows 7 recognized and played my high-definition videos that I make with my video camera—without the need of any additional software. Our laptops joined the domain without problems, so we’ve implemented BitLocker To Go in order to protect our USB devices containing valuable company-related information.
Some of our users got excited about the new Aero effects. I particularly like a new feature called AppLocker, which practically gives you the ability to control which applications you allow to install and run, even at the version level. Great tool, especially if you use it in combination with the new Windows Server 2008 R2 Group Policy settings. We’ve also discovered the new multitouch feature, allowing you to control the PC by using just…your fingers! The new taskbar impressed everybody, which allows [you] to pin most-used applications, but also gives you a live preview of all opened windows. And we shouldn’t forget the new User Account Control slider that lets you control how much information you want to get when a change in the operating system occurs. Our users loved this, because now they are interrupted less when they use their PC.
We realized that our PCs now boot faster and work faster, and that this RC version is extremely stable, so we look forward to the final version of Windows 7.”
Chris Spanougakis, Microsoft Certified Trainer, Microsoft MVP, Directory Services
A motivated trainer and technology speaker, Chris Spanougakis specializes in Windows Server and client products and has participated in various Microsoft events. He holds a Master of Science in Computer Studies and is the owner and general manager of SystemPlus Computer Training Center, located in Thessaloniki, Macedonia, Greece. Chris is also a member of the STEP Program.
Upcoming Windows Springboard Technical Experts Panel (STEP) Events
Check out these STEP events happening in your area. Send an e-mail message to stros@microsoft.com for more info on any of these events:

IT Pro Tiki Hut Tour (Florida): June 1–4

Windows 7 Loadfest (San Francisco): June 2–3

Windows 7: Now It’s Getting Serious! (Germany): June 4 and June 11

Windows 7 Loadfest (Virginia): June 5

Windows 7 Loadfest (Pennsylvania): June 11 and June 17

Windows 7 Springboard Series (Brazil):June 20, June 23, and June 27

Focusday Windows 7 (Germany): June 23

Windows 7 Summit (New York and Atlanta) – June 23-24, 2009
Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 will revolutionize the way we manage Windows environments. Are you prepared? During this full-day technical event you’ll learn to master the new features with leading computer industry experts. Meet the team that worked closely with the Microsoft development team in Redmond, built production systems, and configured, deployed, hardened, debugged, tested, crashed, modified, and ran the new platform through all possible scenarios. To register, or for more information, visit www.windows7summit.com.


Events and Training

Learning Plan: Exploring Windows 7 with the Springboard Series

Learn about the new and updated features in Windows 7—and what they mean for you—with the Springboard Series, the resource for IT professionals seeking guidance about latest client operating system from Microsoft.

Learning Plan: Migrating from Windows Vista to Windows 7

This learning plan is intended to help IT professionals gain the knowledge and skills to upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7.

Windows 7 Learning Snacks

From User Account Control and AppLocker to home networking and the desktop experience, get familiar with Windows 7 with bite-sized Silverlight videos.

Clinic 10077: What’s New in Windows 7 for IT Professionals

This two-hour clinic provides you with an overview of the new and enhanced deployment, security, manageability, and performance features in Windows 7. It describes how these features meet the day-to-day needs of IT professionals.


Upcoming Webcasts

TechNet Webcast: Windows 7 Feature Overview (Level 200)

Wednesday, June 3, 10:00 AM Pacific Time

TechNet Webcast: Windows 7 Deployment Enhancements (Level 200)

Wednesday, June 10, 10:00 AM Pacific Time

TechNet Webcast: Windows 7 Manageability Solutions (Level 300)

Wednesday, June 17, 10:00 AM Pacific Time

TechNet Webcast: Windows 7 Seamless Network Access (Level 300)

Wednesday, July 1, 10:00 AM Pacific Time

TechNet Webcast: Connect Remotely Using Windows 7 Direct Access (Level 300)

Wednesday, July 8, 10:00 AM Pacific Time

TechNet Webcast: Windows 7 Enhanced Security and Control (Level 300)

Wednesday, July 15, 10:00 AM Pacific Time

TechNet Webcast: Windows 7 Planning and Deployment Tools (Level 300)

Wednesday, July 22, 10:00 AM Pacific Time


Sneak Peek: For Insiders Only

The following resources will be released in June on the Windows Client TechCenter. Bookmark or subscribe to the Windows Client Headlines feed and receive automatic notification when these and other resources, announcements, and downloads are released.

Windows Client OS Feature Comparison
Want a quick view of the differences between Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1, and Windows XP SP3? Look for the Windows Client OS Feature Comparison matrix on the Windows Client TechCenter by June 5.

Application Compatibility Video Series
Learn how to get started, generate an application inventory, analyze compatibility, and detect and mitigate administrative privilege requirements—and more—with new video demonstrations of the Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.5.

New Zone for the IT Pro at Home
Looking to learn how to create a search connector or use IE8 Webslices? Want to automatically make your printer default different at home and at work? The new IT Pro At Home zone on the Windows Client TechCenter is for you. In June, screencast demonstrations, “how to” guides, and FAQs will be available to help you become a rock star both at home and at work with Windows 7.

Windows 7 Technical Guidance
Coming in June to the TechNet Library and the Windows Client TechCenter will be step-by-step migration guides, VHD boot overviews, deployment FAQs, and more—all the technical guidance you need to pilot Windows 7 in your organization and prepare for full-scale deployment.


In This Issue

New Resources

Something to Blog About

Tips and Tricks

Community Update

Events and Training

Upcoming Webcasts

Sneak Peek: For Insiders Only

Top Tasks

Application Compatibility and UAC

Desktop Security and Encryption

Imaging

Networking

Performance and Hardware Compatibility

Volume Activation

Training & Books

NEW! Preview upcoming Microsoft Press titles on Windows 7

Windows Internals, Fifth Edition

Windows Administration Resource Kit: Productivity Solutions for IT Professionals

Windows Vista Inside Out

Windows Vista Resource Kit

Windows Client Blogs

Springboard Series

Windows Team

Mark Russinovich

Engineering Windows 7

Windows 7 Resources

Windows 7 Video Walkthrough Series

Windows 7: A First Look for IT Pros

Windows 7 Security Enhancements

Mark Russinovich: Windows 7 Virtual Roundtable

Windows Vista Resources

Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

Windows Vista SP1

Performance and Tuning

Support and Troubleshooting

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