Do not slipstream Windows XP sources on Windows Vista

Today one of my colleagues ran into an issue after having slipstreamed Service Pack 3 into Windows XP. During the Windows XP unattended installation process the provided product key within the unattend.txt file was not accepted, which caused the system to prompt for the product key. This turned out to be a known issue as documented within the following Microsoft support article. After you create Windows XP Service Pack 3 slipstreamed media, your product key Read More …

Windows Virtual PC – first experiences

With the release of the Windows7 RC0 build, Microsoft also published a first Beta for Windows Virtual PC that provides the underlying technology for XP Mode feature. Windows Virtual PC cannot only run Windows XP but does also allow running virtualized Windows Vista and Windows 7 clients. After having installed a Windows Vista guest, it’s important to install both the integration features as well as the rail_qfe_beta_for_vista_sp1_x86_343758.msu. If you don’t install the last, you won’t Read More …

More about Microsoft product lifecycles

As I wrote the previous blog entry I started thinking about all the other products I come across in my daily professional life and started creating the table shown below. For those that are still running Windows 2000 Server systems, it’s about time to start migrating these because next year the extended support will end. More product lifecycle information can be found on the Microsoft Product Lifecycle site.    Products Released General Availability Date Mainstream Read More …

Windows XP mainstream support ends in 2 days

On April 14th mainstream support for Windows XP will end. for the next 5 years the operating system goes into extended support. The table below illustrates the differences between mainstream and extended support. The Microsoft Windows XP product page explains it as following: Mainstream Support delivers complimentary and paid support, free security updates, and bug fixes to all Windows customers who purchase a retail copy of Windows XP (i.e., a shrink-wrapped, not pre-installed copy). Mainstream Read More …

Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization v1.0 Beta Demo Kit

Microsoft has made available a Demo Kit for their Enterprise Desktop Virtualization Beta aka MED-V. For more details read my earlier blog post “Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization aka MED-V”. The Demo Kit contains everything you need to get first hands-on experience. The Demo Kit can be downloaded from here.

Updated Group Policy Online University

In January 2009 Jeremy Moskovitz launched the Online University for Group Policy Management. I wrote about that earlier in my blog post “Online Group Policy University”. In the past weeks Jeremy has put an additional great amount of effort in reworking the offerings, so that now you have the possibility of selecting and ordering individual Modules and and options. Additionally there are some very attractive payment options as well that might be interesting for those Read More …