It appears that Mark Russinovich is presenting a Springboard area on Microsoft's web site to ease Windows Vista implementation pain by providing some much-needed guidance.
He kicked things off last month with a Springboard Live! Virtual Roundtable. He assembled a panel of experts (including Mark Minasi) and three Vista early adopter clients. They spent an hour discussing topics related to adopting Windows Vista. You know me, I'm a sucker for learning what Microsoft is thinking when it comes to Vista so I dove right in.
I found the roundtable to be a good use of my time - you likely will too - very informative. They pointed to some interesting resources that might help those of you considering a Vista deployment:
- Microsoft Assessment and Planning Accelerator (MAP) - is supposed to be an enterprise inventory, assessment and reporting tool that can assess your readiness to move to numerous Microsoft products such as Vista.
- Windows Vista Hardware Compatibility List - is basically a comprehensive listing of PC systems and peripherals known to be compatible with Vista (very comprehensive). Despite this simple list being incompatible with Firefox, I'm sure this information will be more reliable than the failed "Vista Capable" program.
- Windows Vista AppReadiness - another comprehensive list - but this time of legacy software applications and their Vista compatibility.
The roundtable goes on to remind us about new features of Vista SP1 such as:
- Bitlocker can now support multiple partitions (not just the first one).
- Improved file copying (see Vista copies files like a duck).
- Microsoft Deployment Toolkit replacing BDD.
- Volume Licensing has Vista and SP1 integrated in one package (recommended for new installs).
- one client admitted to turning off UAC! Not something we want to do - and certainly not what I would consider a feature of a successful Vista install.
- while talking about hardware demands of Vista, another client admitted to only deploying to new PCs. That means he is maintaining a heavily mixed environment and can hardly be considered a successful implementation of Vista (too limited for my taste).
- although that same client claimed to have installed Vista to laptops, you quickly realize that his "traveling nurses" probably have received a stand-alone treatment without the need for features like Offline Files.
- another client who claimed to have rolled out to the majority of his organization, admitted to have avoided laptops. They were planning to wait for SP1 before tackling those - he had Offline Files problems no doubt.
- that same client also admitted to having to install XP virtual machines to support some older legacy apps! That's two windows licenses and double the support per PC! Hardly what I would consider a successful Vista deployment.