Friday, 27 February 2009

TechNet Flash: More tools for Windows beta-testers‏

Those who’ve played with the R2 beta release of Windows Server 2008 might have noticed a new tool, the Best Practices Analyzer, designed to help administrators reduce best practice violations by automatically scanning the roles in use and reporting the violations. Also in WS 2008 R2, Events and Errors documentation is available directly from Event Viewer, organized in hierarchical structure by server roles and server fundamentals.

For those of you testing the Windows 7 beta, stay tuned to the Microsoft Update blog. Starting February 24, we will be releasing up to five test updates to PCs running the Windows 7 Beta (Build 7000) via Windows Update. These updates do not deliver new features or bug fixes; they do allow us to test and verify our ability to deliver and manage the updating of Windows 7. We typically verify servicing scenarios during a beta.

Gavriella Schuster, senior director for the Windows Enterprise team, posted recently to the Windows Blog a very succinct explanation of why deploying Windows Vista now will make the future transition to Windows 7 easier. In her post, Guidance on Windows Deployments for Business Customers, Schuster explains how testing and remediating your applications on Windows Vista can actually ease your Windows 7 deployment due to the high degree of compatibility.

In the same vein, the Springboard team published Managing the Diverse Infrastructure: Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. In a perfect world, we’d love it if your could wave a hand and all your PCs would be running Windows Vista so they are positioned for an easier Windows 7 rollout when the time comes. But we live in the real world where you are most likely managing desktops and laptops with different versions of the Windows operating system.

More Windows 7 Beta Tips in TechNet Magazine
TechNet Magazine is continuing its month of Windows 7 tips. Here are a few of the latest tips you’ll find on the TechNet Magazine site:
Just a reminder - you can find much of this new content as it becomes available on my TechNet Flash Feed blog, and/or follow me on Twitter. For instance, you could have seen the new troubleshooting capabilities in Windows Server 2008 R2, plus other things to know about the beta.

Speaking of blogs, check out the new Microsoft MVP Award Program blog featuring real-world, community content.
Mitch Irsfeld
Editor, TechNet Flash


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