Vista goodies

Michael PietroforteMVP By Michael Pietroforte - Fri, September 22, 2006 - 1 comments google+ icon

Michael Pietroforte is the founder and editor of 4sysops. He is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) with more than 30 years of experience in system administration.

This week I found a couple of interesting posts about Vista which I am going to share today.

Vista maps

It was foreseeable that the worldwide interest in Windows Vista would become tremendous as soon as the release date gets closer. The Windows Vista Team Blog published several maps showing the places where people are testing Microsoft’s new desktop OS. If you are a Windows administrator and still didn’t get your hands on Vista, I recommend having a look at these maps. You’d probably feel a little left behind, then.

Group Policy Setting Reference for Windows Vista RC1

Microsoft published an Excel sheet which lists all Group Policy Settings of Windows Vista RC1 with a short description. This is quite useful since you can search within the file for settings. There are about 2500 settings now. Somewhere at Microsoft, I read that Vista will have 3000 Group Policy settings. I wonder, how many will really be included in the final release.

Vista Guidance

Microsoft released a Windows Vista Step-by-Step Guides. Most of the word documents there are interesting for system administrators. Many of them have been published on the web for a while, though.

Vista tips and tricks

Many are now playing with Vista and want to share their findings. Thus, we can expect a tips and ticks glut in the coming months. My favorite tip so far is “Open the command prompt here“: Right-click on a folder while pressing the shift key. The context menu contains lots of other useful items. Tim Sneath is about to post more tips in the coming days.

Tweaking Vista

Do you know Tweak-XP from TotalIdea? TweakVI is its successor. This free tool helps you customizing Vista. Check out William Maher’s review first before downloading it.

Longhorn Server

This is a bit off topic since it is not about Vista. However, Windows Server “Longhorn” is the counterpart of Vista. You might have heard that there is a Community Technology Preview (CTP) available now. There is also a Longhorn forum at Microsoft Technet. What I find interesting is that the discussion there is quite active. If Vista bores you already, you might want to have a look at Microsoft’s new Server operating system.

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