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