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The MAP Toolkit 9.0 Beta is now available

I just got notification that MAP Toolkit 9 Beta is now available, I wish this happened last week, I had a customer that I could have tried this out on. Oh well, next time… The words as typed by Microsoft… We are pleased to announce the beta availability of version 9.0 of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit. This beta release of the MAP Toolkit helps increase the agility and cost effectiveness of deploying the latest Microsoft technologies. It

Even More Windows To Go (5/81)

In the last two posts I covered the basics and creating a Windows To Go drive, and today it’s time to discuss creating multiple images at the same time through PowerShell. The best option here is to use a USB 3.0 hub unless your PC has USB 3.0 ports a plenty. Writing to multiple Windows To Go certified drives simultaneously won’t stress a single USB 3.0 connection being shared by a USB 3.0 hub, so you don’t have concerns on

More Windows To Go (4/81)

In the last post I covered some of the basics of Windows To Go, now it’s time to jump in a little deeper… Creating A Windows To Go Disk Even though you can script the creation of Windows To Go drives, today I will just focus on using the inbuilt UI in Windows 8.1 Enterprise to deliver this. If you need to provision several drives at once, scripting will be your best option as you could have multiple drives plugged

Windows To Go Basics (3/81)

This week’s posts kick off Windows To Go, which was introduced with Windows 8, and provides the ability for Windows Enterprise to boot from a USB drive – with choices of using a flash drive or a hard drive, depending on storage and portability requirements. It’s only available through the Enterprise editions of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, even though we’ve all got scenarios outside of enterprise usage where it would be incredibly handy. Certified Devices The certification process for

Surface Pro With Wired Networking

In yesterday’s post I discussed some of the issues and workaround in getting large amounts of content onto the Surface, but with Surface Pro the story is much easier – get a USB 3.0 Gigabit Ethernet adapter. Now, while Microsoft has a USB Ethernet adapter available, their website gives so few details that I would not be inclined to purchase one as a consumer. What’s the problem? Well, there are two problems. The first is that they don’t mention if

Windows 8 – What’s New On Microsoft Virtual Academy?

Microsoft Virtual Academy is turning into an incredibly useful source of online training, and Windows 8 is no exception. Even though there will be a big influx of Windows 8.1 content in the months to come, much of the underpinnings remain the same, so spending some time learning more about Windows 8 is going to ease your introduction to Windows 8.1, especially if you have avoided any interaction with Windows 8. What’s the problem with avoiding Windows 8 and waiting

MAP Toolkit 8.5 is now available

I’ll be heading along to some sessions that cover 8.5 at WPC in Houston this week, and the timing couldn’t be better. This is just a quick jetlag sleep avoidance cut and paste of the details, once I get home I’ll have a chance to put the final release through its paces. The MAP team is pleased to announce the availability of Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 8.5! This release adds new scenarios to help organizations assess their environments

Adding Windows RT 8.1 Preview To The CIE

Previously I had written about adding Windows RT to the CIE, and now with the Windows RT 8.1 Preview it’s time to revisit the topic, with the new Outlook 2013 the main drawcard for now. First up, it’s time to deal with the non-trusted CA Root Authority. Extract the certificate from the zip file. Open the certificate. Install the certificate to trusted Root CAs Once the certificate is installed, it’s time to configure Outlook. The easiest place to do this

The long term benefits of Hyper-V (and Windows) in the Xbox One

While many gaming enthusiasts have had a crash course in Hyper-V since the recent Microsoft announcements, for those of us on the IT side of the fence have had time to think about the possible ramifications of this on our world, and the good news is that it’s all good news. More Hyper-V Hosts = More Data = Better Hyper-V Hosts One of the most critical benefits I see in this is that Microsoft can drastically install the base of

MAP Toolkit 8.5 Beta Program

The Microsoft Assessment And Planning Toolkit team are at it again, with a new beta program you can sign up for. This update includes the following key features and benefits Newly designed user interface makes it easier to find and use the right MAP scenario for the task at hand. Usage tracking scenarios for Lync, SharePoint and Exchange have been updated to include the latest versions. Advances in virtual machine discovery offer improved VM inventory results. New Windows Volume Licensing

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