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November 5, 2008  4:55 PM

Pre-Vista Certification Training Warm-up



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, Microsoft e-courses, Microsoft e-Learning, Sysinternals, Vista Application Compatibility Toolkit, Vista migration, Windows Vista troubleshooting

OK, OK. I know I promised to dig into the various Windows Vista certification exams in their MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist) and MCITP (Microsoft Certified IT Professional) programs as my next series of blogs. But hey! I found a resource that relates strongly to all of these...

November 3, 2008  7:06 PM

Microsoft’s Windows Vista Certification Exams



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, Microsoft Windows, Windows Vista

Despite all the recent news and hoopla about Windows Vista's failure in the enterprise marketplace, it's by no means the case that the response to Microsoft's Windows Vista related certification exams has been completely nugatory. As of 10/27/2008, in fact, the total number of individuals who've...


October 24, 2008  10:38 PM

Post SP1 Cleanup on Vista



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, vsp1cln.exe, Windows Update, Windows Vista, Windows Vista SP1, Windows Vista troubleshooting

Whenever you install a service pack on a Windows machine, it’s not unusual for it to leave plenty of files strewn about the system disk in its wake. What’s unusual about Windows Vista SP1, however, is that it includes its own clean-up utility. If you run it after performing an SP1 install it...


October 15, 2008  8:11 PM

Toward a more positive Vista uninstall experience



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, KB290301, Revo Uninstaller, Windows Installer Cleanup Utility, Windows uninstaller, Windows Vista, Windows Vista SP1, Windows Vista troubleshooting

Like it or not, sometimes applications wind up on Vista desktops that have to go. Either they've been replaced with something different, newer, or better, or they never should have been there in the first place. Count yourself lucky if a program's uninstall utility does a thorough job of removing...


October 13, 2008  3:29 PM

Generate a Vista System Health Report



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, Spyware Doctor, Vista System Health Report, Vista System Reliability Monitor, Windows Vista, Windows Vista SP1, Windows Vista troubleshooting

I recently stumbled across a hitherto unknown gem inside Windows Vista--to me, anyway. It's called a "System Health Report" and it provides a pretty comprehensive view of a Vista system's state, status, and current behavior. To my surprise it comes from the same facilities that support the System...


October 9, 2008  9:10 PM

The Application Compatibility Check Process a la Microsoft



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, Vista ACT, Vista ACT resources, Vista application compatibility, Vista Application Compatibility Toolkit, Windows Vista, Windows Vista SP1, Windows Vista troubleshooting

For the next couple of weeks, I'll be digging into issues related to application compatibility for organizations and enterprises considering the move to Windows Vista. For such outfits, one of the most important and pressing concerns that surround a migration has to be application compatibility,...


October 8, 2008  6:46 PM

Managing Application Compatibility for Windows Vista



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, MS Technet Windows Client TechCenter, Vista ACT, Vista ACT resources, Windows Vista, Windows Vista SP1, Windows Vista troubleshooting

In a perfect world, IT professionals wouldn't have to worry about application compatibility issues: everybody would already have embraced the latest versions of Visual Studio (2008) and the .NET Framework (3.5), and all code would run on Vista seamlessly and unhindered. Yeah, right! In the real...


October 6, 2008  3:23 PM

Dealing with Failed Windows Updates



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, Windows Update, Windows Vista, Windows Vista troubleshooting

Even in enterprise situations where IT professionals will disable Windows Update on desktop and server machines, in favor of staging updates to test machines in the background, and using their own deployment tools and techniques to roll them out, there will be occasional problems in downloading or...


October 1, 2008  9:53 PM

Mighty Mark’s Vista Troubleshooting Tour



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, Microsoft Windows, Process Explorer, PSTools, Russinovich, Sysinternals, Windows Vista, Windows Vista troubleshooting

For today's blog, I take great delight in referencing a true Windows luminary's similar efforts at Microsoft. I'm talking about Mark Russinovich, who continues his efforts with Sysinternals tools and utilities, and anything...


September 29, 2008  7:32 PM

Welcome to Vista Enterprise Desktop



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, Microsoft Windows, SaaS, Software as a Service, Virtualization, Vista Application Compatibility Toolkit, Vista upgrade, Vista Upgrade Advisor, Windows Vista

Dear Interested Reader This the first post to a three-times-a-week blog that will tackle Windows Vista desktop issues for the enterprise environment. My primary areas of focus will include topics of interest to IT professionals work with Windows Vista on large networks. Thus, it will address...


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