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Feb 20 2007   6:03PM GMT

Microsoft releases Vista deployment tools

Yuval Shavit Profile: YuvalShavit

Now that Vista is out and shipping on new PCs, the question for VAR and user alike isn’t whether to deal with it — or even when — but how. To make the transition a bit more transparent, Microsoft has released six new Vista deployment tools and guidelines.

The new tools are:

  • Solution Accelerator for Business Desktop Deployment (BBD), to deploy Windows Vista and Office 2007 on desktops
  • Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT), to ease the process of moving old third-party apps to Vista
  • Windows Vista Hardware Assessment, a brand-new tool to help customers determine whether their computers will even run Vista
  • Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) and Key Management Service (KMS), to handle site-wide activation for Vista, which Microsoft says is necessary to help cut down on piracy
  • Virtual PC 2007, the newest version of Microsoft’s virtualization software.

The full version of this story appeared on TechTarget sister site SearchWinIT.

Check back soon at for more on these new tools and what they’ll mean for resellers and systems integrators.

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