Windows Vista deployment with Mark Minasi

In this videocast series, Windows guru Mark Minasi takes you through Windows Vista deployment and management -- from migration basics to machine capturing.

Mark Minasi Mark Minasi is a best selling author, speaker and all-around alpha-geek. A true Windows guru, he has written several books on Microsoft technology, including Mastering Windows Server 2003 Upgrade Edition for SP1 and R2 and Administering Windows Vista Security: The Big Surprises. In this video series, Minasi leads you through everything you need to know about Windows Vista deployment and management -- from migration basics to machine capturing to using the right tools.

Vista deployment under the hood
The question is no longer if your company will be migrating to Windows Vista -- but when. Whether you have already begun testing Vista or you plan to start in the future, the difference between a smooth and rocky OS deployment depends on your understanding of the new features. In this 20-minute videocast, best-selling author Mark Minasi takes a look back at the old days of desktop migration, then breaks down how the deployment process has changed with Windows Vista.

Deploying Windows Vista: Getting the tools
Any job is made easier when you use the correct tools. This is especially true when it comes to desktop OS deployment. For Windows Vista, it means getting your hands on Windows PE. In this 15-minute videocast, best-selling author Mark Minasi explains how to build a Windows PE disk and how to use Windows Image Files when deploying Vista.

Creating images with ImageX during a Windows Vista deployment
When it comes to creating and modifying images during a Vista migration, look no further than ImageX. But before you get your hands dirty, it's important to know the basics. In this 16-minute videocast, best-selling author Mark Minasi explains how to get started with ImageX, then describes how to use the command-line tool with Windows PE.

Topics covered include:

  • The basics of ImageX
  • Using ImageX with Windows PE
  • Making Windows PE bootable
  • Adding drivers

Windows Vista deployment: Capturing a machine
So you're almost finished deploying Windows Vista. You've built your Windows PE disk, worked with Windows Image Files and delved into the depths of ImageX. Everything is the way you want it. Now what? Well now it's time to capture your machine. In this 9-minute videocast, best-selling author Mark Minasi describes how to use ImageX and Windows PE to capture and apply an image and has some important Sysprep tips for deploying Vista.

Topics covered include:

  • Capturing and applying an image
  • Working with Sysprep
  • Putting more than one image in a Windows Image File

Vista's 'other' big tool: Windows SIM
Want to know what the best new Vista tool is -- that no one is talking about? Windows System Image Manager. In this 11-minute videocast, best-selling author Mark Minasi makes sense of Windows SIM before breaking down what you need to know about Windows Deployment Services and the latest changes to Windows Vista licensing.

This was first published in November 2008

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