An Illustrated Guide to Installing Vista Enterprise

Vista EnterpriseI‘ve been using Vista from a Technet subscription until now, but I finally received my enterprise copy. It came in the form of a 2.4GB IMG file. I used ImgBurn to dump that to a DVD, and installed it on a laptop. The install procedure is almost identical to that of the retail versions, with the main exception being that you don’t get prompted to enter a product code. To get these pictures, I installed it in Virtual PC 2007, taking screen captures along the way. Continue reading “An Illustrated Guide to Installing Vista Enterprise”

Toss DOS, Install Vista with Free WinPE

WinPEIn an earlier article I showed how to install the free Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK). Now, we get to start using it. The first thing we’ll do with it is build a Windows Preinstallation Environment 2.0 boot disc. Microsoft says Windows PE is a “…bootable tool that provides operating system features for installation, troubleshooting, and recovery”. For many of us, it will take the place of DOS boot discs (and for some of you will be an alternative to BartPE, a free alternative to WinPE 1.0 which had limited availability). Here’s how to build a very basic WinPE boot disc that you can start using now, and can include in your Vista deployment plans. Future articles will discuss how to build on this to add more functionality. Continue reading “Toss DOS, Install Vista with Free WinPE”

Installing Windows AIK without a Disc is Free and Easy

WAIKThe Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) is a free download from Microsoft that is designed to help IT professionals deploy Windows Vista. The two main parts of the kit are Windows PE, and the Windows System Image Manager. Windows PE is a replacement for those old DOS boot disks, allowing you to boot a machine from CD/DVD and have 32-bit tools at your disposal. Windows System Image Manager allows you to customize Vista images by adding/removing/configuring components using the unattend.xml file. This post will focus on getting WAIK installed on your computer. Continue reading “Installing Windows AIK without a Disc is Free and Easy”

Need a Place to Learn All About Windows Vista?

ITsVISTA is a gathering place for information that can make life easier when it comes to installing, managing, and using Windows Vista. Founded by an IT professional with over 20 years of experience in the field, ITsVISTA will include information for all Vista users, but especially focuses on information useful to IT professionals. Key topics will include:

  • Installation
  • Configuration
  • Customization
  • Updates
  • Security
  • Software

In addition, a News page will have syndicated information about Vista from other sources. In the near future, look for user forums for the direct exchange of information between users, as well as other exciting features that will assist Windows Vista users and managers.

The site came online the same day Windows Vista was released for enterprise accounts, and you’ll be seeing new information appearing rapidly as it becomes available. Subscribe to the RSS feed or via e-mail to be notified of updates (available on the website, or click http://feeds.feedburner.com/itsvista to add to your favorite reader).