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Making a USB to go Windows 8 Stick, in 13 steps!
The will show you the step by step process that I use.
My configuration is as follows:
The C: drive has Windows 8 on it
Using the E: as location of windows source
Using D: as USB drive to put windows to go
Using F: as location that I mounted install.
All commands are bolded for easy in using the document;
Open a Dos Command Prompt as Administrator
Note: this open Diskpart program
Note: show disk drive in my computer
Disk ### Status Size Free Dyn Gpt
-------- ------------- ------- ------- --- ---
Disk 0 Online 128 GB 0 B *
Disk 1 Online 256GB 0 B
Disk 2 Online 64 MB 0 B
Note: my USB drive is 64 gigs
Select disk 2
Note: put focus on drive 2
Note: cleans all data off drive
Create partition primary
Note: creates primary partition
format fs=ntfs quick
Note: format the drive using ntfs and fast format
Note: make the drive active so you can boot USB drive
Note: make the USB drive letter d
Note: end Diskpart program
11: Do the following:
Either put Windows 8 DVD in Drive for or Mount Image as f drive
Note in Windows 8 point to and ISO Image and in explore click mount or put Windows DVD in drive f
12:Type in dos windows:
dism /apply-image /imagefile=f:\sources\install.wim /index:1 /applydir:d:\
Note this will install Windows to d drive using the Install. Win then you will see if you done the steps correctly.
When 100 %
bcdboot.exe d:\windows /s d: /f ALL
Note: This install the boot manager to D: so windows will boot.
You are now done..
Take USB computer to a computer start computer by pressing F12 and choose USB device to boot...
This will take some time first time you use it to add all the new devices that the USB drive finds in the host computer
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Here is a list of data Breaches
With Window XP coming to an end of life here is a site that will teach you how to easily how to do this. You will get a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to the Windows 7 deployment process, from application compatibility testing and volume activation to image creation and data migration. Here are the modules and what they cover
Windows 7 Deployment Methods and Technologies
This module covers the different methods available for deploying Windows 7. After completing this module you will have covered how to choose a deployment strategy, the licensing options, and the tools that can be used to plan a deployment process.
Prepare the Environment for a Windows 7
This module covers the tasks that have to be performed to prepare an environment for Windows 7 deployment. After completing this module you have an understanding of what is required before using Windows Deployment Services (WDS), the Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT), Multicast deployments, Volume activation, Windows Automated Installation Kit and Zero-touch deployments.
Create a Windows 7 Image
This module covers the core deployment task of creating Windows 7 images. After completing this module you will have an understanding of how to build standard images, how to prepare a reference machine for capture, capturing the image and then applying it to other computers. Finally the module will cover the tools that you will use during the creation process; SYSPREP, ImageX, PnPUtil and how to then work with the images these tools help create.
Update a Windows 7 Image
After completing this module you will have an understanding of how to use Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) to update an existing Windows 7 Image. The module will cover servicing offline strategies and how to do service them
Deploy a Windows 7 Image
This module looks at the various methods for deploying a Windows 7 image. There are a number of methods for deploying Windows 7 in various scenarios, after completing this module you will have an understanding of how to deploy manually, using an unattended deployment method, using the Windows Automated Installation Kit and using WDS.
Migrate Computers to Windows 7
In this module you will learn about how to migrate existing computers to Windows 7. Moving existing settings, files and application to new installations is key deployment task, this module covers the tools available to extract and migrate these settings and deploy them on new machines. Finally this module covers how to use these tools to do this in high volume deployments.
Configure and Manage Application Compatibly
When deploying a new desktop OS knowing that the applications your organization uses will work on the new system is a critical task. The module covers the aspects of application compatibility, starting with getting an inventory of what applications are running in your organization. Once you understand what is running you can analyze the applications and use the tools to ensure these applications run under Windows 7. There are a number of tools available to help; this module covers the Application Compatibility Toolkit, MED-V, Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode. After completing this module you will understand these tools, how and when to use them.
Light Touch Installation using Windows Deployment services
After completing this module you will have an understanding of how to use Windows Deployment Services (WDS) as a deployment tool. The module covers getting started with WDS and step-by-step information on using WDS.
Deploy using System Center Configuration Manager
This module covers using System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) to deploy Windows 7. After completing this module you will have an understanding of zero touch deployment of Windows 7 using both SCCM and the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, how to create distribution points, use multicast to deploy the bits to computers, task sequencing and finally using SCCM for software updates.
Create and Manage Windows PE Environment
This module provides a comprehensive view of the Windows PE environment. During the module you will learn about how to create a PE environment using the Oscdimg command, booting computers from a Windows PE bootable image. Because all deployment environments are different, the module will cover how to customize the PE environment by loading drivers and applications into the image. Finally the module will cover the Windows Recovery Environment, what it is and how it works.
Manage Deployments with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit
This module covers the use of the Microsoft Deployment toolkit for deploying Windows 7. After completing this module you will have an understanding of how to use the toolkit to build the deployment environment, including building Images, using the deployment workbench and migrating from Windows XP.
The Microsoft Virtual Academy: Deploying Windows 7 is the place to learn all of this
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I also found a virtual lab that you can use to learn more, you will be better able to introduce project connection managers, introduce parameters, create an SSIS Catalog, deploy an Integration Services project to the SSIS Catalog, execute packages from the SSIS Catalog, script package execution commands, and monitor the Integration Services environment and package executions.
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And this paradigm shift in computing means a paradigm shift in the skills IT professionals will need to configure, deploy, monitor, and operate private cloud solutions of today—and tomorrow. The increased capacity and capability of Private Cloud solutions means that IT Professionals and Developers will need to have a new and broader set of skills.
These means there are opportunities for you to learn and deliver solution to your customers and companies today !
Microsoft Learning is addressing this need for new skills by ensuring it offers training and certifications that enable IT Pros and Developers to develop and validate their skill sets across this new range of skills with a focus on specific technology solutions. One example of this effort is the recently announced private cloud certification.
Available as a Beta release in April, the certification starts with the foundation of current Windows Server 2008 exams, and adds two new System Center 2012 exams, currently in beta.
Get started today by heading over to the Microsoft Private Cloud Certification Overview page. That’s where you can prepare and practice for the certification, sign up for our upcoming Private Cloud Jump Start course, and get a head start on your private cloud certification by starting your MCITP Server Administrator certification.
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Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012, by Ross Mistry and Stacia Misner
Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 includes 10 chapters:
PART I DATABASE ADMINISTRATION (by Ross Mistry)
1. SQL Server 2012 Editions and Engine Enhancements
2. High-Availability and Disaster-Recovery Enhancements
3. Performance and Scalability
4. Security Enhancements
5. Programmability and Beyond-Relational Enhancements
PART II BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE DEVELOPMENT (by Stacia Misner)
6. Integration Services
7. Data Quality Services
8. Master Data Services
9. Analysis Services and PowerPivot
10. Reporting Services
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So what can you do now? If you are a home user or have a small business here is some simple steps to follow.
1st look at you business applications and se if they will run on Windows 7 or Vista. If the app works on Vista should work on windows 7.
Then look at your hardware is there driver(s) for Windows 7. Your can use the Windows upgrade advisor to learn about your computer and understand what hardware and software will be issues.
When you use the upgrade advisor do your self a favor and connect ALL you devices to the computer 1st then run the advisor..
If your hardware is good to go and you have your software original disk, then BACKUP you computer and verify it a good copy. As when you install Windows 7 you will be formatting your hard drive and will loose all your data, a idea I tell user to do is to buy a new hard drive and put the new operating system on that, that way you can test and verify that the hardware and all your device work. Then if you buy Windows 7 Profession or higher you can use XP more for application that will only work in XP and not on windows 7 …
If the Hardware is old and you do not want to buy a new computer, and your computer can run Windows 7 switching out the hard drive is a good idea anyway as that is the the one of the 2 items that fail in an old computer. Power supply being the second.
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For business users you should look a
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) to accelerate and automate deployments of Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008, and Microsoft Office products.
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