Let's answer a few questions...

I saw this post:


and thought I would take a shot a few of the questions.


Is forefront compatible with vista?

If you are talking about Forefront Client Security, yet is works great with Windows Vista

Where can I get a copy of IIS which is compatible with Virtual Server Enterprise 2005 R2

The copy of IIS that comes with server 2003 is all you need. You should be able to add the IIS component. If you install Virtual Server 2005, it will check to ensure IIS is already installed. Check out the Add / Remove programs option

How does Bitlocker work?

Check out my blog entry http://ts2blogs.com/blogs/rwagg/archive/2008/06/25/setting-up-a-computer-to-use-bitlocker-drive-encryption.aspx

What Microsoft products are not compatible with Windows Vista?

This is an interesting question. Application compatibility relative to Windows Vista has increased significantly over the past 18 months, but some of the older versions of some of our products may have some compatibility issues. Can you narrow the focus of this question? What are you looking for?

Please check out our Windows Vista Compatibility Center:


I think it will get you pointed in the right direction.

What is the expected release date for Windows Vista Service Pack 2?

I do not have an ETA. Is there something special you are looking for?

Where would I find the source or tools needed for integrating .net passport into a website?

I don't know off the top of my head, can someone else answer this one?

Does Microsoft have a product or tool that handles or helps with Search Engine Optimization?

This one is out of my league, anyone else?

What is the difference between Virtual Server and Virtual PC?

From the following URL


What are the differences between Virtual PC and Virtual Server?


Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 is a virtual machine solution for desktop operating systems. Microsoft Virtual Server 2005, on the other hand, is a solution for server operating systems. Although Virtual PC and Virtual Server share many features in common, they are designed for different purposes. As a result, some of their features are also quite different. Microsoft has created a white paper that explains the differences between Virtual PC and Virtual Server, and discusses the scenarios in which it is appropriate to use one or the other.

I think the white paper will get you pointed in the right direction.

What is Hyper-V?

Check out




I think you will have a better understanding of Hyper-V after these, but the bottom line is that Hyper-V is the successor to Virtual Server 2005 R2.

Has Server 2008 been given a name yet? (for example project long horn became known as or was given the name Vista upon release)

Server 2008 is the name of our latest Server product. Longhorn was the code name for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. 

How would you configure Remote Desktop?

From the Server 2008 perspective? Right click on "My Computer" and choose properties. Click on "Advanced System Properties" on the left hand side, and then click on the "Remote" tab. Here is where you can configure the server to respond to Remote Desktop connection requests.

How would you configure Bitlocker?


I've already talked about setting up BitLocker :)

When is hardware going to be Vista Logo'd? (Designed for Vista) {So far i've not seen any video cards or soundcards that are Vista Logo'd}

Hardware is already logo'd for Windows Vista. My Thinkpad X61 tablet has a Windows Vista logo on it. I've also seen video cards and sound cards labeled as Vista Compatible. Can you give me more details here?

Is there a GUI side to Server 2008 or is everything going to be command-line with no possibility of GUI? {There are rumors out among IT professionals that there won't be a GUI side}

Server 2008 offers the traditional GUI you are accustomed to seeing on our Server products, but you will also be able to select a "Server Core" installation. Server Core does not include the GUI, it is command line driven. You can also use our Remote Server Administration tools to manage a Server Core machine remotely. This gives you the best of both worlds. You still get a GUI management framework, but the physical server does not have the traditional GUI / I.E. / Windows Media Player and such that need to be patched. Windows Server 2008 Core installations drastically reduce the server footprint and attack surface of the OS.

Well I tried to take a shot at them, there are a couple of the questions that are beyond my day to day scope, so let's see if someone else can help us with them.  Please let me know if you have more questions, or if there is anything else I can do.

Until next time!