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Microsoft Vista - Patch Tuesday with a vengeance

It was inevitable. After all the hype. After all the talking heads had spoken, Microsoft’s new OS, Vista, will finally hit the shelves tonight at midnight.

Bill Gates was so excited that he couldn’t contain himself.

It still remains to be seen how large an affect this will have on the Channel, but the smart money says it will — eventually. While it does make a lot of sense for VARs and systems integrators to stay on the cutting edge of available technology, deploying Vista with a company you support on Tuesday morning might just result in toilet paper all over your face.

The Reseller News is already talking about the problems they’ve had with the installation. From backing up all your files to getting anything to display on the monitor, there are likely to be some bumps along the way.

Just imagine what would happen to all of you, my friends, if you installed Vista at a company Tuesday night and none of the monitors worked properly on Wednesday morning. Put on a pot of coffee, it’s going to be a long day of support.

But it is just a matter of time until the early adopters have blazed the trail deep enough that more companies are going to want to start taking part. Patch Tuesday will become part of the vernacular again (if it ever went away) andVARs and systems integrators will need to be ready to take advantage of the business opportunities it presents. Bundling the software with new hardware can lead to support roles which could be renewed on a regular basis.

Regardless of how you plan on selling and supporting Vista, Jonathan Hassell may have the best advice out there: Get training.

And if you’re thinking of playing with Vista at home to get a feel for it, take a look at The Cult of Mac. While Vista is assuredly designed for your personal computer, running it on your personal Mac might be more satisfying.

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