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Windows 7 Windows 7 – New Features DirectAccess Active Directory authentication without a VPN connection Firewall and NAT friendly with most existing network infrastructures Supports multi-factor authentication Uses IPv6-over-IPSec and Teredo

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Windows 7 – New Features

  • DirectAccess

    • Active Directory authentication without a VPN connection

    • Firewall and NAT friendly with most existing network infrastructures

    • Supports multi-factor authentication

    • Uses IPv6-over-IPSec and Teredo

    • Requires Server 2008 R2 back-end with SSTP and RRAS

    • Can be configured for split-tunnelling if desired

  • BranchCache

    • Similar to Cisco’s WAAS

    • Hosted Cache mode – Server 2008 R2 hosts the files (Host/Client)

    • Distributed Cache mode – PCs cache the content and distribute to each other (P2P)

    • HTTP, HTTPS, SMB – passive cache for reads – writes are never cached

    • Takes advantage of SMB 2.0 with Vista, Windows 7 and Server 2008

  • BitLocker To Go

    • USB storage devices can be encrypted

    • Encryption can be enforced for newly inserted devices

    • Policies can be set to require password complexity, smart cards, etc

    • Drive Prep Tool no longer necessary post-install if you want to enable BitLocker at a later date


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Windows 7 – New Features

  • AppLocker

    • Rule based application permissions model

    • Publisher rules are based on application digital signature

    • Relies on signed applications

    • Helps prevent unauthorized software installation

  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure enhancements

    • Spanning monitor support with varying resolutions per monitor

    • Microphone support over RDP

    • Aero/DirectX/Multimedia/streaming over RDP

    • Mount VHD files as a drive letters

    • Boot from VHD files

  • Management

    • Credential Manager provides a ‘lock box’ for passwords for sites and services

    • Remote Assistance vastly improved

    • Action Center combines Security Center with Maintenance, Troubleshooting, and Recovery Centers

    • Native Biometric (fingerprint) and Location Sensor (GPS) driver support for many existing devices


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Windows 7 – New Features

  • HomeGroup

    • Domain-joined computers can be part of a HomeGroup

    • Uses a password for fileshares and printer shares

    • Easy to use

  • Multi-touch interfaces

    • Surface-esque control of the desktop

  • Libraries and enhanced Search

    • Search for items anywhere on your network with federated Search partners

    • Where you store files become less important as long as they can be indexed

  • Miscellaneous

    • ReadyBoost can be used on multiple devices at once

    • Desktop Gadgets can roam anywhere on the desktop

    • “SuperBar” – the controversial task bar replacement


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Windows 7 – The Vista Connection

  • Device Drivers

    • Targeting 100% success rate for Vista drivers under W7 – no radical API changes

    • Device driver support for Vista has improved greatly since RTM – will carry over for W7

    • You can actually trust drivers and links to OEMs offered by Windows Update

  • Application Compatibility

    • No radical departure in W7 compared to the jump from XP to Vista

    • Application vendors are writing more applications that do not require ‘admin’ access

  • UAC

    • 4 levels of protection/notification

    • Many system related prompts eliminated

    • Considerably less annoying by default

  • System requirements

    • Computer systems have caught up with Vista and W7 is streamlined for performance

    • Componentization of system features continue – makes adding and removing pieces easier

    • Windows Anytime Upgrade takes minutes instead of hours

    • Perfect for netbooks and older ACPI hardware


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