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Thursday, January 28, 2010

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.
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
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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