Well, it was a good experience at Capgemini, Mumbai last week. I got an opportunity deliver on IIS 7.5 Enhancements and Migration Tools and Techniques for Windows 7 in front of Capgemini experts. I am very much thankful to the Capgemini team for organizing the event.
Talking about the sessions, the Infrastructure track was interesting and most of them enjoyed every bit of it. I would like to share some of the resources for the sessions I delivered on IIS 7.5 and Windows 7 Migration.
Some resources for IIS 7.5 Enhancements and Web Platform Session.
This will help you download following Extensions that I demonstrated
Resources for Migration Tools and Techniques for Windows 7 Session
Boot From VHD Part I & II
What is Image X http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc722145(WS.10).aspx
Download Windows Automated Installation Kit http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=696dd665-9f76-4177-a811-39c26d3b3b34&displaylang=en
Windows Easy Transfer http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/features/windows-easy-transfer.aspx
USMT 4.0 (User State Migration Toolkit) User’s Guide http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd560801(WS.10).aspx
What’s new in USMT 4.0 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd560752(WS.10).aspx
Download Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=3BD8561F-77AC-4400-A0C1-FE871C461A89&displaylang=en
I hope these tools will help you jump start your Windows 7 Migration. Feel free to reach out for any support.
There is an update available to the activation and validation components in Windows Activation Technologies for Windows 7.
Windows Activation Technologies helps you confirm that the copy of Windows 7 that is running on your computer is genuine. Additionally, Windows Activation Technologies helps protect against the risks of counterfeit software. Windows Activation Technologies in Windows 7 consists of activation and validation components that contain anti-piracy features.
This update for Windows Activation Technologies helps detect validation errors and activation exploits. This update also detects any tampering attempts made to important Windows 7 system files. Be aware that some counterfeit copies of Windows include malware. When this update is installed, it performs a validation process for the copy of Windows that is running on your computer. However, this validation process does not affect the functionality of Windows. The update process exits silently if it detects no validation errors, activation exploits, or tampered files. Tampered Files If the update discovers a tampered file, it tries to restore the file. This restore may require a restart. If this update cannot restore the tampered files, it will direct you more information on the Internet. Validation Errors or Activation Exploits Validation errors and activation exploits try to bypass the Windows activation process and are sometimes included with counterfeit copies of Windows. If a validation error or activation exploit is detected, you will be directed to more information on the Internet for resolution of the activation exploit or the validation error. When validation errors or activation exploits are removed, you may be asked to use a valid product key to activate the copy of Windows 7 that is running on your computer. If you decide not to resolve the validation error or the activation exploit at that time, you will be periodically notified that the copy of Windows 7 that is running on your computer is not genuine. Additionally, Windows will provide a link to more information online for resolution.
Read More here. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971033/en-us
Get it from Windows Update
Get it from Microsoft Download Center
The following files are available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:
Update for Windows 7 for x86-based systems (KB971033)
Download the Update for Windows 7 for x86-based systems package now. (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=150841)
Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB971033)
Download the Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB971033) package now.
For enhanced convenience, Windows® 7 enables administrators and users to use fingerprint biometric devices to log on to computers, grant elevation privileges through User Account Control (UAC), and perform basic management of the fingerprint devices. Administrators can manage fingerprint biometric devices in Group Policy settings by enabling, limiting, or blocking their use.
A growing number of computers, particularly portable computers, include embedded fingerprint readers. Fingerprint readers can be used for identification and authentication of users in Windows. Until now, there has been no standard support for biometric devices or for biometric-enabled applications in Windows. Computer manufacturers had to provide software to support biometric devices in their products. This made it more difficult for users to use the devices and administrators to manage the use of biometric devices.
Windows 7 includes the Windows Biometric Framework that exposes fingerprint readers and other biometric devices to higher-level applications in a uniform way, and offers a consistent user experience for discovering and launching fingerprint applications. It does this by providing the following:
Fingerprint biometric devices offer a convenient way for users to log on to computers and grant elevation through UAC.
The new biometric features provide a consistent way to implement fingerprint biometric–enabled applications and manage fingerprint biometric devices on stand-alone computers or on a network. The Windows Biometric Framework makes biometric devices easier for users and for administrators to configure and control on a local computer or in a domain.
The introduction of the Windows Biometric Framework allows the integration of fingerprint biometric devices in Windows. It offers a consistent user experience for logging on to Windows and performing UAC elevation. In addition, it provides a common set of discovery and integration points that offers a more consistent user experience across devices and applications. The Windows Biometric Framework also includes management functions that allow administrators to control the deployment of biometric fingerprint devices in the enterprise.
Fig. Control Panel option for configuring Biometric devices
More to read at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd367857(WS.10).aspx
Microsoft IT Pro Challenge. More information visit http://www.itprocontest.com/
A Microsoft India DPE initiative that gets you the latest technical content on a daily basis in different channels. Think of it like a personal television that switches on every day at a specified hour allowing you to switch channels and view the channel of your interest.
For more information visit http://www.zeollar.com
Zeollar IT PRO Channel http://zeollar.cloudapp.net/channel/4
Windows Vista introduced a variety of new security technologies that had a significant impact on the Windows ecosystem. User Account Control made it clear that Microsoft wanted to make easy for users to run Windows without being in the Administrators group. BitLocker introduced full volume encryption for the Windows client. Protected Mode Internet Explorer helped to make browsing the Internet a safer experience.
In Windows 7, Microsoft has continued its investment in security by adding new technologies as well as enhancing many of the technologies introduced in Windows Vista. In this article, I will provide an overview of the new security features and enhancements you'll find in Windows 7.
We are going to cover the following topics.
Windows Biometric Framework Extending Authentication Protocols BitLocker Core Enhancements BitLocker To Go UAC Improvements AppLocker Global SACLs and Granular Auditing Wrapping Up
For complete article visit http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/2009.05.win7.aspx
Microsoft Virtual TechDays is back for this quarter.
For more information visit http://www.virtualtechdays.com
In my previous post I talked about the new Zeollar Platform from Microsoft India DPE, a new initiative. Recently we started IT Pro Channel and today I presented my first session on Native VHD Support and Boot from VHD.
In my upcoming session on 10th March 2010, I will be demonstrating AppLocker Feature in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. So tune in at 1300 Hrs. for live demo of AppLocker for another IT Pro Zeollar session.
Here is the link to watch my Boot from VHD Zeollar Session
We have series of talking happening around making of Windows. Now lets now talk about Windows.
Making of Windows 7 http://edge.technet.com/Media/Talking-About-Windows-Making-of-Windows-7/
Product & Org Readiness http://edge.technet.com/Media/Talking-About-Windows-Product--Org-Readiness/
Experience Windows 7 Today.
I am sharing some of the resources that I had demonstrated during my session in Green-Hyper Virtualization session.
Green-Hyper: Server energy savings calculator from http://www.hyper-green.com
Microsoft Assessment and Planning toolkit for energy efficient computing http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/solutionaccelerators/dd537569.aspx
Visio add-in for virtualization http://visiotoolbox.com/downloads/gogreen/How-To-Analyze-Rack-Server-Virtualization.pdf
Microsoft Integrated Virtualization ROI Tool https://roianalyst.alinean.com/microsoft/virtualization/
Performance and Resource Optimization (PRO) in SCVMM 2008 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc764283.aspx
Two new features coming in Windows Server 2008 R2 service pack 1. Microsoft Dynamic Memory will allow customers to adjust memory of a guest virtual machine on demand to maximize server hardware use. Microsoft RemoteFX will enable users of virtual desktops and applications to receive a rich 3-D, multimedia experience while accessing information remotely.
Meanwhile read on http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2010/mar10/03-18desktopvirtpr.mspx
Watch the space for more updates…
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