The Windows® 7 and Windows Server® 2008 R2 operating systems introduce DirectAccess, a new solution that provides users with the same experience working remotely as they would have when working in the office. With DirectAccess, remote users can access corporate file shares, Web sites, and applications without connecting to a virtual private network (VPN). Further DirectAccess separates intranet traffic from Internet traffic as shown on the right and reduces unnecessary traffic on the corporate network.
DirectAccess requirements include:
Here’s how DirectAccess works:
Notice the DirectAccess connection process happens automatically once a DirectAccess client boots up without requiring a user to log on.
This is a nice compilation of pertinent information of deploying Windows 7. For those who are focusing on Windows 7 deployment in an enterprise environment, the following are in my view essential readings as well.
Learn about the new features of Windows Server 2008 R2 in the areas of virtualization, management, the Web application platform, scalability and reliability, and interoperability with Windows 7. Download Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2, written by industry experts Charlie Russel and Craig Zacker along with the Windows Server team at Microsoft.
I have introduced this e-book a while ago. A great resource to get some technical depth on Microsoft virtualization solutions this is. Also included here are some of my blog posts which you may find worth reviewing. Registration is required to download this book.
For those who would like to try and get familiar with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, follow the following links to download, install, and test it out. Here also include is the download information of Forefront and System Center which are essential for securing and managing enterprise infrastructure.
Windows Virtual PC is the latest Microsoft virtualization technology designed for Windows 7. It is the runtime engine for Windows XP Mode to provide a virtual Windows environment for Windows 7. Windows XP Mode, a new benefit of Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate, provides a virtual Windows XP SP3 runtime environment within Windows 7, and allows one to install and run Windows XP specific application directly from your Windows 7-based PC. Notice Windows XP Mode is 32-bit only while Windows 7 has both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. Windows XP Mode is a full virtual version of Windows XP SP3 and follows the same support lifecycle as Windows XP whose support phase ends in 2014.
On the other hand, if running Windows Vista or Windows XP on a physical machine, one can use Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 to run multiple operating systems at the same time on the same physical computer. There are noticeable differences between Windows Virtual PC and Microsoft Virtual PC. For instance the former requires hardware assisted-virtualization, supports USB, and is integrated with Windows XP Mode, while the latter does not. Here is the information to Compare some of the many features of Virtual PC 2007 to Windows Virtual PC.
See you all at the events.
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Friday December 11, 2009
North Charleston Convention Center
AITP Charleston Chapter in association with Discovery Training Center, Dimension Data, and Integral Solutions, present an opportunity to learn about the latest Microsoft desktop, server, and collaboration tools.
Sponsored by Microsoft
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Continental Breakfast will be served
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