Windows 7 RC Expiration
Support for Windows Vista RTM Ends
Support for Windows XP SP2 and Windows 2000 Ends
Updating your Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Vista–based PCs before the end of mainstream support dates will ensure that your PCs stay supported and receive security updates. Migrating to Windows 7 provides the longest support lifecycle for your organization, helping to ensure protection, support, and timely updates.
End of Support
Visit our new End of Support center when it goes live Feb 18th @ www.microsoft.com/eos. For more information on Windows 2000 and Windows 2000 Server End of Support visit Windows 2000 End of Support Solution Center.
Testing/Evaluating Windows 7 and More
There are a number of downloads providing a great opportunity for you to test/evaluate a full version of Windows 7 Enterprise, and a number of solutions as well:
The TechNet team at Microsoft is planning some big changes to the TechNet web site over the next few months.“TechNet 2.0” or “TN20” for short is the project called.
TechNet 2.0 is a continual effort to improve the way how Microsoft audience discover information, the presentation of content with better quality and timeliness, and the invitations for participating in the site. In other words, improved user experience, better discoverability, and increased participations are what TN20 is hoping to achieve.
To find out more of TN20, Keith’s has a blog series details the exciting changes coming.
The main delivery of App-V 4.6 is 64-bit supportability. The rest product features and functions are much the same, if not identical, with those of App-V 5.1 SP1.The following shows App-V 4.6 Windows Desktop Client and App-V 4.6 Client for Remote Desktop Services (or Terminal Services) installed in a 64-bit operating system.
Notice this 21-minute screencast is not a tutorial of App-V 4.6. The viewers are expected to be already experienced with App-V and familiar with App-V infrastructure. The presented App-V user experience is based on a server-based deployment scenario with a full App-V infrastructure with packages streamed in RTSPS over port 332. Using RTSPS provides high security since the communication between App-V Servers and Clients is signed and encrypted. The following table depicts the methods for deploying virtual application packages to terminal servers and Windows desktops. In the screencast, I employed an App-V Management Server with local SQL Server 2008. The demo environment consists of virtual machines running within my laptop which is a Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V role added.
Source: Application Virtualization 4.5 for Terminal Services
The configurations of the demo environment is highlighted in the topology diagram shown below. Here contoso.corp is an Active Directory domain with an App-V infrastructure of the following components.
To minimize the number of virtual machines needed, I installed App-V Management Server, App-V Admin Console, and SQL Server 2008 in the domain controller, dc.contoso.corp. While App-V 4.6 Terminal Services (App-V/TS) Client was installed in the Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH), app.contoso.corp. And App-V 4.6 Windows Desktop Client was installed in a managed Windows 7 desktop, w7ent.contoso.corp. The domain, contoso.corp was configured with DirectAccess with w7ent as a DirectAccess client.
In the demos, I first talked about how the demo evironemnt is configured. And with the App-V default application which is the test application installed with App-V Management Console, I added domain admins as the authorized users to verify the readiness and correctness of the App-V infrastructure. Later I used a test account, alice, to test the streamed App-V applications. Notice the demo environment was constructed to mainly present the user experience of App-V 4.6 with minimal complexity. No attempt was made to optimize the performance, server placement, or user profile management.
Additional resources on App-V:
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 I also include the download information of Forefront and System Center which are essential for securing and managing enterprise infrastructure.