8 Thing to Think About For Windows 7

Monday, October 12, 2009

Windows 7 arrives at an interesting time. The very notion of the desktop is being challenged by everything from virtual desktops and cloud options for netbooks and iPhones. None of these changes will come to the company during the night, but all will influence the configuration of the end-user environment over the next three years. It is in this light that we take a look at the eight elements of Windows 7 that companies should consider in their plans for deploying Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) 's latest operating system.

1. Remote users love Win 7

As more employees work outside the office, you need new strategies to maintain their support, safe and productive. Starting points for two key features of Windows 7, and BranchCache DirectAccess are excellent for the next generation of enhanced mobile access.

DirectAccess leverages IPv6 and IPSec in a system that provides secure connectivity with the main network, regardless of where users are connected - or even if connected at all. BranchCache also helps users in remote offices to maintain their productivity because the network can be configured to cache Web pages and files on local servers in a round-robin style for peer sites without local servers, to ensure that frequently accessed data files quickly and served to end users.
A sticking point: Both functions require Windows Server 2008 R2.

2. Infosec teams will like Win 7

There are plenty of good news on the security front with Windows 7. Most of the improvements are a continuation of efforts that began with Vista, including Microsoft's secure development lifecycle, the company expects to reduce operating code defects in their software. Windows 7 is one of the first products to come through the complete development cycle of life.

At the same time, more thought was given to reduce the impact of security intrusion may have on the user experience. The company has maintained the concept of User Account Control, but reduced the number of pop-ups that frustrated users of Windows Vista.

Other features such as BitLocker, are updated, including the ability to encrypt removable devices. There are new security features, too, including AppLocker, which allows administrators to prevent users from downloading and running unauthorized software.

3. You better management

While not required AppLocker BitLocker and Windows Server 2008 R2 to run, need Advance Group Policy Management 4.0. In fact, there are over 350 new control options, many of which increase the control desk, power management and the ability to use different functions based on the location of the machine. However, only get the full functionality of AGPM 4.0 with Windows Server 2008 R2.
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4. It netbook-friendly

A recent survey by InformationWeek Analytics shows enormous potential for growth netbook, 35% in the company today, to a projected 72% in two years. Smaller and less expensive than laptops, mobile devices, netbooks are ideal for those on a budget. The bulk of netbooks in organizations today run XP Pro and Linux. Win 7 plays very well in most netbooks, though, especially in the professional version. That said, organizations should lobby for the version of the company to obtain features like DirectAccess.
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