Xp or Windows 7
Hi! i want to advise my clients who are so siked to move from Xp to Win 7, i want to know if i will have to deal with server compatibility issue when it comes to Win 7 configurations by switching? Thanx
One of the key benefits of the modern operating system is that Windows 7 and the Windows Server 2008 operating system share a common code base, and are maintained with a single servicing model. This servicing model means updates and security updates are shared across both client PCs and servers, simplifying the process of maintaining an up-to-date infrastructure.
In addition, environments with both Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7 unlock capabilities that extend functionality and help ensure a more secure environment. One example is DirectAccess, which allows management and updating of remote mobile PCs that are connected to the Internet, even when they are not connected to the corporate network. This capability helps ensure that remote users receive security patches on a timely basis, and allows IT to update configuration setting via Group Policy. For the end user, DirectAccess allows access to locations on the corporate network without using a virtual private network (VPN) connection. (In addition to Windows Server 2008 R2, DirectAccess requires IPSec and IPv6 implementation.)
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Bitlocker Policies for Windows 7 on Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2008
Microsoft included the bitlocker admx and adml files for Windows 7 in windows server 2008 R2.
Windows Server 2003 reads only adm files and not admx and adml files. So on Windows Server 2003, you cannot configure admx and adml files.
You will have to configure the bitlocker policies from Windows 7 Client machine.
1. First install RSAT tools for Windows 7 on a windows 7 client machine which is already join to your domain.
2. Then open Group Policy Management Console and create a new policy for bitlocker.
3. Edit the bitlocker policy which will open group policy management editor.
4. Now you can see the Bitlocker Drive encryption Policies for Windows 7 Operating System.
NOTE: Windows 7 machine would need to be used to configure the bitlocker policies for Windows Vista and Windows 7 client machines.
5. Configure the bitlocker policies and now you can save recovery information in AD.
6. If you have Windows Server 2008 and you want to have Bitlocker policies for windows 7, then you need to copy the corresponding admx and adml file for bitlocker.
7. Go to c:\windows\policydefinition folder on Windows Server 2008 R2 machine and then copy the volumeencryption.admx file and corresponding volumeencryption.adml from c:\windows\policydefinition\en-US folder respectively.
8. Go to Windows Server 2008 and then Copy and Replace the existing volumeencryption.admx located at c:\windows\policydefinition folder and volumeencryption.adml located at c:\windows\policydefinition\en-US folder.
Windows Outreach Team- IT Pro