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I. Improvements in Top3 hot zones:


1) Compatibility:

[Compatibility: ACT] ACT overview — address your compatibility concerns

[Compatibility: ACT] Features and Updates — address your compatibility concerns

[Compatibility: ACT] ACT workflow — how it works?


2) Performance:

a. Boot:

[Performance: Boot] Boot Performance Enhancements


b. CSC:

[Performance: CSC] A third caching mode – opportunistic or “transparent caching”


c. Power Saving:

[Performance : Power Saving] Saving Power through Virtulization


3) Security:

a. UAC

[Security: UAC] UAC Control Panel

[Security: UAC] Compares the number of UAC prompts for user actions in Windows 7 and Vista


b. Restriction of NTLM:

[Security: Restriction of NTLM] NTLM Auditing Group Policies

[Security: Restriction of NTLM] NTLM Blocking Group Policies


c. Service Account:

[Security: Service Account] Migrating a service from a user account to a managed service account

[Security: Service Account] Moving a managed service account to another computer

[Security: Service Account] How to create and install a managed service account?

[Security: Service Account] What are benefits of managed service accounts and virtual accounts?

[Security: Service Account] What are managed service accounts and virtual accounts?


II. Why buy Windows 7:


1) Top reasons to Win7:

[Top Reasons To Win7] Reduced Power Consumption

[Top Reasons To Win7] Improved Branch Office Performance and Management

[Top Reasons To Win7] Increased Desktop Management Efficiencies

[Top Reasons To Win7] Powerful Hardware and Scaling Features


2) Green:

[Green:Power Saving] Live Migration

[Green:Power Saving] New Power Saving Group Policy Preference Setting

[Green:Power Saving] Win 7 saves up to 10% power againt Win2003

[Green:Power Saving] Background Activity Improvements

[Green:Power Saving] Improved Power Option in Windows 7

[Green:Power Saving]Windows Server 7(2008 R2) supports power policy via WMI

[Green:Power Saving]Saving Power through Virtualization


3) New features:

a. Federated Search:

[New Feature: Federated Search(1)] Finding your stuff

[New Feature: Federated Search(2)] Choosing to build Federated Search

[New Feature: Federated Search(3)] Natural to use

[New Feature: Federated Search(4)] Simple to deploy

[New Feature: Federated Search(5)] Easy to adopt


b. Device:

[New Feature: Device] Devices and Printers Folder/Device Stage


c. Auditing:

[New feature: Auditing] Global Object Access Auditing

[New feature: Auditing] “Reason for Access” reporting

[New feature: Auditing] New Object Access events

[New feature: Auditing] New Logon/Logoff events

[New feature: Auditing] New Account Logon events


d. Smart Card & EFS:

[New feature: Smart Card & EFS] EFS supports ECC

[New feature: Smart Card & EFS] Smart card Plug and Play and the Personal Identity Verification (PIV) standard support


e. Group Policy:

[New Feature: Group Policy]New Starter Group Policy Objects

[New Feature: Group Policy] New Group Policy Preference Items


f. AD:

[New Feature: AD] how to fix a Broken Secure Channel Using DJoin.exe

[New Feature: AD] Active Directory Web Services

[New Feature: AD] Steps for performing an offline domain join

[New Feature: AD] Weak Encryption Disabled in Kerberos Authentication

[New Feature: AD] KERBEROS ENHANCEMENTS — Forest Search Order

[New Feature: AD] Modifying tombstone lifetime and deleted object lifetime

[New Feature: AD] Restoring a deleted AD object

[New Feature: AD] Active Directory Recycle Bin

[New Feature: AD] How to Enable Active Directory Recycle Bin


g. CA:

[New Feature: CA] Renewal Only Mode

[New Feature: CA] Enroll certificates for users and computers outside the corporate network

[New Feature: CA] Cross Forest Certificate Enrollment diagram

[New Feature: CA] What is the difference between Certificate Enrollment Web Service and CA web enrollment

[New Feature: CA] Certificate Enrollment in new ways – cross forest, over the web


h. Hyper-V:

[New Feature:Hyper-V] Enhanced networking support

[New Feature:Hyper-V] Enhanced processor support

[New Feature:Hyper-V] Dynamic virtual machine storage


i. Cluster:

[New Feature: Cluster] Cluster Shared Volume (CSV)


4) Tips:

[Tip 1] Managing Your Windows

[Tip 2] Multi-Monitor Window Management.

[Tip 3] Live Clutter-Free

[Tip 4] Help the Help Desk Help You

[Tip 5] Aero Peek Your Desktop

[Tip 6] Shuffling Through Program Windows

[Tip 7] Jump List

[Tip 8: Superbar] Notification Area

[Tip 9: Superbar] Pinned Shortcuts

[Tip 10: Squeegee] Desktop Preview/Win+Space

[Tip 11: Squeegee] Superbar hover and Alt-Tab preview

[Tip 12: Squeegee] Etch-a-Sketch Preview (Windows Shake)

[Tip 13: Squeegee] Smart Windows Arrangement

[Tip 14: Library] Library Functionality

[Tip 15: Library] How to operate Library

[Tip 16: Shortcut Keys] General Shortcuts

[Tip 17: Shortcut Keys] Explorer Shortcuts

[Tip 18: Shortcut Keys] Taskbar Modifier shortcuts

[Tip 19] How to enable gadgets while UAC is disabled

[Tip 20] Run As


5) SKU Descriptions:

a. Editions:

[Licenses: Editions] Windows 7 Starter and Feature Sets

[Licenses: Editions] Windows 7 Home Basic and Feature Sets

[Licenses: Editions] Windows 7 Home Premium and Feature Sets

[Licenses: Editions] Windows 7 Professional and Feature Sets

[Licenses: Editions] Windows 7 Enterprise and Ultimate and Feature Sets


b. License:

[Licenses: License] Windows Server 2008 R2 Licensing Guide

[Licenses: License] Terminal Service CAL Migration

[Licenses: License] Simplified License Server Discovery


III. How to deploy Windows 7:


a. Migration

[Deployment: Migration] Migrating the File Services Role

[Deployment: Migration] How to migrate AD & DNS server to Windows 2008 R2 server]



[Deployment: USMT] General Steps to use USMT

[Deployment: USMT] What is New in USMT 4.0?


c. AppLocker

[Deployment: AppLocker] How to track which application are used?

[Deployment: AppLocker] How to automatically generate Applocker Rules?

[Deployment: AppLocker] What is the difference between Applocker and SRP (Software Restriction Policies?)


d. Upgrade:

[Deployment: upgrade] Upgrade a Windows 2008 R2 DC from Beta to RC


e. Sysprep:

[Deployment : Sysprep] A replacement tool of Newsid in Windows 2008 R2


e. WAIK:

[Deployment: WAIK] What’s new in WAIK (Windows Automated Installation Kit) for Windows 7?


IV. Cool troubleshooting tools:


a. Problem Steps Recorder:

[Troubleshooting:Problem Steps Recorder] How to Start Problem Step Recorder

[Troubleshooting:Problem Steps Recorder] Windows 7 Problem Steps Recorder


b. AD BPA:

[Troubleshooting: AD BPA] What is Active Directory Best Practices Analyzer?

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