Combined with Windows Server 2008, Windows 7 will provide enterprises with unprecedented manageability and whole new methods for networking and administering clients. Microsoft has put together a white paper providing a detailed look at the new management features with Windows 7. Here is an excerpt from the white paper providing an overview of the information you can find in the white paper:
Windows 7 introduces a number of manageability improvements that can reduce total cost of ownership by helping to increase automation, improve user productivity, and provide flexible administrative control to meet compliance requirements. This paper provides an overview of each of these improvements.
IT professionals are often responsible for repetitive and time-consuming tasks. Windows 7’s comprehensive scripting abilities enhance the productivity of IT professionals by automating those tasks, which reduces errors while improving administrative efficiency:
- Microsoft Windows PowerShell 2.0 enables IT professionals to easily create and run scripts on a local PC or on remote PCs across the network. Complex tasks or repetitive management and troubleshooting tasks are automated.
- Group Policy scripting enables IT professionals to manage Group Policy Objects (GPOs) an registry-based settings in an automated manner, thus improving the efficiency and accuracy of GPO management.
In addition to its powerful scripting capabilities, Windows 7 includes several features that improve user productivity and reduce costs:
- Built-in Windows Troubleshooting Packs enable end-users to solve many common problems on their own, and IT professionals can create custom Troubleshooting Packs, thus extending this capability to internal applications.
- Improvements to the System Restore tool inform users of applications that might be affecte when returning Windows to an earlier state.
- The new Problem Steps Recorder enables users to record screenshots, click-by-click, that reproduce a problem so IT can troubleshoot solutions.
- Improvements to the Resource Monitor and Reliability Monitor enable IT professionals to more quickly diagnose performance, compatibility, and resource limitation problems.
For IT departments to address their ever-increasing security needs and meet compliance requirements, Windows 7 also supports the following features:
- AppLocker enables IT professionals to more flexibly set policy on which applications and scripts users can run or install, providing a more secure and manageable desktop.
- Auditing improvements enable I professionals to use Group Policy to configure more comprehensive auditing of files and registry access.
- Administrators can require users to encrypt removable storage devices with BitLocker To Go via Group Policy.
- Group Policy Preferences define the default configuration, which users can change, and provide centralized management of mapped network drives, scheduled tasks, and other Windows components that are not Group Policy-aware.
- DirectAccess seamlessly connects mobile computers to the internal network, allowing IT professionals to manage them if the user has an Internet connection.
Altogether, the improvements introduced by Windows 7 can reduce the time IT professionals spend maintaining and troubleshooting, improve user productivity, and enable IT departments to better meet compliance requirements.
Download the white paper to learn about all of these features in more detail. Feel free to comment here if you have thoughts or questions about the Windows 7 manageability features.