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2. Contents Get Ready for Windows 7This content was adapted from Internet.coms Datamation, Enterprise IT Planet, and CIO UpdateWeb sites. Contributors: Andy Rathbone, Steven Warren, Dries Janssens, and Sonny Discini.22 Windows 7 Review: Why I Like Windows 7 5 And the 3 Most Important New Features of Windows 7 Are5 77 Windows 7 IT Pro Feature Watch List 9 Gartner: Windows 7 OK for Vista Disgruntled9 11 11Windows 7 Security: Good, Bad or Ugly?1Solving Storage for Your SMB, an Internet.com Storage eBook. 2009, WebMediaBrands Inc. 3. Get Ready for Windows 7Windows 7 Review: Why I Like Windows 7 By Andy RathboneAfter nearly eight years, Windows XP had grownexample of how Windows 7 pulls off a difficult mix of beingas comfortable as an old car. Just as Id forgottenboth utilitarian and fun. Windows 7 softens Vistas armored-about the growing number of dings on my carsguard persona by adding a healthy dose of personality. Itsbumper, Id forgotten how many third-party tools backgrounds come stuffed with groovy psychedelic land-Id used to prop up Windows XP. After adding CD and DVDscapes, dreamy Dada-esque creatures, and candy-coloredburners, search programs, Firefox,anime art.three media players and a host ofother tools, my Start menus three By draping this whimsy over Vistascolumns reached the far edge of my security underpinnings, Microsoftsdesktop. helping make people feel both safe and creative with their computers,Thats why running Windows 7 for a feeling that comes so naturally tothe past seven months broughtApple.back the excitement of driving anew car. And for the first time, myEven if the backgrounds dontonce trusted Windows XP begansuit your fancy, you must admirelooking like a car that needed muchhow Windows 7s design teammore than a paint job. deliberately chose wallpaper that would have been shot down in aIts partially my own fault. Like many traditional boardroom. Thats a bigothers, I skipped Windows Vista. change from Vista, where every-And Vista, for all its faults, providedthing seemed to fall to the lowesta strong, secure base. Unfortunately, Microsoft ruined Vistas common denominator.improvements by adding overly aggressive security, thicklayers of meandering menus, and a sense of being designedMinimal Hardwareby a huge committee. Demands Vistas bloat kept it from running on netbooks, the PCWindows 7 strips away that ugliness to create somethingindustrys single bright spot these days. Windows 7, by con-thats light yet strong, useful yet still playful. Windows 7 trast, runs fine on most netbooks, as well as on older PCs.grabs me in a lot of ways Windows XP no longer does. Needing another test machine while writing Windows 7 For Dummies, I installed Windows 7 on a Pentium III with 16MBWallpaperof video memory. Surprisingly enough, Windows 7 not onlyOddly enough, Windows 7s new wallpaper provides a great installed, but its automatic trip to Windows Update broughtBy draping this whimsy over Vistas security underpinnings, Microsofts helping make people feel both safe and creative withtheir computers, a feeling that comes so naturally to Apple. 2Back to contents Get Ready for Windows 7, an Internet.com IT Management eBook. 2009, WebMediaBrands Inc. 4. Get Ready for Windows 7the PC some new drivers, as well. That old Gateway PC will Librariesnever be a game machine, of course, but it works fine for theAfter people amass a decades worth of digital informa-essentials, e-mail and the Internet. tion, finding pieces of that information becomes the biggest challenge. Windows 7s libraries tackle the organization partChances are Windows 7s slimmed down footprint will fitof that problem by letting one library show the contents ofwell on your PC, as well, whether its a modern netbook or a several folders. Store your music in the Public Music folder,borderline antique.for example, and those tunes automatically appear in every user accounts Music library.Adjustable User Account ControlProbably the most welcome change is that Windows 7 tones Libraries break tradition, and IT people will be doing a lot ofdown User Account Controls overly aggressive policing. Buttutoring in the months to come. But once people grasp theif you still find yourself grinding your teeth more than work- concept, theyll be able to spend more time working with ing, a sliding control lets you adjust their information rather than finding it.Windows 7s paranoia level to matchyour own. Its refreshing to feel in con-Homegrouptrol of your PC rather than the otherway around.With Windows 7,With Windows 7, Microsoft finally realized that people dont need the Microsoft finally same level of security on their homeShortcut KeysOnce you learn a few shortcut keys, realized that people networks as they do on the Internet. Homegroups let everybody type athey become addictive, and Windows7 brings several welcome ones. dont need the same single password into their networked PCs. Those PCs then join hands toFor example, placing two windows level of security onbecome a Homegroup, where everyside-by-side on a crowded desktoptook a lot of mouse maneuvering in their home networks PC on the network can share all the music, pictures, and videos stored byWindows XP. In Windows 7, youclick the first window, and pressas they do on theeveryone else. Of course, anybody can opt out of sharing their media.Win+Right Arrow to scoot the win-Internet. But chances are, most people willdow against the right edge. Follow upembrace this easier way to share with a Win+Left Arrow on the secondtheir vacation photos and music.window, and youve lined them upside-by-side, ready for quick information swapping.Windows 7s a huge step forward from Microsoft Vista, and its versatile enough to last for years to come. But WindowsWindows 7 comes loaded with many other creative key- 7s certainly not perfect.board shortcuts, a sign that the team had time to focus onsubtle details rather than major overhauls.As to be expected, Windows 7 is often too much about Microsofts needs, rather than your own. For example, Win-Taskbar Jumplistsdows 7 no longer comes with an e-mail program, so Win-Windows 7 overhauled the taskbar with jumplists pop- dows 7 understandably pushes Microsofts new Windowsup menus listing frequently accessed items and commonLive Mail program as a replacement.tasks. Need to see one of your favorite Web sites in a hurry?Right-click the taskbars browser icon, click the favored sites Try to download Windows Live Mail, though, and the instal-name from the pop-up lists Frequent section, and thelation program tries to install Microsofts entire suite of Livebrowser opens to that site.programs. Then the installer tries to hijack your Home page to Microsofts ad-soaked MSN, and switch your search en-Cant remember the location of that helpful folder you gine to Microsofts Live Search.opened yesterday? Right-click the Explorer icon, click thefolders name from the jumplist, and start digging in. WithAnd the program repetitively begs you to sign up for ajumplists, Windows 7 adds a feeling of immediate gratifica-Windows Live e-mail address, no matter how many e-mailtion that all too often went missing from Vista. addresses youve accumulated over the years. If youre upgrading Windows Vista to Windows 7, Microsoft 3Back to contents Get Ready for Windows 7, an Internet.com IT Management eBook. 2009, WebMediaBrands Inc. 5. Get Ready for Windows 7switches your default browser to Internet Explorer 8, nomatter how many years youve been using Firefox. InternetExplorers Favorites and Feeds areas come pre-stuffed withlinks to Microsofts products.In short, Microsofts trying to wring as much cash as possi-ble from their enviable position of automatically landing atop90 percent of the worlds desktops. Theres nothing wrongwith business making money, of course. One day, hopefully,Microsoft will be a little less obnoxious about it.Lets hope the company doesnt pile it on so thick it ruins theWindows 7 experience Ive found so far. n 4Back to contentsGet Ready for Windows 7, an Internet.com IT Management eBook. 2009, WebMediaBrands Inc. 6. Get Ready for Windows 7And the 3 Most Important NewFeatures of Windows 7 AreBy Steven WarrenM any businesses skipped the adoption of Win-tracing the computer for 60 seconds and saving an energy dows Vista for just cause: they were happy withreport locally. Additionally, you can also run parameters to their stable versions of Windows XP. With Win- find out why specific computers will not go to sleep. All of dows 7 now RTM you will see a strong adoptionthis control allows you to save lots of money in a corporateby 2010 and here is why: green computing, mobile comput-environment.ing, and Windows XP mode.In order to save the most money on power consumption, youThe Kermit Factor need to be able to push out changes at a global level. ThisUnder the hood, Windows 7 does have some features thatis where Windows 7 shines by allowing you a more granularmake it greener than its predeces-power management group policysor, Windows Vista. Today moresetting. You can configure manythan ever, companies are focusedpower management settings,on reducing costs. The simplest which in turn saves you money.way to reduce overhead costs is toWindows 7 has much more controlreduce your power consumption.than its predecessors ever had.Windows 7 has this feature. It isa fact that Windows 7 is more en-Mobile Computingergy efficient than Windows VistaFor corporate environments withand Windows XP.a large mobile workforce, moving to Windows 7 will have significantOne new feature is called timeradvantages. First, Windows 7 nowcoalescing. In modern processors,has a one-click wireless networktimer coalescing better schedulesthat allows you to choose yourthe work your processor does. By network profile in one simple click.grouping tasks sent to the pro-It is strikingly similar to Apple andcessor core at the same time, thea great benefit for roaming mobileprocessor can complete jobs quicker and then go back to users.sleep.One of the most useful features is the much improved bat-Another great feature that will save your company money istery life. In several tests I performed using the same laptop;the ability to manage power consumption via group policy, I was able to get better battery life on Windows 7 when run-WMI, and a command line utility called PowerCfg. Runningning a DVD movieup to 25 percent better. When I reimagedPowerCfg on a computer or pushing out to multiple com-my laptop with Windows XP and Windows Vista, batteryputers will allow you to identify energy efficiency issues by life suffered. As a bonus, I also enjoyed the 11 second bootFor corporate environments with a large mobile workforce,moving to Windows 7 will have significant advantages. 5Back to contentsGet Ready for Windows 7, an Internet.com IT Management eBook. 2009, WebMediaBrands Inc. 7. Get Ready for Windows 7time. So will you. lers to enter low power modes, as well. All of this functional- ity can be managed through power policy settings to giveMicrosoft introduced BitLocker disk encryption with Win- the IT administrator more control over power usage acrossdows Vista. This first pass of BitLocker only allowed you to the corporate environment. Windows Vista had this technol-encrypt the volume that had the operating system installed.ogy but the low power mode support was not there.The service pack 1 release extended this and allowed youto encrypt other drives, as well. Windows 7 trumps that by XP Modeallowing you to take advantage of its fast-food BitLocker edi- With Windows 7, Microsoft introduces Windows XP mode.tion that enables you to encrypt USB thumb drives and otherWindows XP mode consists of a virtual based environmentremovable media. and a fully licensed copy of Windows XP with service pack 3 (SP3). It will be available, for free (via download), to usersAnother plus for mobile users is adaptive display brightness of Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate edi-that allows you to dim the display after a certain amount of tions. This is Microsofts answer to corporations who areactivity in addition to powering it off after five to 10 minutes reluctant to upgrade from Windows XP. If you have legacyof non-use. This can all be managed via group policy asapplications that work only on Windows XP but you want towell and is a huge cost savings considering laptop displaysprogress, Windows XP mode is your answer. You can runare roughly 30 percent of a laptops total power usage. In your legacy applications seamlessly while taking advantagea corporate environment, this could add up to a significantof all the power consumption savings and other new featuressavings. Windows 7 has to offer.Windows 7 also provides new power management featuresAt the end of the day, laptop batteries will run longer andfor wired and wireless networking. When users disconnect require less charging. Your corporate desktop machines willthe network cable, Windows 7 can automatically place the require less energy when being used and save you moneyadapter into a lower-power state. This feature is known as while idle. Just these two simple updates will guarantee cor-D3. This will save you up to .5 watts. porate rollouts by 2010. The kilowatts saved will alone justify the costs of the upgrade. nWhen you reconnect the network cable, Windows 7 will putthe adapter back into a full-power state. This is called D0.Additionally, Windows 7 enables wireless network control-6 Back to contents Get Ready for Windows 7, an Internet.com IT Management eBook. 2009, WebMediaBrands Inc. 8. Get Ready for Windows 7Windows 7 IT ProFeature Watch ListBy Dries JanssensW ith all the commotion surrounding Windows 7, PowerShell 2.0 one could almost forget that most companiesBoth Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 will include have not even made the leap to Vista. Does this PowerShell on steroids upgrade to the much loved origi- Windows 7 have what it takes to make these nal PowerShell. A GUI that will look familiar to Visual Studiocustomers skip Vista? Or will Redmond be forced to deploy users (complete with debugging features and color-coding),every trick in the book to avoid a repeat of Vistas less-than- and more than 200 new cmdlets should make even UNIXstellar reception?users jealous. Additionally, PowerShell 2.0 will make remoteexecuting available to administrators, thus enabling them toUsers and Administrators at Oddsexecute scripts on multiple networked computers at once.Illustrating the disconnect between IT professionals andhome users, the most publi-For an inside look at Power-cized complaint about VistaShells progress from Micro-among end users is its mostsoft, be sure to bookmark theheralded feature among systemPowerShell Team Blog.administrators: User AccountControl (UAC). Windows 7, on DirectAccessthe other hand, promises a fine- With DirectAccess, Microsofttunable checks-and-balancesseems to be acknowledg-system, which may prove more ing the growing number ofinviting to average because of telecommuters and the needits less-intrusive behavior. to effectively manage their sys- tems: mobile users will be ableFor system administrators andto connect to the corporatepower users, Windows 7 may network without the hassle ofbe tempting because of its having to set up a VPN.seemingly endless list of newfeatures that may prove to beDirectAccess uses IPv6-over-just a tad more useful thanIPsec (IPv6 should already beVistas Sidebar (which willon every administrators minddisappear in Windows 7, although Gadgets remain). Below anyway, and the advantages are obvious: through Groupis a list of some of these features that I think are particularly Policy settings, mobile computers can be managed any timepromising.the computer has Internet connectivity (and not only whenthe computer connects to the network). This ensures thatAdditionally, PowerShell 2.0 will make remote executingavailable to administrators, thus enabling them to execute scripts on multiple networked computers at once.7Back to contents Get Ready for Windows 7, an Internet.com IT Management eBook. 2009, WebMediaBrands Inc. 9. Get Ready for Windows 7even mobile computers stay updated and in line with localrun. Publisher rules allow the administrator, throughpolicies.Group Policy, to fine tune installation rules based on anapplications digital signature. BranchCacheIs that the sound of your WAN breath- PC Safeguarding a sigh of relief? Whereas Microsoft has been offer-ing the Shared Computer Toolkit (orBranchCache allows the administra- BranchCache allows SteadyState for XP and Vista) as ator to enable intranet-accessed datato be cached locally at the branch the administratorseparate download for those lookingfor a reliable way to lock down theiroffice, resulting in like-local accessspeeds. BranchCaches Hostedto enable intranet- computers in multiple-user situations,PC SafeGuard will be integratedCache Mode hosts the locally cachedaccessed data to beinto Windows 7. While few detailsdata on a branch office WindowsServer 2008 R2 system, while Distrib- cached locally athas been released, it seems like PCSafeGuard will be able to both lockuted Cache caches the data directlyon branch PCs.the branch office,(portions of) hard drives, and erase alluser activity after the user logs off. resulting in like-Windows TroubleshootingPlatform local accessFine-Tunable UACWindows Troubleshooting Platformspeeds. Four settings will be available: Neveraims to be a programmable platform notify, Notify when programs try its based on PowerShell to facili- to make changes, Always notifytate user troubleshooting. The tool willand the current Vista-default behav-allow administrators to use, customize, and develop Win-ior of Always Notify and Wait for mydows Troubleshooting Packs to target specific user issues. Response. Without a doubt, this flexibility will be loved by some and loathed by others.Bitlocker to GoBitlockers drive encryption functionality is being extended Windows Credentialsto include USB sticks. Administrators will have control over I have been using the excellent Roboform Password Man-password length, and can even prevent users from writing toager (which not only safeguards all your passwords in aUSB storage devices before Bitlocker protection has been password repository, but also has the ability to automaticallyapplied. log you in to website interfaces) for years. Ill be very inter- ested to see how Windows 7s Windows Credentials stacksIn this day and age of data leaks and insider threats, this is a up, as it is touted to have exactly those capabilities as well.welcome new twist. As you can see, Windows 7 promises a good mix of tools toApplockerhelp administrators manage systems on their corporate net-Applocker greatly tightens an administrators control over works and exert better control over their user environments.what applications users can, and more importantly, cannotNow, the wait begins. n8 Back to contents Get Ready for Windows 7, an Internet.com IT Management eBook. 2009, WebMediaBrands Inc. 10. Get Ready for Windows 7Gartner: Windows 7 OK for Vista Disgruntled By Stuart J. JohnstonAs Windows 7s commercial debut looms, one majorof VanDyke Software.IT research firm is recommending that if corporateIT shops arent already well along in deployingWhat the Amplitude study found is that only 23 percent of ITWindows Vista, theyd be better off going straight shops surveyed are currently beta testing Windows 7, whileto Vistas replacement -- Windows 7. about the same number plan to after its official release.Organizations with a Windows Vista project well underwayThat still leaves 50 percent that have no plans to test Win-should stay the course, butdows 7 at all at this point. Themost others should targetview gets even tougher whenWindows 7, the research the question comes aroundreport co-authored by Gartnerto those who actually plananalysts Michael Silver andto deploy Windows 7 -- 61Stephen Kleynhans says.percent have no current plans to deploy Windows 7.The report reinforces anotherone Gartner released in late Interestingly, those most ame-March urging corporate IT to nable to moving to Windowsbegin planning for Windows 7 7 are shops whose IT budgetsdeployment as soon as it ships increased in 2009. Of those,rather than wait for the first 57 percent plan to deployservice pack before beginningWindows 7 while, of thosethe process. whose budgets decreased, only 37 percent had any plansA recently released survey to deploy.of 320 network and systemsadministrators, though, found that quick migration to Micro- According to the Amplitude Research survey some 41 per-softs forthcoming Windows 7 may not be as easy to accom-cent of respondents said their IT budgets declined this year.plish as it is to talk about. The top two reasons for not deploying Windows 7 wereThe Root of All DeploymentsFeel more comfortable sticking with current versions ofThe reason: money, of course.Windows (44 percent) and Cant justify the return on in- vestment (33.3 percent), Amplitude said in a release.The survey was performed by Amplitude Research on behalfA recently released survey of 320 network and systems administrators, though, found that quick migration to Microsofts forthcoming Windows 7may not be as easy to accomplish as it is to talk about. 9 Back to contentsGet Ready for Windows 7, an Internet.com IT Management eBook. 2009, WebMediaBrands Inc. 11. Get Ready for Windows 7Should I Stay or Should I Go?likely to run what ships on new PCs, so they will be earlyStill, there are plenty of variables that have to be taken intoadopters of Windows 7, the report says.account. Nothing is cut and dried, and surveys can yield dif-fering results.Meantime, another analyst agrees theres a lot of pent up demand among consumers and small businesses, but heFor instance, in a survey of 475 IT firms with 1,000 or more cautions that nothing is ever really simple.employees, conducted in February and March, and releasedthis week, another Gartner report found only 12 percent in-This is a complicated subject because it takes a lot of plan-dicated they have outright canceled a planned client project ning and youre investing in deciding whether or not to roll outsince October 2008.an operating system, Michael Cherry, lead analyst for operat- ing systems at Directions on Microsoft, told InternetNews.That doesnt mean that some projects havent been post-com. poned, however.Every organization is going to be dif-And a survey released in April by ferent [and its] a time when busi-ChangeWave Research, found that 53percent of 2,000 IT buyers it polledAt this point,targeting nesses are sitting on their wallets,Cherry added.plan to skip Vista altogether and willWindows 7 would addSo what other advice do Silver andgo directly from XP to Windows 7. less than six months Kleynhans have to offer?Meanwhile, Silvers and Kleynhansreport also outlines other important to the schedule andOrganizations that have not preparedissues that may slow corporate adop-would result in a planto deploy Vista [should] skip Vistaand target Windows 7, the reporttion of Windows 7.that is more politicallysays. Their rationale is that preparingBetween waiting for vendor supportand testing, planning, preparing, andpalatable, better for to deploy Vista will require the sameamount of effort as preparing to de-piloting, few organizations will be able users, and results inploy Windows 7. Why do it twice?to begin large-scale production de-ployments until 12 to 18 months aftergreater longevityAt this point, targeting Windows 7would add less than six months to the the RTM, in late 2010 or early 2011,their report says. That could mean aschedule and would result in a planlate payday for Microsoft. that is more politically palatable, better for users, and results in greater longevity.In fact, thats significantly later than Microsoft is hoping for-- not exactly the picture of explosive enterprise sales right However, Silver and Kleynhans also have recommendations forout of the chute, although shops with a preponderance of organizations that are already in the midst of deploying Vista.Windows XP machines may move earlier and thus help fuelearly purchase orders. Continue with Vista, but plan to switch to Windows 7 in late 2010 or early 2011, especially if youre switching to VistaWith more than half of organizations planning to skip Vista,through a hardware refresh, they said.most organizations will have to move to Windows 7 to main-tain a supportable environment as Windows XP ages. WeIn fact, during his opening keynote at Microsofts TechEd 2009advise organizations to move off of Windows XP by the endtechnical developers conference in Los Angeles, senior viceof 2012 to avoid application support problems, even though president of Windows Bill Veghte said that the company isMicrosoft will support Windows XP into April 2014.now sure it can deliver Windows 7 in time for the holiday sales season. However, he also added his own advice to the mix.If Its Not One Thing, Its AnotherSilvers and Kleynhans report highlights some reasons for If youre just starting your testing of Vista, with the releaseeconomic optimism. candidate and the quality of that offering, I would switch over and do your testing on the release candidate, and use thatConsumers and small and midsize businesses are more going forward, Veghte said. n 10Back to contentsGet Ready for Windows 7, an Internet.com IT Management eBook. 2009, WebMediaBrands Inc. 12. Get Ready for Windows 7Windows 7 Security:Good, Bad or Ugly?By Sonny DisciniL ucky for us, much of the long-awaited security function- Windows Filtering Platform ality made its way into the beta build of Windows 7, soWindows 7 introduces something called the Windows Filter- lets take a look at the features. ing Platform (WFP). The idea is that third parties can takeadvantage of aspects of the Microsoft Windows Firewall inOld Friends, New Twists their own products. Microsoft says third-party products alsoReturning from Windows Vista are Kernel Patch Protection, can selectively turn parts of the Windows Firewall on or off,Service Hardening, Data Execution Prevention, Address enabling you to choose which software firewall you want toSpace Layout Randomization, and Mandatory Integrity use and have it co-exist with Windows Firewall.Levels.While this sounds nice onWindows XP SP2 gave us thepaper, I cant see a vendorSecurity Center. Windows 7teaming their product withdiscards this and in its place is the Windows firewall. Smartan Action Center that incor-money says theyll just use theirporates alerts from 10 existing own and ignore the MicrosoftWindows features: Securitysolution.Center; Problem, Reports, andSolutions, Windows Defender;One nice thing to note aboutWindows Update; Diagnostics;Windows 7 is that it makes itNetwork Access Protection;easier to configure that all-im-Backup and Restore; Recovery; portant home network. Whenand User Account Control. users hit network problems,they curse the firewall andIn Windows 7, users can adjusttheyre often right to. Windowsconsent prompt behavior 7 addresses the problem byusing a slider control, if they taking over home networkhave administrative privileges. setup and making sure theMicrosoft says theyll still be firewall doesnt interfere.protected against malicious software, even if they never seeanother alert. While this may or may not be true, users haveWe also see that scrollbars were removed in the configura-been conditioned to see alerts whenever something is hap- tion settings screen, as has the Software Explorer feature,pening. Without them, perhaps a false sense of security willand real-time protection in Windows 7 has been improved todevelop on the part of the end user.reduce the impact on overall system performance; a wel-come change from the bloat of Vista. One nice thing to note about Windows 7 is that it makes iteasier to configure that all-important home network. 11 Back to contentsGet Ready for Windows 7, an Internet.com IT Management eBook. 2009, WebMediaBrands Inc. 13. Get Ready for Windows 7An Inclusive BitLocker on the computer and control how they log on to Windows 7.Vista sailed in along with a fleet of new security features, And System Restore includes a list of programs that will beamong them BitLocker, a whole-disk encryption tool de- removed or added, providing users with more useful informa-signed to protect your data even after an attacker makes off tion before they choose which restore point to use. Restorewith your laptop. BitLocker utilizes a chip called a Trusted points are also available in backups, providing a larger list toProtection Module (TPM). The Vista TPM transparently choose from, over a longer period of time.decrypts the drive once youve authenticated yourself with apassword or smart card. A laptop thief cant break into theIve seen more problems caused by System Restore than locked drive, even after booting solved by it; Im not a big fan.to a different OS or moving the Still, users often resort to itdrive to another computer.when trying to clean up a realor imagined malware problem.BitLocker drive encryption alsosupports removable storage Biometrics enhancementsIn Windows 7, youll at leasthave a clear idea of whatdevices, such as flash memory include easier reader collateral damage may result,drives and portable hard driveshas been added in Windowsconfigurations, allowingas it lists all programs anddrivers that would be removed7. This means that users cankeep sensitive data on all of users to manage theor brought back by invokinga particular System Restoretheir USB storage devices as fingerprint data storedpoint. Its way better thanwell as the physical drives onthe host mentioned above.on the computer and guessing at the right restorepoint and hoping for the best,As a side note to Bitlocker,control how they log on which is what you have to donow.using groups, you can ban to Windows 7.writing to any removable driveAnother enhancement is Ap- that isnt BitLocker-protected. pLocker, accessed throughIts a very useful tool against Local Security Policy. Its athe very real problem known as way to control which programspodslurping. With this policy in place, employees can stillusers can and cant use, and its a lot more flexible thanbring in the virus-of-the-month on an unprotected drive, but Vistas Software Restriction Policies. Still, its not for thethey cant take away an unprotected copy of the personnelaverage user. Most IT shops should be pleased with thisdatabase. Its also helpful to know that BitLocker to Go alsoenhancement. I can see it being tailored to just about anyallows users to securely share data with other users who corporate need.have not yet deployed Windows 7. Virtually all the changes in the security area are simplyThat said, the testing I performed proved otherwise. I could tweaking and improving on existing Vista features. But then,not get this to work so I went to Microsoft and they con-thats what Windows 7 is all about, right? While the en-firmed that this is an issue in the beta build but will be fixed hancements seen thus far in the beta are nice, they arentbefore final GA release. stunning. nBiometrics, System Restore and AppLockerBiometrics enhancements include easier reader configura-tions, allowing users to manage the fingerprint data stored 12Back to contentsGet Ready for Windows 7, an Internet.com IT Management eBook. 2009, WebMediaBrands Inc.