What We’re Reading, Week of 11/2

Posted: November 6, 2009 in Highlights

The Globe and Mail…
Businesses Big and Small Weigh Windows 7 Potential
Lynn Greiner discusses some of the features that Microsoft has incorporated in Windows 7 for businesses. One of those features is DirectAccess, which not only allows VPN-free access to the corporate network, it lets the administrator manage those client systems remotely any time they are connected to the Internet. Administrators should know that since DirectAccess requires IPv6, there needs to be a DNS server that supports AAAA records (which is likely a Windows Server 2008). If users want to connect to older servers on the network that can only cope with IPv4, a device supporting NAT-PT is required to bridge the gap. If you use a standard VPN, it will be enhanced by VPN Reconnect. It automatically and transparently restores a VPN connection after its Internet connection briefly drops.

Information Week…
Wolfe’s Den Podcast: Windows 7 Virtually Speaking
In this post, Alexander Wolfe looks at some of the ways Windows 7 affects virtual private networks. Alexander feels DirectAccess has a strong usability angle in that it makes administration much easier on a lot of levels, in terms of making sure users are properly audited and are running what they’re supposed to. He also notes that many people do not believe DirectAccess is “connecting” them to their corporate network, which is interesting in terms of overall Internet usage. He suggests what is does is effectively break down the probably false separation most of us make between the “personal” (or non-work) Web and one’s business network.

Tech Republic…
What Windows 7 Means to Windows Server Administrators
Scott Lowe shares 10 items that Windows server administrators need to know in order to adequately support Windows 7 clients. The list includes New Remote Server Administration Tools, DirectAccess, VPN Reconnect, Offline Domain Join, BranchCache, New Group Policy capabilities, AppLocker, Windows XP Mode adds patching challenges, Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) and Windows Deployment Services supports Windows 7 deployments. Scott offers his take on each of these items.

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