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Video: Four ways Windows 7 will affect Windows Server admins

Bill Detwiler gives you four reasons why Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 are important to Windows Server administrators.

Windows 7 wasn't just a big deal for the desktop. It was released along with Windows Server 2008 R2, so there were also important consequences for server administrators. During this TR Dojo episode, I outline the following four OS features that are important to Windows Server administrators:

  1. DirectAccess
  2. Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7
  3. BranchCache
  4. AppLocker

For those who prefer text to video, you can click the Transcript link that appears below the video player window or read the following TechRepublic articles:

Use the following Microsoft links to download the tools I discuss in the video and learn more about Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 features:

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About

Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

26 comments
Eric77
Eric77

For people who want to get functionality similar to DirectAccess that works with Windows XP and RRAS, search "VPN Dialer 2009" on google.

Craig_B
Craig_B

I believe all four will be valuable. Direct Access would most likely be best for the organization followed by AppLocker. As an IT Pro RSAT 7 would be the best thing for me. BranchCache could be important however it is not really required in our organization.

robroy73
robroy73

Am I the only one that noticed "Remove Server Administration Tools"? :)

Witchfinder
Witchfinder

I've had my network admin and one of our top developers trying to get Direct Access working for nearly two months; even with several support calls to Microsoft, we haven't been able to get it working. In the end, I've had to shelve the project. We'll probably re-visit Direct Access later this year. Right now though, I don't know of anyone who actually has it working outside a lab environment.

netman
netman

Thanks for the video. For me it must be AppLocker with the ablitiy to control program access with ease.

Hans.Hilberink
Hans.Hilberink

Great video, lots of info to investigate further, thanks Bill!

SerrJ215
SerrJ215

I think Direct access would be great, I just wish it was available on pro instead of just enterprise or ultimate.

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

In the above TR Dojo post, I outline the following four OS features that are important to Windows administrators. Which of the Windows 7 features mentioned in the video, do you think could have the greatest, positive affect on your organization? Take the poll in the above post and let me know. Original post and poll: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/itdojo/?p=1580

steveracer67
steveracer67

I used Branch-office in Netware 6.5, so that's not New, Also with NDS you could restrict Software installation at will, again Not New. Boardermanager did the same thing as Direct Access. Yes these are all Ground braking.

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

Thanks for pointing out the typo in the sidebar title at 2:00. Indeed, the title should be "Remote Server Administration Tools" not "Remove Server Administration Tools".

jeffreylindner
jeffreylindner

The rest of the content was good though for 2008 newbies. Does anyone see a major trend happening here. MS's stuff is getting so complicated to implement that firms just can't update their stuff all together. Other than Hyper-V in 2008 Svr, I don't see a need to upgrade. Maybe if someone wants to stay lock step with W7. Is anyone interest in ripping out their VPN software/hardware to do direct access? I can see it for a SMB that does not have a VPN. Anyone know the stats of new W2K8R2 sales who downgrade to 2003?

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

Have you been able to determine what's causing the problem, or at least narrow down the potential causes? Perhaps another TR member has experienced a similar problem.

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

Thank you for the compliment and taking the time to leave your feedback.

jgrissom21
jgrissom21

Is it because they want to squeeze every penny they can out of consumers, or are they trying to tailor an OS for multiple scenarios? I see this as a big problem and I'm surprised it hasn't already been addressed (or maybe it has). For example, I was called into a small business to connect several computers to the company's domain. The CFO was very excited about the "great deal" he got on these 25 "workstations". The problem was, the salesman didn't understand their network or wasn't given enough information, so he sold them 25 PC's with Windows "Home" Edition... :/

ScottCopus
ScottCopus

The volume seems very low on the video. Ramp up your input levels. ;)

kmdennis
kmdennis

I like the introduction to these features of Win2008 and Win7. I don't think those would be any good reason to justify upgrading. For new companies Coming online who want to use MS then I would recommend it. There are several VPN solutions available and most if not all Companies who need it already have it in place. Branch Cache- same Domain controller. Server admin tools???? Now Applocker I could see having great potential. But again, even without these niceties, I can hardly see much need to upgrade. I guess the security involved may warrant it, but since I do not have much exposure to Win 2008 except installing it and playing with it for a few days, i cannot make a good judgment.

robroy73
robroy73

by one of your Linux constituents who inserted that part for you when you were not looking maybe? lol!! :)

Stephen Borchert
Stephen Borchert

I liked the way this video was captivating even with my short attention span for IT presentations. Bill's buzzword-free delivery is refreshing.

jgrissom21
jgrissom21

Not that it really matters but at 2:18 your list goes - 1. 2. 3. 3.

richard.wilson
richard.wilson

someone HAS to "rip out their VPN software/hardware to do direct access". That is not true at all. The direct access feature is just that...a FEATURE. It actually is a good thing for SMBs that do not have a VPN solution, but it does not interfere with standing software/hardware in place already. Try commenting on something after you have had the chance to actually work with it instead of just watching a video and lacing the forum with your bias. MS's stuff getting "complicated"? LMAO! Ridiculous...but it made me laugh. Good day sir.

Witchfinder
Witchfinder

Bill, Microsoft's own escalation engineers were given access to our domain and were allowed to configure our Direct Access server; if they couldn't get it working, what chance does anyone else have? It looks very much like the problems were with ISATAP getting public and private addresses mixed up, and not passing the traffic through correctly. We're looking at Forefront Unified Access Gateway as an alternative (which includes a variant of Direct Access), but we won't implement that until later this year (our DPM 2010 implementation is taking priority). It would have been nice to get Direct Access working as-is, but I couldn't justify spending any more person-hours on it. Cheers, Rob

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

Both typos are now fixed. Thanks for the note.

obrian
obrian

I can see the argument that the server platform itself is increasing in complexity, but the allure is that it stands to replace other, equally complex things. I'll stick with my current VPN in the foreseeable future, but direct access sounds pretty sweet. Being able to troll a single set of logs alone is enough for me to consider making the jump. Built-in app whitelisting is a very close second.

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