Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Vista Mistakes, Redux

I was checking out the Win7 videos here and there’s some cool stuff on how Win7 can be deployed to multiple system using a VHD (virtual hard drive) and how you can mount that VHD offline and un/install drivers and apps; meaning that you don’t have to reimage a system after every change, but you can also boot it up in a virtual machine to make sure that it works! Or how about the ability to force network files to be hosted locally on the PC via a centrally applied policy? I’m liking that. There’s also the ‘applocker’ tool that makes whitelisting apps a breeze. It looks like they’ve also taken their RPC over HTTP functionality from Exchange and extended it to the whole network, which would allow users to VPN in without having to bugger with separate VPN software and hardware, joy! Built in hard drive encryption and seamless XP virtualization compatibility are also pretty cool. I really can’t wait to get this for work.

Oh you home users want something too? Ummm, how about that touch screen idea? Enjoy!


Anonymous said...

Hah, I'll go you one better for a consumer perk and mention the streaming your media library over the internet to your other machines and devices. Or how about the automatic lowering of other audio when you get a Skype or other VOIP call. Back on the AppLocker, which looks like it will be replacing some third party software for me (happily), it looks like Microsoft posted up a quick run-down on how it works over here: http://tinyurl.com/pwwsjr . The VHD trick is really hand for quick testing or deployment. However it does come with its own caveats. Also, from my experience with the Windows 7 RC (I haven't gotten time to install the RTM yet, which was released to MSDN and TechNet Plus folks on the 6th, source: http://tinyurl.com/nu26jt ) VPNs are a bit easier to get running than under Vista and certainly easier than under XP. A number of VPN types are natively supported, and most specialty client VPN software bits already have new versions out to allow it all to work under Windows 7.

Evil Sandmich said...

Thank you Mr. Microsoft Ad Bot.

From what I'd read on the MS site that fancy media streaming stuff only comes with the media center edition, although anyone can get products like Winamp for free that do the same thing (in fact, I think Windows Media Player does that already doesn't it?). Doesn't Skype already pause your media player when taking a call? I don't recall since it's been a while since I used it.

There's just nothing in that box to fire up the consumer base except for the fact that it isn't Vista. M$ will succeed in getting people to grudgingly accept it as an XP replacement, but they can forget about any lines around the block to get it.