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Windows 7: Windows 7: Enterprise Features Explained

18 Feb 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ult x64(x2), HomePrem x32(x4), Server 08 (+VM), 08 R2 (VM) , SuSe 11.2 (VM), XP 32 (VM)
Windows 7: Enterprise Features Explained

February 18, 2009 CIO The lion's share of attention about the Windows 7 beta has been on consumer features. The new taskbar with its jumplists, mouse-hover features, easy navigation and the more controllable user account control are the immediate attention-grabbers. But the under-the-hood, less "sexy" enterprise features of Windows 7 are not as well known.
and this is directed to digger and anyone who uses vpn
The DirectAccess feature, which requires both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, lets mobile workers connect to corporate networks without the use of a VPN, giving business users more flexibility and easing the burden on IT.chuster says that with DirectAccess, users only need an Internet connection to have access to everything on the corporate network; they will never have to stop what they're doing and log on to a VPN. This will reduce the use of corporate bandwidth as remote users will mostly be using their own local broadband, she says.

The benefit of DirectAccess runs deeper for IT managers, she says. "For IT, the biggest challenge is managing remote laptops, knowing how long they've been off network, when they came back on and when they got patched. With DirectAccess, as long as a machine is on and connected to the Internet, it can be managed."

As for security concerns over there being no official VPN, Schuster says that DirectAccess is used with Windows Server 2008 R2 in the background, which will use the most secure protocol, IPv6, to encrypt data transmitted across the Internet. "It's not as if you don't have a VPN or firewall; we've just integrated that into DirectAccess," she says. "There is no longer a separate step to get to that secured tunnel."
via Windows 7: Enterprise Features Explained - - Business Technology Leadership

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18 Feb 2009   #2

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64

Interesting. Thanks DA.

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19 Feb 2009   #3

XP/win7 x86 build 7127

DA, yea, i had been reading about this. I guess my complaint is that this still isnt a VPN in my mind. Also, what about backwards compatability..... If my brother is on XP, he cant "directaccess" in to my network, not too mention he has no ipv6. If i'm reading this right, it sounds like just an outbound connection, and not the actual inbound server setup for inbound connections.... and if possible, if... it will only work back and forth between 7 and 7 server. For the global world... yikes again

Today i may get a chance to explore this more and see whats available inside DirectAccess

Thanks for the find and read DA :)
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