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Top 10 things you should know and worth to mention about Windows 7

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4 – Extend data encryption to removable media and Storage

News reports are full with stories about companies losing control over sensitive and secret information. In some industries, this is an issue with grave legal implications, while in other situations the issue is inconvenience. Regardless, smart compliance policy dictates that sensitive and secure information be safeguarded in the event of a lost or stolen laptop, or stole external hard drive. Further, preventing sensitive and secure information from being removed from corporate network and resources is a pillar of effective compliance management.

Windows 7 includes BitLocker technology ( which is first implemented in Windows Vista), which now provides full encryption of all boot volumes on a PC or Laptop; along with introducing BitLocker To Go that offers data protection on portable storage, such as USB flash drives or external Hard drive. In addition, BitLocker Drive Encryption and BitLocker To Go can be managed via Group Policy, placing more control over sensitive information in the hands of the IT Professionals.

5 – Control the application portfolio available to end users

Windows 7 features AppLocker, a new capability that allows IT administrators to specify which applications are permitted to run on a laptop or desktop PC. This capability helps you manage control access  and license compliance to sensitive programs, but also importantly, it helps reduce the opportunity for malware or virus to run on client PCs. AppLocker provides a powerful rule-based structure for specifying which applications can run, and includes “publisher rules” that keeps the rules intact though version updates.

To see how AppLocker is set up and managed, Click Here for a video demonstration.

6 – Automate routine tasks with powerful scripting ( Windows PowerShell )

To help IT administrators better maintain a environment and improve personal productivity, Windows 7 includes an updated graphical scripting editor, Windows PowerShell 2.0 – a powerful, complete scripting language that supports branching, pipeline,  looping, functions, debugging, exception handling etc.

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- PowerShell 2.0 has an intuitive, graphical user interface that helps make generation of script easier, especially for administrators who are not comfortable in command-line environments, also support for Windows PowerShell  Integrated Scripting Environment      ( ISE ), that makes running scripts easier and straight forwarding.

- PowerShell 2.0 supports two types of remoting—fan-out, which delivers management scripts on a one-to-many basis, and one-to-one interactive remoting to support troubleshooting of a specific machine aka Computer with Windows 7. You can also use the PowerShell Restricted Shell to limit commands and command parameters to system administrators, and to restrict scripts to those who have been granted rights to do so.

- PowerShell 2.0, with the Group Policy Management, allows IT professionals to use scripting to manage Group Policy Objects and to create or edit registry-based group policy settings in Windows 7. Similarly, you can use PowerShell to configure PCs more efficiently, using richer logon, logoff, startup, and shutdown scripts that are executed through Group Policy.

Click Here to take a quick tour of PowerShell 2.0.

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