Windows 7 Session #4 3:00 PM MPRC Moderated by Dan Stolts
· Windows 7?
o New operating system from Microsoft.
· What is XP Mode and Windows 7 compatibility mode?
o Tell you apps they are running on XP not Windows 7.
o A virtual machine.
· Windows 7 basics.
o Windows Vista enterprise ready.
o Everything we hoped Windows Vista would be and much more.
o Windows 7 in Vista mode is as locked down as Vista.
o By default it is the right balance for security with added usability.
o Advanced indexing is part of the O/S.
o Vista required a lot of hardware:
§ Arrow, etc.
§ Four times the size of XP.
§ Going forward - Application compatibility “shims” for your applications.
§ XP mode – emulating XP.
· Windows 7 reports version as version 6.5.
· The applications see the O/S as a minor revision 6.5.
· Windows 7 intercepts application calls for XP and determines what it believes should be returned without breaking the application. Works most of the time.
· Could not sacrifice security and just make it fully backward compatible. Security is only adjusted on the XP mode instance(s).
· Can have/create multiple users using XP Mode.
· Much smaller because Windows 7 is doing a lot of the work.
· XP Mode is compatible with XP SP3
· With XP Mode and VirtualPC for Windows 2007 on the same computer there are compatibility issues if you run them on the same Windows 7 machine.
o RE: two competing hypervisors on 1 machine.
o XP Mode no additional license
o VirtualPC additional license required.
o Enterprise customer agreements.
· XP Mode Hardware support.
o Like a network share.
§ Creating a soft link from the XP Mode to the Windows 7.
§ Like having a difference disk (XP Mode) for your original disk (Windows 7).
· How do you install to XP Mode Window? 32-bit.
o Virtual Disks, ISO’s, capture CD/DVC.
· Hyper-V doesn’t run on Windows 7.
· XP Mode not as secure as Vista and Windows 7.
o Limit access as much as possible with GPO.
§ Do you need a default gateway?
o Consider installing antivirus software inside the XP mode machine.
o Limit what software you install in the XP mode machine to the applications that need that compatibility.
· Software in general is not perfect… it is written by people.
o How high is the bar you are working with?
o How much time and money are you putting into it?
o How much experience do you have developing?
· Windows 7 IPv6 on by default.
o No network address translation.
o It is being held back by Infrastructure.
Routers, switches, etc around the world.