Microsoft Windows 7 Administrator

Microsoft Windows 7 Administrator's Reference

Upgrading, Deploying, Managing, and Securing Windows 7

Microsoft Windows 7 Administrators Reference covers various aspects of Windows 7 systems, including its general information as well as installation and upgrades. This reference explains how to deploy, use, and manage the operating system. The book is divided into 10 chapters. Chapter 1 introduces the Windows 7 and the rationale of releasing this operating system. The next chapter discusses how an administrator can install and upgrade the old operating system from Windows Vista to Windows 7. The deployment of Windows 7 in an organization or other environment is then explained. It also provides the information needed to deploy Windows 7 easily and quickly for both the administrator and end users. Furthermore, the book provides the features of Windows 7 and the ways to manage it properly. The remaining chapters discuss how to secure Windows 7, as well as how to troubleshoot it. This book will serve as a reference and guide for those who want to utilize Windows 7.


Network and system administrators and other related IT personnel who need to deploy, upgrade, and maintain Windows 7 for the enterprise

Hardbound, 672 Pages

Published: April 2010

Imprint: Syngress

ISBN: 978-1-59749-561-5


  • "Arguably of greatest benefit to those IT professionals who need to get up to speed with managing Windows systems (or, given its focus on Windows 7 specifically, who need to update their skills for the new platform)….  The book’s subtitle - ‘Upgrading, Deploying, Managing and Securing Windows 7’ - shows that there’s something specifically for security professionals in here, too."--Network Security


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    Chapter 1 Introduction to Windows 7

        Built on Vista

        Different Editions

             Windows XP Editions

             Windows Vista Editions

             Windows 7 Editions

        32-Bit and 64-Bit Computing

             64-bit Explained

             64-bit Architectures

             Tests for 64-bit Hardware

        Hardware Requirements

             Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor

        Choosing the Right Windows 7 Version

        Major Changes in Windows 7


             Desktop Interface


             User Account Control (UAC)

             User Profile Data

        New Features in Windows 7







    Chapter 2 Installing and Upgrading to Windows 7

        Planning and Preparation

             Select the Windows 7 Edition

             System Compatibility

             Back Up Current System

             Determine Deployment Scenario

             Select Install Type

             Obtain Windows 7

        Clean Install

             Preparation and Planning for a Clean Install

             Performing a Clean Install

             Post Clean Install

             Clean Install with Upgrade Media

        In-place Upgrade

             Preparation and Planning for an In-place Upgrade

             Performing an In-place Upgrade

             In-place Upgrade Post Install

             Issues with In-place Upgrade

        Migrate to Windows 7

             Preparation and Planning for Migration

             Perform Migration Install

             Migration Post Install

        Virtualization and Dual Boot


             Dual Booting

        Post Install


             Install Hardware and Device Drivers

             Update Windows

             Install Antivirus

             Restore User Files and Settings


    Chapter 3 Deploying Windows 7 in an Enterprise Environment

        Deployment Overview

             Deployment Scenarios

             Understanding the Setup Process

             Deployment Tools

        Windows Image Management

             Planning a Windows 7 Deployment

        Deployment Solutions

             Working with MDT 2010


             Configuring WDS



             User State Migration Tool

             Hard-Link Migration


    Chapter 4 The New Windows 7 Desktop Environment

        The User Interface

             Log In


             Start Menu

             Jump Lists


        Windows Explorer

             Windows Explorer Window


             Configure Windows Explorer


        Internet Explorer 8

             First Run


             New IE 8 Features

             Internet Explorer Options


             Application UAC

             Installing Applications

             Default Applications


    Chapter 5 Managing the Windows 7 Desktop Environment

        Local Management Tools

             Control Panel

             Microsoft Management Console 3.0

             Computer Management Console

             Local Group Policy Editor

             Windows Registry

             Simplified Configuration and Management of Desktops

        Managing Hardware Devices and Drivers

             Install Devices

             Device Manager

             Devices and Printers

        Managing Disks and File Systems



             File System Fragmentation

             Symbolic Links

             Windows ReadyBoost

             Disk Quotas


    Chapter 6 Networking and Mobility




             Next Generation TCP/IP Stack

        Network Location and Network Discovery

        Network Explorer

        Network and Sharing Center

             Network Map

             Active Networks

        Set Up a New Connection or Network

             Connect to the Internet

             Set Up a New Network

             Dial-Up Connection

             Connect to a Workplace


             Wireless Basics

             Connect to a Wireless Network

             Wireless Properties

             Manage Wireless Networks

             Soft Access Point

        Connect to a Network

        Network Connections




             Windows Mobility Center

             Location Aware Printing

             VPN Reconnect

             Working Offline

        Power Management

             Power Plans

             Group Policy

             Command Line

        Enhancements with Windows Server 2008 R2



             Domain Join

             Offline Domain Join


    Chapter 7 Managing Windows 7 in an Enterprise Environment

        Management Tools

             Group Policy

             Starter GPOs


             Remote Management

             Remote Desktop

             Remote Server Administration Toolkit


        Administrative Templates


    Chapter 8 Securing Windows 7

        User and Group Accounts

             User and Group Account Basics

             Manage User and Group Accounts

             User Account Control

             Credential Manager

             Parental Controls

             Biometric Security

             File System Security

             Sharing Files and Folders

        Action Center

             Action Center Configuration

             Keep Systems Up-to-Date

             Antivirus and Anti-malware

             Network Firewall

             Internet Explorer 8

             Network Access Protection



             Encrypting File System



    Chapter 9 Virtualization and Windows 7

        Windows XP Mode

             Verifying Your Windows 7 Version

             Confirm Hardware Virtualization

             Loading Windows XP Mode

             Setup of Windows XP Mode

             Install an Application in Windows XP Mode

        Many Forms of Virtualization

             VECD Licensing Is a Challenge

             VDI or Centralized Virtual Desktops

             Distributed Virtual Desktops

             Application Virtualization

             User Session Virtualization

             Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization


    Chapter 10 Windows 7 Troubleshooting and Performance Tools

        Action Center - Maintenance

             Action Center - Maintenance Alerts

             Action Center - Maintenance Items

        Action Center - Troubleshooting


             Hardware and Sound

             Network and Internet

             Appearance and Personalization

             System and Security

        Resource Monitor

             Resource Monitor Overview Tab

             Resource Monitor CPU Tab

             Resource Monitor Memory Tab

             Resource Monitor Disk Tab

             Resource Monitor Network Tab

        Event Viewer

             Overview and Summary

             Windows Logs

             Applications and Services Logs

        Troubleshooting Windows Services

             Services Snap-in Overview

             Service Properties

             Problem Steps Recorder


    Subject Index


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