Introducing Windows 8.1 for IT Professionals

Introducing Windows 8.1 for IT Professionals

Ed Bott

Language: English

Pages: 139


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Get a head start evaluating Windows 8.1—with early technical insights from award-winning journalist and Windows expert Ed Bott. This guide introduces new features and capabilities, providing a practical, high-level overview for IT professionals ready to begin deployment planning now.

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workaround, Microsoft recommends using USMT version 5 to capture the user state from Windows XP and Vista; that state can then be restored to ­Windows 8.1 using USMT 6.3. Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit Chapter 3 35 NOTE  An alternative to using USMT to migrate user state, especially if moving from ­Windows XP or Windows Vista to Windows 8.1, is to implement user state ­virtualization prior to deployment of the new operating system. Part of the Microsoft ­Desktop ­Optimization

environment by providing automatic unlocking of operating-system volumes at system reboot when connected to a trusted wired corporate network. 56 Chapter 4 Security in Windows 8.1 Normally, BitLocker uses software-based encryption to protect the contents of Windows operating-system and data volumes. On devices without hardware encryption, BitLocker ­encrypts data more quickly than in previous versions. With BitLocker, you can choose to ­encrypt only the used space on a disk instead of the

enterprise apps, live tiles can draw from your business data, making the Windows 8.1 Start screen a dashboard where employees can get ­at-a-glance status updates and messages.) Apps must adhere to a strict set of APIs that prevent them from directly ­accessing system resources. That limits an app’s ability to perform many functions that are ­commonplace for desktop apps. The trade—off is those limitations help ensure the ­security and reliability of the underlying operating system by blocking the

four apps per display. 72 Chapter 6 Delivering Windows Store apps ■■ Apps can interact with the operating system and with other apps using the controls on the charms menu. The Settings charm is the standard means for adjusting app-specific configuration options, which take over the top of the Settings pane as shown in the previous figure. The Share charm allows a user to send a selection from the current app to another app—to a new mail message or the (new in Windows 8.1) Reading List

connections when you select an app or resource that requires the VPN. If you access your company’s intranet site from a remote network, for example, Windows 8.1 automatically prompts you to sign in with one click. This feature is available with third-party VPN providers when using the built-in VPN client. BranchCache BranchCache was first introduced in Windows Server 2008 as a way of caching content from wide area network (WAN) web and file servers locally at branch offices. BranchCache greatly

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