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Ten Must-Know Windows 8 Features For IT Pros

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    Ten Must-Know Windows 8 Features For IT Pros

    Last edited by Lee; 06 Dec 2012 at 13:53.

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    I know that this is meant for the IT pro, but it should cater for others as well.

    For example, Windows to Go can only be built on Windows 8 Enterprise computers. And is Enterprise also required to run Windows to Go? I would think that many would appreciate this option to work on Pro versions as well.

    BitLocker is good, but the problem I have with BitLocker is that it requires you to encrypt entire volumes, you can't encrypt individual files or folders, which is what you often need for selective security and for transmission of files. Fortunately, Sophos provides a free utility that allows this.

    AppLocker is also a feature that would be good for all OS versions, as it would allow parents and the like better control over their devices.

    So many good things are overlooked for the regular users.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    I know that this is meant for the IT pro, but it should cater for others as well.

    For example, Windows to Go can only be built on Windows 8 Enterprise computers. And is Enterprise also required to run Windows to Go? I would think that many would appreciate this option to work on Pro versions as well.

    BitLocker is good, but the problem I have with BitLocker is that it requires you to encrypt entire volumes, you can't encrypt individual files or folders, which is what you often need for selective security and for transmission of files. Fortunately, Sophos provides a free utility that allows this.

    AppLocker is also a feature that would be good for all OS versions, as it would allow parents and the like better control over their devices.

    So many good things are overlooked for the regular users.
    Hi Ray,

    I am just the messenger not the author. . .
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    I wasn't firing at you; but maybe if Microsoft is reading some of these comments, important features may flow down to more humble users.
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    Free features are better to use than third party add on, eh?

    I don't know what I'm doing or if I'm doing anything wrong, but Hyper-V sucks for me. I haven't got an install of Windows 7 or a Preview or RTM version of 8 or even xp I think, to work and run correctly with Hyper-V in the way it's been described. VMware Workstation is still my choice for virtualization, but if Hyper-V can work in the way it's been described to be as great and be more like VMware, I'll take it. But until then, I really don't know what I'm doing wrong!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Free features are better to use than third party add on, eh?

    I don't know what I'm doing or if I'm doing anything wrong, but Hyper-V sucks for me. I haven't got an install of Windows 7 or a Preview or RTM version of 8 or even xp I think, to work and run correctly with Hyper-V in the way it's been described. VMware Workstation is still my choice for virtualization, but if Hyper-V can work in the way it's been described to be as great and be more like VMware, I'll take it. But until then, I really don't know what I'm doing wrong!
    Hi Coke,

    Subscribe to the Microsoft newsletters on their TechNet web pages. There is great deal of information on the use of Hyper V. Albeit, I have not got into the VM side of Win 8 and Hyper V, and probably won't reason being is to much of my time and money are in VMWare Workstation.
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    Coke Robot,

    It's probably not you. Hyper-V and I have never gotten along. As far as I am concerned, it has always been a lackluster product compared to vmware offerings. The new features of Hyper V 3 in Server 2012 and Windows 8 are certainly much more compelling now than ever before and its been quite a bit easier to remotely manage (as long as you are using a Windows 8 client). Getting my CentOS linux boxes working was a bit of a challenge as the built in tools didn't install properly, but some manually editing and screwing around got them up and working. The fact that I can do Live migration for free, and live migration without shared storage (iSCSI or Fibre Channel) is wicked awesome. And the performance improvements in SMB 3.0 make a share a usuable destination for a VM without requiring shared storage...so you can do nearly instant Live Migrations even wtihout shared storage.

    And it saves you $199 on VMWare Workstation 9 since Hyper-V comes with Windows 8 by default (as long as your processor supports SLAT (which i3/i5/i7's do).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Free features are better to use than third party add on, eh?
    Features provided by the OEM are often better integrated than stuff provided by others, free or not. At least 99% of what I use is purchased.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Coke Robot,

    It's probably not you. Hyper-V and I have never gotten along. As far as I am concerned, it has always been a lackluster product compared to vmware offerings. The new features of Hyper V 3 in Server 2012 and Windows 8 are certainly much more compelling now than ever before and its been quite a bit easier to remotely manage (as long as you are using a Windows 8 client). Getting my CentOS linux boxes working was a bit of a challenge as the built in tools didn't install properly, but some manually editing and screwing around got them up and working. The fact that I can do Live migration for free, and live migration without shared storage (iSCSI or Fibre Channel) is wicked awesome. And the performance improvements in SMB 3.0 make a share a usuable destination for a VM without requiring shared storage...so you can do nearly instant Live Migrations even wtihout shared storage.

    And it saves you $199 on VMWare Workstation 9 since Hyper-V comes with Windows 8 by default (as long as your processor supports SLAT (which i3/i5/i7's do).
    Huh, I guess that's good.

    My processor does support SLAT, among some other virtualization features. But gee, I'd rather chuck 200 dollars or use VMware Player than Hyper-V for what I do. I need a GENUINE virtualized OS environment where you are immersed in the guest OS, as it just feels weird to have a windowed OS going. That, and good driver support. I couldn't get Aero or sound to run with Windows 7 in Hyper-V, and I couldn't even get the RTM trial to install in Hyper-V. And I can't get the guest OS to be full screen. It's good on paper that Windows 8 has a virtualization software baked in, but it's acking lust.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Huh, I guess that's good.

    My processor does support SLAT, among some other virtualization features. But gee, I'd rather chuck 200 dollars or use VMware Player than Hyper-V for what I do. I need a GENUINE virtualized OS environment where you are immersed in the guest OS, as it just feels weird to have a windowed OS going. That, and good driver support. I couldn't get Aero or sound to run with Windows 7 in Hyper-V, and I couldn't even get the RTM trial to install in Hyper-V. And I can't get the guest OS to be full screen. It's good on paper that Windows 8 has a virtualization software baked in, but it's acking lust.
    I haven't used Hyper-V (I've got VMware Workstation).

    Have you seen these articles from TechRepublic?
    Create a test machine in Windows 8 Client Hyper-V | TechRepublic
    Install Windows XP in Windows 8 Client Hyper-V | TechRepublic

    Here an article about installing Ubuntu:
    10.10 - How to install ubuntu on Microsoft Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V? - Ask Ubuntu
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