Windows 7 at Lodge Park Technology College


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Windows 7 at Lodge Park Technology College

  1. 1. Windows 7<br />Stephen Peverett<br />Network Manager<br /><br />
  2. 2. Staffing<br />Network Manager<br />Assistant Network Manager<br />ICT Technician<br />AV Technician (P/T)<br />Admin Support / First Line (am only, P/T)<br />
  3. 3. Workstations and Laptops<br />600 Windows XP Desktops<br />40 Mac Desktops (iMac / Mac Mini)<br />120 Staff Laptops<br />All running Windows XP<br />In addition to four MacBooks!<br />All need access to SIMS (not supported yet)<br />Big Problem...<br />No upgrade path from XP to Windows 7!<br />
  4. 4. Server Infrastructure<br />Windows 2008 Server AD infrastructure<br />Shortly to be upgraded to 2008R2<br />Also running 2003, 2003R2, and Mac OS X<br />Virtualisation solution<br />Two Windows 2008R2 Hyper-V host servers<br />MS Virtual Machine Manager 2008R2<br />Dell MD3000i iSCSI SAN storing VM images<br />12 servers now running virtualised<br />
  5. 5. Terminal Servers<br />Security by Sun Secure Global Desktop<br />Terminal Servers running Windows 2003<br />4 x Student Terminal Servers<br />Supporting 90 Sun Ray clients<br />Connections through web – mainly out of hours<br />3 x Staff Terminal Servers<br />Supporting 1 Sun Ray client!<br />Potentially 120 ‘internal’ connections through web<br />Solution to Windows 7 and SIMS updates issues? <br />
  6. 6. Why not Vista?<br />Slow on older hardware<br />Cost to upgrade RAM<br />Limited initial driver availability<br />Several programs not compatible<br />Lack of time to become familiar with:<br />The core O/S<br />Distribution methods<br />Security and integration with Windows 2003<br />
  7. 7. Why Windows 7?<br />Much better performance on our hardware<br />Seems faster than XP Home on Atom laptop<br />Most of our hardware now has 1GB or more<br />Most Vista based drivers work<br />Better handling of esoteric applications<br />Distribution of images easier<br />Virtual image as distribution source<br />Drivers added to WDS and installed when image applied<br />
  8. 8. Why Windows 7?<br />Built in BitLocker encryption<br />Encryption now a major issue<br />Use BitLocker To Go to encrypt USB<br />Can block use of USB devices that are not encrypted (requires 2008 AD)<br />No additional cost option<br />Issue...<br />Hardware must have TPM module, unless you want to use a USB startup key every time you boot<br />
  9. 9. Why Windows 7?<br />DirectAccess<br />Apply group policy and manage machines whenever connected to the internet<br />VPN not required to attach to network<br />A couple of issues...<br />Windows 2008R2 server required<br />Uses IPv6-over-IPsec<br />
  10. 10. Why Windows 7?<br />AppLocker<br />Block specified applications from running whilst allowing others to run (including installations and scripts)<br />More flexible rules based system than previous offerings<br />Can allow, say, all Microsoft applications, or all Microsoft Office applications for example<br />
  11. 11. Before anything else...<br />Know your hardware (Hardware Audit)<br />List all the different laptops and desktops<br />Check at least processor, RAM and HD capacity<br />Ensure peripherals have Vista drivers if not Windows 7<br />Know your software (Software Audit)<br />Make a list of common applications<br />Ask departments to tell you the additional applications they are using<br />
  12. 12. Test Machine<br />Get a copy of Windows 7<br />RC no longer available for download<br />Need Professional, Ultimate or Enterprise to work with AD domain<br />Enterprise only through SA volume licensing<br />Install on a test machine<br />1GHz Processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB HD, DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver<br />
  13. 13. Test Machine<br />Test Applications<br />Install and test the applications you need first<br />You need to drive the Windows 7 rollout<br />Install and test ‘Software Audit’ applications<br />Can use a Virtual Machine to test software<br />Test Devices<br />Many device drivers built in to Windows 7<br />Check Optional Updates through MS Update first<br />Download Windows 7 or Vista drivers<br />
  14. 14. Trial Deployment<br />Identify a machine type and department<br />Install Windows 7 and get updates<br />Get device drivers up-to-date<br />Don’t forget printers<br />Install and test core software<br />Don’t forget Flash, Adobe Reader, Java etc.<br />Apply any updates<br />Install and test department software<br />Apply any updates<br />
  15. 15. Trial Deployment<br />Take image of completed machine<br />Don’t forget to Sysprep first!<br />Use WDS (free!) or other imaging software<br />Apply image to new target machine<br />Don’t use the original source machine!<br />Test drivers and applications<br />Some drivers are stripped off when machine is ‘Sysprepped’. Can be ‘pulled in’ from WDS when target machine is first imaged<br />
  16. 16. Our Windows 7 Implementation<br />Windows 7 RC running in two ICT rooms<br />Same hardware (50 Dell Optiplex 760 USFF)<br />Same software (from Software Audit)<br />Next steps<br />Two ICT rooms with same software, different hardware (Dell Optiplex 755 USFF)<br />One room with different software, same 755 hardware etc..<br />Staff laptops an issue – some ideas...<br />
  17. 17. Gotchas<br />Cannot upgrade from<br />Windows XP, Windows 7 RC or Beta<br />SIMS not supported in Windows 7 (yet!)<br />Unofficially seems OK on my laptop<br />Some drivers (e.g. Graphics) may need building in to WDS distribution<br />Printers drivers cannot be installed by user<br />Cannot connect to printer through login script<br />Alternative method using Printer Deployment with Windows 2008 server<br />
  18. 18. Release Candidate Warning<br />March 1, 2010, your PC will start shutting down every two hours<br />The RC will expire on June 1, 2010<br />To avoid interruption, rebuild your test PC and replace OS with a valid version of Windows, and reinstall all your programs and data before the software expires<br />Source:<br />