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  • Question

  • Hey Gents,

     

    We are planning on deploying Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 and is speculating on the following technologies::

     

    ·         Branch Cache

    ·         Direct Access

    ·         Windows Server 2008 R2 DFS-R

    ·         AD Group policies to support Windows 7.

     

    I know that many of the technologies such as Branch Cache and Direct Access require a Windows Server 2008 R2 member server, however, I need to verify if the following list of technologies also require Windows Server 2008 R2 Active Directory Domain Services or can they function with AD on Windows Server 2003. 

    Thanks,

     

    Ross


    ------ Ross Mistry, MVP Author: SQL Server 2008 Management and Administration and Windows Server 2008 Unleashed.
    Tuesday, August 4, 2009 3:33 AM

Answers

  • Hi Ross,

     

    Thanks for posting here. Here are some information according to your questions. Hope it helps.

     

    Direct Access

    Direct Access is a new feature in Windows 7 and Windows server 2008 R2. It does not require Windows Server 2008 R2 Active Directory Domain Services. For DirectAccess, at least one domain controller in the domain containing user accounts must be running Windows Server 2008 or later.

     

    Branch Cache

    Branch Cache is a new feature in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, it doesn’t require 2008 R2 Active Directory service.

     

    ·    Windows Server 2008 R2 DFS-R

    2008 R2 DFSR Read-Only replication function needs at least Windows 2008 domain.

     

    ·    AD Group policies to support Windows 7.

    Group Policies to support Windows7 can be configured and enabled from a Windows 7 client with RSAT feature installed in a Windows Server 2003 domain.

    You may refer to How to deploy group policy using Windows Vista: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc766208(WS.10).aspx

     

    For more information about Windows 7 new feature, please refer to the link:

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/dd320282.aspx

     


    Wilson Jia - MSFT
    • Edited by Wilson Jia Tuesday, August 11, 2009 10:01 AM
    • Proposed as answer by Ned Pyle Thursday, August 13, 2009 3:13 AM
    • Marked as answer by Wilson Jia Thursday, August 13, 2009 3:14 AM
    Tuesday, August 11, 2009 9:58 AM

All replies

  • Hi Ross,

     

    Thanks for posting here. Here are some information according to your questions. Hope it helps.

     

    Direct Access

    Direct Access is a new feature in Windows 7 and Windows server 2008 R2. It does not require Windows Server 2008 R2 Active Directory Domain Services. For DirectAccess, at least one domain controller in the domain containing user accounts must be running Windows Server 2008 or later.

     

    Branch Cache

    Branch Cache is a new feature in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, it doesn’t require 2008 R2 Active Directory service.

     

    ·    Windows Server 2008 R2 DFS-R

    2008 R2 DFSR Read-Only replication function needs at least Windows 2008 domain.

     

    ·    AD Group policies to support Windows 7.

    Group Policies to support Windows7 can be configured and enabled from a Windows 7 client with RSAT feature installed in a Windows Server 2003 domain.

    You may refer to How to deploy group policy using Windows Vista: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc766208(WS.10).aspx

     

    For more information about Windows 7 new feature, please refer to the link:

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/dd320282.aspx

     


    Wilson Jia - MSFT
    • Edited by Wilson Jia Tuesday, August 11, 2009 10:01 AM
    • Proposed as answer by Ned Pyle Thursday, August 13, 2009 3:13 AM
    • Marked as answer by Wilson Jia Thursday, August 13, 2009 3:14 AM
    Tuesday, August 11, 2009 9:58 AM
  • Thanks Much for the reponse.  Therefore, it sounds like I don't require Windows Server 2008 R2 from an Active Directory perspective and I do not lose any funtionality with Windows 7 if the domain is running Windows Server 2003 Domain Controllers.

    So any benefts of upgrading to R2 AD DS with Windows 7?

    Thanks

    Ross 
    ------ Ross Mistry, MVP Author: SQL Server 2008 Management and Administration and Windows Server 2008 Unleashed.
    Sunday, August 16, 2009 8:35 AM