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Designing a Client Life Cycle for Windows 7 Desktop Administrators

Chapter Review

To further practice and reinforce the skills you learned in this chapter, you can perform the following tasks:

  • Review the chapter summary.

  • Review the list of key terms introduced in this chapter.

  • Complete the case scenarios. These scenarios set up real-world situations based on the topics of this chapter and ask you to create a solution.

  • Complete the suggested practices.

  • Take a practice test.

Chapter Summary

  • Volume activation allows organizations with large operating system deployments to use multiple activation keys and key management services servers to simplify the process of activating computers.

  • x86 versions of Windows 7 support a maximum of 4 GB of RAM.

  • Windows 7 Enterprise and Ultimate editions support boot from VHD.

  • You can use the User State Migration Tool to automate the user profile migration process through XML configuration files.

Key Terms

Do you know what these key terms mean? You can check your answers by looking up the terms in the glossary at the end of the book.

  • Activation

  • Hard-link

  • KMS

  • MAK

Case Scenarios

In the following case scenarios, you apply what you’ve learned about subjects of this chapter. You can find answers to these questions in the “Answers” section at the end of this book.

Case Scenario 1: Branch Office and Head Office Activation

Your organization has a volume license agreement with Microsoft. You will be deploying Windows 7 to 200 clients at your organization’s head office. You will be deploying between 15 and 20 clients on isolated networks at 11 separate branch offices. You want to minimize the amount of administrative effort required. With these facts in mind, answer the following questions:

  1. Which editions of Windows 7 can you deploy at Contoso as a part of your volume license agreement with Microsoft?

  2. Which activation solution should you use at your head office site?

  3. Which activation solution should you use for the clients located on isolated branch office networks?

Case Scenario 2: Migrating Users to Virtual Machines

Your organization has a large number of people using computers that have the Windows XP Professional operating system. Rather than migrate all these users to new computers running the Windows 7 Enterprise operating system, you have decided to migrate users to Windows 7 virtual machines hosted on a server running Hyper-V. During the migration, you want to ensure that user profile data is stored on a network share as a single encrypted file. You should be able to create this file with the User State Migration Tool and not use any additional utilities. You want to apply AppLocker policies to secure application execution on the virtual machines. You also want to use KMS to activate the virtual machines. With these facts in mind, answer the following questions:

  1. Which edition of Windows 7 should you choose to be hosted on the Hyper-V server?

  2. What type of migration should you use to move data off computers running Windows XP Professional so that it can be imported into virtual machines running Windows 7?

  3. What is the name of the command-line utility you should use to import data from the encrypted migration store to the Windows 7 virtual machines?

Suggested Practices

To help you successfully master the exam objectives presented in this chapter, complete the following tasks.

Plan and Manage Client Licensing and Activation

You should complete this practice if your computer is connected to the Internet.

  • Practice 1 Download and install the Volume Activation Management Tool.

  • Practice 2 Use the Volume Activation Management Tool to scan a group of computers by IP address range.

Plan and Manage a Physical Hardware and Virtualization Strategy

Perform this exercise if your computer is connected to the Internet and you have access to a computer running Windows 7 Enterprise or Ultimate on physical hardware.

  • Practice 1 Download and install Windows Virtual PC on a computer running Windows 7 Enterprise or Ultimate on physical hardware.

  • Practice 2 Install a virtualized copy of Windows 7 under Windows Virtual PC. Make note of which versions of Windows 7 you can install under Windows Virtual PC.

Design a User State Migration Strategy

Perform these practices if you have downloaded the Windows Automated Installation Kit and have access to a separate computer.

  • Practice 1 Use the Scanstate.exe utility to create a custom XML file that includes documents located in nonstandard directories.

  • Practice 2 Use the Loadstate.exe utility to import migration data generated in the practice exercise at the end of Lesson 3 on to a second computer running the Windows 7 operating system.

Take a Practice Test

The practice tests on this book’s companion CD offer many options. For example, you can test yourself on just one exam objective, or you can test yourself on all the 70-686 certification exam content. You can set up the test so that it closely simulates the experience of taking a certification exam, or you can set it up in study mode so that you can look at the correct answers and explanations after you answer each question.