Windows 7 / Networking

Enhancements for Connecting Remote Users and Networks in Windows 7

Windows 7 builds on the foundation of Windows Vista by adding new features and enhancing existing features used for connecting remote users and networks. These improvements include the following:

  • Support for a new tunneling protocol called Internet Key Exchange version 2 (IKEv2)
  • Support for Mobility and Multihoming Protocol for Internet Key Exchange (MOBIKE), an extension of IKEv2 that allows VPN connections to change their reachable addresses without reestablishing security associations (SAs)
  • VPN Reconnect, a new feature of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 that uses IKEv2 and MOBIKE to provide automatic and seamless switchover of an active VPN connection whenever the underlying Internet connection changes
  • Automatic fallback to Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol (SSTP) when an IKEv2 connection is attempted and fails
  • Integration of remote access and VPN connections into the View Available Networks user interface (UI) to provide an improved connection dialing experience
  • Support for allowing administrators to select the certificate to use for server authentication in SSTP
  • DirectAccess, a new feature of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 that provides users with the experience of being seamlessly connected to the corporate network from any location where they have Internet access
  • BranchCache, a new feature of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 that allows content from file servers and Web servers at a central office to be cached on computers at a local branch office, thus improving application response time and reducing wide area network (WAN) traffic
  • Enhancements to the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) that improve the performance and quality of user experience for Remote Desktop sessions
  • Mobile Broadband, which makes it easy to connect Windows 7 computers to the Internet using a wireless data card regardless of the cellular provider being used.

The sections that follow provide more information concerning some of these new features and enhancements, and information on some of the other improvements can be found in later sections of this tutorial.

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In this tutorial:

  1. Connecting Remote Users and Networks
  2. Enhancements for Connecting Remote Users and Networks in Windows 7
  3. Understanding IKEv2
  4. Understanding MOBIKE
  5. Understanding VPN Reconnect
  6. Protocols and Features of VPN Reconnect
  7. How VPN Reconnect Works
  8. Understanding DirectAccess
  9. Benefits of DirectAccess
  10. How DirectAccess Works
  11. Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2
  12. Ipv6
  13. IPsec
  14. Perimeter Firewall Exceptions
  15. Implementing DirectAccess
  16. Understanding BranchCache
  17. Benefits of BranchCache
  18. How BranchCache Works
  19. Protocols Supported by BranchCache
  20. Implementing BranchCache
  21. Supported Connection Types
  22. Outgoing Connection Types
  23. Incoming Connection Types
  24. Deprecated Connection Types
  25. Supported Tunneling Protocols
  26. Comparing the Different Tunneling Protocols
  27. Understanding Cryptographic Enhancements
  28. Support for AES
  29. Weak Cryptography Removal from PP TP/L2TP
  30. Supported Authentication Protocols
  31. Understanding the VPN Connection Negotiation Process
  32. Creating and Configuring VPN Connection
  33. Creating a VPN Connection
  34. Initiating a Connection
  35. Terminating a Connection
  36. Viewing Connection Details
  37. Configuring a VPN Connection
  38. Configuring Security Settings for a VPN Connection
  39. Configuring the Tunneling Protocol (s) Used
  40. Configuring Advanced Connection Settings
  41. Configuring the Data Encryption Level
  42. Configuring the Authentication Method Used
  43. Configuring Authentication for IKEv2 connections
  44. Configuring Mobility for IKEv2 Connections
  45. Configuring Dial-Up Connections
  46. Creating a Dial-Up Connection
  47. Advanced Connection Settings
  48. Configuring Incoming Connections
  49. Managing Connections Using Group Policy
  50. Using Remote Desktop
  51. Understanding Remote Desktop
  52. Versions of RDP
  53. RDP 6.1 Features and Enhancements
  54. RDP 7.0 new features and enhancements
  55. RemoteApp and Desktop Connection
  56. Understanding RDC
  57. Understanding Remote Desktop Services Terminology
  58. Configuring and Using Remote Desktop
  59. Enabling Remote Desktop and Authorizing Users on a Single Computer
  60. Enabling Remote Desktop Using Group Policy
  61. Configuring and Deploying Remote Desktop Connection
  62. Configuring Remote Desktop Connection from the Command Line
  63. Configuring Remote Desktop Connection Using Notepad
  64. Configuring Remote Desktop Using Group Policy
  65. Establishing a Remote Desktop Session
  66. Improving Remote Desktop Performance
  67. Troubleshooting Remote Desktop Sessions
  68. Configuring and Using RemoteApp and Desktop Connection