Notable Changes in SP1 Beta for Win7 and W2008 R2

There are a number of notable changes in the Service Pack 1 beta for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.  You might not have heard it, but they do go beyond Hyper-V.  There is a document you can read with all the details.  Here’s the highlights for the server OS:

  • Hyper-V Dynamic Memory
  • RemoteFX
  • A new IP address enforcement feature that is not in the beta release.
  • Enhancements to scalability and high availability when using DirectAccess
  • Support for Managed Service Accounts (MSAs) in perimeter networks
  • Support for increased volume of authentication traffic on domain controllers connected to high-latency networks
  • Enhancements to Failover Clustering with Storage

Here are the improvements for the desktop OS:

  • Additional support for communication with third-party federation services
  • Improved HDMI audio device performance
  • Corrected behaviour when printing mixed-orientation XPS documents

Both desktop and server:

  • Change to behaviour of “Restore previous folders at logon” functionality
  • Enhanced support for additional identities in RRAS and IPsec
  • Support for Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX)

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