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Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 in lockstep

At WinHEC, Microsoft made it clear that Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 Release 2 (R2) truly are joined at the hip.

During the WinHEC Day 2 keynote, Corporate Vice President of Windows Server and Solutions Bill Laing showed off a number of the new features that Microsoft will deliver in Windows Server 2008 R2 — a k a “Windows 7 Server — when it ships in the next year or so. Among them: Support for up to 256 logical processors; branch-office caching, “Bitlocker to Go” drive encryption** and other new technologies designed to work “better together” with Windows 7.

**My major concern about Windows 7 has always been the lock down of information that was implemented. Not only has information been prevented from being shared, but as a result we are  unable to provide direction and feedback on the many new features we have learned about this week and last.  Any feedback we give now on the M3 I fear is much too late to make any meaningful changes since we were just told at the WinHEC keynote that a beta will be here early next year.  Has Microsoft designed Windows 7 features in a vacuum and will that hurt Windows 7 as a result?

Lets take look at one example, Bitlocker To Go, Bitlocker To Go is a new feature that enables users on Windows 7 to encrypt  USB storage devices and assign them a passphrase. A very useful feature for securing data. In my quick playing with this feature it works great, but currently has a big glaring design hole.  In the current builds it appears is susceptible to brute force type attacks.  When you try to mount the device you get the prompt to put in a passphrase and you can continue to put in bad passphrases with no apparent ramifications for as long as you want.

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