Microsoft recently reviled via its Windows Lifecycle Fact Sheet web page that PC manufacturers have until October 31 of next year to sell off all their stocks of computers running Windows 7 Professional or Windows 8.1. This I believe is an attempt by Microsoft to force all Windows users to embrace and switch over to Windows 10 which was made public in July 2015. As we all know, its Windows 8 did not have a good spell during its launch due to missing Start button UI which has always been part of Microsoft previous OSes, not until Windows 8.
With Microsoft Windows 10 anticipated launch currently circulating on air, the first phase of support for Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 mainstream support for the OS ended yesterday 13th January 2015. According to report, Microsoft has pledged to continue to offer extended support for Windows 7 for another five years, until January 14, 2020. By ending the “mainstream support,” the Windows 7 OS users will continue to on the “extended support” period under Microsoft.
I will be showing us how to install and configure a Windows Server 2012 VPN connection. This post would focus on simple basic setup for a test environment with a single NIC on the Internal network behind a firewall. Steps: – Start the Server Manager – Click Add Roles and Features from the Manage Menu – On Add Roles and Features wizard begins and click Next – Select the Role-based or feature-based installation option and click Next – If you have more than one server managed via the server manager console, then select the desired server you’d like to install Routing and Remote Access on – From the Roles lists select Remote Access, click Add Features on the popup window – Click Next – No additional features required at this point, click Next – Have a quick read on what DirectAccess & RRAS VPN is, then click Next – Select DirectAccess and VPN (RAS), click Next – Click Next after reading this if you care 🙂 – Accept default selections and click Next – Review the confirmation page and click Install to begin – When installation is completed, click Close Go to Page2: Post deployment and configuration
For those who are keen to have a handy Windows 8 installation on a usb, then this post is for you :). Requirements: – Download a copy of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview ISO (64-bit download here, 32-bit download here) – Download Microsoft Windows 7 USB Tool (download here) – A handy 4GB USB drive Steps: – Install the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool – Launch the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool, browse to the location of the downloaded Windows 8 Consumer Preview ISO file, click Next – At this stage ensure your USB drive is plugged in.