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Windows® 7 Resource Kit by Tony Northrup Mitch Tulloch and Jerry Honeycutt

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Core Networking Improvements

Windows 7 networking features are designed to offer improved performance, security, and manageability. Most users will never notice many of the most important changes, however, because they function without user intervention. For example, BranchCache can reduce wide area network (WAN) utilization by caching content within branch offices, but users never need to be aware of its existence.

The sections that follow describe changes to the core networking functionality in Windows 7. Although many of these improvements are carried over from Windows Vista, BranchCache, DNS security (DNSsec) support, and GreenIT support are new to Windows 7. Chapter 27 describes DirectAccess and VPN Reconnect.

BranchCache

BranchCache uses peer-to-peer ...

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