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Boot Configuration Data (BCD)

registry file which contains the systems's boot menu information, and provides the user with access to the boot menu.


new feature in Windows 7 and Server 2008 that enables networks with computers at remote locations to conserve bandwidth by storing frequently accessed files on local drives.

distributed cache mode

each Windows 7 workstation on the branch office network caches data from the content server on its local drive and shares that cached data with other local workstations.

hosted cache mode

Windows 7 workstation on the branch office network cache data from the content server on a branch office server, enabling other workstations to access the cached data from there.

incremental backup

a type of job that backs up only the files that have changed since the last backup was performed.

Power-on self test (POST)

a hardware self-test procedure that detects the devices installed in the system and configures them using settings stored in non-volatile memory.

Remote Assistance

a Windows 7 feature that enables an administrator, trainer, or technical specialist at one location to connect to a distant user's computer, chat with the user, and either view all of the user's activities or take complete control of the system.

Remote Desktop

an administrative feature that enables users to access computers from remote locations, with no interaction required at the remote site.

Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP)

this protocol essentially transmits screen information, keystrokes, and mouse movements between two computers.

system image backup

backing up the entire system disk which is a separate backup of the computer's system disk and the reserved partition that Windows 7 creates on the disk during installation.

system restore point

a copy of various operating system configuration settings and registry information from a specific point in time.

volume shadow copies

duplicates of files that Windows creates as part of a restore point.

Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE)

essentially the same as Windows PE however it is for computers that already have the operating system installed.

Windows Remote Management

a Windows 7 service that enables administrators to execute commands on remote computers, using Windows PowerShell or the Windows Remote Shell (WinRS.exe) command-line program.

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