Windows Vista: Technical Reference
Updated: May 8, 2008
This collection provides comprehensive information about the technologies included in the Microsoft Windows operating systems. This set of Technical Reference documentation is designed to assist IT planners and administrators by providing the foundational information about the technology components of the operating system.
The Technical Reference is a dynamic documentation set. Technical Reference documentation will continue to expand to cover additional technologies and tools. In addition, the content will be updated to reflect product upgrades, service packs, and critical updates.
Technical Reference for the Windows Operating System
This content provides reference information about various features of Windows (e.g., printing, the file system, networking).
Security Policy Settings
This topic in the Windows Vista Threats and Countermeasures Guide lists threats and vulnerabilities countermeasures for specific security policy settings.
This topic provides additional information about the new security settings in Windows Vista including the locations of these security settings in the local Group Policy object (GPO), their default values, and a discussion of the setting.
This topic provides additional information about the security settings that have changed from Windows XP including the locations of these security settings in the local GPO, their default values, and a discussion of the setting.
This content describes how domain isolation uses an Active Directory® directory service domain, domain membership, and Group Policy settings to enforce a network policy that requires domain member computers to accept incoming communication requests only from computers that can authenticate themselves with domain credentials. This network policy isolates domain member computers from non-domain-member computers.
The Command Reference contains syntax and usage information for tools available from the command prompt. See the Command Reference in the Windows Server 2008 Technical Library (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=91473).
This content explains architectural and configuration options for Windows Defender for the IT professional.
Software Restriction Policies
This overview explains two improvements that have been made to software restriction policies in Windows Vista.
Trusted Platform Module
This reference topic describes what the TPM chip is and the TPM services components.