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VA Technical Reference Model v 18.12

Windows Client
Windows Client Technology

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Technologies must be operated and maintained in accordance with Federal and Department security and privacy policies and guidelines. More information on the proper use of the TRM can be found on the TRM Proper Use Tab/Section.

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Description: Microsoft Windows is an operating system produced by Microsoft for use on personal computers, laptops and other end-user devices. Microsoft Windows is an industry standard desktop operating system, which is mature, stable and proven. BitLocker is included as a component of this entry.
Technology/Standard Usage Requirements: Users must ensure their use of this technology/standard is consistent with VA policies and standards, including, but not limited to, VA Handbooks 6102 and 6500; VA Directives 6004, 6513, and 6517; and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards, including Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS). Users must ensure sensitive data is properly protected in compliance with all VA regulations. Prior to use of this technology, users should check with their supervisor, Information Security Officer (ISO), Facility Chief Information Officer (CIO), or local Office of Information and Technology (OI&T) representative to ensure that all actions are consistent with current VA policies and procedures prior to implementation.
Section 508 Information: This technology has not been assessed by the Section 508 Office. The Implementer of this technology has the responsibility to ensure the version deployed is 508-compliant. Section 508 compliance may be reviewed by the Section 508 Office and appropriate remedial action required if necessary. For additional information or assistance regarding Section 508, please contact the Section 508 Office at
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Decision Constraints: Due to National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) identified security vulnerabilities, extra vigilance should be applied to ensure the versions remain properly patched to mitigate known and future vulnerabilities. The local ISO can provide assistance in reviewing the NIST vulnerabilities.

This product must remain patched and operated in accordance with Federal and Department security and privacy policies and guidelines. Configuration and deployment standards for Windows Client (desktop) baselines which are defined and maintained by the Endpoint Engineering organization within VA Solution Delivery must be followed and adhered to unless an appropriate waiver is granted by the STAT Board.

The Windows Virtual PC component of Windows 7 is not approved for use, and all older named editions of this component (Microsoft Virtual PC 2007, Microsoft Virtual PC 2004, and Connectix Virtual PC) are prohibited from use.

The use of Windows BitLocker disc encryption that is integrated into the Windows Client versions can only be used when configured with the required enterprise settings and centralized management per the Windows configuration baseline. See the reference section for more information on Windows baselines.

No new installs of Deprecated Versions are allowed. The installation of Windows Vista and Windows 8 is currently prohibited. Windows 10 is in IOC Testing and there is limited deployment and testing at other non-IOC sites. The production deployment date for Windows 10 is tentatively scheduled to start in October 2018 and last 18 months. The exact schedule is not published.

Decision Source: TRM Mgmt Group
Decision Process: One-VA TRM v18.10
Decision Date: 10/11/2018
Aliases: Windows 7; Windows 8; Windows 10; Windows Vista; Windows XP; Windows Client; Remote Server Administration Tools; Windows AdminPack; Microsoft Edge
Introduced By: Enterprise Program Management Office (EPMO) TRM Team
Vendor Name: Microsoft
- The information contained on this page is accurate as of the Decision Date (10/11/2018).