Windows Infrastructure Management Digest

Managing the infrastructure of your Windows environment is an ongoing process. From ensuring your shop is operating as efficiently as possible to preparing and planning for the growth of your environment, a Windows administrator's job is never done.

This Windows Infrastructure Management Digest is packed with valuable resources to help you monitor and manage your environment, plan for change and cut costs.

Table of contents:

Capacity management
Change management
Cost management

Capacity management

Tools make capacity planning easier for Windows shops
Microsoft's System Center Capacity Planner and other capacity planning tools from hardware vendors can help IT managers get started mapping out the future.

Russell Olsen
Russell Olsen

How a proper data capacity planning strategy aids in disaster recovery
When dealing with a capacity crisis, the best answer addresses the right problems with appropriate short-term and long-term capacity planning strategies.

Maintaining the balance in Windows capacity planning
Measurement, second-level analysis and business realignment are core principles that should be included in the capacity planning process for a Windows environment.

Scaling up vs. scaling out with SQL Server 2008
To scale your SQL Server properly means to make it bigger and better. But what is the best method for 2008?

Change management

Evolution of change management process: From monkey to man
Is your change management process highly developed? Learn about the stages in change management's evolution and how each stage teaches successful practices.

Five notable third-party change management applications for Windows
Learn about five third-party change management applications that help you keep track of changes made to Windows systems.

    Blog: Simplifying AD change management
    Active Directory Change Reporter is designed to help admins keep track of changes made to AD. Find out what users should know about the Netwrix solution.

Adapt change management processes to include virtualization
Your change management processes should reflect the fact that you work in a virtualized environment. Learn how to tailor change management procedures to include virtualization.

Cost management

While data centers grow and servers become both elastic and cheap, power usage can shoot through the roof, causing corporate budgets to take a serious hit.
Jonathan Hassell
New Windows 2008 R2 features reduce power consumption

Microsoft evolves its desktop licensing strategy
Does Microsoft want enterprises to roll out new VDI Licenses or Remote Desktop Services?

What Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 can do for your business
Here's one expert's take on the best of what's coming in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

Microsoft increases options for application bundle licenses
Microsoft's licensing changes are part of its strategy to get large companies to commit to its application stack for the long term.

Cutting the cost of Windows identity and access management
Are you spending too much time and money on identity and access management? Learn how to get around the limitations of Windows' native IAM tools and reduce overhead in the process.

Vista users get little pricing relief on Windows 7
Windows Vista and XP users get same Software Assurance promo deals for Windows 7. The cost of new hardware is also an issue for some IT pros upgrading to Windows 7.

This was first published in July 2009

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