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Zombie VMs are real, but they don’t have to be as scary as they sound. With proper planning and the right tools you can prevent shambling hordes of wasteful servers.
Every IT pro knows that it's important to install critical patches to virtual machines in a timely manner, but what about the less serious updates?
You could use Amazon cloud services to offer a virtual classroom, but a simple KVM deployment can give you better performance for a small price.
There are many considerations for building a private cloud, especially with a tight budget. Keep costs in check by carefully planning out hardware, capacity, storage and networking.
Businesses face the challenge of finding the right cloud for their needs. With the ability to customize software for unique app requirements, bare-metal cloud may be the best option.
Vote for the best cloud computing service provider in the Modern Infrastructure Impact Awards.
Office 365 has three options to establish user accounts. Admins will need to choose the best one before performing a migration.
If the Exchange 2010 server disconnects and reconnects to Outlook, and it isn't a network problem, there are a few other areas to check.
Admins run the risk of trouble whenever users are in control of encryption, so your safest bet is to avoid that risk altogether.
Robert Sheldon explains the business continuity features added to SQL Azure, including automatic backup, self-service restore, manual copy, and export and geo-replication. These features are meant to keep the data available, even when the system fails.
Basit Farooq provides two different methods for provisioning a SQL Server virtual machine on Windows Azure. He also explains the benefits of the Windows Azure virtual machine and how to migrate from on-premises to Windows Azure.
Basit Farooq provides a step-by-step explanation for using the SQL Server Import and Export Wizard to transfer data between SQL Server databases and Microsoft Excel worksheets.
SharePoint can improve the efficiency of your business, but is your implementation providing a positive ROI? Usage reporting can help you find out by tracking who is using SharePoint, how they are using it and why.
Justify the time and expense of creating a governance document by showing what SharePoint has accomplished in your organization.
How does Microsoft's SharePoint rate as a primary enterprise content management system? It's got the features if you are willing and able to build it carefully.
In addition to Copy as Path, the third-party Long Path Tool might be helpful for deleting a file or folder whose Windows path is too long.
Microsoft's downloadable, in-house Windows 8 tools can help IT with virtualization, server management and malware removal.
Is an open source Office alternative enough to dethrone Microsoft's productivity suite? See how LibreOffice compares with Office 2013 and Office 365.
When virtual desktops don't work well, it makes for unhappy employees and IT pros. Luckily, there's a lot you can do to optimize VDI performance, such as allocating enough hardware and using some flash in your storage system.
Most companies don't need to publish full Windows desktops anymore -- users mostly just need their applications. That means there's no reason to discount RDSH in favor of VDI.
Windows 10 is still in Tech Preview, and the reviews so far are pretty good. But whether Microsoft will sort out the difficulties around licensing for virtual desktops in the new OS remains to be seen.