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The five best Windows Server tips of 2014

Our readers loved tips on preparing for Windows Server 2003 end-of-life, new Windows certifications and more.

In the last year Microsoft has seen Satya Nadella rise to the CEO position, continued adoption of Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1, the demise of Windows XP.

We've rounded up the most popular tips and features from 2014, which center around breaking from the past and looking to the cloud. Readers sought out information on one of Windows Server's most compelling new features and got up to speed on certification changes.

Cost, compatibilities among obstacles to getting off Windows Server 2003

With Windows Server 2003's end-of life looming in 2015, more and more administrators are getting ready -- or should be -- to leave that version behind or risk security issues. But saying goodbye isn't easy: there are likely compatibility issues and cost plays a big role in why some IT shops might risk endangering company data.

Setting up Work Folders  in Windows Server 2012 R2

If your organization is starting to run Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2, Work Folders is an essential feature to bridge the gap between personally-owned devices and corporate data. The Work Folders role is enabled through PowerShell, and our expert walks through keeping the walls between home and work data separate.

Why training procedures, not the OS, could be your biggest security flaw

Microsoft's most secure server OS could still be a sitting duck in your enterprise. There are fewer holes in the system and it is resilient against the tests of third-party services. And yet, it remains to be a sitting duck. It all boils down to your employees, and how you train them with regard to data security and password management

Action items for the new Microsoft CEO

Earlier this year, Satya Nadella took over the reins as CEO of Microsoft. There were skeptics and armchair quarterbacks pouncing on the opportunity to opine on how the company should run going forward. Progress report: the Windows RT brand has diminished and Office 365 continues to churn out innovative updates.

Microsoft certification changes cover configuring Windows 8

With the release of Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1, Microsoft made sweeping changes to the MCSE and MCSA certification levels.  There are updates covering Windows To Go installations and configuring Windows 8 installations.

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This was last published in December 2014

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