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Microsoft's Director for Cloud and Virtualization, Edwin Yuen (@edwinyuen) has plenty of insight to offer about Windows Server, Hyper-V and System Center. You can also expect to learn about his revelations on everything from unicorns to Red Robin.
The Virtual Machine Connection tool lets users copy files and redirect local resources to a VM without a network connection.
Proper VM cost assessment is a critical element of meaningful showback and chargeback practices in a virtual data center.
Attaching real costs to computing may reduce VM sprawl and yield cost savings for businesses, but can be unpopular among business units.
As attacks on IT systems with sensitive data continue, cloud security becomes a top concern. And users won't find the best security practices on a clearance rack.
OpenStack leads the pack of open source cloud options and many service providers flocked to support it. What are OpenStack's advantages beyond its open source nature?
Just as Microsoft Azure gains traction against major competitors including Amazon Web Services, users today reported a worldwide outage that brought down businesses for hours.
A test lab isn't any good unless you know what to include. This checklist gives you the basics any admin should know to set up a test environment.
Seemingly perfect patches can cripple Exchange setups in production, but test labs can help you catch problems before they occur.
We're running mailbox servers in Windows Server 2008 R2 and don't want to use Windows Server Backup. What third-party options are available?
Energy company Enbridge Inc. is in the process of virtualizing all of its servers to increase flexibility and cut costs. Not everyone is happy with this new direction.
Microsoft previewed a cloud database update and highlighted three new analytics applications at PASS 2014, reflecting its idea of using data to 'understand the past, analyze the present and predict the future.
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.
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.
Tools such as Synaptic Package Manager provide a GUI for installing and maintaining the many Linux programs suitable for enterprise use.
Tools are now available to IT for a remote wipe of user-owned laptops. But set clear BYOD security policies and inform users.
Dell Software is investing in the cloud, and IT pros weigh in on KACE as a service-based systems management offering.
There's only a handful of customers who need Linux VDI, but that doesn't change the fact that they need it. In shops that use both Linux and Windows, a unified virtualization tool from VMware and Citrix could hit the spot.
Per-user SA licensing doesn't make doing VDI or DaaS any easier for SMBs: There's still no SPLA for Windows client OSes, and the licensing changes benefit only large shops.
The per-user licensing model for SA applies only to Windows 8.1 Enterprise, which you can upgrade to from only certain versions of Windows. The perk is also available only to companies with 250+ seats, and the price of a license is still unknown.