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About Server Hardware for Windows

Choosing the right server hardware – and when to replace it – is an important part of any Windows system administrator's job. Tips here cover topics such as the implication of multi-core processors for Windows and how (and why) to run Windows Server 2008 on a laptop, while articles cover technical angles such as how CPU caching speeds up processor performance.