Five quick links: 2012's top Windows Server management tips

This year has kept Windows Server administrators busy. Between constant security updates for servers to weighing the options about an upgrade to Windows Server 2012, it can be exhausting trying to figure out the best steps to take so you can keep your servers efficient and secure.

That's where we come in.

We compiled a list of our most popular tips to keep you informed on the latest ways to maintain the performance of your Windows servers. We included everything from shortcuts that save hours on patching to how you can securely set up resources for clients to get over the Internet. Plus, find out about a new PowerShell v3 feature that could bring major changes to managing Microsoft products.

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1. The Remote Desktop Gateway configuration step-by-step

This tip takes you through setting up the Remote Desktop Gateway, a service that helps you extend business apps so clients can securely access internal resources over the Internet.

2. ReFS and NTFS: how new and old file systems stack up

Resilient File System (ReFS) comes with four key features that are backward compatible with NTFS. We had our expert take a closer look at these features and evaluate ReFS improvements and limitations.

3. IIS 8's new features

The features in the latest version of Microsoft's Internet Information Services (IIS) are helpful if you're looking to construct large Web hosts, but they're also handy for individual servers and smaller hosts.

4. PowerShell v3 Workflow: The game changing feature

Named as one of the top features in PowerShell v3, this tip includes observations about Workflow's importance for current administrators. It also offers a prediction of how crucial Workflow will be to future Microsoft products.

5. PowerShell's big red update button

Our expert says one script really can change your life. After finding a way to cut down time spent on monthly patches from hours to minutes, he shares the shortcut that will help you become a more efficient administrator.

This was first published in September 2012

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