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December in review: the top Windows Server features, tips and news

In this monthly feature, we recap the most popular Windows Server content with our readers from the previous month and share it with you.

For the last month of 2013, our readers were interested in the latest Patch Tuesday updates, the plans Windows Server admins had for Windows Server 2012 R2 and a look at the tips that made the biggest impact with readers for the year.

What content helped you or your organization most last month? Is it something that isn’t on our list? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SearchWinServer.

Essential Guide: Is a Windows Server 2012 R2 migration right for your organization?

This essential guide offers a look at the tips and features that can help Windows Server admins and their organizations decide if a migration to Windows Server 2012 R2 is the right move. The guide includes a look at the latest R2 news, virtualization and storage improvements and more. 

Last Patch Tuesday of 2013 includes critical fixes for Exchange Server, IE

The final Patch Tuesday of the year included 11 security updates, five of which were critical. Multiple versions of Exchange Server received fixes for vulnerabilities in two important features, and multiple versions of Office, Lync and Windows had fixes for a vulnerability in the TIFF file format.

IT pros talk about plans for Windows Server 2012 R2 in 2014

This infographic highlights some of the interesting results we received from our annual Windows Server purchasing intentions survey. We took a look at some of the reasons why IT pros upgrade their Windows Server systems, the lack of interest in Azure and the gain Microsoft is making in the server virtualization market.

This year’s five most popular tips for Windows Server admins

Just as admins began looking at Windows Server 2012 for their enterprises, Microsoft released its follow-up with Windows Server 2012 R2. These two operating systems received the most attention from readers, and these five tips were the most clicked-on reads for 2013.

Why admins should know these Windows Server PKI improvements

As security improves in each Windows Server release, admins should stay updated on the latest public key infrastructure improvements. With the release of Windows Server 2012, admins can expect to see improvements in PowerShell functionality and the Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS) role services.

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Although I haven't taken the PSL (yet?) I read Jerry Weinberg's "Becoming a Technical Leader" book and worked on self-development exercises. Much of it aligns well with this great  course.