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  • August 11, 2015 11 Aug'15

    Windows 10 gets its first Patch Tuesday updates

    Microsoft wastes no time delivering its first critical Windows 10 Patch Tuesday fixes, along with critical updates for its Edge and IE browsers.

  • April 27, 2012 27 Apr'12

    IT shops put off SMB 3.0 development until Windows Server 2012

    Corporate and third party developers like the additions to Microsoft’s Server Message Block 3.0 protocol, but most will hold off development until Windows Server 2012 arrives.

  • November 02, 2011 02 Nov'11

    Q&A: Microsoft’s Pfenning talks storage, SMB 2.2 in Windows Server 8

    Microsoft is improving storage capabilities in Windows Server 8 as well as adding support for the SMB 2.2 protocol. General Manager Thomas Pfenning explains the importance of these changes to IT shops.

  • January 31, 2011 31 Jan'11

    Memory methods still differ for Microsoft and VMware

    Despite new features for Hyper-V R2 SP1, the two vendors still take very different approaches to memory management for virtualization.

  • December 10, 2010 10 Dec'10

    Microsoft Dynamic Memory rivals Citrix, not VMware

    Think Hyper-V Dynamic Memory is Microsoft’s answer to VMware's memory overcommit? Not so fast. Mike Laverick writes that it actually has more in common with Xen than ESX.

  • May 10, 2010 10 May'10

    Best practices for SAN configuration and administration

    Storage headaches tend to get worse over time, but following the proper configuration and management steps can be the perfect remedy for your SAN-related woes.

  • April 22, 2010 22 Apr'10

    Microsoft shows maturing IT management vision

    Microsoft fleshed out its Systems Center roadmap and released some new tools this week, including the long awaited Service Manager.

  • March 18, 2010 18 Mar'10

    The challenges of iSCSI storage deployments for Windows

    While an iSCSI deployment might sound like a good idea, it's not always the right move. Most often it's the minor details that can trip you up.

  • February 15, 2010 15 Feb'10

    Data Protection Manager 2010 RC available

    The latest version of Microsoft's backup and restore product brings with it added support for Hyper-V R2 and disaster recovery capabilities.

  • February 11, 2010 11 Feb'10

    File classification in Windows 2008 R2 explained

    One Microsoft MVP puts Windows Server 2008 R2's new file classification tool through its paces.

  • January 14, 2010 14 Jan'10

    Service Manager will launch with automation software

    Microsoft's Systems Center Service Manager will finally debut this spring with Opalis automation software.

  • October 08, 2009 08 Oct'09

    Active Directory tops the list of hot Windows Server 2008 R2 features

    IT pros are more excited about the new Active Directory features in Windows Server 2008 R2 than anything else, including Hyper-V with live migration

  • August 17, 2009 17 Aug'09

    Windows Server 2008 R2 evaluation bits ready

    The evaluation code for Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM is now available to volume license holders.

  • August 06, 2008 06 Aug'08

    Microsoft's SQL Server 2008 goes gold

    Policy-based management is one feature of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 expected to appeal to IT managers and database administrators.

  • June 20, 2007 20 Jun'07

    FAQ: Troubleshooting Windows hardware

    Have a question about troubleshooting Windows hardware? You may find the answer in this FAQ about Windows hardware troubleshooting.

  • January 08, 2007 08 Jan'07

    Scripting School: Creating an inventory of mapped drive connections

    Many smaller enterprises have trouble keeping track of user connections to mapped drives. If users are creating and deleting their own network connections, it can be easy for them to duplicate or create redundant mappings, or to forget which drive ...

  • December 12, 2006 12 Dec'06

    Top 10 Windows backup tips of 2006

    Numerous tips on backup appeared on our site over the past 12 months, covering subjects ranging from the backup and restore functions inherent to Windows to the top reasons backups fail. Here's a look at 10 of the most popular tips related to backup...

  • December 11, 2006 11 Dec'06

    Scripting School: Managing Group Policy with VBScript

    You can use scripting to manage Group Policy itself. You can't use scripts to create or assign policies, but you can copy, back up and restore, import, and do Resultant Set of Policy reporting on policies using VBScript.

  • December 04, 2006 04 Dec'06

    Dell servers reduce power consumption

    The new Energy Smart versions of Dell's 1950 and 2950 PowerEdge servers use 20% less power than the standard PowerEdge versions.

  • September 25, 2006 25 Sep'06

    All-in-One Guide: Windows Backup and Recovery

    This new guide is a collection of resources to help you protect data in Windows servers, desktops and mission-critical applications. Chapter one of the guide begins with tips and tactics for pain-free backup of your OS data and system state ...

  • July 06, 2006 06 Jul'06

    Top 5 cool Longhorn/Vista features

    Expert Gary Olsen gives an overview of some of the exciting new features for Windows Longhorn and Vista that were presented at Microsoft's TechEd 2006.

  • June 30, 2006 30 Jun'06

    Windows Management Guides for Systems Administrators

    These learning guides will help Windows systems admininstrators master systems management, hardware management, storage management and server management issues.

  • June 28, 2006 28 Jun'06

    Christa Anderson's Scripting School for Windows administrators

    Scripting can be a shortcut for Windows administrators. Windows scripting expert Christa Anderson gives tips on scripting basics as well as advanced scripts.

  • June 09, 2006 09 Jun'06

    Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Fast Guide

    This guide examines Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager, a disk-based backup product.

  • June 09, 2006 09 Jun'06

    Ten freeware tools for administrators

    One of Desktop Management expert Serdar Yegulalp's missions is to scout out the best freeware utilities out there to help out his fellow systems administrators and Windows power users. Here he recommends 10 of these tools.

  • May 30, 2006 30 May'06

    Windows Server pack punches up processing power

    Microsoft's Scalable Networking Pack, released at WinHEC last week, offloads some server processing onto an adapter. It's one way to get more power out of Windows Server 2003.

  • April 26, 2006 26 Apr'06

    Scripting School: Creating new folders and setting permissions

    This Scripting School column will discuss how to read an external file and how to create folders programmatically from a list of names, as you might do when setting up a new terminal server and creating user home directories.

  • February 03, 2006 03 Feb'06

    Top SearchWinComputing.com IT Checklists

    We've gathered our most popular SearchWinComputing.com IT Checklists for your convenience. These checklists offer a quick resource for on-the-go Windows professionals who need timely, hands-on information.

  • January 23, 2006 23 Jan'06

    Scripting School: Taking inventory of drives

    Save your script output to a file, and then use it to take inventory of the drives in use or to help administrators keep track of a heavily-used volume. For more details, read Christa's latest column on scripting.

  • December 12, 2005 12 Dec'05

    Scripting School: Writing output to a text file

    One problem with producing output from a script is that it's temporary. Here's how you can make your scripts write the output to a text file using the File System Object.

  • October 19, 2005 19 Oct'05

    SQL Server 2005: Users will upgrade … eventually

    Big enterprise users want the security enhancements of SQL Server 2005 and will upgrade sooner; smaller shops worry about new-release glitches, and many say they'll wait for the first service pack.

  • October 13, 2005 13 Oct'05

    Learning Guide: Memory basics

    What's the difference between DIMM and SIMM? Do you know how to make the best memory choice for a server versus a workstation? You will after reading our memory guide.

  • September 28, 2005 28 Sep'05

    Readers' Choice admin tool: Remote Administrator

    We recently asked SearchWinSystems.com readers to tell us what their favorite admin tools are -- the utilities they just couldn't live without. Read about Remote Administrator.

  • September 28, 2005 28 Sep'05

    Readers' Choice admin tool: Microsoft Computer Management Tool

    We recently asked SearchWinSystems.com readers to tell us what their favorite admin tools are -- the utilities they just couldn't live without. Read about Microsoft Computer Management Tool.

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    Ask Microsoft: How can I increase the capacity of my system volume?

    A Microsoft engineer offers advice on how to expand the system volume on a server running Windows Server 2003 by using the Diskpart utilty.

  • September 07, 2005 07 Sep'05

    Background: Arguments in general

    Our scripting column this month explains how to use an important object collection in Windows Script Host: named arguments.

  • September 07, 2005 07 Sep'05

    Scripting School: Windows Script Host arguments

    How to use an important object collection in Windows Scrpting Host: named arguments.

  • September 07, 2005 07 Sep'05

    Ask Microsoft: Help with SNMP settings and the registry

    Microsoft Technologist Brian Davies offers advice on managing SNMP settings and registry-based policy settings.

  • September 06, 2005 06 Sep'05

    Compliance becomes best practice -- everywhere

    Compliance policies are now driving data retention decisions even in unregulated businesses, analysts say.

  • July 29, 2005 29 Jul'05

    Running external scripts

    Scripting without objects is very limiting. This month's scripting column introduces you to a sampling of the Windows Scripting Host objects, how they help you perform administrative tasks and work with your environment.

  • July 29, 2005 29 Jul'05

    Scripting School: Find objects with Windows Script Host

    Scripting without objects is very limiting. This sampling of the Windows Script Host objects can help you reduce the time to perform administrative tasks and work with your Windows environment.

  • July 29, 2005 29 Jul'05

    Wscript.Arguments

    Scripting without objects is very limiting. This month's scripting column introduces you to a sampling of the Windows Scripting Host objects, how they help you perform administrative tasks and work with your environment.

  • July 06, 2005 06 Jul'05

    Scripting School: MapResources sample script

    Christa Anderson builds on her previous column, which explained the tools you need for automatically connecting to network resources. Here are some scenario-based variations to try and a sample script.

  • July 06, 2005 06 Jul'05

    Scripting School: How do I map printers?

    Christa Anderson builds on her previous column, which explained the tools you need for automatically connecting to network resources. Here are some scenario-based variations to try and a sample script.

  • July 06, 2005 06 Jul'05

    Scripting School: How to put the script together

    Christa Anderson builds on her previous column, which explained the tools you need for automatically connecting to network resources. Here are some scenario-based variations to try and a sample script.

  • June 28, 2005 28 Jun'05

    Virtual private servers virtualize the OS

    In today's never-ending crusade to reduce IT costs, various techniques are used to squeeze every drop of computing power out of servers. One way to get a finer-grained and lower-overhead partition is through a virtual private server (VPS).

  • June 03, 2005 03 Jun'05

    Scripting School: Connect users to network resources

    The third part in a continuing series on scripting explains how to use tools that let you identify users and computers outside a domain structure and make them connect to network shares -- depending on who and where they are.

  • May 12, 2005 12 May'05

    Ask Microsoft: Using a metabase restore for IIS issues

    A Microsoft messaging director explains what happens when an IIS metabase is misconfigured or corrupt.

  • April 29, 2005 29 Apr'05

    Where do objects come from?

    In the second article in our continuing series on scripting, noted scripting expert Christa Anderson covers some advanced scripting concepts and offers several tips that will help you debug your scripts.

  • April 28, 2005 28 Apr'05

    Scripting School: Increase your scripting expertise

    In the second article in our continuing series on scripting, scripting expert Christa Anderson covers some advanced scripting concepts and offers tips that will help you debug your scripts.

  • April 19, 2005 19 Apr'05

    Dell to ship SMB servers with MOM 2005

    The announcement for Dell's PowerEdge server line continues a year-old systems management partnership between Dell and Microsoft.

  • April 11, 2005 11 Apr'05

    How to troubleshoot computer memory problems

    Skipping basic computer memory troubleshooting steps could not only lengthen the troubleshooting process, but also lead to more computer memory problems.

  • April 11, 2005 11 Apr'05

    How to tell if your system's computer memory is faulty

    Common symptoms of faulty computer memory include boot failures, data corruption and system errors.

  • April 08, 2005 08 Apr'05

    Data types you'll use

    Scripting is simpler than it looks and can save you substantial time and effort. Here are some basic scripting concepts for newbies as we introduce a new regular column by Christa Anderson, a noted scripting authority.

  • April 08, 2005 08 Apr'05

    Scripting hosts and the interpreter

    Scripting is simpler than it looks and can save you substantial time and effort. Here are some basic scripting concepts for newbies as we introduce a new regular column by Christa Anderson, a noted scripting authority.

  • March 29, 2005 29 Mar'05

    Computer memory types: Static RAM vs. dynamic RAM

    In this installment from SearchWincomputing.com's Computer Memory for your Windows Environment guide, contributor Bernie Klinder explains how static RAM and dynamic RAM differ.

  • February 14, 2005 14 Feb'05

    Windows registry defined

    The Windows registry is a single place for managing hardware, system options, memory settings and start-up of applications. Get the details about this key Windows component here.

  • December 16, 2004 16 Dec'04

    Service packs vs. rollups: The fix is in

    Some Microsoft customers clamor for Windows service packs that cover every imaginable fix, but experts warn that they should be careful what they wish for. In end-of-life cases like Windows 2000 Server, a rollup may be all they need.

  • December 06, 2004 06 Dec'04

    Dirt cheap iSCSI software hits the shelves

    Although the price for DataCore Software's new SANmelody might be good, the company's performance claims are far from recording breaking.

  • July 16, 2004 16 Jul'04

    Built-in Windows defragmenter better by leaps and bounds

    Life is a lot easier for administrators now that the Disk Defragmenter utility is a built-in feature in newer versions of Windows Server. There are some limitations in an enterprise environment, however.

  • May 26, 2004 26 May'04

    EMC draws battle line with iSCSI

    EMC is tapping its partner Dell to sell its latest low-end Clariion at a price it hopes will stop iSCSI arrays sucking up the midrange market

  • June 26, 2002 26 Jun'02

    Kicking the Windows habit: Oracle 9i vs. SQL Server

    Oracle and Microsoft -- the two get along like a mongoose and a cobra -- or Burt and Loni, gnashing their teeth in the press and in the marketplace. SQL Server is one way Microsoft keeps its eyes on the enterprise prize, but is it an Oracle killa? ...

  • February 07, 2002 07 Feb'02

    Using Sun's storage systems in Windows shops

    Sun Microsystems vows its new StorEdge 3900 and 6900 devices will support almost all operating systems--including Windows. In this interview, Sun's Bill Groth sheds light on how you can bring StorEdge into a Windows shop.

  • January 03, 2002 03 Jan'02

    File server management dos and don'ts

    Get relief from file sharing and file server management headaches with these tips.

  • December 27, 2001 27 Dec'01

    Back up expert fields sWM users' questions

    Users tossed their toughest backup problems into Liam Scanlan's court. Were this backup expert's solutions slam dunks? Get into the game with this Q&A.

  • December 13, 2001 13 Dec'01

    SAP touts its open source database

    German e-business software giant SAP AG hopes its standalone open source database, SAP DB, will continue to gain new devotees. The company has released a new version of SAP DB.

  • December 05, 2001 05 Dec'01

    Lessons learned from 9-11: Disaster recovery dos and don'ts

    At Oracle OpenWorld, Veritas CEO Gary Bloom described his company's post-September 11 data recovery mission and offered disaster recovery preparedness advice.

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