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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.'s series of learning guides can help you get up to speed on storage, hardware, memory, servers, systems management and other areas near and dear to the hearts of Windows systems administrators. Don't see what you're looking for? Send us an email, and tell us what you'd like to see covered.

  • Windows Backup and Recovery All-in-One Guide
    This guide aims to help you protect the data that resides on Windows servers, desktops and in mission-critical applications. It begins with tips and tactics for pain-free backup of your OS data and system state information, and as you progress, addresses issues about running System Restore from the XP Recovery Console, backup scripting, new backup features in Windows Server 2003 Volume Shadow Copy Service, and much more!

  • Windows backup solutions
    This guide introduces you to Windows backup, explains best practices and pitfalls to avoid and provides troubleshooting advice. You'll find articles on best backup plans for the desktop, how to stretch backup windows on a budget, worst practices for backup and disaster recovery, and more.

  • Managing Windows storage
    This guide introduces you to various storage technologies and offers advice on how you can manage your Windows storage environment. Peruse tips, trend articles and expert advice on Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI), network-attached storage (NAS) and storage area networks (SANs). We also cover the basics of Windows storage consolidation.

  • Managing SANs
    Despite all the talk of simple SANs, many Windows administrators say they're not yet simple enough, and that deploying and managing a SAN is still one of their more challenging tasks. To help you with the process, we've created this learning guide which will help you plan a SAN and optimize networked storage efficiency.

  • NAS bootcamp
    Whether you're setting up your first NAS box or you're an expert who wants to stay up to date on what's new in the NAS world, this guide can be of value to you.

  • iSCSI
    If you need to get up to speed on iSCSI, check out this learning guide. It not only reviews its essentials but also examines the pros and cons of iSCSI and Fibre Channel.

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  • How to evaluate hardware
    You'll be in the driver's seat with this Windows hardware evaluation guide. Expert Bernie Klinder offers advice on evaluation basics for both internal and external devices.

  • 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.

  • Troubleshooting computer memory
    Computer memory failure does not have to be a difficult problem to diagnose and remedy. This guide explains how you can troubleshoot your way back in business.

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  • Windows Systems Management Tools
    Systems management is one of the many tasks you have on your "to do" list: You are probably charged with gathering requirements, purchasing equipment and software, distributing it to where it is to be used, configuring it and maintaining it with enhancement and service updates. This learning guide will help you monitor and manage your Windows systems.

  • OS Troubleshooting
    Frustrated with Windows and its multitude of quirks? This guide provides OS troubleshooting advice, offers best practices and examines what pitfalls to avoid.

  • Scripting
    Scripting is simpler than it looks and can save you substantial time and effort. This guide offers tips, articles and advice on basic scripting concepts.

  • Freeware
    There may be no such thing as a free lunch -- but there's always freeware! Freeware is programming that is offered at no cost and is a common class of small applications available for downloading and use in most operating systems. Learn more about the benefits of freeware in this learning guide.

  • Printer Management
    Printer management is a fact of life for network administrators. This learning guide will help you with the ins and outs of setting up, fine tuning and troubleshooting these persnickety peripherals.

  • Microsoft Operations Manager
    Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) is a comprehensive network monitoring solution that radically improves the availability, performance and security of Windows networks and applications. This learning guide offers expert advice that can help boost your MOM knowhow.

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  • How to design a server room
    What are the key elements you need to consider when building a data center or server room? Use this technical guide to help you design a data center your company will appreciate and you can be proud of.

  • Server Management
    If you're looking for resources on Windows server management, you've come to the right place. This guide to Windows server management was designed to help you stay abreast of Windows servers issues. Whether you're new to Windows server management or a seasoned pro, there's something for everyone here.

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  • Ten tasks you should be automating
    All admins want to know what tasks they can and should automate so they can use the valuable time saved to fight their daily fires. This learning guide examines five desktops tasks Window administrators should be automating and five backend tasks that can be automated as well.

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