• Using software restriction policies in Windows

    Software restriction policies are basically special group policies designed to keep users from installing unauthorized applications on network machines. In this short screencast, Brien M. Posey demonstrates how to enforce software restriction policies with Windows Server 2003 and 2008.

  • The Windows Report -- Will AD have your back in Windows 2008 R2?

    In the August edition of The Windows Report, Don Jones discusses what to expect from the new Active Directory Recycle Bin in Windows Server 2008 R2, and Gary Olsen demonstrates how to quickly perform an AD replication health check. Click for full size

  • The Windows Report -- BranchCache for Windows 2008 R2

    In the July edition of The Windows Report, Microsoft MVP Gary Olsen offers his thoughts on Windows Server 2008 R2's BranchCache feature, followed by a new tip for cleaning up your server from Windows expert Brien Posey.

  • Hyper-V workarounds: How to ensure high availability

    In this videocast, Nelson Ruest provides tips and workarounds for achieving the same level of high availability with Hyper-V as you would with VMware's hypervisor technology.

  • Microsoft Hyper-V: Best practices for performance, backups and management

    Deploying Hyper-V will potentially have a huge effect on your environment. Some of the major areas of impact include the performance of virtual machines, as well as changes to backup strategies and management procedures. In this webcast, Microsoft MVP Greg Shields offers up some best practices for each of these areas.

  • Understanding virtualization with Hyper-V

    In this webcast, MVP Greg Shields explains how Hyper-V can be used to bring inexpensive and easy-to-use server virtualization into your Windows infrastructure.

  • Working with snapshots in Microsoft Hyper-V

    This screencast runs through how snapshots benefit a virtual environment, as well as how to create and use them in Hyper-V.

  • Running Hyper-V on Server Core

    This screencast explains why Server Core is the ideal platform for the Hyper-V role in Windows 2008, and breaks down how to prepare it for Hyper-V deployment.

  • Configuring virtual machines with Hyper-V

    This screencast, breaks down the different factors to consider when configuring virtual machines, and sheds light on the virtual hardware resources included with Hyper-V.

  • Using the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit with Hyper-V

    This screencast explains how to use the MAP Toolkit, a free Microsoft download that can ease the configuration of Windows virtual environments.

  • Working with VHDs in Hyper-V

    This screencast breaks down the different virtual hard disk (VHD) drive types supported by Microsoft Hyper-V, and explains how to create them.

  • Configuring virtual networks in Hyper-V

    This short screencast explains how virtual networking works in Microsoft Hyper-V, and walks you through the configuration process.

  • Mark Russinovich on virtualization, Sysinternals and the cloud

    Microsoft technical fellow Mark Russinovich discusses several topics that are on the horizon for Windows administrators, such as cloud computing, client virtualization and the release of Windows 7 Server. He also provides insight on the fate of WinFS, what's new with Sysinternals and the controversy surrounding Windows Vista.

  • How Outlook Voice Access (OVA) works in Exchange Server 2007

    This step-by-step instructional video details how to set up Outlook Voice Access (OVA) for Unified Messaging (UM) in Exchange Server 2007. You'll also see a hands-on demonstration of OVA's capabilities and the entire Outlook Voice Access configuration process.

  • How to set up an Exchange Server 2007 Unified Messaging mailbox policy

    Watch this video to learn how to customize an Exchange Server 2007 Unified Messaging (UM) mailbox policy and how to personalize voice prompts and voice messages via the UM Auto Attendant feature.

  • SharePoint -- The Good, the Bad and the UGLI

    SharePoint has its pros and cons, but avoiding pain depends more on an organization's situational factors than the product. This webcast covers the good capabilities of SharePoint, its holes, and the parts that can get ugly.

  • How to configure Unified Messaging (UM) in Exchange Server 2007

    Watch this video demo to learn how to configure Unified Messaging (UM) in Exchange Server 2007. Connecting the Exchange server to a SIP gateway is the first step in setting up Exchange Server 2007 Unified Messaging.

  • Active Directory and Windows 2008: New features you may have missed

    In this video from TechEd 2008, Microsoft senior technical product manager Justin Graham discusses some of the lesser known improvements made to Active Directory with Windows Server 2008. Here you'll get details on features such as stickiness prevention and fine-grained password policies, plus info on what new auditing enhancements to AD mean to administrators.

  • New AD features in Windows 2008

    In this video from TechEd 2008, Microsoft senior technical product manager Justin Graham discusses some of the lesser known improvements made to Active Directory with Windows Server 2008. Here you'll get details on features such as stickiness prevention and fine-grained password policies and new auditing enhancements.

  • Breaking down the RODC with Windows 2008

    In part two of our interview with Microsoft senior technical product manager Justin Graham, learn how the read-only domain controller can help improve branch office security.

  • Author Mark Minasi dissects Windows 2008

    Whether you are looking for reasons to deploy Windows Server 2008 or waiting, best-selling Windows server author Mark Minasi offers his usual trenchant opinion in this exclusive interview. Minasi parses the best and worst of Microsoft's newest server operating system and explains why you will probably have to wait until R2 to manage administrative tools like PowerShell as an object in Group Policy.

  • Writing simple scripts and functions in Windows PowerShell

    In the last of our four-part series on working with PowerShell, this screencast explains how to write simple commands and utilize functionality with Microsoft's scripting language.

  • A look at Windows PowerShell's security features

    This screencast explains how new security features in PowerShell can help keep admins from accidentally executing scripts obtained from outside sources.

  • Creating pipelines and interacting with objects in Windows PowerShell

    This screencast demonstrates how to create basic pipelines in Windows PowerShell, and introduces you to three more simple commands: get-process, get-member and get-alias.