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Microsoft's upgrade avalanche a challenge for IT pros

Microsoft's upgrade avalanche a challenge for IT pros | Windows Infrastructure | Scoop.it

Microsoft is in the midst of an unprecedented, massive upgrade cycle for its enterprise software products, a refresh wave that represents a major challenge for CIOs and IT managers responsible for charting their companies' tech strategy.

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Can Microsoft Save Windows Azure?

Can Microsoft Save Windows Azure? | Windows Infrastructure | Scoop.it

Microsoft's new focus with Windows Azure is to allow users to start where they are rather than making them start over.

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10 Indispensable NOC Software Tools for Windows Server Administrators

10 Indispensable NOC Software Tools for Windows Server Administrators | Windows Infrastructure | Scoop.it

Some days you control the NOC. Some days when the NOC controls you.

For the bad days, there are tools to turn them around, or to keep an eye on ops to minimize life’s stress. We’ve used these tools in the lab regularly and cannot imagine running a Windows operation center without them.

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Windows desktop maintenance checklist for the holidays

Windows desktop maintenance checklist for the holidays | Windows Infrastructure | Scoop.it

At many organizations, employees use technology assets less intensely around the holidays. Company parties, people taking time off, or just a decrease in the din and bustle of business give desktop administrators a rare window of opportunity to complete some of those Windows desktop maintenance tasks that they need to do. Up until now, you may not have found the time to do them without interrupting critical business processes.

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What's new in Windows Azure

What's new in Windows Azure | Windows Infrastructure | Scoop.it

This week, Microsoft announced enhancements to its Windows Azure cloud platform that affect what developers can do with the PaaS offering, as well as the scalability options and costs for using Azure to provision the apps developed on it.

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Windows 8 Shell Commands

Windows 8 Shell Commands | Windows Infrastructure | Scoop.it

Microsoft implemented the Shell concept in Windows Vista and also present in 7 and 8, which allows the user to quickly navigate and tweak various aspects of the computer. It is generally used to quickly open various folders and files, without having to click through several locations, just by typing a simple command.

Although the full list is quite comprehensive, today we are going to show you what new commands Windows 8, the developer preview version, introduces.

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Using and Managing BYOD in a Windows Server 2008 Environment

Using and Managing BYOD in a Windows Server 2008 Environment | Windows Infrastructure | Scoop.it

Bring your own device enables employees much more freedom, but Windows Server 2008 R2 admins need to keep things locked down.

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Kicking the Tires on Windows 8 Server

Kicking the Tires on Windows 8 Server | Windows Infrastructure | Scoop.it

Using the Developer preview release of Windows 8 Server for a month has been a surprisingly crash-free experience.

Microsoft has put a huge amount of effort into delivering a rock-solid release that's technically not even beta yet.

 

It's also given us some time to focus on a number of areas in which Microsoft has invested heavily in terms of redesign and re-engineering.

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Microsoft to offer dual upgrade path for Windows 8

Microsoft to offer dual upgrade path for Windows 8 | Windows Infrastructure | Scoop.it

To ease the introduction of Windows 8, Microsoft will now offer two options for those looking to make the leap to the new OS: a streamlined and an advanced setup. The new format will dramatically decrease upgrade times, Microsoft promised.

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Troubleshoot driver problems in Windows 7 with Driver Verifier Manager

Troubleshoot driver problems in Windows 7 with Driver Verifier Manager | Windows Infrastructure | Scoop.it

In a recent blog post titled Troubleshoot Windows 7 drivers in more detail with Driverquery, I told you about Driverquery and how you can use it to gather detailed information on all the device drivers installed on your system.

Well, in addition to DriverQuery there is another tool called Driver Verifier Manager that you can use as a troubleshooting aid when you suspect that your problems may be rooted in a faulty device driver.

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Leveraging Windows Server 2008 and the BYOD initiative

Leveraging Windows Server 2008 and the BYOD initiative | Windows Infrastructure | Scoop.it

Many organizations have begun their own "Bring Your Own Device" initiatives, seeing the clear benefits in relinquishing control of the endpoint device to the end user while managing applications and workloads centrally in the data center.

In such situations, IT administrators no longer have to concern themselves with desktop or laptop management and are able to focus more on server-centric activities.

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Replace Windows Explorer with a free, feature-rich file manager

Replace Windows Explorer with a free, feature-rich file manager | Windows Infrastructure | Scoop.it

Bill Detwiler examines five free file managers that might make IT pros and power users dump Windows Explorer.

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Windows Comes to the Mainframe Mountain

Windows Comes to the Mainframe Mountain | Windows Infrastructure | Scoop.it

The latest news is that IBM is finally delivering on a promise to support Windows applications on its zEnterprise 196 mainframe.

 

When IBM introduced its zEnterprise server in 2010, it promised it add support for running Windows applications through general-purpose blades for the IBM zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension, which allows for Power- and x86-based blades to run in the mainframe.

 

That support will finally be available come December 16.

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Two Years Left for Windows XP

Two Years Left for Windows XP | Windows Infrastructure | Scoop.it

Microsoft will stop supporting Windows XP on April 8, 2014. Is your business ready to move to a new Windows operating system?

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12 New Year's Resolutions for Windows IT Pros in 2012

12 New Year's Resolutions for Windows IT Pros in 2012 | Windows Infrastructure | Scoop.it

The year 2012 should be a banner year for Microsoft. With what seems like every product going through a major revision, this year means more changes for the Information Technology industry than any year in recent memory.

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The first five apps I install on a new Windows desktop

The first five apps I install on a new Windows desktop | Windows Infrastructure | Scoop.it

When you set up a new Windows installation for yourself, which apps do you turn to first?

Scott Lowe shares his work-oriented list of essential apps.

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Installing the Hyper-V Role on Windows Server 8

Installing the Hyper-V Role on Windows Server 8 | Windows Infrastructure | Scoop.it

The upcoming release of Hyper-V with Windows Server 8, dubbed Hyper-V “R3”, brings a lot of new features to the Microsoft virtualization stack. To many people’s surprise, these features can be delivered without additional management.

While System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 will bring many new management features, the standalone Hyper-V configuration definitely should not be overlooked.

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Understanding the Windows Server 8 Cluster Aware Update Wizard

Understanding the Windows Server 8 Cluster Aware Update Wizard | Windows Infrastructure | Scoop.it

Cluster-Aware Updating functionality in Windows Server 8 offers major patching benefits for Windows administrators.

The Cluster Aware Update Wizard turns handling monthly Microsoft security bulletin releases into a single-click operation.

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Windows Server 8 Hyper-V and High Availability

Windows Server 8 Hyper-V and High Availability | Windows Infrastructure | Scoop.it

A few weeks ago we provided an overview of some of the new features and advancements we have made with Windows Server 8 Hyper-V. Today, I would like to turn the topic focus to High Availability (HA).

As customers host more and more critical workloads in virtual environments, the need for integrated HA solutions for any size customer becomes increasingly important.

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A guide to Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V

A guide to Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V | Windows Infrastructure | Scoop.it

Hyper-V, Microsoft's hypervisor-based virtualization platform available as part of Windows Server 2008 R2 or as a stand-alone product, helps admins virtualize servers.

In this guide, find out how Hyper-V compares to other hypervisor platforms, explore tools and features like dynamic memory allocation, and learn how it can help you transition into the cloud. We'll also take a look at the future of the Hyper-V platform with version 3.0.

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Windows Server 8 Platform Storage

Windows Server 8 Platform Storage | Windows Infrastructure | Scoop.it

We will begin a whirlwind introductory tour of some of the more significant platform storage enhancements being delivered in Windows Server 8.

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RemoteExec vs PsExec: not in the same league

RemoteExec vs PsExec: not in the same league | Windows Infrastructure | Scoop.it

Everyone will agree that application deployment, remote server reboots, emergency updates, user session locking, etc. are tedious, time consuming chores without the help provided by efficient tools.

 

IS Decisions prides itself in building top notch solutions for IT pros. Its remote deployment and execution solution is called RemoteExec and here’s a comparison with Microsoft’s PsExec.

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Hidden gems in Windows Server 2008 R2's Resource Monitor tool

Hidden gems in Windows Server 2008 R2's Resource Monitor tool | Windows Infrastructure | Scoop.it

 

Windows Server performance monitoring got easier in Windows Server 2008 R2 with the addition of several new features in Resource Monitor.

Find out how you can diagnose and fix non-responsive processes more quickly with this updated tool.

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Windows Server 8 VHDX disk format supports up to 16 TB

Windows Server 8 VHDX disk format supports up to 16 TB | Windows Infrastructure | Scoop.it

Windows Server 8 introduces a new virtual disk format, VHDX. VHDX is an expanded set of features from the traditional VHD file format used in Hyper-V and Xen virtualization environments.

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What to expect from Windows 8 if you're an IT manager

What to expect from Windows 8 if you're an IT manager | Windows Infrastructure | Scoop.it

When the 1st public preview of Windows 8 was released, most of the media reaction focused on end-user features such as the new touch-enhanced UI.

But there are just as many changes under the hood of Windows 8 that desktop managers should pay attention to for potential deployment and management.

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