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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 Special Tools - Refresh your computer

Windows 8 Special Tools - Refresh your computer | Windows Infrastructure | Scoop.it

 

 

 

Within the Windows 8’s Control Panel, under System and Security are two new tools, Refresh and Reset. The former, Refresh, allows you to completely re-store Windows 8 Developer Preview to its original state including all your files.

The latter, Reset, is useful if you are disposing of your computer as it removes your files and applications.

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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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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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8 Reasons Why CIOs Shouldn't Race to Windows 8

8 Reasons Why CIOs Shouldn't Race to Windows 8 | Windows Infrastructure | Scoop.it

Windows 8 touts many new features, but there are a number of things such as cost, testing, compatibility, and training that CIOs need to consider before racing to migrate.

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Four Exchange 2010 features that help admins rest easier

Four Exchange 2010 features that help admins rest easier | Windows Infrastructure | Scoop.it

Scott Lowe points out four of the best features added in Exchange 2010 that has made admin life a lot easier.

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Microsoft details how Windows 8 will handle large hard disk drives

Microsoft details how Windows 8 will handle large hard disk drives | Windows Infrastructure | Scoop.it

Windows 8 will ship at a time were 2 TB hard disk drives could be the norm for PC desktops. In the new Windows 8 blog entry, Microsoft talks about how the upcoming OS will handle large hard drives.

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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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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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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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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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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 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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Does your PC have what it takes to run Windows 8's Hyper-V?

Does your PC have what it takes to run Windows 8's Hyper-V? | Windows Infrastructure | Scoop.it

If you’re planning to test the beta of Windows 8 when it arrives early next year, you’d better start thinking about your hardware now.

One of the killer features of the new operating system, Hyper-V virtualization, is picky about hardware. Here’s what to look for.

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Microsoft to offer Windows 8 business users a way to distribute private apps

Microsoft to offer Windows 8 business users a way to distribute private apps | Windows Infrastructure | Scoop.it

Microsoft is going to allow business users to distribute their internal Windows 8 Metro-style apps using the Windows Store (or circumventing it, if they prefer).

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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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Installing Exchange 2010 SP2

Installing Exchange 2010 SP2 | Windows Infrastructure | Scoop.it

Installing SP2 is a relatively straightforward affair and Exchange 2010 SP1 and SP2 servers can co-exist peacefully alongside each other for as long as it takes to roll out SP2.

However, it is best practice to run a consistent software level across an entire Exchange organization so it’s best to schedule the updates to occur as quickly as possible.

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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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How to Use The Windows 8 File History System?

How to Use The Windows 8 File History System? | Windows Infrastructure | Scoop.it

In Windows 8, developers have implemented a file history backup feature which is comparable with existing 3rd party application of similar purpose.

Above all things, Microsoft built a system that is easy to use and straight-forward. It may prove to be a good enough reason for many of us to drop any other back-up applications in favour of this built-in program.

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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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SQL Server 2012 Release Candidate Now Available

SQL Server 2012 Release Candidate Now Available | Windows Infrastructure | Scoop.it

Microsoft apparently skipped a beta and produced a "feature complete" version of its newest SQL Server 2012 relational database management system based on feedback from its community test preview 3 release.

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How to migrate file shares to SharePoint 2010

How to migrate file shares to SharePoint 2010 | Windows Infrastructure | Scoop.it

 

Thousands of files and folders can’t just be cut and pasted into SharePoint; you need a plan and a tool to make it happen.

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