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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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MSDN and TechNet Subscriptions 2.0 Upgrade Coming Right Up

MSDN and TechNet Subscriptions 2.0 Upgrade Coming Right Up | Windows Infrastructure | Scoop.it

Microsoft is gearing up to introduce the next-generation subscription download experience for members of its developer and IT professional hubs.

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Windows Server 8: Introducing Hyper-V Extensible Switch

Windows Server 8: Introducing Hyper-V Extensible Switch | Windows Infrastructure | Scoop.it

Microsoft Server and Cloud Platform offerings include private cloud and virtualization technologies, as well as Windows Server operating system, System Center IT management, and Forefront security products...

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Hyper-V with Windows Server 8 increases limits and support capabilities

Hyper-V with Windows Server 8 increases limits and support capabilities | Windows Infrastructure | Scoop.it

Windows Server 8 isn't available for mainstream consumption yet, but its features have been announced.

I got a chance to see some of the early access features of Windows Server 8 and Hyper-V (R3 for this platform), and my reaction is "wow!" Hyper-V is moving quickly in the virtualization market, even without centralized management with System Center.

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Windows set to arrive on IBM mainframes

Windows set to arrive on IBM mainframes | Windows Infrastructure | Scoop.it

IBM mainframes are on the verge of managing Windows applications, crossing one of the last big system divides in data centers.

IBM, which had previously announced its intent to deliver this capability as part of its zEnterprise 196 mainframe, said the Windows management function will become available on Dec. 16.

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Configuring Windows Server 8 deduplication | TechRepublic

Configuring Windows Server 8 deduplication | TechRepublic | Windows Infrastructure | Scoop.it

The next version of Windows Server will feature deduplication on NTFS volumes.

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Why I’ve finally had it with my Linux server and I’m moving back to Windows

Why I’ve finally had it with my Linux server and I’m moving back to Windows | Windows Infrastructure | Scoop.it

This is a rant. But I’m so angry and frustrated right now that you’re just going to have to live with the rant. And, for you Linux people, you who know it all and look down upon the people who don’t spend day and night breathing in the insane arcana of all the little fiddly bits that make up modern distros, I have this to say: I don’t have your kind of time.

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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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What has changed in the Windows Server 8 Task Manager

What has changed in the Windows Server 8 Task Manager | Windows Infrastructure | Scoop.it

For most general purpose troubleshooting in Windows, Task Manager is the de facto tool.

Here is what’s new and what has changed in Windows Server 8 Task Manager.

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Windows Server "8" Preview (Unedited, Complete Version)

Windows Server "8" Preview (Unedited, Complete Version) | Windows Infrastructure | Scoop.it

In September, I wrote a lengthy preview of Windows Server 8 for the November 2011 issue of Windows IT Pro Magazine. That article had to be cut down for space considerations and because some of the material overlapped with other Windows Server 8 content in the same issue. Here for the first time is my full Windows Server 8 preview, in unedited form.

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Case study: Avis Europe's migration from XP to Windows 7

Case study: Avis Europe's migration from XP to Windows 7 | Windows Infrastructure | Scoop.it

Like many companies, car rental firm Avis Europe is facing the prospect of migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7.

Avis runs distributed IT operations, which means it has quite a broad range of applications, a number of which are browser-based.

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Microsoft claims Hyper-V will leapfrog VMware

Microsoft claims Hyper-V will leapfrog VMware | Windows Infrastructure | Scoop.it

After years of playing catch-up to VMware the upcoming version of Hyper-V is wowing the Microsoft faithful with unique new features -- and gaining the attention of VMware users, too, one consultant says.

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Server Management in Windows Server 8

Server Management in Windows Server 8 | Windows Infrastructure | Scoop.it

 

Microsoft's upcoming release of Windows Server 8 promises to be one of the most significant releases of the Windows Server operating system to date.

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Windows Server 8: The 4 best new Active Directory features

Windows Server 8: The 4 best new Active Directory features | Windows Infrastructure | Scoop.it

Among the key changes, you'll find an improved recycle bin and better password policy controls.

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