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Understanding Microsoft's big-picture plans for Hadoop and Project Isotope

Understanding Microsoft's big-picture plans for Hadoop and Project Isotope | Windows Infrastructure | Scoop.it

With codename “Project Isotope,” Microsoft is packaging up analytics tools and services for its coming Hadoop on Windows Azure and Windows Server distributions and making them available to users of all kinds.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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