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Microsoft's Ever Evolving Configuration Management

Microsoft has followed a long and winding road with configuration management, and the company is taking some interesting new steps on the path.

RDS or Citrix: Which Do You Need?

While the products are somewhat similar, using a combination of both may be the answer for most shops.

4 'Critical' Bulletins Set for Microsoft's September Patch

The most important bulletins include fixes for SharePoint and Microsoft Office.

Where's Microsoft's Answer to Apple's Siri?

Mary Jo Foley breaks down where Microsoft stands with its voice recognition technology and why Redmond is confident it will outperform its competitors.

Microsoft Continues XP Support Death March

The end of support doesn't mean the end of support options for those willing to pay.

September Reader Letters: IT Pros Fight Back

Readers share their thoughts on the changing IT landscape, the return of Microsoft's Windows Start button, administrator headaches and more.

Windows Server 2012 R2: Exploring Storage Tiering

Brien puts the new tiered storage feature through the ringer to see what hidden hardware requirements are needed to run smoothly.

The Evolution of Search Engine Optimization

Brien breaks down on what has changed in the world of SEO in his years of absence.

Reconfiguring Windows Server Startup

Save on resources by evaluating and modifying what's running during startup.

Ramnit Financial Malware Now Aimed at Steam Gamers

A variant of the popular "money in the bank" malware is now targeting the largest online game distributor.

Configuring Hyper-V Resource Metering

Here's how to check the resource allocation for one or a collection of virtual machines.

How Important Is Password Complexity?

Brien Posey breaks down exactly how difficult it actually is to crack modern passwords.

IE and Exchange Server Flaws Highlight Microsoft's August Security Update

Most importantly this month is a cumulative fix for 11 flaws in all versions of Microsoft's Web browser.

Microsoft Readies 'Critical' Updates for Windows, IE and Exchange for August Patch

Microsoft's light monthly update will feature a majority of fixes for Windows.

My Top Tips for Tracking Down CPU-Intensive Processes

Is your server running sluggish? Find out where all the juice is being sucked up with these suggestions.

Microsoft Adding New BYOD Security Features to Windows 8.1

Many of the new security upgrades in Microsoft's OS update will focus on securing personal devices.

Microsoft's Faster Software Release Cycle: A Blessing or a Curse for IT?

Don Jones breaks down how the quicker timetable between software releases means that user feedback will be more important than ever when crafting the next versions of Microsoft software.

Microsoft to Developers: .NET Support Isn't Going Away

Mary Jo Foley recaps Microsoft's attempt to please .NET developers by explaining that HTML 5 and JavaScript won't be the only building tools available in Windows 8 app development at this year's Build conference.

Redmond Refines Business Focus with 'One Microsoft'

Microsoft's recent organizational changes are aimed at bringing a more unified customer experience.

PowerShell 4: Take the 'Dumb' out of Configuration Management

Greg Shields shares how Powershell's Desired State Configuration continues its evolution in transforming documentation into functioning code.

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