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Caution: Read Beyond the Fine Print If You're Considering Office 365

Office 365 is working great in Don Jones' shop, but there are issues you need to be aware of. He shares what he's found out (so far).

Understanding System Center & the Private Cloud

System Center has morphed into a true private cloud platform. Here's a quick overview of what this means and how your IT infrastructure can take advantage of it.

Stop Your IT Teams from Wasting Time and Money

You, as the IT manager, are responsible for finding places to automate and making sure it happens.

Why Enterprises Shouldn't Shy Away from Windows 8

While Microsoft has been vocal on why consumers should upgrade to Windows 8, what about enterprises? Don Jones is here to make that argument.

Why Enterprises Shouldn't Shy Away from Deploying Multiple Windows OSes

Just because Windows 8 may not be right for all users, mixing in where needed among older Windows OSes should be a perfectly viable option for IT.

IT Pros: Why 2013 Must Be the Year of End User Satisfaction

We can't make users happy when we insist that every IT service comes straight from our own datacenter. Now's the time to start thinking of new ways to manage IT.

To SharePoint or Not to SharePoint?

Don Jones walks you through what considerations to take for a possible SharePoint transition in your organization.

Beyond the Hype: Why You Should Consider Windows 8

With features like Windows To Go and DirectAccess, Windows 8 can rise above the controversy to be a solid OS for the enterprise.

6 Reasons Office 365 Might Not Suit Your Shop

Every company has different needs. While Office 365 may be a perfect fit for the shop across the street, it may not be right for your business.

Whither Security Training: When Education Trumps Technology

Your users might just be smart enough to handle security issues correctly -- with the right training.

Are You Ready for the Always-On VPN?

Many organizations are slowly phasing out the traditional and clunky IPSec VPN for newer SSL VPNs. Here's the pros and cons.

Windows Server Auditing: Third-Party Solutions Are a Good Thing!

Why the one size-fits-all approach wouldn't work for you or Microsoft.

Don Jones: Why I Use a Mac

Yes, Redmond magazine columnist and Windows author and expert Don Jones uses a Mac -- and not just occasionally. Read on to find out why.

Think of Yourself as an Outsourced Services Provider

Your clients aren't customers; part of doing your job right will be saying "no."

Calculating Cost: What's Your Time Worth?

When considering a new tool for your IT team, taking only the product cost into considering is about the most short-sighted thing you can do.

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