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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.

Survey: PowerShell Skills Matter

Want a job in Windows IT? Get your scripting skills down.

Space to Watch: Runbook Automation

Coupled with a good monitoring system, RBA tasks can become automated responses to detected conditions -- creating a more self-healing IT environment.

Exaggerated: Reports of the Windows GUI Death

Don Jones clarifies his earlier statements regarding the pending doom of the GUI in Windows Server OSes -- and yes, death is still in the picture.

Moving to Server Core: How One Company Did It (And You Can, Too)

Don Jones shares the challenges that one of his clients faced moving to Server Core and how they worked around them.

Is Flash Memory in the Future of Your Storage Network?

While SSDs are currently too expensive for primary SAN storage, that won't be the case in the future.

Virtualization Licensing: Time To Take a Fresh Look at Your Virtual Infrastructure

Virtualization licensing is changing -- take time now to review your infrastructure (and all the vendor options) now to make sure you're getting the best deal going forward.

Can You Trust Vendors in the Cloud Age?

From security concerns to whether a product (or vendor) will be around in three years, there's a lot to consider when picking your next tech vendor, esp. in the age of the cloud (and yes, you'll still need on-premise staffing).

The Future of Windows Server? Server Core

Server Core isn't there yet, but now is the time to learn this tool that will be the key managing enterprise Windows in the future

Is It Time to Rethink Active Directory?

Most likely, it's time to at least consider restructuring your current domain and forest design. With the right planning and tools, migrating to a new structure won't be as painful as you might think.

Time Is Money... Right?

Being able to equate time to money is one of the most important business skills an IT manager can have. Here's some tips to help you do just that.

Virtualization & Higher Availability: Getting to 'Always On'

Using hypervisors and other virtualization technology to help you reach your HA goals.

It's Time to Invest in Your IT Team

Skills to invest in for 2011 and beyond.

Why Role-Based Access Management Is Hard

Role-based access management is the all the rage, but you'll need third-party software support to make it work in Windows.

It's Time To Lose the Passwords!

Token-based login technology has improved significantly, so what are you waiting for?

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