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Microsoft's Role in the New Data Culture

As enterprise IT pros face a business imperative to support the management and analysis of Big Data, Microsoft has embraced the call with the latest evolution of SQL Server, support for NoSQL and Hadoop. The changes promise to alter the role of the traditional DBA.

Prepare for Windows Server 2003's End of Support

The retirement of support for Windows Server 2003 will be one of the most important of the predictable security issues of 2015.

Hyper-V and the Cloneable Domain Controller

Is the new feature an IT game changer or an unnecessary headache?

Build a Successful SharePoint Governance Plan

Coming up with a viable governance strategy is critical and requires a careful balancing act.

How To Sync Azure Active Directory with SaaS

The new Microsoft Azure Active Directory puts more on-premises features into the cloud version and links to more than 1,200 Software as a Service (SaaS) apps.

Should You Outsource Your Help Desk?

Who's running your help desk? Outsourcing can solve several IT problems -- reducing costs and providing a quick route to mobility management. But beware: Outside contractors don't always deliver the help or results you need.

How To Get Started with Microsoft's Azure Files Preview

The feature, part of Microsoft's Azure cloud service, makes it easy to create file shares in the public cloud.

Storage Disruptors: How Flash Drives and Cloud-Based Services Are Transforming IT Storage Plans

Microsoft is among a number of new providers upsetting the status quo by offering software defined storage, cloud-based data protection, flash-based arrays and converged Web scale infrastructure.

One Year Post-Snowden: Shattered Trust Is Hard To Repair

Since Edward Snowden first revealed major cloud companies' cooperation with the NSA's covert surveillance, Microsoft and other vendors have been fighting hard to restore their image through public measures to protect users' privacy. While Redmond readers respect the effort to varying degrees, they're taking their own countermeasures.

Hyper-V Private vs. Internal Virtual Switches: Which to Choose?

Here's how to choose the right switch type for your environment.

System Center Operations Manager: Management Packs Go Deep

The new System Center feature plugs in monitor infrastructure and apps in real time.

Cut Your IT Workload with System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager

Reduce the labor of deploying Windows images, patches, policies and group settings with Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager.

Microsoft's Mobile Focus Includes Strong Support for Competing Platforms

Microsoft wants to be your mobile device management provider in the evolving BYOD era, even if that means emphasizing iOS and Android over Windows.

First Look: Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Microsoft says its newest high-end tablet is designed to replace your laptop -- even if it's a MacBook Pro. Does it live up to the hype?

How To Integrate Yammer in the Enterprise

Introduce social networking to your company with Microsoft Yammer deployed on SharePoint and Office 365.

How To Migrate to Hyper-V

Here's a rundown of how to use Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter to switch from VMware hypervisors to Hyper-V.

Hyper-V Moves into the Fast Lane

The Microsoft hypervisor is gaining more respect and usage for datacenter and hybrid cloud virtualization.

5 Tools for SharePoint/Office 365 Hybrid Collaboration

As Office 365 growth continues to rise, most organizations using SharePoint Online look to integrate with on-premises versions.

First Look: Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft forges design, analysis and presentation into a simple, cohesive strategy with this important new tool.

Inside the New Windows 8.1 Update

A guide to the latest release of Windows and why Microsoft may have finally made it more appealing for enterprise users.

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