09/01/2010

Beware the BSA

Piracy is big business, but software auditors can easily overstep their bounds. Here's what readers and experts say companies should do when the software cops come knocking.


In-Depth

An IT Pro's Guide to Virtualization and Windows 7

As companies prepare to migrate to Windows 7, IT professionals can implement new virtualization capabilities provided in the new desktop operating system. We offer a primer on the various options now available.


Microsoft PowerPivot: Making Excel Analytics Work

A new component in SQL Server 2008 R2 gives users the autonomy to set up business intelligence functionality in Excel without taking control of the process away from IT.


IT Software Audits Gone Bad: Beware the BSA

Software piracy is big business and bad for IT as a whole, so someone has to police it. But when the piracy police overstep their bounds, companies suffer needlessly. Here, Redmond explores the most harrowing tales of software audits and how companies should respond if the piracy cops come knocking.


Q&A

Q&A: Microsoft CIO Tony Scott

Exec oversees "dog-fooding" of Redmond's new technology and migration to the cloud.


Product Reviews

PolicyPak for Windows 7: Convenient Configuration

PolicyPak gives IT pros the power to automate application configuration with minimum hassle and maximum results.


Diskeeper V-locity 2: Server Virtualization Defrag

The defragmentation software for server virtualization offers useful features and unique value.


Barney's Rubble

GFI Puts on Sunbelt

Two of my favorite third-party vendors are GFI and Sunbelt Software. Both have guts and personality, and now they have double of both as GFI is buying Sunbelt.


Decision Maker

Moving to Hybrid IT: Integrating Cloud Technologies

Software as a Service (SaaS). Hosted services. "The Cloud." These are terms that have been flying around the IT industry more and more frequently of late, and if you haven't been paying attention, it's time to start.


Foley on Microsoft

What Is Microsoft's Next Billion-Dollar Business?

Whether you're in the camp that believes that Microsoft is too dependent on its cash cows or the one that thinks that Microsoft is spreading itself too thin, it's worth considering which product will be the next billion-dollar baby in Redmond.


Letters to Redmond

Hooked on Computers

Readers write in and share their take on the latest Redmond articles.


Practical App

SharePoint 2010 Workflows: Going with the Flow

Using workflows in SharePoint 2010 is a good way to automate complex business processes.


Windows Insider

RemoteFX Enhances the RDS User Experience

RemoteFX represents a significant update to the graphics-processing capabilities of the Remote Desktop Services (RDS) core Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP).


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