Q&As


Q&A with Thomas LaRock: The Top 5 Common SQL Server Problems (and How To Fix Them)

A Microsoft data platform MVP on the state of SQL Server today -- how it's evolved in Microsoft's Azure-first word, the best features to emerge in recent years and troubleshooting gotchas.

Q&A with Panu Saukko: The Best Windows 10/11 Tips & Tricks

PCs the world over have been running Windows 10 for years, but there are still a few undiscovered ways that users can take better advantage of the operating system -- as well as its successor.

Q&A with Karinne Bessette: Ransomware Tips for All

A top Veeam technologist shares what critical first steps IT must take during a ransomware attack. Above all else: Don't pay the ransom.

Q&A with Stacy Deere-Strole: The New Governance -- Staying on Top of Office 365

Office 365 has a lot of moving parts, with Microsoft constantly adding new features and deprecating others. It can be a lot for IT teams to keep track of.

Navigating to Windows 11: Hardware Concerns and System Migrations

Zinstall Director Tony Bergman answers questions about system migrations, including moves to the newly emerging Windows 11 client operating system.

Windows 365 Nuances: A Talk with Nerdio's Founder and CEO

Vadim Vladimirskiy, Nerdio's founder and CEO, tells us that Windows 365, Microsoft's newest desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) offering, is managed by Microsoft Endpoint Manager, and follows a one-to-one virtual machine approach.

Microsoft Viva, SharePoint Online and the Shift to Teams

Veteran Microsoft 365 expert Asif Rehmani offers his perspective on how Microsoft Viva will meet the needs of end users, the SharePoint community and Microsoft's longtime partners.

Security Q&A: A (Very Slight) Upside to Solorigate and Top Blue Team Attack Tools

Security expert Sergey Chubarov on the current security landscape and how the SolarWinds attack can change cybersecurity for the better.

Microsoft on How SharePoint Syntex Uses AI To Address Content Management Woes

Project Cortex team members Naomi Moneypenny and Dan Holme explain the origins of SharePoint Syntex, how it benefits orgs with content management problems, and addresses security and governance concerns.

The Challenges of Securing All Those Newly Remote Workers

Security expert Dale Meredith identifies cybersecurity challenges, best practices and major concerns resulting from all the employees forced into home offices by COVID-19.

How Organizations Can Adapt to SharePoint's 'Modern' Shift

In a September interview, SharePoint expert Asif Rehmani described how users, developers and organizations are dealing with SharePoint Online's so-called "modern" innovations.

Q&A with Denny Cherry: Top Things You Should NEVER Do in SQL Server (and Other Tips)

SQL Server guru Denny Cherry uses "horrible" stories about SQL Server disasters in a positive way: to teach others what not to do -- and what to do in case they do things they shouldn't have done.

Azure SQL Database Edge: How Microsoft Is Giving Edge Devices a Data Boost

Microsoft introduced a new service into its "intelligent edge" portfolio at the recent Build conference. Here's how Azure SQL Database Edge will fit into the company's broader vision for a more connected world.

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Nerdio Explains Microsoft's Windows Virtual Desktop Service

The Microsoft partner's CEO talks about the technology, cost factors and requirements for using Microsoft's new virtual desktop infrastructure service.

What Are the Upgrade Options for SharePoint Server Users?

Expert and consultant Vlad Catrinescu offers some thoughts for organizations contemplating impending SharePoint Server moves.

Denny Cherry's Top Tips for Indexing SQL Server Tables

A SQL Server expert gives his take on the absolute, No. 1, very worst thing IT pros can do when it comes to indexing.

SQL Server 2019's Big Data Clusters Explained

The biggest feature in the SQL Server 2019 preview launched at Ignite is SQL Server Big Data clusters. Travis Wright, Microsoft's principal program manager for SQL Server, explains exactly what this means for administrators.

Don Jones on Everything You're Doing Wrong in PowerShell

Thinking scripts instead of functions is just one of the many ways you're missing out on the true power of PowerShell.

What Organizations Should Consider When Planning an Office 365 Migration

Office 365 migrations can have marked effects on IT personnel and budgets, perhaps in unexpected ways. A Directions on Microsoft analyst described some steps to take.

Top Security Mistakes that IT Admins Make (And How To Avoid Them)

Microsoft MVP Orin Thomas lays out the most common security pitfalls IT administrators face, and how everything from the cloud to company management can make them worse.