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Microsoft tries cloud in a box again, only this time with Windows, Azure and servers from Dell.
Organizations may be surprised to find SSD space eaten up by write-back cache. Here's how to prepare for that.
Deploying larger, SSD-based write-back caches might require more than one disk. The benefits can lead to better performance.
Admins don't have to sidestep the default settings for deleting logs, but if needed, these PowerShell cmdlets will get the job done.
Message classifications are some of the handiest tools Exchange Online admins can have in their toolkits.
Office 365 has three options to establish user accounts. Admins will need to choose the best one before performing a migration.
Windows 8.1 doesn't include Backup and Restore as its predecessors did, so you may have to use Windows 8 File History and other disaster recovery features instead.
Outlook Express was supported only through Windows XP, so you'll need a Windows Essentials workaround or a third-party utility to read DBX files.
Changing default Windows 8.1 settings -- such as the dialog box confirming file deletion -- is easy and potentially useful for desktop admins.
Multi-clouds come with complexity, but can offer a more cost-efficient and valuable environment. Will enterprise IT learn to love a multi-cloud approach?
Rackspace is casting a wide net with its growing cloud portfolio as it tries to bring its management skills to a range of complex use cases.
EMC acquired Cloudscaling with the hope of sharpening its OpenStack expertise. However, the impact on OpenStack adoption has yet to be determined.
Robert Sheldon explains the business continuity features added to SQL Azure, including automatic backup, self-service restore, manual copy, and export and geo-replication. These features are meant to keep the data available, even when the system fails.
Basit Farooq provides two different methods for provisioning a SQL Server virtual machine on Windows Azure. He also explains the benefits of the Windows Azure virtual machine and how to migrate from on-premises to Windows Azure.
Basit Farooq provides a step-by-step explanation for using the SQL Server Import and Export Wizard to transfer data between SQL Server databases and Microsoft Excel worksheets.
In IT channel news, newly published CompTIA research asks what IT company types will likely profit from the Internet of Things; Avnet Technology Solutions and Lenovo seal a distribution deal; and more from the week.
With EMC now taking control of VCE, observers say the ownership shift could have a positive impact on partners.
Riverbed's new global channel chief, Karl Meulema, plans to improve partner satisfaction, build out a managed services model, and expand partners' ability and incentive to sell Riverbed products.