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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.
Take a look at what Exchange Native Data Protection does in Exchange 2013 to decide if it fits into your organization.
One small mistake in your Exchange security setup is all it takes to have a serious data breach happen, so lowering your risk is a must.
Admins don't have to sidestep the default settings for deleting logs, but if needed, these PowerShell cmdlets will get the job done.
You may have good reasons to want to control user access to Windows 8 apps. Here's how to disable Windows Store apps with Group Policy Objects.
Want to try a new OS sans commitment? Linux on USB sticks can be the first step to replacing Windows XP with an open source desktop such as Xubuntu.
Organizations moving from Windows XP should consider app compatibility, security and alternative OSes before conducting a migration to Windows 8.1.
Cloud admins can learn just as much from success as they can from failure. Studying what went right in a cloud project ensures the next try goes smoothly.
Google is firmly among the cloud elite, and many enterprises want to follow in its footsteps. Becoming a Google copycat may not be as hard as you think.
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?
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.
Business reviews offer an opportunity to meet with clients in person and strengthen relationships. Learn how to make the most of these discussions and assert the value of your services.
Compared with the Windows XP transition, the migration from Server 2003 may be more laborious and complicated for solution providers. Adding to the challenges, customers' attitudes remain mixed -- despite Microsoft's looming deadline.
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.