By Lafe LowAs the year turns, many organizations’ fiscal years and general operational plans turn as well. The end of a year is always a good time to regroup, reexamine and revisit your strategies and tactics—both from a business perspective and an operational IT perspective. What are you plans around the major new releases from Microsoft this year?
SQL Server: SQL Server certificationBy Brad McGeheeYou have a lot of options for getting certified on your version of SQL Server, and you should do so if you’re the one responsible for keeping it up and running.
IT Management: The IT social contractBy Romi MahajanBusinesses need the proper tools to function. And nowhere is that more clear than with IT. Here’s the user’s Bill of Rights from the IT department.
IIS: Manage multiple certificates on multiple Web serversBy Jason HelmickWhile it can be cumbersome to manage numerous security certificates, you can use Windows PowerShell to expedite the process.
Windows 8: Identify your unique adoption pathBy Stella ChernyakWindows 8 can fit into your infrastructure regardless of which Windows OS you’re using now or where you are in your migration plans.
Active Directory: Active Directory structuresBy Brien M. PoseyWhile simple is often best, you might want to consider applying a more creative layout to your Active Directory infrastructure.
SQL Server 2012: Password emergencyBy Saleem HakaniIf the unthinkable happens and you forget your SQL Server password, there are ways to get back into the system.
Lync Server 2013: Keep in touchBy Alan MaddisonThe Microsoft unified communications platform is becoming more tightly integrated and has a more resilient architecture.
Microsoft Exchange Server 2010: Manage database copiesBy Jaap WesseliusYou can create and manage copies of Exchange databases for archiving and disaster recovery purposes.
Utility Spotlight:Gather troubleshooting dataBy Lance Whitney
The Microsoft Product Support Reports tool collects information on a misbehaving system to help you (or Microsoft) diagnose the source of the problem.
Windows Confidential:The hidden variablesBy Raymond Chen
Embedding one environment variable within another is simply a matter of good operational timing.
Toolbox:New products for IT professionalsBy Greg Steen
Monitor Web services and event logs with these easy-to-use solutions.
Windows PowerShell:Make the second hopBy Don Jones
You can run into some tricky situations when Remoting with Windows PowerShell. Just be careful how many times you make the hop.
Exchange Queue & A:Moving onlineBy Henrik Walther
You’ll have some decisions to make when moving e-mail from on-premises to a cloud-based environment such as Exchange Online.
Geek of All Trades:Script-free glue for automationBy Greg Shields
System Center Orchestrator 2012 uses runbooks to automate activities and tasks—all without requiring a single line of code or script.