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TechNet Magazine: February 2011

Editor's Note: Speak Up Editor's Note: Go Virtual

By  Lafe Low

Virtualization is one technology that, by and large, lives up to its hype and promise. You can save money, simplify management, consolidate physical systems and secure virtual desktops with virtualization technology. Whether you’re virtualizing servers, desktops, applications or some combination thereof, virtualization is rapidly becoming a fully accepted—if not expected—arrow in the quiver of the contemporary IT manager.

It’s neither a magic bullet nor without its challenges, though. Read more…

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Even doing something as simple as installing or uninstalling a program requires Windows to dig up information such as application size and date.