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TechNet Magazine: December 2012

Editor’s Note: New year, new challenges

By  Lafe Low

As 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?

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Featured Articles

SQL Server: SQL Server certification

SQL Server: SQL Server certification
By Brad McGehee
You 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 contract

IT Management: The IT social contract
By Romi Mahajan
Businesses 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 serversn

IIS: Manage multiple certificates on multiple Web servers
By Jason Helmick
While it can be cumbersome to manage numerous security certificates, you can use Windows PowerShell to expedite the process.

 

Windows 8: Identify your unique adoption path

Windows 8: Identify your unique adoption path
By Stella Chernyak
Windows 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 structures

Active Directory: Active Directory structures
By Brien M. Posey
While simple is often best, you might want to consider applying a more creative layout to your Active Directory infrastructure.

 

SQL Server 2012: Password emergency

SQL Server 2012: Password emergency
By Saleem Hakani
If the unthinkable happens and you forget your SQL Server password, there are ways to get back into the system.

 

Lync Server 2013: Keep in touch

Lync Server 2013: Keep in touch
By Alan Maddison
The Microsoft unified communications platform is becoming more tightly integrated and has a more resilient architecture.

 

Microsoft Exchange Server 2010: Manage database copies

Microsoft Exchange Server 2010: Manage database copies
By Jaap Wesselius
You can create and manage copies of Exchange databases for archiving and disaster recovery purposes.

 


Columns

Utility Spotlight:
Gather troubleshooting data

By 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 variables

By Raymond Chen

Embedding one environment variable within another is simply a matter of good operational timing.

Toolbox:
New products for IT professionals

By Greg Steen

Monitor Web services and event logs with these easy-to-use solutions.

 

Windows PowerShell:
Make the second hop

By 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 online

By 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 automation

By Greg Shields

System Center Orchestrator 2012 uses runbooks to automate activities and tasks—all without requiring a single line of code or script.