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TechNet Magazine: December 2010

Editor's Note: What a Year It has Been Editor's Note: What a Year It has Been

By  Lafe Low

As one year winds to a close and we gear up for the New Year, it’s almost an annual ritual to review the past while planning for the future. The economic ups and downs have continued to batter the economy and the job market. That forces you to demonstrate greater business value from your IT initiatives—often while dealing with budget cuts and staff reductions. That’s a tall order, and we salute your efforts. Read more…

Featured Articles

Joshua Hoffman

Windows Server: Proactive Windows Server Maintenance
By Joshua Hoffman
All too often, server maintenance is an afterthought. You can simplify server maintenance with any of these tools and techniques that help you take a proactive approach.


William Stanek

SQL Server 2008 R2: Unlock the Locks
By William Stanek
Sometimes resolving locking issues with SQL Server 2008 R2 is troublesome—other times it can be surprisingly straightforward.


Brien Posey

SharePoint 2010: Optimizing SharePoint Workspace Storage
By Brien Posey
You can still work with SharePoint even when you’re working offline. Here’s how to optimize your SharePoint Workspace storage architecture.


Samantha RobertsonCern McAtee

SharePoint 2010: SharePoint on the Internet and in the Intranet--Different Environments, Similar Needs
By Samantha Robertson and Cern McAtee
You can use SharePoint Server 2010 to create both Internet and intranet sites, but you need to be aware of the key differences and similarities between the two.



Joshua Hoffman

SharePoint 2010: Delivering Intelligence with SharePoint Dashboards
By Joshua Hoffman
SharePoint dashboards can integrate data from disparate sources into scorecards with rich data visualization for interactivity and workflow automation.


William Stanek

SQL Server 2008 R2: Going Ninja to Mitigate SQL Server 2008 R2 Threats
By William Stanek
Properly securing your SQL Server 2008 R2 servers is more than just maintaining physical and network security and reducing attack surface. Here’s how to complete the task.


Iqbal Khan

SharePoint 2010: Optimize SharePoint with External Storage
By Iqbal Khan
Storing your millions of SharePoint documents externally can boost both SharePoint and SQL Server performance.



Exchange Queue & A: Migrations and Transitions
By Henrik Walther

There seem to be a lot of companies still using Exchange 2003, which can be quite cost-effective, but you may run into certain compatibility issues.

Windows Confidential: The Tumultuous History of ‘Up One Level’
By Raymond Chen

Doing something as simple as returning to an earlier folder, directory or path can be a bit more confusing than you may imagine.

Toolbox: New Products for IT Professionals
By Greg Steen

The tools in this month’s toolbox help you categorize, organize and archive e-mail from a variety of sources, and import PST files into Exchange 2010.

Geek of All Trades: Stop Wasting Power and Save $50 Per Computer Per Year
By Greg Shields

Having the computers under your sleep-schedule control saves you money and can help conserve power—but it’s a delicate balancing act.

Utility Spotlight: A Look at Windows Live Essentials 2011
By Lance Whitney

Windows Live Essentials includes a suite of applications for image editing and sharing, video editing and instant messaging.

Windows PowerShell: Troubleshooting Packs
By Don Jones

The new Troubleshooting Packs in Windows 7 help walk you through some of the most common problems you’re likely to encounter.