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TechNet Magazine: January 2011

Editor's Note: Speak Up Editor's Note: Speak Up

By  Lafe Low

Unified communications (UC) promises to revolutionize communication, the process of meetings, perhaps even the way we do business. This is truly a disruptive technology, as described by Clayton Christensen; he refers to technologies that can completely deconstruct both the infrastructure and processes with which we’re currently familiar, and rebuild them into a new paradigm we had not previously considered. Read more…

Featured Articles

Joshua Hoffman

Windows Phone 7: Enterprises Go with Windows Phone 7
By Joshua Hoffman
Consolidating personal and professional functions into a single mobile device makes Windows Phone 7 a compelling platform.

 

Dave Rowe

Windows 7: Take Back Control by Managing Windows Access Rights
By David Rowe
Managing access rights to Windows can be a challenge, but it’s easier if you have a clear view of your infrastructure and protocols.

 

Brien Posey

Microsoft Forefront: Protecting Workgroups with Forefront
By Brien Posey
You can use Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway as intended with Active Directory, or use it to secure a workgroup setting.

 

William Stanek

Microsoft Forefront: Achieving Defense in Depth with Forefront
By William Stanek
With the multiple layers and modes of protection Microsoft Forefront offers, you can configure your protection to precisely suit your needs.

 

William Van Winkle

Unified Communications: Complete Communication Anywhere
By William Van Winkle
Microsoft Lync Server 2010 eliminates geographic restrictions and works across multiple computing devices—both of which translate into significant savings.

 

William Van Winkle

Unified Communications: Microsoft Lync and Your PBX -- The Best of Both Worlds
By William Van Winkle
With all the benefits Lync can offer businesses, no one should be surprised that you need to plan carefully, especially when legacy PBXs are involved.

 

William Van Winkle

Lync Server 2010: Making the Lync with Microsoft Office
By William Van Winkle
The presence and coauthoring capabilities built into Microsoft Lync simplify the process of collaboration.

 


Columns

The Business of IT: Mobility and Mythology
By Romi Mahajan

The emergence of mobile computing as a primary platform may not be as revolutionary a change for IT as the world seems to think.

Geek of All Trades: 6 Tips for 100 Percent WSUS Compliance
By Greg Shields

WSUS practically stands alone as the premier update-management solution, but you can make it work even better.

Windows Confidential: History -- Gone and Forgotten
By Raymond Chen

The death of the old Windows 95 saved-search file format Tips/Support went largely unnoticed.

SQL Q & A: Bottlenecks and Transaction Logs
By Paul S. Randal

Sometimes it’s easy to determine the nature of a performance bottleneck—other times, not so much. The same goes with configuring transaction logs.

Windows PowerShell: Make a Command into a Reusable Tool
By Don Jones

You can repackage and reuse your efforts when it comes to Windows PowerShell commands and cmdlets.

Toolbox: New Products for IT Professionals
By Greg Steen

The tools in this month’s Toolbox can help you keep track of your scripts and updates, aid you in securing remote desktop connections, as well as assist you in benchmarking new hardware.

Utility Spotlight: Migrate from Windows XP to Windows 7
By Lance Whitney

The Microsoft User State Migration Tool can ease the process of migrating to Windows 7 by helping you bring along users’ files and settings.