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TechNet Magazine: January 2012

Editor’s Note: In with the New Editor’s Note: In with the New

By  Lafe Low

It's a New Year. That often means a new budget, new priorities, and examining and possibly rolling out new technologies and new processes to optimize those technologies. New and updated technology keeps your IT infrastructure moving forward, but there can still be considerable value in your existing systems.
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Featured Articles

Dan GriffinTom Jones

Cloud Computing: First Trip to the Cloud
By Dan Griffin and Tom Jones
Bringing the very first line-of-business project to the cloud requires a series of critical decision points, including staff and process changes.


Brad McGehee

SQL Server: Support the SQL Server Community
By Brad McGehee
There are a number of ways you can actively participate in the SQL Server community—all of which increase your knowledge and value.


Romi Mahajan

IT Management: The Petabyte Era
By Romi Mahajan
The era of “big data” brings new data management and data mining challenges, but just as many opportunities.


Brien Posey

Windows Server 2008 R2: Optimize the Branch Office Experience
By Brien Posey
Using BranchCache and read-only domain controllers can help you ensure a smooth experience for your branch office users.


Brien Posey

Virtualization: Optimizing Hyper-V Memory Usage
By Brien Posey
Dynamic memory can be a helpful feature, but you have to be careful configuring your virtual machines and your host server.


Kristin Griffin

Windows Server 2008 R2: Why Use Network Level Authentication?
By Kristin Griffin
Using network-level authentication (NLA), instead of the older terminal services method, is quicker and more secure.


SQL Server: Transaction Management
By Glenn Berry , Louis Davidson , and Tim Ford
Managing SQL Server transactions is an important step toward ensuring smooth operations and avoiding locking and blocking errors.


Vic Winkler

Cloud Computing: Risk Assessment for the Cloud
By Vic Winkler
Properly assessing your organizational risk tolerance is essential before adopting a cloud computing platform.



Windows PowerShell:
The Many Ways to a Custom Object
By Don Jones

It doesn't really matter which approach you choose for outputting custom objects, as long as a custom object is your end result.

Size Does Indeed Matter

By Paul S. Randal

Database size, index fragmentation and post-failover availability are among the issues dogging SQL admins this month.

Utility Spotlight:
Control Multiple PCs

By Lance Whitney

Mouse Without Borders can help make a smooth transition from one computer to another.

Windows Confidential:
Early Birds and Night Owls

By Raymond Chen

When you're trying to automate the process of sharing resources, every little detail is important.

New Products for IT Professionals

By Greg Steen

Manage your library of SQL scripts, organize your taskbar and run Checksum virus scans with this month's tools.

Geek of All Trades:
Office 365 with Windows PowerShell

By Greg Shields

If you never thought you'd need to use Windows PowerShell to manage cloud apps such as Office 365, here's a QuickStart for the complete newbie.