By Lafe LowYou can expect major upgrades to most of the major Microsoft solution platforms this year. With upgrades come increased functions and capabilities, but often also a slight learning curve. There will be new features. There will be old features presented in new ways. There might be compatibility issues, although these are much less significant than they once were.
IT Management: IT and the consumerBy Romi MahajanThe needs of the consumer and the capabilities of IT are more closely aligned than you might think.
Lync Server 2013: Enterprise voice speaks upBy Alan MaddisonThe Enterprise Voice functionality of Lync Server 2013 has a number of enhancements from both the administrative and user perspective.
Active Directory: Disconnect for better dataBy James TurnerUsing a disconnected recordset and its associated utilities can help you maintain query performance.
IT Management: Resolutions for business and ITBy Tijl VuykEnterprise technology in 2013 will help businesses of all sizes achieve levels of automation and efficiency previously only found in larger organizations.
SharePoint 2013: Add power to Office appsBy V. GnanasekaranUsing two new development models, you can automate integrated processes between SharePoint and your Office applications.
Exchange Server 2013: Archive with eleganceBy Brien M. PoseyYou can set up archive mailboxes for your Exchange users to get around storage limits and retention policies.
IIS 8: Better certificate managementBy Jason HelmickThe IIS 8 central certificate store can simplify the process of using multiple certificates on multiple servers.
Windows PowerShell: Create Hyper-V virtual machinesBy Neil TuckerYou can use Hyper-V and Windows PowerShell 3.0 to easily create, configure and manage your virtual machines.
Toolbox:New products for IT professionalsBy Greg Steen
This month’s troika of products lets you beef up your firewall security, visualize SQL task automation and test HTTP services.
Windows Confidential:Signs your project is doomedBy Raymond Chen
When your own upper management can’t even accurately describe your project, you know you’re doomed.
Utility Spotlight:Scan your PCs for malwareBy Lance Whitney
The Microsoft Safety Scanner can detect and remove malware when your standard antivirus software doesn’t do the job.
Windows PowerShell:The Windows PowerShell Workflow environmentBy Don Jones
Each month this year, Don Jones will present an installment in a 12-part tutorial on Windows PowerShell Workflow. We encourage you to read through the series in order, beginning with the January 2013 column.
Geek of All Trades:Complete automation for service requestsBy Greg Shields
System Center Service Manager 2012 can handle automating the process of managing service requests.