The Enterprise Cloud

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  • Scott Lowe // February 11, 2009, 1:45 AM PST

    Patch these critical vulnerabilities in Exchange Server

    On Tuesday, February 10, 2009, Microsoft released its monthly patches. Included in this set was a patch for a pair of relatively easily exploitable Exchange vulnerabilities affecting all versions of Exchange since Exchange 2000 Server. Scott Lowe provides details about these vulnerabilities and direct links to update downloads.


  • Steven Warren // February 12, 2009, 10:58 AM PST

    Keep your virtual machine off my network

    A growing danger occuring on IT networks today is rogue virtual machines on desktop systems. Lack of knowledge on how to handle this new security issue could leave you scratching your head.


  • Scott Lowe // February 12, 2009, 11:53 AM PST

    Running Exchange Server 2007 in a virtual environment

    In efforts to virtualize everything from the lowliest application server to the highest-end database server, Exchange servers look like scrumptious candidates. After all, those servers just run e-mail, right? Not so fast. Although Microsoft does support virtualizing Exchange in certain scenarios, there are a number of caveats and requirements.


  • Scott Lowe // February 22, 2009, 6:51 AM PST

    A Task Manager view that makes me jealous — 256 cores

    Have you ever wondered what 256 cores would look like from a resource usage perspective? Look no further! Scott Lowe ran across a picture that was too cool to keep to himself -- Windows Task Manager on a 256 core machine.


  • Steven Warren // February 22, 2009, 1:04 PM PST

    Will cloud computing change how IT works today?

    More and more companies will see value in allowing companies that are better suited to handle their infrastructure, while they just plug and play their data into that infrastructure backbone. If you haven't guessed, it is the birth of cloud computing.


  • Steven Warren // February 23, 2009, 11:21 PM PST

    Get the skinny on licensing Microsoft server products in virtual environments

    Microsoft licensing has always been difficult to understand. Adding virtualization licensing that is different from standard licensing makes it even more confusing. Steven Warren helps you sort through the confusion of virtualization licensing.


  • Larry Dignan // February 25, 2009, 4:09 AM PST

    Novell, VMware unveil collaboration pact

    Novell and VMware are collaborating so independent software vendors can build SUSE Linux Enterprise virtual appliances. The companies will also develop VMware-ready appliances on SUSE Linux.


  • Rick Vanover // March 23, 2009, 10:05 PM PST

    Active Directory Recycle Bin can save a Windows Server admin's day

    Windows Server 2008's upcoming R2 release has a Recycle Bin for protecting Active Directory objects. IT pro Rick Vanover tells you how to enable this feature.


  • Rick Vanover // March 30, 2009, 10:02 PM PST

    Enabling Remote Desktop on Windows Server 2008 Core Edition

    Remote Desktop is the lifeblood of the Windows server administrator. IT pro Rick Vanover shows how simple it is to enable remote connections on the Core Edition of Windows Server 2008.


  • Scott Lowe // March 5, 2009, 1:17 PM PST

    What's coming in Microsoft Exchange 14?

    Microsoft Exchange 14, rumored to be named Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, is becoming more of a hot topic as information and rumors leak out about possible product features. Here's some of the meager information that has a high likelihood of being true regarding Exchange 14.


  • Larry Dignan // March 5, 2009, 11:45 PM PST

    Overall storage revenue slips, but EMC remains top dog

    Storage revenue slipped in the fourth quarter-the first quarterly slide in more than five years, according to IDC. The culprit: Weak server sales that reduced demand for storage systems.


  • Mary Weilage // March 6, 2009, 7:42 AM PST

    Configuring SQL Mail in SQL Server 2000

    SQL Mail is a component of SQL Server that allows you to send and receive e-mail by working side by side with a mail server. Steven Warren explains how to configure and take advantage of this hidden gem.


  • Mary Weilage // March 9, 2009, 6:51 AM PST

    Secrets to DBA success

    The Occupational Outlook Handbook predicts DBA will be one of the fastest growing occupations in America through 2012. If you're thinking about heading down this career path, these resources might be a good starting point.


  • Steven Warren // March 11, 2009, 2:47 PM PST

    The "Jolly Green" sleeping server

    Can you imagine having smart servers in your data center that know when to sleep and work? Microsoft's newest project called Marlowe is looking for more efficient ways to turn servers on and off throughout the day and night.


  • Scott Lowe // March 15, 2009, 12:54 PM PST

    Greening the data center: Deploy shared storage with the right features

    Greening the data center is a top-of-the-list item for many IT organizations today. With the hard cash benefits that can result and the PR gains that can be had, greening IT is a win-win situation for all. Scott Lowe talks about some ways that storage and storage technology plays an integral role in your green IT efforts.