The Enterprise Cloud

This blog covers the latest developments and major players in cloud technology. Get practical advice on evaluating providers of cloud applications and services, as well as tips and best practices.

  • Rick Vanover // July 11, 2010, 11:30 PM PST

    Use Group Policy to have a local file resource

    How would you copy a file to a large number of Windows systems? Rick Vanover shows how to perform this task in this Windows Server tip.


  • Tim Chapman // July 7, 2010, 1:54 AM PST

    Get database properties using PowerShell in SQL Server 2008

    Tim Chapman shows how you can use PowerShell scripts in SQL Server 2008 to take an inventory of database properties for SQL Server instances on your network.


  • Scott Lowe // August 31, 2010, 10:39 AM PST

    Making sense of Microsoft System Center licensing

    Microsoft System Center licensing can be quite complex, especially as you add multiple server products to the mix. Scott Lowe helps you make sense of the convoluted System Center licensing.


  • Rick Vanover // August 12, 2010, 2:29 AM PST

    Windows Server 2008 R2 SP 1 Beta includes two notable enhancements

    Rick Vanover describes two new features in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta that are optimized for virtualization. He also covers a couple of operational considerations with the service pack.


  • Rick Vanover // August 2, 2010, 7:20 AM PST

    Create a storage service catalog with this resource

    If IOPs, tiered storage, and primary storage are not quantified in your environment, this downloadable resource will help you get started.


  • Rick Vanover // July 22, 2011, 5:17 AM PST

    Three virtualization books for your reading list

    One of the best ways to learn a new technology is still to read a good book on the topic. VMware vExpert Rick Vanover shares three of his favorite virtualization titles.


  • Tim Chapman // June 29, 2008, 11:00 PM PST

    Define custom error messages in SQL Server 2005

    By defining custom error messages in SQL Server 2005, you can use the severity of these messages to illicit certain types of behavior from the database engine. Tim Chapman provides ideas on how to use custom error messages in your shop.


  • Scott Lowe // June 29, 2008, 4:06 PM PST

    A situation involving Exchange Server 2007 Unified Communications Certificates

    With Exchange Server 2007 comes new methods for handling SSL communications. While easier in some ways, it can also present some challenges simply because it's a newer process. When ordered a Unified Communications Certificate, make sure to specify all possible names that are needs on the certificate and make sure you can receive mail for all domains on the certificate. Also includes general steps for replacing a UC certificate.


  • Steven Warren // June 26, 2008, 11:40 PM PST

    How do I quickly back up a database in SQL Server 2005?

    This quick tip from Steven Warren shows you how to perform a simple backup in SQL Server 2005.


  • Paul Mah // June 22, 2008, 9:32 PM PST

    Red Hat goes for virtualization

    Red Hat is geared up to take a bigger slice of the virtualization pie. Its plan? To build virtual machine management into the Linux operating system.


  • Scott Lowe // June 22, 2008, 2:03 PM PST

    Choosing the Toshiba CIX1200 phone system

    Choosing a new phone system is an important consideration for any organization. The telephony market is changing considerably with new players entering the market all the time. TechRepublic readers helped Scott Lowe with his decision to choose a Toshiba CIX1200 system and avoid systems that may not have been the best options.


  • Scott Lowe // June 18, 2008, 1:25 PM PST

    SAN selection experience and decision: EMC AX4

    With a Dell MD1000e blade chassis in place, Scott Lowe turns his attention to storage. EMC's AX4 was the winner in the shootout. Other vendors including NetApp, Dell, EqualLogic, LeftHand and Compellent were considered. For the midmarket, the AX4 should be on anyone's short list.


  • Steven Warren // July 30, 2008, 10:08 PM PST

    Using SQLCMD to execute SQL scripts

    If you use the same SQL scripts repeatedly, you can save a lot of time by creating a batch file for them. SQLCMD can help you build those batch files. Steven S. Warren shows you how to use SQLCMD to execute scripts in SQL Server 2005.


  • Scott Lowe // July 29, 2008, 11:37 PM PST

    An outage: Lessons learned

    Westminster College does not currently have a backup generator protecting its data center and telephone system. That is about to change. Backup generators are no longer optional. That--and other lessons learned--from recent outages at the college.


  • Tim Chapman // July 29, 2008, 3:23 AM PST

    Removing Duplicate Records using SQL Server 2005

    Removing duplicate records from tables is sometimes an arduous task, especially if the source table does not contain a primary key field. Here's how you can take advantage of a new SQL Server 2005 feature to remove duplicates quickly and efficiently.