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.

  • 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 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.


  • Rick Vanover // February 9, 2009, 9:24 PM PST

    Learn about Windows Server 2008 certification options

    With Windows Server 2008, Microsoft introduces a new set of certification options. Rick Vanover explains what's available and discusses what tests MCSA and MCSE on Windows Server 2003 holders need to take to upgrade their certs.


  • Scott Lowe // February 8, 2009, 8:44 AM PST

    Coming soon: Full-disk encryption for all

    A lot has been written about full-disk encryption and its positive impact on reducing data theft. However, for a variety of reasons -- cost, negative performance hits -- many organizations have yet to adopt the technology. Further, full-disk encryption is not yet widely adopted in the data center. All that is about to change. Read on to learn about what's coming for full-disk encryption.


  • Steven Warren // February 4, 2009, 11:40 PM PST

    What are the benefits of VDI?

    IT administrators have a lot to deal with in today's corporate infrastructure. With the ever increasing prices of upgrading desktop computers, virtualization of the desktop is becoming very appealing. Here are some of the benefits of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).


  • Rick Vanover // February 2, 2009, 9:20 PM PST

    Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 Beta is available

    Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 Beta provides new features and many deployment options for evaluation. IT pro Rick Vanover breaks down some of the changes for you.


  • Larry Dignan // February 1, 2009, 11:35 PM PST

    Seagate launches new line of low-power enterprise drives

    Seagate on Monday announced a new lineup of enterprise storage drives that aim to cut power consumption. Seagate's latest additions to its Constellation family of enterprise drives come just as units have plunged in its fiscal second quarter.


  • Scott Lowe // January 31, 2009, 11:48 AM PST

    Real-world: An amazing way to save on server RAM upgrades

    RAM and servers used to be expensive. Now, with a little creativity and poking around, serious deals can be had by buying an entire server rather than just an upgrade. Scott Lowe shares an experience he had this week with a RAM upgrade project that worked out well all around.


  • Scott Lowe // January 29, 2009, 5:27 AM PST

    Exchange Server 2007 Unified Messaging and CUCM 6.1 integration tips

    Exchange Server 2007's Unified Messaging service can be a bear to get running well. Scott Lowe spent a week helping a college through some of its final outstanding issues in getting this service running with a Cisco PBX. Here are some of his findings, which may help you with your own implementation.


  • Rick Vanover // January 26, 2009, 9:00 PM PST

    Using Storage Explorer in Windows Server 2008

    Windows Server 2008 offers a tool to view configuration and resources for systems connected to a storage area network (SAN). Here is what you need to know about this new feature.


  • Scott Lowe // January 25, 2009, 5:05 AM PST

    Does FCoE mean the end for iSCSI storage solutions?

    iSCSI has quickly become a force in the storage marketplace with organizations across the board considering the technology. Storage vendors have also kept pace by either bolting on iSCSI capability or, in many cases, releasing pure iSCSI storage solutions. Now, Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) is coming along with some of the same benefits that have made iSCSI a success. Will FCoE steal iSCSI's thunder in the data center? Scott Lowe provides his thoughts on this market development.


  • Rick Vanover // January 19, 2009, 9:00 PM PST

    Architecting memory for systems on Windows Server 2008

    The initial provisioning of RAM on systems is quite important, and with Windows Server 2008, it becomes even more critical now that 64-bit servers are common equipment. This tip breaks down how RAM can be used in Windows Server 2008.


  • Rick Vanover // January 12, 2009, 11:18 PM PST

    Prevent IE 8 from automatically downloading on Windows servers

    While keeping systems up to date is important, there are plenty of valid reasons not to upgrade IE 8 on Windows server systems. Rick Vanover shows how to protect against IE 8 from automatically showing up on your servers.


  • Scott Lowe // January 12, 2009, 12:04 PM PST

    Oil & Water: Hyper-V and 3D graphics adapters

    For a variety of reasons -- access to more RAM, better performance, etc. -- many people have chosen to use Windows Server 2008 as a desktop solution. With Hyper-V -- one of the newest products to arrive on the enterprise virtualization scene -- is a free add-on for this server product that might be a logical choice to use for virtual testing. However, Hyper-V and higher-end video cards don't get along. Scott Lowe, with a little help from the Microsoft Knowledge Base, explains why.


  • Tim Chapman // January 12, 2009, 3:47 AM PST

    Introduction to Change Data Capture in SQL Server 2008

    In today's database tip, SQL Server database consultant Tim Chapman takes a look at the great new auditing features available in SQL Server 2008.