The Enterprise Cloud

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  • Rick Vanover // January 5, 2009, 9:00 PM PST

    Configure the screen saver timeout in Windows Server 2008 Core Edition

    Managing the display settings in Windows Server 2008's Core Edition is a little less intuitive than its full install counterparts. This tip shows how to configure the screen saver timeout in the registry.


  • Scott Lowe // December 31, 2008, 1:19 PM PST

    PowerShell 2.0 - Community Technology Preview (CTP) 3 released

    Microsoft recently released the third Community Technology Preview for PowerShell 2.0. Sporting a vast number of improvements, PowerShell 2.0 is shaping up to be a robust, reliable choice for administrators with enterprise-grade features critical in many organizations. Scott Lowe walks you through some of the highlights.


  • Scott Lowe // December 30, 2008, 5:38 AM PST

    Using the Share and Storage Management Console in Windows Server 2008

    At the core, though, file serving--one of the original "killer-apps" that introduced networking to many an organization--still reigns supreme on the needs list of organizations and the reason why most servers are deployed. This entry looks at some of the tools you'll use to administer shares in Windows Server 2008.


  • Tim Chapman // December 29, 2008, 12:57 AM PST

    Perils of Adding fields to Database Tables

    If you're not careful, when you add a field to a database table, you may cause all sorts of problems. Today, database consultant Tim Chapman looks at two such scenarios, and how you can plan for their occurrence.


  • Tim Chapman // December 22, 2008, 12:44 AM PST

    Filtered Indexes in SQL Server 2008

    Filtered indexes are a neat new feature in SQL Server 2008 that allows you to define indexes on subsets of data. In today’s article, database architect Tim Chapman shows how you can take advantage of this useful new feature.


  • Scott Lowe // December 21, 2008, 11:44 AM PST

    Prerequisites overview for installing Windows Essential Business Server 2008

    Windows Essential Business Server 2008 is part if Microsoft's new focus on the mid-market space. In this and in my next few postings, I'll provide you with a look at this product, starting with an installation overview of each component. In this part, you'll learn about the prerequisites portion of the installation.


  • Tim Chapman // December 18, 2008, 12:33 AM PST

    Using Hash Fields in SQL Server

    From auditing data changes to capturing data for loading a data warehouse, hash fields have a ton of practical uses. In today’s article, database consultant Tim Chapman shows how you can use built-in SQL Server functions to create your own hash fields.


  • Rick Vanover // December 15, 2008, 9:00 PM PST

    Disabling the firewall in Windows Server 2008 Core Edition

    For Windows Server 2008's Core Edition, the default firewall configuration is one of the things most administrators want to turn off after installation. You can complete this task with one line of code, which you'll want to add to your script arsenal.


  • Scott Lowe // December 15, 2008, 7:25 AM PST

    Refurbished servers - good deal or something to avoid?

    The economy is down and IT budgets are shrinking. How do you keep moving forward and providing enhanced value to the organization while, at the same time, your budget is heading toward zero? Scott Lowe explains how refurbished servers might help you stretch your budget dollars.


  • Scott Lowe // December 14, 2008, 6:19 AM PST

    Simplify PowerShell script creation with PowerGUI

    PowerShell is an incredibly powerful scripting tool being included in just about all of Microsoft's new products. With PowerShell, administrators can write scripts that just about completely manage all aspects of the software. PowerGUI, a free tool, is a great enhancement to PowerShell as it provides many of the benefits of a true development environment for those that want to quickly develop PowerShell scripts.


  • Rick Vanover // December 8, 2008, 9:00 PM PST

    Cluster configuration recovery tools in Windows Server 2008

    Microsoft clustering services on versions prior to Windows Server 2008 used a command line tool to fix drive issues. Windows Server 2008 puts this in the interface, making drive tasks more accessible.


  • Tim Chapman // December 6, 2008, 12:35 AM PST

    Using Object Dependencies in SQL Server 2008

    Previous versions of SQL Server were not that great at keeping track of object dependencies. SQL Server 2008 greatly expands on this capability by tracking objects by the name of the object, rather than relying upon the ID. Here's how it works.


  • Rick Vanover // December 1, 2008, 9:00 PM PST

    Start planning a deployment mechanism for Windows Server 2008

    If Windows Server 2008 isn't part of your infrastructure in some capacity, get ready. But before getting too far into implementations, an automated build is the way to go. Here's how.


  • Scott Lowe // November 30, 2008, 8:59 AM PST

    Deploy services quickly with prebuilt virtual appliances

    Virtual appliances -- prebuilt virtual machines that include all of the components necessary to get a service running -- abound. There are free appliances and paid appliances available to meet most needs. Get up and running quickly and avoid the hassle of installing a system on your own.


  • Rick Vanover // November 24, 2008, 9:00 PM PST

    Kicking the tires with Perfmon in Windows Server 2008

    Over the years, there have been very few changes in how we measure Windows performance. Windows Server 2008's implementation of the Windows Reliability And Performance Monitor introduces new features to the venerable Perfmon tool.