As the year winds down, we're looking back at which topics were of the most interest to Servers and Storage readers in 2009. Here are the top five posts.What Windows 7 means to Windows server administrators
Scott Lowe shares 10 items that Windows server administrators need to know in order to adequately support Windows 7 clients.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.Failing with online backup
Seeking to back up 350 GB in safe, reliable, off-site storage, Michael Krigsman tried Carbonite and Mozy. He explains how both products failed miserably to achieve his goals.Making the choice between virtual and physical servers
"Virtualize everything" is a popular M.O. in IT these days, but there are times when physical servers make more sense. Scott Lowe shares his thoughts on the issue.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.
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