November2009November 2009

Windows Server 2008 R2: A Primer

Join William Stanek on a guided tour through the new and enhanced features of Windows Server 2008 R2. Important stops along the way include Windows PowerShell cmdlets, tools for remote management, Core Parking options for processors, Active Directory changes and branch caching.
by William Stanek

SQL Server Disaster Recovery: Recovering from Disasters Using Backups

The main reason a backup exists is to be restored in the event of a disaster. Although most people are comfortable taking regular backups of their SQL Server databases, restoring a database from backups can be a lot more complicated. This article explains how restore works and walks you through some simple restore scenarios.
by Paul S. Randal

ee677580(v=msdn.10).md MAP Toolkit 4.0: Microsoft Assesment and Planning Toolkit

In this article, you'll find out how the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 4.0 takes care of the details involved in planning your migration to Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2, from inventorying your hardware devices to providing customized hardware assessments. You'll also discover how MAP can help you plan server virtualization and consolidation.
by Rob Polly

ee676738(v=msdn.10).md Windows 7 and System Center Configuration Manager: Your Windows 7 Deployment Guide

Using Microsoft's own massive migration as an example, this article describes tools and techniques for streamlining your organization's move to Windows 7. Learn how the Operating System Deployment (OSD) feature in System Center Configuration Manager 2007 can simplify and speed up any deployment project -- regardless of size or complexity.
by Chris Adams

ee677579(v=msdn.10).md Business Intelligence: Building Your First Cube

There's lots more to your data than you can see at first glance. Learn what a cube can do for you -- and how to build one. We show you how.
by Stacia Misner


Featured Articles:

Windows 7: Integrating Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2
by Alan Maddison

Windows 7: Migrate Already! Why You Should Migrate to Windows 7 If You're Still Waffling
by Don Jones

Windows 7: The Good Computing Seal of Approval: Windows 7 Certification
by Joshua Hoffman

Windows 7: 8 Common Issues in Windows 7 Migrations
by Don Jones

Windows 7: 9 Things You Should Know About Windows 7
by William Stanek

Windows 7: We All Just Get Along? Running Windows 7 in Mixed Environments
by William Stanek

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Editor's Note: Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 - Better Together
Written by Keith Ward


Toolbox: New Products For IT Professionals

Learn about free and low-cost tools that can help you more easily compare and manage files, obtain information on IP addresses and restore accidentally deleted Active Directory objects.
by Greg Steen

Inside the Product: Get Ready for SharePoint 2010

Getting ready for SharePoint 2010 means considering your upgrade and migration options, and the actions you’ll need to take to prepare your environment. Pav Cherny offers suggestions from a practical, best-practices point of view.
by Pav Chern

Windows Confidential: What's in a Filename?

Filename extensions have no natural meaning to normal people.
by Raymond Chen