David Chernicoff


David Chernicoff is a technology consultant with a focus on the mid-market space, a Windows IT Pro senior contributing editor, founding technical director for PC Week Labs (now eWeek), former lab director for Windows NT/Windows 2000 Magazine (now Windows IT Pro), and former chief technology officer for a network management tools ISV. David has been writing computer-related feature articles and product reviews for more than 20 years and is coauthor of several books about the Windows OS, including Windows NT Workstation: Professional Reference (New Riders Publishing) and Microsoft Windows XP Power Toolkit (Microsoft Press), as well as over a dozen eBooks on topics ranging from network switching topologies to production fax technology. These days he splits his time between writing, problem solving for his varied clientele, and consulting on keeping a few small data centers up and running.

Windows Mobile Apps - 02 Aug 2007
The possibilities for accidents are huge, but the idea is intriguing: turning your phone into a companion GPS navigator via Live Search for Windows Mobile. Just don't use it while driving.
Dedupe Technology Boosts Backup Speed, Storage Capacity - 02 Jul 2007
Deduplication technology—a new feature in products such as Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager—eliminates data redundancy, enabling faster backups and increased storage capacity.
Got Office Compatibility Issues?
Every time Microsoft does a major upgrade to the Office suite, I’m guaranteed to see multiple file formats for the same applications. Fortunately, a compatibility pack from Microsoft can help.
Inexpensive External Storage Brings Benefits--But You've Got to Back It Up 1
Inexpensive storage is both a boon and a bane to the small business. Properly used, it can make everyone's lives a little simpler.
Dell Introduces Solid State Disk Drives in Its Notebooks
With the appearance of solid state disk (SSD) technology in two of Dell's Latitude notebooks, SSD seems poised to become a mainstream storage technology.
Don't Dismiss Windows ReadyBoost 6
I thought Windows ReadyBoost, the Windows Vista technology that lets you use the memory in a USB flash drive as a pseudo-RAM drive, wouldn't help me, but I was wrong.
Your source for all things Vista, not to mention all things client and desktop-related, including Windows XP and desktop tips, plus up-to-the-minute info on deploying and using Windows Vista.
Windows IT Pro Storage UPDATE--Government Snafu Highlights the Importance of Backups and Restores--April 2, 2007

-Storage Viewpoint: Government Snafu Highlights the Importance of Backups and Restores
-News from the Industry: Yahoo! Announces Unlimited Email Storage
-New and Improved
- Reap the Benefits of DAS and iSCSI SAN
- iSCSI-Based SAN Appliances for SMBs


When Non-Technical Users Want Full Admin Rights 6
When configuring a computer for a non-technical user, I wasn’t able to create a limited-capability account because the owner wanted full administrative rights. Soon the computer began having problems.
Government Snafu Highlights the Importance of Backups and Restores 1
The Alaska Department of Revenue's foul-up reminds us why it's important to review our own policies and procedures for assuring our ability to use backups to recover our business.
Disaster-Recovery Checklist - 21 Mar 2007

Step 1: Create a Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) Planning Team ? Choose team members who have decision-making approval and sufficient authority to gather information companywide.

-- Define team members’ responsibilities.

-- Create a clear organizational chart that outlines who is responsible for each aspect of disaster-recovery planning.

Step 2: Evaluate Your Business Processes

HP Introduces Disk-to-Disk Backup System for SMBs 1
HP, which is traditionally known for its enterprise-class storage systems, is making a serious effort to get the attention of SMBs through the release of its HP StorageWorks D2D Backup System.
Windows IT Pro Storage UPDATE--HP Introduces Disk-to-Disk Backup System for SMBs--March 5, 2007

-Storage Viewpoint: HP Introduces Disk-to-Disk Backup System for SMBs
-News from the Industry: NetApp Holds Its Ground as Unified Storage Leader
-New and Improved
- EMC Announces Support for Windows Vista and Blu-ray Disc
- Discover Potential Data Privacy Risks


Windows Smartphone: A Smart Idea or Not? 4
When I needed a new cell phone recently, I decided on a Windows Smartphone. (Although I've used a Research in Motion BlackBerry in the past, I’ve never found the device compelling.) I was surprised at what I found.
Hosted Applications
Hosted applications can often reduce costs, but you need to evaluate how your business plans to use them before you decide to take that route.
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