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Will You Miss SharePoint Designer Design View in SharePoint 2013?

SharePoint 2013 Preview arrived without SharePoint Designer's Design View. Was it good riddance or a huge mistake?....More

Michael Otey

Michael Otey, technical director for Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Pro, is president of TECA, a software-development and consulting company in Portland, Oregon. Michael has covered the topic of virtualization extensively for Windows IT Pro, having written several...

in Michael Otey's Blog Oct 15, 2014

VMworld 2014 Europe -- Announcements

Check out VMware's latest announcements from VMworld 2014 Europe....More

Michael Otey

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in End to End IT Mar 25, 2013

Mission Critical Application Virtualization

Virtualization has become a key IT infrastructure technology. Its ability to facilitate server consolidation increases your hardware ROI while simultaneously reducing your management and infrastructure requirements....More

Tony Redmond

Tony Redmond is a senior contributing editor for Windows IT Pro. His latest books are Office 365 for Exchange Professionals (eBook, May 2015) and...

Apr 21, 2016

Cherish your arbitration mailboxes - just in case!

Arbitration mailboxes made their appearance in Exchange 2010 as a special form of mailbox that is designed to be used by Exchange itself rather than a user. In short, there are times when Exchange needs to stuff data away for one reason or another and it makes sense to use a mailbox for this purpose. After all, mailboxes go in databases....More
in Security Blog Aug 31, 2010

Free Cloud-Based Storage/Security for Gulf Coast Customers

Do you live in a region on the Gulf or East Coast that is prone to getting hit by hurricanes? If so, have we got a deal for you. Nasuni, a company that specializes in cloud-based file storage, is offering a free 3-month trial (as opposed to the standard 14-day trial) to customers in a region at risk of being hit by a hurricane....More

Controlling Plug-Ins in Your Internet Browser

One of the key features of today’s browsers is the ability to plug-in 3rd party code to add additional capabilities to the browsing experience but as these add-ins add additional capability they can also introduce new security and integrity risks. In this post we will look at approaches to protect our browser environments from....More

Driving Factors Behind Cloud Computing Adoption

If you're an IT manager or senior IT executive in the evaluation phase for turning over some of your infrastructure to the cloud, you’re not alone. Cloud adoption can vary by industry and organization, but cloud computing is rapidly making inroads into most organizations. According to a recent survey of 600 senior IT and business....More

Off-Topic: The Challenge of Eliminating Administrator Rights when the User Owns their Computer

Another off-topic post for today, this time on the ever-present problem of successfully eliminating administrator rights.  If you’ve been around IT for any period of time, you know that administrator rights represent one of our biggest security challenges.  Microsoft Windows, for all its greatness, gives us what amounts to an on/off....More

Virtualizing SharePoint with VMware

Installing your SharePoint servers on VMware with Virtual Machines (VMs) gives you a lot of flexibility when performing site enhancements, migrations and global site modifications.   It can save you a significant amount of hardware cost and configuration time when installing a new SharePoint Farm or migrating an existing....More

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