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Pocket Guide to Outlook Tips and Techniques

Popular Windows IT Pro author, William Lefkovics, responds to the most common Outlook questions and problems facing administrators with his popular tips, tricks, and techniques. You’ll discover everything you need to know about how to make Outlook more secure for your organization, and to how help users set up and share RSS feeds. You’ll also uncover how to manage users, optimize mailbox performance, and exploit some of the lesser known features of Outlook.

PowerShell 101PowerShell 101: A Quick-Start Guide to PowerShell

The word "scripting" probably makes a lot of IT admins cringe, but it's not that scary or difficult to learn. Windows PowerShell is one of the newest scripting languages, and it has a lot of features that IT admins will appreciate. For example, like spelling in the English language, the naming conventions in many scripting languages are inconsistent. PowerShell avoids such inconsistencies, making it much easier to learn and use.

Spotlight on SilverlightSpotlight on Silverlight

Silverlight is a powerful development platform for creating engaging, interactive user experiences for Web, Desktop and mobile applications when online or offline. DevProConnections has created an eBook that contains essential tools and tips for developers on the Silverlight platform.

SQL Server 2012 First LookSQL Server 2012 First Look

SQL Server 2012 has proved to be an exciting release on several fronts. In Chapter 1, Richard Waymire provides an overview of SQL Server 2012’s new features and packaging options. He tells you about the system requirements, upgrade process, and some changes in the setup program. In two sidebars to the chapter, you’ll learn about SQL Server 2012 editions and SQL Server 2012 high availability.

TSQL 101T-SQL 101: A Quick-Start Guide to T-SQL Basics

The 10 lessons in the T-SQL 101 series can help you learn the basics, such as how to write queries that retrieve, add, update, and delete records in tables and how to group and aggregate data that you retrieved with queries so that you can produce informative reports. By the end of the series, you’ll even be able to create tables, views, and custom stored procedures.

T-SQL BlackbeltT-SQL Blackbelt

A collection of 21 articles from SQL Server Pro and written by Itzik Ben-Gan that demonstrate practical, advanced tips for using T-SQL. Also included are 18 logic puzzles that Itzik included in many of his articles. SQL querying problems often require you to deal with logical challenges. Sometimes the logical parts are more difficult to figure out than the technical, SQL-specific, parts. If you’re looking for ways to improve your logic skills, one of the things you can do is to try and solve pure logic puzzles.

The New Era of VirtualizationThe New Era of Virtualization

 The attraction of virtualization was the same then as it is now: to save money. Computers were expensive to build, and virtualization promised to reduce the number of computers needed. Even the earliest computers spent a lot of time sitting around waiting for work. Virtualization was a way to let multiple projects share a single computer while keeping them fully isolated, improving utilization and lowering total cost of ownership.

Reluctant DBAThe Reluctant DBA: SQL Server Basics

More and more companies are asking their IT pros and developers to manage their SQL Server systems instead of having a dedicated DBA on staff. However, most of these “reluctant DBAs” have little to no experience with relational database administration and are looking for quick answers to their questions on SQL Server basics.

Windows 8 TipsWindows 8 Tips

You’ve been told that Microsoft has somehow compromised the beloved desktop environment and ruined it with Metro, its new touch-first UI for tablets and other non-traditional devices. You’ve been told that Windows 8 is a lousy upgrade on existing desktop and laptop PCs, and that you should stick with Windows 7 and pray that the next Windows version steps back from some imaginary cliff. Folks, you’ve been lied to.

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