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HTML5 Jump Start

This is an exciting time to be a web developer! Whether you are building public-facing website applications or creating internal sites for your company, HTML5 has much to offer in providing sorely needed features that are native to the browser. With growing support among all the major browsers and with new sites emerging that consistently use it, HTML5 is a must-visit technology for any serious web developer today.

Governance: A SharePoint Necessity

Governance is, without doubt, a big, hairy topic, but it’s made worse because the community has blurred concepts of governance with concepts of management. The way you deploy, secure, configure, and audit a service is—in services outside of SharePoint—called management. These are operational issues and one of the major concerns in operations is making operations more manageable—more automated.

T-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.

Implementing and Getting Started with System Center 2012

The Microsoft System Center suite—which includes Orchestrator, Operations Manager, App Controller, Virtual Machine Manager, Configuration Manager, Endpoint Protection, Service Manager, and Data Protection Manager—recently underwent a major overhaul. System Center 2012 is a comprehensive solution that can help you configure and manage applications, services, computers, and virtual machines in your enterprise, but it can be a daunting task to get it configured and humming along perfectly.

Windows 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.

Mel Beckman's Virtualization Decision Support Guide

Virtualization technologies come in several varieties, the three most popular being server, storage, and user interface. Each offers many options, and choosing the right options for your application is critical to achieving project success. This first article in our Virtualization Decision Support guide leads you through the landscape of server virtualization features and capabilities, pointing out a few pitfalls along the way.

Mark Minasi's 5 Years of Power Tools

Learn how to exploit the most useful—and often overlooked—Windows power tools. This eBook includes comprehensive advice on how to save time and money managing your Windows environment using command–line utilities, each one hand-selected by Mark Minasi. You’ll discover more than 60 tips to administer, optimize, and secure your Windows environment.

PowerShell 101: A Quick-Start Guide to PowerShell

PowerShell provides far more power and flexibility than traditional Windows command shells, such as cmd.exe. To help you take advantage of that power, here are six introductory lessons that explain how to use PowerShell to perform various tasks.

The 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.

Greg Shields on Virtualization

No matter how long you may have been using VMware vSphere—VMware’s cloud computing virtualization operating system—questions undoubtedly still arise. You might find the answer you’re looking for in this collection of FAQs by Greg Shields.

Pocket Guide to Configuring and Troubleshooting DNS

This essential primer traces the history of DNS through the evolution of Windows Server, from Windows NT 3.51 to the present, illuminating how the product has become an essential component of AD implementation and the Internet.

Pocket Guide to Group Policy

Group Policy is tricky. There are gurus who can tell you how to use it and fortunately, they work for Windows IT Pro magazine. In the Pocket Guide to Group Policy, experts like Darren Mar-Elia and Randy Franklin Smith help you fill in the gaps on your Group Policy knowledge base. You’ll learn Group Policy from the inside out—how it works, how to set it up, how to troubleshoot it, and how to manage it effectively.

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.

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