There are people who take life slowly, accept it on its terms, meditate, read
about meditation, and internalize books like "Wherever You Go, There You
Are," a bestseller by a guy with a hyphenated name. I'm more of a Malcolm
Gladwell fan -- Outliers or his newest book "David and Goliath: Underdogs,
Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants."
Maybe I'm just naturally the type that will spend 10,000 hours practicing,
sharpening, mastering, thinking about the advantages a startup has over
leaders in the market, getting back in the game. I've been in enterprise
software for 30 years and the cloud since its formation. A long time ago, I
faced the fact that I don't have the basketball gene (although I do coach
several boys' sports teams) and I'm pretty sure meditating will not increase
my productivity as a start-up CEO. I could be wrong on the meditating part.
Recently, I ... (more)
This book is the perfect size and the perfect depth for getting up to speed
quickly with building Windows 8 Store Applications.
The book starts by introducing WinRT. This introduction includes a really
nice history of how Microsoft got to where they are now. It starts with a
look back at MS-DOS, MS-DOS Executive, the Win32 API, COM, and.NET. The
introduction leads us up to NUI (Natural User Interface) and the Windows
Store Application Design Principles.
The first chapter ends with a look at the Windows 8 tool that are available
to developers and designers. They include, Blend for V... (more)
With storage needs in your organizations growing exponentially over the last
few years and into the future there are plenty of things you may done in the
past to help keep the cost down. Chances are you bought some kind of fancy
SAN, that had all the bells and whistles to help storage work efficiently.
I am willing to bet one of the features your SAN has is data de-duplication.
Windows Server 2012
With Windows Server 2012 we introduced built-in data de-duplication on a
per-volume basis. You can save a tremendous amount in storage costs with
this powerful addition. Thisde-dupl... (more)
2014 State of Readiness for Windows 2003 End of Support: Poll Results
Most IT administrators are painfully aware that Windows Server 2003 will
reach the end of extended support in July 2015. This is a big deal because
Windows Server 2003 has been a monster success since it was released 11 years
ago. From 2003 to 2010 this platform was the workhorse for applications
deployed at both small businesses and large enterprises. And, even though
Microsoft released a major update with Windows 2008, late in 2008, most
enterprises stuck with Windows 2003 until Windows Server 2008 R2 launche... (more)
In the past, managing and sharing NTFS folders could be a real ordeal –
there were different tools for managing NTFS permissions vs shared folders
and most IT Pros generally used these tools on a server-by-server basis from
each server’s console.
Server Manager to the rescue!
In Windows Server 2012, Server Manager provides a management facelift on top
of the disconnected process that we’ve used in the past for sharing folders
and setting NTFS permissions. In addition, Server Manager can easily manage
these folders on a local server or any remote servers that you’ve
previously a... (more)
To answer this question we need to take a closer look at the requirements for
a server system to be considered cloud ready and then investigate the
different features of Windows Server 2012 that does or does not meet these
requirements. Windows Server 2012 is the official name of Windows Server code
name “8” and is now on its Beta stage of development.
The first thing to consider here is the ability of the operating system to
virtualize its resources, meaning to make them available as part of a shared
pool and managed by an administrator. The main features Windows Server 2012