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A TechTarget learning guide is an educational tool for a self-directed adult learner who works with information technology. Can't find a guide for the subject you need to learn more about? Let us know!

  • Fast Guide: Managing SATA drives

    This Fast Guide is a compilation of SATA-related tips that have appeared on SearchWinComputing.com. As our site devotes more coverage to SATA, expect to see more tips related to upgrades and configuration.

  • Active Directory services: A technology crash course

    This technology crash course on Active Directory services will help you determine what directory services to sell involving the AD architecture.

  • Fast Guide: VoIP encryption

    Most enterprise organizations encrypt critical or sensitive data that transverses the public network. It's a no-brainer. Thus, encrypting voice and data packets transmitted over a VoIP network is also a given, right? Turns out, not so much. By and large, VoIP vendors are building encryption support into their offerings, and across the board companies planning a VoIP migration rank encryption technology as among their top concerns. Ironically, however, most organizations do not actually employ encryption – or at least are reluctant to do – when launching their VoIP network.

  • Fast Guide: Active Directory security

    Windows Active Directory has become one of the key components to enterprise management, and many compaines use it to control large portions of their networks. With so many factors dependent on the successful administration of AD, security is especially important. This guide offers plenty of must-know tips on maintaining a secure AD environment, starting with the basics and moving on to more advanced practices.

  • Fast Guide: Active Directory security

    Windows Active Directory has become one of the key components to enterprise management

  • Server consolidation with server virtualization: An in-depth guide

    In this special report, industry experts offer advice on why, when and how to use virtualization technologies to consolidate server workloads.

  • T-SQL Learning Guide

    Transact-SQL (T-SQL) is no stranger to the SQL Server developer or DBA, but that's no excuse not to become more familiar. Improve your T-SQL skills with these T-SQL overviews, best practices and stored procedures.

  • Crash Course: Oracle basics

    This crash course will bring you up to speed on Oracle DBMS basics for versions 8.x through 9.x, and provide you with an overview of Oracle10g's new tools and features.

  • Fast Guide: Keeping pace with Microsoft certifications

    Microsoft certifications are some of the most sought-after certs on the IT market, and with the upcoming release of Windows Vista, even more cert exams are hitting the streets. This guide features all the latest developments in the world of Microsoft certifications, as well as must-know info on MCSA and MCSE to get your IT career on the fast track to success.

  • Fast Guide: Server consolidation

    Don't be left in the dark! Our fast guide to server consolidation keeps you up to speed on server consolidation basics.

  • Fast Guide: PCI bus

    It's always tempting to pick bleeding-edge technology when making new hardware purchases. One of the few places where this actually pays off is with new system bus technologies -- specifically, the new PCIe bus.

  • Learning Guides from SearchWinIT.com

    Check out our selection of Learning Guides to get extensive information on Active Directory, Group Policy, malware, Windows 2003 migration and more!

  • Fast Guide: Advanced backup

    Trying to make your backups run more smoothly, or thinking about swapping out your existing system for something more current? Our Fast Guide to advanced backup is the place to get started. We'll give you tips on strategy, help you compare your hardware, software and media options, and illustrate the ins and outs of mirroring, replication and snapshots. You'll be an expert in no time.

  • Fast Guide: Avoiding data integrity gotchas

    You may perform a number of tasks for data integrity's sake, assuring that data can only be accessed or modified by those authorized to do so. Yet improperly performing such tasks can harm your data. This fast guide offers tips and tricks to ensure and maintain data integrity, with a particular focus on avoiding the "gotchas" that can compromise your data.

  • Networking Media Group Learning Tools

    Here's a fast reference to our resources on networking and information technology training. You can find information on wireless technologies, networking certifications, routers, VoIP and more. If you know of a topic we should add here, please send us a note!

  • Fast Guide: Tiered storage

    There's a lot to know about tiered storage -- from key management practices to designing a system that best fits your business' needs. Whether you're new to the concept, looking for ways to implement it on a tight budget or a storage pro, our Tiered Storage Fast Guide offers a range of informative articles, webcasts, tips and more for a professional of any level.

  • Avoid resume blunders

    Fast guide to writing cover letters and resumesReturn to IndexDid you focus too much on your job duties and not enough on your achievements? Is your resume too long or too short? Did you repeatedly use "I" and "me"? Did you list irrelevant information? Review the following common errors before you send out your resume.

  • Fast Guide: Stored procedures

    Stored procedures can be executed quickly inside your database server, saving you the time it would take to do the same work on a client. In the second part of our stored procedure series of fast guides, we offer stored procedures to help you with SQL Server data migration, performance and querying.

  • Fast Guide: Undocumented stored procedures

    Stored procedures can help you control access, preserve data integrity and improve productivity, yet you may not be tapping into all the routines that ship with SQL Server. Here we highlight some particularly useful undocumented stored procedures, as well as some other tips and tricks not to miss.

  • Fast Guide: Disaster recovery

    The first steps in DR planning are always the hardest to take, but it doesn't have to be that way. From DR planning and design to strategies and cost, our Fast Guide: Disaster recovery will help you to get your shop where it needs to be. This Fast Guide will not only help the storage beginner but the seasoned storage professional as well.

  • RAID fast guide

    You need info about RAID. It's that simple. In the world of storage, RAID (redundant array of independent disks) is a major topic. Whether you are a RAID rookie or you're trying to optimize performance of a huge array, you'll learn something here. This Fast Guide offers RAID news, expert technical advice and tips.

  • Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) fundamentals tutorial

    New to database administration or development? Here's a quick guide that can get you started by providing background on the relational model and practical advice for working with a relational database management system.

  • Fast Guide: Storage basics

    Storage covers a lot of territory and it can be overwhelming for the beginner. In our Fast Guide: Storage basics, we break it down into categories -- and keep it simple. We start out with basic storage terms, then go on to management, networking and primary storage. Keep this Guide handy and it will provide you with what you need to know for a good storage foundation.

  • SQL guide for Oracle users

    Whether you are a newbie or a seasoned expert looking to tweak query performance, this learning guide to the structured query language (SQL) has something for you. These seven chapters can help you figure out how to get the data you need by looking at solutions to real-world problems.

  • Guide to Oracle freeware and shareware

    This list of free and low-cost tools and utilities will help Oracle DBAs and developers do your job better.

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SearchCompliance

  • pure risk (absolute risk)

    Pure risk, also called absolute risk, is a category of threat that is beyond human control and has only one possible outcome if ...

  • risk assessment

    Risk assessment is the identification of hazards that could negatively impact an organization's ability to conduct business.

  • audit program (audit plan)

    An audit program, also called an audit plan, is an action plan that documents what procedures an auditor will follow to validate ...

SearchSecurity

SearchHealthIT

SearchDisasterRecovery

  • business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR)

    Business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) are closely related practices that describe an organization's preparation for ...

  • business continuity plan (BCP)

    A business continuity plan (BCP) is a document that consists of the critical information an organization needs to continue ...

  • call tree

    A call tree -- sometimes referred to as a phone tree -- is a telecommunications chain for notifying specific individuals of an ...

SearchStorage

  • nearline storage

    Nearline storage is the on-site storage of data on removable media.

  • application-aware storage

    Application-aware storage is a storage system with built-in intelligence about relevant applications and their utilization ...

  • Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA)

    Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) is a technology that allows computers in a network to exchange data in main memory without ...

SearchSolidStateStorage

  • 3D XPoint

    3D XPoint is memory storage technology jointly developed by Intel and Micron Technology Inc.

  • RRAM or ReRAM (resistive RAM)

    RRAM or ReRAM (resistive random access memory) is a form of nonvolatile storage that operates by changing the resistance of a ...

  • JEDEC

    JEDEC is a global industry group that develops open standards for microelectronics.

SearchCloudStorage

  • Google Cloud Storage

    Google Cloud Storage is an enterprise public cloud storage platform that can house large unstructured data sets.

  • RESTful API

    A RESTful application program interface breaks down a transaction to create a series of small modules, each of which addresses an...

  • cloud storage infrastructure

    Cloud storage infrastructure is the hardware and software framework that supports the computing requirements of a private or ...

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