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  • Windows Server Core

    Windows Server Core is a minimal installation option for the Windows Server operating system (OS) that has no GUI and only includes the components required to perform server roles and run applications.

  • Microsoft Nano Server

    Microsoft Nano Server is a lightweight operating system based on Microsoft Windows Server 2016 that is tailored for use as an OS layer for virtualized container instances.

  • Microsoft Azure Stack

    Microsoft Azure Stack is an integrated platform of hardware and software that delivers Microsoft Azure public cloud services in a local data center to let organizations construct hybrid clouds.

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Career Development

Managing your IT career and staying competitive in the Windows job market can be just as daunting as managing your Windows environment. Whether you're in charge of a Windows shop or just entering the field, SearchWinIT.com has all the resources you need on developing Windows expertise and IT career development.

This section offers news, tips and how-to advice on topics such as Microsoft career and staff development, expanding Windows skills, and the latest on IT management training courses and Microsoft certification, including Microsoft's MVP, MSCA and MSCE certifications.

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  • enterprise content management (ECM)

    Enterprise content management (ECM) is a set of defined processes, strategies and tools that allow a business to effectively obtain, organize, store and deliver critical information to its employees, business stakeholders and customers.

  • AutoRun

    AutoRun is a feature of the Windows operating system that causes predetermined actions when certain media is inserted. Common media types that trigger AutoRun actions include CDs, DVDs and USB storage devices.

  • Microsoft Windows Subsystem for Linux

    Microsoft Windows Subsystem for Linux is a series of Microsoft components that allow native Linux 64-bit Executable and Linkable Format (ELF64) binaries to run on the Windows kernel in the Windows 10 operating system.

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Active Directory

What is Active Directory? It's a Microsoft technology designed for use in Windows environments to perform a variety of services, including Kerberos-based authentication, policy assignment, software deployment and directory services. This Active Directory topic page provides tips on how Active Directory works, with information on scripting, domain name system (DNS), Group Policy, disaster recovery, LDAP and more. Our content is intended to help Windows administrators gain a better understanding of Active Directory for Windows Server 2003,Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 8, with details on new features such as the read-only domain controller (RODC), Restartable Active Directory and fine-grained password policies.

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  • Active Directory functional levels

    Active Directory functional levels are controls that specify which advanced Active Directory domain features can be used in an enterprise domain. The enterprise domain is usually comprised of domain controllers that run on different versions of the Windows Server operating system.

  • Microsoft Group Policy administrative template

    A Microsoft Group Policy administrative template is a file that supports the implementation of Microsoft Windows Group Policy and centralized user and machine management in Active Directory environments.

  • Microsoft Active Directory Migration Tool (ADMT)

    The Microsoft Active Directory Migration Tool (ADMT) is a tool used to move Active Directory objects from one Windows Server Active Directory domain or forest to another.

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Enterprise IT Management

With the evolving landscape of Windows technologies, the role of an IT manager can be overwhelming. This Windows enterprise IT management section offers guidance on topics such as managing your infrastructure, Windows servers and operating systems and also offers resources on Microsoft server virtualization and desktop virtualization management.

This section also covers key Windows enterprise infrastructure topics such as compliance and change management and useful tips on Microsoft Active Directory design and administration. Whether you're running Microsoft Windows Vista, XP or Windows 7, we offer news and tips and how-tos on managing your Windows operating system, along with the latest on virtual desktop management and virtualization with Hyper-V.

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  • Windows Server Core

    Windows Server Core is a minimal installation option for the Windows Server operating system (OS) that has no GUI and only includes the components required to perform server roles and run applications.

  • Microsoft Nano Server

    Microsoft Nano Server is a lightweight operating system based on Microsoft Windows Server 2016 that is tailored for use as an OS layer for virtualized container instances.

  • Microsoft

    Microsoft is a leading global vendor of computer software; hardware for computer, mobile and gaming systems; and cloud services.

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Microsoft SharePoint

SharePoint is a portal-based platform for collaboration, electronic content management, workflow and business intelligence processes and application development. This section offers news, tips and tutorials on SharePoint governance, management and implementation to help IT managers configure, deploy and administer Windows SharePoint Server and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. Topics include SharePoint security, enterprise search and third-party tools.

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  • Microsoft SharePoint Online

    Microsoft SharePoint Online is a collection of cloud- and web-based technologies that makes it easy to store, share and manage digital information within an organization.

  • SharePoint 2013 Design Manager snippet

    A SharePoint 2013 Design Manager snippet is HTML markup that can be copied and pasted into a SharePoint Master Page Design file.

  • problem management

    Problem management, in information technology, is a process aimed at resolving incidents and problems caused by end-user errors or IT infrastructure issues, and preventing recurrence of such incidents.

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Microsoft Windows Hardware Management

Hardware considerations play a major role in administering a Windows enterprise. The appropriate PC and storage hardware can change depending on which Windows operating system you are running. Windows 7, Windows XP and Windows Vista have different hardware requirements, but how do you find the right level of compatibility? The Microsoft Windows Hardware Management topic section offers Windows hardware news, tips and more to help in building a solid Windows infrastructure. Whether you are dealing with Windows storage hardware issues such as disk arrays and USBs, or you have questions about Windows multi-core processors, these pages have you covered. In addition, for those looking for the hottest new notebook and laptop computers for Windows enterprises, check out our series of reviews from NotebookReview.com for all the latest on remote desktop hardware.

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  • Windows Server Core

    Windows Server Core is a minimal installation option for the Windows Server operating system (OS) that has no GUI and only includes the components required to perform server roles and run applications.

  • PowerShell

    PowerShell is an object-oriented automation engine and scripting language with an interactive command-line shell that Microsoft developed to help IT professionals configure systems and automate administrative tasks.

  • server

    A server is a computer program that provides services to other computer programs (and their users) in the same or other computers. A dedicated computer may also be referred to as a server.

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Microsoft Windows Server Management

Administrators responsible for Windows server management need to be aware of the shortcuts and workarounds that can help maintain the performance of those Windows servers. Microsoft has released several versions of its server enterprise operating systems, including Windows 2000 Server, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008. No matter which Windows Server your company uses, we've got you covered. This topic section provides the best Windows Server tutorials and advice for all aspects of sever management, ranging from remote server management and Active Directory to Windows server clustering and consolidation. You'll also find the latest news on Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 8, plus the hottest new server management tools for Windows enterprises.

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  • Windows containers

    Windows containers are abstracted, isolated and portable operating environments supported by the Microsoft Windows Server 2016 operating system and managed with tools such as Docker and PowerShell.

  • Windows Sysinternals

    Windows Sysinternals is a suite of more than 70 freeware utilities that was initially developed by Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell that is used to monitor, manage and troubleshoot the Windows operating system, and which Microsoft now owns and hosts on its TechNet site.

  • Microsoft Windows Server OS (operating system)

    Microsoft Windows Server OS (operating system) is a series of enterprise-class server operating systems designed to share services with multiple users and provide extensive administrative control of data storage, applications and corporate networks.

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Microsoft Windows Storage Management

Storage is one of the chief concerns for Windows systems administrators. This page offers some of the best storage management information for Windows environments. Here you'll find expert technical advice for data backup, plus tips dealing with data restoration and disaster recovery for Windows. Networked storage is also covered in detail, with an extensive library of articles on managing Windows storage area networks (SAN) and network-attached storage (NAS) devices. You will also find details on the latest tools for Windows storage, including Microsoft utilities such as the iSCSI Initiator for Windows Server 2008.

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  • Windows Server Core

    Windows Server Core is a minimal installation option for the Windows Server operating system (OS) that has no GUI and only includes the components required to perform server roles and run applications.

  • Internet Information Services (IIS)

    Internet Information Services (IIS) is a flexible, general-purpose web server from Microsoft that runs on Windows systems to serve requested HTML pages or files.

  • Microsoft Cluster Operating System (OS) Rolling Upgrade

    Microsoft Cluster Operating System (OS) Rolling Upgrade is a feature that keeps Hyper-V virtual machines (VMs) or Scale-Out File Server workloads running during an upgrade from a Windows Server 2012 R2 cluster to a Windows Server 2016 cluster.

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Microsoft Windows Systems and Network Management

Part of being a Windows systems or network administrator means staying up-to-date on all the latest software and technologies. The systems and network management topic section provides administrators with the latest tools, news and advice for proper administration of a Windows enterprise. In addition to tips and tricks for Windows file management and network monitoring software, systems and network administrators will also find the latest expert advice on working with System Center, Microsoft's systems management product suite, and the company's Windows PowerShell scripting language.

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  • Microsoft Windows Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS)

    The Microsoft Windows Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) is a component in Microsoft Windows operating systems that takes unused network bandwidth to perform concurrent file transfers between machines.

  • Microsoft Log Parser Studio

    Microsoft Log Parser Studio is a front-end utility that features a graphical user interface, report builder and query repository for Microsoft's Log Parser application.

  • Microsoft Online Services Sign-In Assistant

    The Microsoft Online Services Sign-In Assistant is a software application that provides common sign-on capabilities for a suite of Microsoft online services, such as Office 365.

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Windows Server Operating Systems and Microsoft Applications

Naturally, the cornerstone of any Windows environment is the operating system. This topic page features news, tutorials, FAQs and more on working with the major server operating system releases from Microsoft, including Windows 2000 Server, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 8. Here you'll find information on a variety of concepts unique to Microsoft Windows Server operating systems, including troubleshooting tips and how-to articles. In addition to OS info, this page also provides resources for those working with popular Microsoft applications such as Exchange Server, SQL Server and Internet Information Services (IIS).

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  • Windows Server Core

    Windows Server Core is a minimal installation option for the Windows Server operating system (OS) that has no GUI and only includes the components required to perform server roles and run applications.

  • Microsoft Azure Stack

    Microsoft Azure Stack is an integrated platform of hardware and software that delivers Microsoft Azure public cloud services in a local data center to let organizations construct hybrid clouds.

  • Microsoft Exchange Server

    Microsoft Exchange Server is Microsoft's email, calendaring, contact, scheduling and collaboration platform deployed on the Windows Server operating system for use within a business or larger enterprise.

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  • internal audit (IA)

    An internal audit (IA) is an organizational initiative to monitor and analyze its own business operations in order to determine ...

  • 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.

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  • phishing

    Phishing is a form of fraud in which an attacker masquerades as a reputable entity or person in email or other communication ...

  • vulnerability disclosure

    Vulnerability disclosure is the practice of publishing information about a computer security problem, and a type of policy that ...

  • incident response

    Incident response is an organized approach to addressing and managing the aftermath of a security breach or cyberattack, also ...

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  • 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

  • flash memory

    Flash memory, also known as flash storage, is a type of nonvolatile memory that erases data in units called blocks.

  • NAND flash memory

    NAND flash memory is a type of nonvolatile storage technology that does not require power to retain data.

  • NOR flash memory

    NOR flash memory is one of two types of nonvolatile storage technologies.

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  • hybrid hard disk drive (HDD)

    A hybrid hard disk drive is an electromechanical spinning hard disk that contains some amount of NAND Flash memory.

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