White Paper Wednesday: Microsoft Resources

Chris KnottsWed, 05/23/2012 - 13:47
by: Chris Knotts, PMP – ASPE Creative Director Microsoft is one of the original technology giants of our age, and even as innovative competitors and disruptive technology give rise to increasing corporate challenges, they continue to be highly relevant in today’s business world. Here at ASPE-IT we’ve been teaching on Microsoft technologies for years, but it continues to be exciting to watch their activity and to teach skills related to their products. With today’s advances in cloud computing, data management, and operating system power, Microsoft is driving some pretty versatile and innovative tools. We have a number of white papers that take you through some of these tools, and we hope you’ll find them useful as we outline some current Microsoft products and provide some specific “how-to” expertise. Download all five white papers now!
White Paper #1 – Microsoft and the Cloud: Five Essential Things To Know As Microsoft diversifies its cloud services it faces stiff competition from a number of players who took early advantage of the trend. For example, Amazon Web Services first offered cloud-based services in 2006. It has already gained significant adoptions from small- to mid-sized businesses (SMBs) that have chosen to create their data centers in the cloud, capitalizing on scalability. However, Microsoft’s comprehensive services platform, the push toward key software products as SaaS (Software as a Service), advanced testing, and development are key elements to customer satisfaction, brand allegiance, and successful cloud computing experiences. This white paper addresses Microsoft’s current stake in cloud computing and examines the most recent range of cloud-based product offerings as an indication of where Microsoft may be heading. The white paper covers:
  • Cloud computing – an overview
  • Windows Azure Services
  • Office Web Apps
  • Microsoft Exchange Server
  • Microsoft Office 365
Download this white paper now.
White Paper #2 – Restoring Data with Database Snapshots What DBA wouldn’t appreciate a process that allows for fast and easy restoration of lost data? If the process allows you and your users to examine the information before restoring it, to use a minimal amount of drive space, and to carry out all the necessary steps with only local resources, then you have a solution that not only saves you time, but improves the options you have for supporting users and developers. All of these options are available when using SQL Server’s Database Snapshot functionality. When configured, it gives you access to a point-in-time, read-only view of the database and its records. Step by step, this white paper outlines how to correctly use database snapshots to build in an extra layer of protection against data loss. Download this white paper now.
White Paper #3 – Getting Started With Master Data Services One of the many interesting features of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 is Master Data Services (MDS). This enhancement allows an organization to create a Master Data Hub that provides a “single source of truth” for the enterprise’s numerous data entities and hierarchies. The typical medium- to large-sized company has many disparate systems, some inherited from mergers or acquisitions, each using its own data source. These data sources can be aligned using a hub-and-spoke architecture to cross-reference the data entities into a central database that can be used for auditing, change tracking and consolidation. This white paper highlights the new Master Data Services feature. Screenshot by screenshot, we’ll show you how to properly set up and use this powerful feature to establish a unified governance solution for your information. Download this white paper now.
White Paper #4 – Public Folders in Exchange Server 2010: What You Should Know In the early days of the beta version of what became known as Exchange 2007, the internet was littered with rumors and speculation about the demise of Exchange Public Folders. The implementation of Public Folders in the initial release to market instance of that product did little to convince us that Microsoft was going to support them for long. All administration of Public Folders had to be performed from the Exchange Management Shell, and that was a difficult pill for many Exchange admins to swallow. Furthermore, there was a lack of support for Public Folders in Outlook Web Access (OWA). Things cleared up with Exchange 2007 SP1, when the Public Folder Management Console (PFMC) made its debut. While still lacking the ability to assign permissions, the PFMC allowed us to perform many tasks in a familiar-looking GUI environment, and the OWA issue was resolved. More importantly, Microsoft provided us with guidance about the future of Public Folders and the circumstances where we can and should use them. In this white paper we will examine Exchange Public Folders and consider where they fit in our plans for a messaging infrastructure. Our examination will take us through:
  1. What Public Folders Are
  2. Moving From Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2010
  3. Moving From Exchange 2007 to Exchange 2010
  4. Moving From Other Messaging Infrastructures to Exchange 2010
  5. Leaving Public Folders Behind
  6. What the Future May Hold
By the time you have finished reading this white paper, you may see some sunlight poking through the clouds of this issue. Download this white paper now.
White Paper #5 – Speeding Up File Transfers in Windows® 7 File transfer speed is a big deal. In fact, user response to Vista (pre-SP1) was negative in large part because Vista transferred files in many situations more slowly than XP, its predecessor. The complex thing about file transfers in Windows is that they involve many factors, any one of which can present problems: which mix of operating systems you’re using; Network Interface Card (NIC) settings; layered software (such as antivirus); switch settings; whether you’re transferring one large file or lots of small ones; etc. One thing is for sure: in a typical Windows network with a mix of clients and servers, file transfer performance can vary wildly. Because it’s such a common operation, it’s worth looking at some of the reasons and, in the process, unearthing a few tricks and tips that might make file copying snappier on your network. That’s what this white paper does, and it is organized as follows.
  • SMB Versions
  • Pull vs. Push
  • NIC Settings
  • NETSH Settings
  • File System Buffering
  • Multithreaded Copying
  • Drive Compression and Encryption
  • Antivirus/Antimalware Utilities
  • Local Disk Copies
Download this white paper now.
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