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Well.. Now that you’ve had a chance to take in all the great news (//Build) and new updates from Microsoft over the past couple of weeks, we thought it was finally time to wrap up our series for IT Pros entitled “Windows 8.1 for Business”.  For this final article of the series, I’m going to leave you with some useful resources that you should be watching and following regularly (other our blogs, of course). The Build 2014 Site Keynote and session recordings are available.  Whether or not you’re a developer, you’ll find some good information there. The Windows Client page on TechNet This is the starting point for all Windows client information that IT Pros will need to know.  “Presented by the Springboard Series for IT professionals, this site offers technical resources, free tools, and expert guidance to ease the deployment and management of your Windows client infr... (more)

Blog Series: Windows 8.1 for Business (or – Why you’re wrong about Windows 8.1)

Welcome to March!  And not that I mean to alarm you, but welcome to the final month before support ends on Windows XP.  I know that many of you supporting IT and devices for your businesses have known this for a while, and are either already done or continuing to work on migrating to Windows 7 or Windows 8.  But which one, and why? What’s interesting to me is that there is a lot of fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) surrounding Windows 8.1 and whether or not there is any real benefit to providing and supporting it as the default, best-choice for business devices.  And while I kn... (more)

Why can’t I just use the desktop in Windows 8.1?

Well, you can.  In fact, my friend and coworker Jennelle Crothers explains it all for you in today’s article in our “Windows 8.1 for Business” blog series.  She writes… “Ask anyone who uses a computer for every day work tasks, they might say that they LIVE on the desktop and can’t be bothered with the new modern start menu and interface of Windows 8.1. I’ll tell you that I also live on my desktop.” “I use Outlook, Word, OneNote and Excel, Lync, LiveWriter and IE 11 for a crazy number of line of business applications for work.  For native apps, I tend to find myself in the PDF R... (more)

The Case for the Offline Backup

Over the past several weeks, my teammates have all contributed to a very valuable series of blog articles entitled “Disaster Recovery Planning for IT Pros”.  They’ve covered topics such as how to get started in planning, and Server Virtualization and how it applies to Disaster Recovery, and testing your recovery plans.  And they’ve discussed technologies that can help – the tools in your DR tool belt - such as Hyper-V Replica, Windows Azure, and the newer Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager.  For the full list of excellent articles, CLICK HERE. “What is an Offline Backup?” Be... (more)

How can Hyper-V Server be a member of a cluster? (So many questions. So little time. Part 54.)

At our IT Camp in Minneapolis a few weeks ago, Kris asked me a valid question. “How does a Hyper-V Server (not the full windows install) do clustering if you can’t install the cluster role?” Kris’s question is a good one, because we had just been discussing how limited Hyper-v Server is in terms of what it can do, while at the same time supporting all of the same virtualization features and scale that a full Windows Server 2012 R2 machine with the Hyper-V Role installed does; including the ability to be joined to a Windows Failover Cluster. In fact, during the discussion of what... (more)