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  • Blog Post: TechNet Magazine February 2009 Is Now Available Online

    The February 2009 issue of TechNet Magazine is now available online. Discover how you can use Excel and SharePoint to provide Business Intelligence in your organization, learn about logging and recovery in SQL Server and learn how to maintain a better database, see how you can automate the deployment...
  • Blog Post: Top Tips for Effective Database Maintenance

    In the August 2008 issue of TechNet Magazine, Paul Randal offers invaluable guidance to involuntary DBAs (those people who are not trained database administrators but somehow end up responsible for a database). In the article, Paul gives a crash course on key tips for effectively maintaining a production...
  • Blog Post: Utility Spotlight: Microsoft SharedView

    What if you’re on the other side of the world and you need to get together with oth ers on your team to make a decision that can’t wait? With Microsoft SharedView, you can connect with up to 15 people in different locations and evaluate the relevant information together by sharing what's on your desktop...
  • Blog Post: Video: Use Batch Cmdlets in Windows PowerShell

    Batch Cmdlets: Forget loops. Don Jones steps you through the easier and preferred way to work with multiple items in Windows PowerShell . Follow our daily tips: • facebook.com/TechNetTips • twitter.com/TechNetTips • blogs.technet.com/tnmag
  • Blog Post: Video: Splatting in Windows PowerShell 2.0

    In Windows PowerShell 2.0, splatting refers to a way in which you can bundle parameters to send to a command. Don Jones wrote about this in the March 2011 issue of TechNet Magazine . In this companion video, he steps you through Splatting in Windows PowerShell 2.0 . And while you're there, become...
  • Blog Post: Video: Configure More Sophisticated Formatting in Windows PowerShell

    Get an overview of how the formatting system works in Windows PowerShell and learn how you can manipulate its formatting settings for more sophisticated, customized output . ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Follow our...
  • Blog Post: Windows PowerShell: Build a Better Inventory Tool

    In the previous installment of the Windows PowerShell column ( Windows PowerShell: Building Your Own Software Inventory Tool ), Don Jones demonstrated a Windows PowerShell-based inventory tool. Continuing on with that discussion in the December 2008 installment (which is now available online), Don Jones...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Magazine January 2009 Issue Available Online

    The January 2009 issue of TechNet Magazine is now available online. Learn about Identity Lifecycle Manager 2, delve into Group Policy Preferences, get an overview of advanced SQL Server troubleshooting with Extended Events, discover a handy free utility for managing USB flash drives, and more. FEATURE...
  • Blog Post: August 2008 issue of TechNet Magazine available online

    The August 2008 issue of TechNet Magazine is now available online. FEATURE ARTICLES Far too often, people who are not trained database administrators end up responsible for managing one or more databases. In the latest issue of TechNet Magazine , Paul Randal offers a crash course for all those involuntary...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008: Track Changes in Your Database

    "For developers, one difficult problem in SQL Server is tracking what data has changed in a database. An even greater challenge is architecting a simple solution that doesn’t heavily impact workload performance and isn't difficult to create, implement, and manage. So why go to all the trouble...
  • Blog Post: Windows PowerShell: String Theory

    Don Jones has been known to proclaim that "If you're parsing a string in Windows PowerShell, you're doing something wrong." Unfortunately, you sometimes have no choice but to work with strings. The good news is that w hile Windows PowerShell is an object oriented tool, it is also able to parse...
  • Blog Post: Windows PowerShell: Building Your Own Software Inventory Tool

    In the November 2008 installment of our Windows PowerShell column (which is available online ), Don Jones demonstrates how to create a tool that will inventory the operating system build number (this is one of the best ways to determine the OS version) and service pack version number from a list of computers...
  • Blog Post: New Online Video

    I just wanted to point out that the June 2008 installment of the Windows PowerShell column is now available on the TechNet Magazine site. The column includes our first streaming video .  In this video, Don Jones demonstrates how you can easily add formatting to your Windows PowerShell output. Check...
  • Blog Post: Video: Using the Windows PowerShell Pipeline

    Don Jones explains how the Windows PowerShell pipeline works and demonstrates how you can get more out of it . Follow our daily tips: • facebook.com/TechNetTips • twitter.com/TechNetTips • blogs.technet.com/tnmag
  • Blog Post: Mark Russinovich On Security, The Future of Windows, and Joining Microsoft

    David Tesar recently posted an interview with Mark Russinovich . In the interview, Mark discusses joining Microsoft, the future of Sysinternals , what's in store for Security, and where Windows is headed. Mark Russinovich , of course, has also written some fantastic articles for TechNet Magazine : Windows...
  • Blog Post: Windows PowerShell in System Center Operations Manager

    Windows PowerShell is a powerful scripting language that was released to the public in November 2006 and has been downloaded more than two million times since then. In this article, Marco Shaw gives an overview of how you can use Windows PowerShell in System Center Operations Manager   to perform...
  • Blog Post: Video: How to Make a PowerShell Command into a Reusable Tool

    We just posted a video on the TechNet Tips Facebook page . Don Jones demonstrate how you can make a Windows PowerShell command into a reusable tool . Follow our daily tips: • facebook.com/TechNetTips • twitter.com/TechNetTips • blogs.technet.com/tnmag
  • Blog Post: Video: Windows PowerShell Basics (Getting Started)

    We posted another Windows PowerShell video on the TechNet Tips Facebook page. In this video, Don Jones steps you through Windows PowerShell basics to help you get started. Watch it now . Follow our daily tips: • facebook.com/TechNetTips • twitter.com/TechNetTips • blogs.technet.com...
  • Blog Post: Video: Beyond Basic Scripting in Windows PowerShell

    Don Jones looks at how you can use the pipeline to chain complex commands , making Windows PowerShell more than just a procedural scripting language. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Follow our daily tips: • facebook...
  • Blog Post: Video: Using Windows PowerShell Profiles

    Don Jones demonstrates how to use profiles in Windows PowerShell to automatically load modules and snap-ins, define functions, and customize the shell each time you open a new session. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Follow...
  • Blog Post: A Sneak Peek at Windows PowerShell 2.0

    Windows PowerShell 2.0 is in the works and the Community Technology Preview 2 (CTP2) is now available for download . The new version will offer some handy new features, including Remote Management capabilities.  In the August 2008 installment of our Windows PowerShell column, Don Jones gives a sneak...
  • Blog Post: Windows PowerShell: The Drop Box

    In the July 2008 installment of the Windows PowerShell column, Don Jones discusses filtering functions, the pipeline, and custom objects , and he demonstrates how you can use these techniques for some pretty powerful results. Don also explains how ping-pong balls hold the key to understanding how Windows...
  • Blog Post: July 2008 issue of TechNet Magazine available online

    The July 2008 issue of TechNet Magazine is now available online. FEATURE ARTICLES In the July issue, we provide guidance on Going Live with IIS 7.0 , giving advice on how you can test, stage, and migrate your Web apps. We also have an article that shows you how to plan and migrate your legacy voicemail...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Magazine November 2008 Issue Is available online

    The November 2008 issue of TechNet Magazine is now available online.   FEATURE ARTICLES                                                                  ...
  • Blog Post: New Windows 7 Learning Material

    The Microsoft Learning team has come out with a great series of bite-sized “Learning Snacks” to help introduce you to new features coming in Windows 7. They’ve just released a new series of Snacks this week, and we thought you might enjoy them! Desktop Experience in Windows 7 Setting Up a Home Network...