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System Center Essentials:Why System Center Works for the Non-Enterprise: Total Visibility, Total Control

Microsoft System Center is typically associated with largescale IT environments. Learn how System Center components can offer managing and monitoring capabilities for the small to midsize organization as well. Greg Shields

VMM R2 RC:Overview of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 RC

Find out how the R2 version of VMM 2008 can help you manage your organization’s virtual machines more easily and effi ciently. A key feature is its support for new new functionality in Microsoft’s Hyper-V hypervisor. Paul Schnackenburg

Dynamic Provisioning:Dynamically Confi gure Manager Roles Using VMM and Operations Manager

Manually installing and deploying your infrastructure is a time-consuming, tedious process. Automate those tasks with System Center tools, and get on to more important work. Chris Adams

Active Directory:AdminSDHolder, Protected Groups and SDPROP

Are you having problems with Access Control Lists and permissions? It may be related to AdminSDHolder. Learn exactly what AdminSDHolder is, how it works—and how you can tweak it to better meet your organization’s needs. John Policelli


From the Editor:System Center Solutions: Meeting Universal Needs
Mitch Irsfeld
Toolbox:New Products for IT Professionals
Greg Steen discusses free tools that can help you clone hard drives, identify unknown files, protect sensitive data and monitor disk spaceGreg Steen
Exchange Queue & A:A Second Look at Exchange 2010 Features and Improvements
Henrik Walther digs into database availability, archiving and performance improvements planned in Exchange Server 2010.Henrik Walther
Utility Spotlight:Microsoft Expression Web SuperPreview for Windows Internet Explorer
Certain Web pages may display differently in Internet Explorer 8 than they did in earlier versions. This tool lets you view pages from different versions side by side to see what needs tweaking for IE8.Lance Whitney
Inside SharePoint:Securing External SharePoint Communications
Protecting SharePoint from the bad guys involves understanding your topology and layering solutions.Pav Cherny
Windows PowerShell:Filter Left, Format Right
Two of the biggest Windows PowerShell headaches involve filtering and formatting. Learn about two simple rules that can help you avoid problems in both areas.Don Jones
Geek of all Trades:How to Install Non-Microsoft Patches Using System Center Essentials
Microsoft’s System Center Essentials (SCE) platform combines the functionality of two large-scale Microsoft management solutions—Windows Server Update Services and System Center Operations Manager—in a package designed for smaller environments. Learn howGreg Shields
Windows Confidential:Encoding Is Not Encrypting
Encoding usage information in the Start menu lets tinkerers know to stay away—and here’s why.Raymond Chen