TechNet Magazine: November 2010

gg293091(v=msdn.10).md Editor's Note: The Crown Jewels

By Lafe Low

It’s a data-driven economy. Today’s enterprises run on data. A sales guy is dead in the water without his contacts. Marketing can’t function without access to lists and customer data, surveys and profiles. There isn’t any aspect of any business that can function without data. It is indeed the lifeblood of the enterprise and a company’s crown jewels. This month we dive deep into the heavy-hitter in the data-management world: SQL Server. Read more…



Geek of All Trades: Windows 7 Deployment in 7 Easy Steps
By Greg Shields

It’s easier to deploy Windows 7 than you may be led to believe by the online documentation that accompanies many of the free deployment tools.


Windows Confidential: The Story of Restore
By Ramond Chen

The history of the “Restore previous folder windows at logon” feature is certainly tumultuous—filled with back-and-forth decisions and user feedback.

Toolbox: New Products for IT Professionals
By Greg Steen

You can use the tools in this month’s toolbox to create a storage area network, compare Microsoft Excel worksheets or speed up your scripting.

SQL Q&A: Backup and Setup
By Paul S. Randal

SQL Server is a powerful platform, but does require finesse when considering your transaction log settings and other configuration questions.

Windows PowerShell: Think Commands, Not Scripts
By Don Jones

Don’t be intimidated by the term “scripting,” because you can do a lot with Windows PowerShell using simple commands.