TechNet Magazine: October 2012

jj712212(v=msdn.10).md Editor’s Note: Work together

By Lafe Low

Whether integrating technologies, business processes or job functions, working together is essential for any organization. The System Center family of products, from Configuration Manager to Virtual Machine Manager, all work together to help you manage your IT infrastructure in the most efficient manner possible.

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Utility Spotlight:
Help for your ribbon-phobic users

By Lance Whitney

The light-hearted Ribbon Hero 2 can help your users work more easily with the Ribbon interface in Microsoft Office 2007 or 2010.

Windows Confidential:
The service pack shuffle

By Raymond Chen

How can you be certain you’re receiving all the right patches and updates with a new service pack? Rest assured—they’re in there.

New products for IT professionals

By Greg Steen

Stress test your application stack and expand your toolset with Windows versions of popular Unix/Linux-based command-line utilities with this month’s tools.

Windows PowerShell:
My Windows PowerShell profile

By Don Jones

The profile scripts are a powerful way to customize Windows PowerShell and have it ready to work the way you want it to work.

Geek of All Trades:
The new certifications

By Greg Shields

There’s a whole “new” crop of reconfigured and reclassified Microsoft certification exams, but how much has the focus and the gravitas changed?