TechNet Magazine: December 2012

jj853399(v=msdn.10).md Editor’s Note: New year, new challenges

By Lafe Low

As the year turns, many organizations’ fiscal years and general operational plans turn as well. The end of a year is always a good time to regroup, reexamine and revisit your strategies and tactics—both from a business perspective and an operational IT perspective. What are you plans around the major new releases from Microsoft this year?

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Utility Spotlight:
Gather troubleshooting data

By Lance Whitney

The Microsoft Product Support Reports tool collects information on a misbehaving system to help you (or Microsoft) diagnose the source of the problem.


Windows Confidential:
The hidden variables

By Raymond Chen

Embedding one environment variable within another is simply a matter of good operational timing.

New products for IT professionals

By Greg Steen

Monitor Web services and event logs with these easy-to-use solutions.


Windows PowerShell:
Make the second hop

By Don Jones

You can run into some tricky situations when Remoting with Windows PowerShell. Just be careful how many times you make the hop.

Exchange Queue & A:
Moving online

By Henrik Walther

You’ll have some decisions to make when moving e-mail from on-premises to a cloud-based environment such as Exchange Online.


Geek of All Trades:
Script-free glue for automation

By Greg Shields

System Center Orchestrator 2012 uses runbooks to automate activities and tasks—all without requiring a single line of code or script.