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Windows and Linux System Monitoring With PC Monitor
When you think of computer monitoring, you don't expect to hear adjectives such as 'easy' or 'fun.' With PC Monitor, you will.

Windows 8 Server Beta First Look
Last month, Microsoft released the Windows 8 Server Beta. We walk through the many changes and new functionality it has added since the Developer Preview last year.

13 Free Network and DNS Tools
These 13  free network and DNS tools will go a long way toward helping you administer, troubleshoot, manage and secure your network.

4 Mobile Management Solutions to Keep Your Enterprise Secure and in Sync
As mobile devices in the enterprise grow by leaps and bounds, enterprises' ability to remotely manage them, including enforcing security policies and keeping data in sync, becomes ever more important. Here are four solutions to help resolve this growing data center dilemma.

Arkeia Network Backup Version 9.1 Review
No matter what size of company you have, Arkeia's Network Backup can work for you. Backup local systems or over a WAN to disk, tape or the cloud.

The 9 Best Low-Cost RADIUS Servers
Looking for a RADIUS server? No need to spend a fortune. Here are nine inexpensive options to consider.

Microsoft to Debut Resilient File System with Windows 8 Server
The new ReFS file system, designed for resiliency and optimized for extreme scale, will be introduced as a storage system for Windows 8 Server, but will later be implemented as storage for clients and eventually as a boot volume.

OpenSUSE 12.1 Proffers Polish and Performance
From its performing OS to the cutting-edge open source projects included with it, OpenSUSE 12.1 truly has something for everyone. But is it really flawless?

File Sharing Made Easy With Media Servers and NAS
Centralized file sharing and storage is a snap with these five open source NAS and media servers.

Dell PowerEdge R210 II: Good Things Come in Small Packages
This enterprise-ready, ultra-compact, 1-socket  server from Dell may very well change your perception of rackmount servers.

Kicking the Tires on Windows 8 Server
We take the developer preview release of Windows 8 Server out for a spin and find it surprisingly crash-free.

7 Open and Free Network Servers
Free, open source router and firewall solutions abound. Many also offer other LAN services, such as a VPN server, hotspot gateway and captive portal. These seven router projects are suitable for SMBs and enterprises alike.

10 Server and Admin BlackBerry Apps
These 10 BlackBerry smartphones apps make monitoring, connecting, transferring and managing your servers a snap.

SuperMicro SuperServer 5037C-T, a Server Option Beyond the Big Three
Looking for a solid entry-level server? Prefer to work with a smaller reseller rather than a large OEM? The SuperMicro SuperServer 5037C-T might be just right for your organization.

12 Awesome Server Admin Apps for Windows Phone 7
Managing your data center from your smart phone is no longer fantasy. Server admins will find a wide selection of Windows Phone 7 apps to monitor, manage and administer as well as perform a variety of server-related tasks.

NComputing's L300: Exploring the Server and Client Side of VDI
NComputing's L300 ties VDI into a nice neat package. Learn how to get your servers and clients up and running in a jiffy.

HP's ProLiant DL 385 G7 Packs Powerful Punch
Plenty of possibilities from the latest version of this AMD Opteron powered workhorse.

10 Server and Admin Apps for Your iPhone or iPad
Find out the 10 best iOS-powered apps for server monitoring, transferring files and administering your data center from your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.

11 Server Apps for Android OS Devices
Need remote monitoring and management for servers in you data center? Android's got (many) an app for that.

5 Free RADIUS Testing and Monitoring Tools
When troubleshooting a RADIUS server, it's good to have a client simulator program. These five RADIUS testing and monitoring tools can help you test the initial configuration of the server and any changes.

Application
Sometimes referred to as a type of middleware, application servers occupy a large chunk of computing territory between database servers and the end user, often connecting the two.

FTP
File Transfer Protocol (FTP) makes it possible to move files from one computer to another via the Internet. Although one of the oldest Internet services, FTP has kept pace with the times. Today, many FTP servers include user authentication, file transfer policies, and detailed activity logging.

Mail
Ubiquitous and critical, mail servers move and store email over private networks and across the Internet.

Proxy
A proxy server in a network architecture is what its name implies: a stand in. A proxy server sits between corporate client machines and the Internet. Sometimes it is a stand-alone product; more often, it is functionality built into other software. A forward proxy stands in the way of the Internet and receives data from client machines bound for the Internet and forwards it on on their behalf. A reverse proxy stands in the way of servers within the corporate network and receives data bound for them, and distributes it on.

Web
At its core, Web servers send static content to a Web browser by loading a file from a disk and sending it across the network to a user's Web browser. Browsers and Web servers communicate with each other using HTTP to mediate the exchange.

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