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Hyper-V and VMware vSphere Architectures: Pros and Cons
With Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere tackling virtualization in their own distinct ways, it's important to know the key advantages and disadvantages of each design architecture employed by the two.

A Primer for Scheduling Cron Jobs in Linux
The syntax for scheduling Cron jobs isn't the easiest to use or remember, but here are some helpful tips for getting up to speed with and utilizing Cron jobs.

Cloning Virtual Domain Controllers in Windows Server 2012
Discover how the new cloning feature in Windows Server 2012 can simplify building a new additional domain controller as well as save time when provisioning domain controllers for rapid deployment.

How to Run Virtual Desktops in Windows
Virtual desktops aren't the sole province of Linux and Unix users. Discover some of the better Windows virtual desktop solutions currently available.

Creating a Web-Based Windows Remote Desktop Client
Our latest Server Tutorial explores two key ways you can easily make remote connections to computers from within a web browser.

Virtualizing Active Directory Domain Controllers: General Best Practices
Before virtualizing mission-critical services like Active Directory domain controllers, make sure to brush up on what you should and should not do with our "best practices" reference.

How to Use Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Replica for Disaster Recovery
Discover how to create and implement a cost-effective disaster recovery solution with Windows Server 2012's Hyper-V Replica virtual technology.

How to Team Your Network Cards with Windows Server 2012
Discover how to resolve all sorts of virtualization headaches by teaming your network cards with Windows Server 2012's Server Manager.

How to Manage Multiple Servers with Windows Server 2012
Discover how to quickly and easily administer multiple servers, no matter where they are in the world, from a single interface.

How to Enable Concurrent Remote Desktop Sessions in Windows
Our latest Server Tutorial reveals how you can get around the Windows one-concurrent user limitation in order to be able to use a PC at the same time as a remote connector.

8 Trending Third-Party Management Tools for Amazon Web Services
A closer look at some of the most popular third-party tools currently available for managing your Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud services.

Creating Custom Virtual Networks for VMware Player
Our latest tutorial reveals how you can use VMware Player's Virtual Network Editor to create custom virtual adapters and then assign them to VMs.

How to Team Your Network Cards in Windows Server 2012
With the advent of cloud computing and mass virtualization of server operating systems, the need for high speed, highly available networking becomes even more pressing.

How to Fix a VMware Player Bridged Network
Having difficulties when trying to set a network adapter on a VMware Player machine in Bridged mode?  Our latest tutorial reveals a solution for the bridged network issue.

Windows Server 2012 Walkthroughs: Upgrading a Dell R520
Chomping at the bit to test out the official release of Windows Server 2012?  Check out what to watch for and avoid as we put the new server OS through its paces.

VMware View 5.1: Relieving Potential Pain from VDI Projects
The latest version of VMware View debuts with new functionality to improve the overall user experience, but are the enhancements enough to warrant an upgrade for your environment?

Moving EC2 Instances Across Availability Zones or AWS Regions
While many Amazon Web Services are region specific, fortunately there are several workarounds for running EC2 instances in different zones.

Tweaking VMware's High Availability and Admission Control Policies
You have to balance adequate failover capacity with the ability to remain productive and cost-efficient. Admission control in VMware allows you to do both.

Installing XenServer Tools on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 VMs
For better virtual machine performance and better management integration, install XenServer Tools. But for Microsoft's newest operating systems, there's a catch.

Securing a VNC Server on Linux with SSH
Virtual Network Computing (VNC) enables you to use a GUI instead of a command-line interface when remotely connecting to a Linux or Unix machine, but security's another matter entirely.  Discover how to make sure your VNC server connections stay secure.

Managing Stubborn VMware VMs from the Command Line
Working in vCenter is great until the unthinkable happens -- you have a "stuck" VM. You can't do anything with it except use some command-line magic.

Setting Up VNC on Ubuntu in Amazon EC2
While Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud offers only SSH access by default to Linux cloud servers, if you aren't a command-line fan or your application requires a GUI, discover how you can set up remote desktop access to most Linux cloud servers.

HP AMD CPU Upgrades Crank Up the Capacity
A processor refresh doesn't necessarily mean you need a new server. Sometimes, simply dropping in new chips gives your server a huge performance boost. Paul Ferrill demonstrates how AMD's new 16-core chip ups the compute capacity of the HP ProLiant DL 385 G7 by 25 percent.

Keep Configs Under Control With Etckeeper
Etckeeper makes it easy to keep your /etc directory and its related config files in a revision control system of your choice.

Work Smarter With Virtual Assistants
Assistants are no longer just for execs. With a virtual assistant, you can hand off repetitive tasks and focus on the work that matters. Fancy Hands and Amazon's Mechanical Turk are two examples of affordable assistants, each effective at meeting a different set of needs.

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