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How IT Pros Can Automate the Employee Onboarding Process
Jul 9, 2015
Adam Bertram explains the advantages of automating the processes involved in onboarding a new employee. Most of the initial steps in outfitting a new staffer are identical, regardless of the new hire's position. So why are we repeating those steps by hand when we could automate the process?
Windows PowerShell: Peering Through the Pipeline
Jun 11, 2015
You've probably done at least a little pipeline work with Windows PowerShell. Did you get the expected results every time? Timothy Warner, author of Sams Teach Yourself Windows PowerShell 5 in 24 Hours, points out how most of us go wrong when piping. Learn more powerful ways to use the pipeline.
Desired State Configuration Basics in Windows PowerShell
Jun 9, 2015
This chapter from Windows PowerShell in 24 Hours, Sams Teach Yourself, explains the historical background of DSC, basic tenets of DSC, the DSC authoring environment, configuring the DSC environment, writing your first configuration script, and DSC push configuration.
Understanding the Windows PowerShell Release Cycle
Apr 20, 2015
Timothy Warner, author of Sams Teach Yourself Windows PowerShell 5 in 24 Hours, explains how Windows PowerShell releases are related to Windows version releases and which bits go with what. It's not a 1:1 relationship, so you might need to uninstall if things don't go quite as expected. With Tim's help and the Windows Management Framework, you'll get it right from the start.
Information Governance & EIM Overview Governance
Oct 8, 2014
This chapter from Performing Information Governance: A Step-by-step Guide to Making Information Governance Work focuses on each of the functions within EIM in terms of their purpose, unique artifacts that are used to design and maintain the applications, and how they are built. It explains how these different functions interconnect to provide an entire information environment for an organization.
System Center 2012 Service Management Basics
Oct 8, 2014
This chapter from System Center 2012 Service Manager Unleashed introduces System Center Service Manager. Service Manager provides user-centric support, enables data center management efficiency, and enables you to align to your organization’s business goals and adapt to ever-changing business requirements.
Cisco Networking Academy's Introduction to Scaling Networks
Apr 17, 2014
This chapter introduces strategies that can be used to systematically design a highly functional network, such as the hierarchical network design model, the Cisco Enterprise Architecture, and appropriate device selections.
What Will 100 Gbps Broadband Satellite Technology Mean to You?
Nov 6, 2013
In planes, trains, ships, and automobiles, the advent of 30-100 Gbps connectivity via satellite will redefine "access." It's not just consumers either, as 50% of enterprise terminals are predicted to use high-capacity satellite platforms by 2020. What does the advent of 100 Gbps over satellite mean to us—and what will it cost? Technical futurist Leo Wrobel explains in this article.
Microsoft Project 2013 and the Project Management Domain
Oct 31, 2013
This chapter identifies accepted standards and methodologies that are in use within the field of project management and provides some examples of how they are used with Project.
What's New in System Center 2012 Orchestrator
Oct 23, 2013
This chapter from System Center 2012 Orchestrator Unleashed focuses on changes to Orchestrator in System Center 2012. If you have an OIS 6.3 background, reading this chapter can provide a smooth transition to understanding this System Center component. The chapter covers technology changes and discusses how Microsoft’s rebranding affects Orchestrator’s position in System Center. This chapter also provides a brief overview of the history of Orchestrator.
How My Role Models Led Me to a Career in IT and Helped Me Create Work-Life Balance
Oct 11, 2013
Susan Bligh shares how the roles models in her life—male and female, good and bad—helped her make the decisions that have enabled her to flourish in both her professional career and her personal life.
Introduction to Patterns of Information Management
Jun 26, 2013
In software engineering, we are taught that abstraction, modularity, and information hiding are useful approaches when breaking down a set of requirements into manageable chunks for implementation. In this introduction to Patterns of Information Management , Mandy Chessell and Harald Smith explain how their book makes use of these principles to tackle the synchronization of information between IT systems.
What's New in System Center 2012 Operations Manager
Mar 26, 2013
The newest version of Operations Manager (OpsMgr), System Center 2012 Operations Manager, builds on the capabilities introduced in OpsMgr 2007. In its fourth major release by Microsoft, the product team takes the best of OpsMgr 2007 and adds a number of enhancements, including resource pools for redundancy and high availability, significant changes in network and application monitoring, and new dashboard capabilities. This chapter takes a brief look at the history of Operations Manager and then highlights the changes in this release.
"The Best Programming Advice I Ever Got" with Rand Morimoto
Feb 19, 2013
Rand Morimoto, Microsoft MVP and president of Convergent Computing, writes about the importance of learning PowerShell, even if you're comfortable with using GUIs.
Financial Restitution for Cable Cuts and Other Buried Facility Disruption? It May Be Closer Than You Think
Feb 5, 2013
If you are an e-business and have ever sustained a cable or fiber cut (who has not?), you owe it to yourself to consider the ideas in this article by author and technical futurist Leo Wrobel.
Get Smart: A Project Manager's Guide to the Processes of the New and Improved PMBOK Guide, 5th Edition
Dec 4, 2012
Product management consultant Joseph Phillips dives headfirst into the new and improved PMBOK Guide, 5th Edition, with some quick insight to all of the PMI project management processes.
PMBOK Guide, 5th Edition: What’s New and (Almost) Exciting
Nov 27, 2012
Product management consultant Joseph Phillips describes in detail how PMBOK Guide, 5th Edition has added and removed project processes, clarified previous edition, and includes a completely new project knowledge area.
The Art of the Data Center: Bahnhof - Stockholm, Sweden
Oct 9, 2012
Doug Alger takes a fascinating look at one of the most amazing data centers in the world in this chapter from his book The Art of the Data Center.
Data Center Architecture and Technologies in the Cloud
Mar 20, 2012
This chapter provides an overview of the architectural principles and infrastructure designs needed to support a new generation of real-time-managed IT service use cases in the data center.
IBM Information Management System: From Apollo to Enterprise
Dec 21, 2011
This chapter highlights some of the history of IMS and describes how IMS fits into contemporary IT multitiered enterprise architectures.

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