Vol. 26, #8 - April 22, 2013 - Issue #926


From Fat to Fit IT Pro - The Conclusion

  1. Editor's Corner
    • From the Mailbag
    • Fitness and Weightloss Tips
    • Tip of the Week
    • Recommended for Learning
    • Quote of the Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. Events Calendar
    • Americas
    • Europe
  4. Webcast Calendar
    • Ignoring Users Hasn't Worked: Tactics for managing application settings
    • Register for Webcasts
  5. Tech Briefing
    • Managing VMware Servers from System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 SP1
    • Product Review: U-BTech Solutions Exchange Tasks 365
    • System Center 2012 SP1 - Virtual Machine Manager support for VMware vSphere ESX Hosts
    • Poor network performance in VM when creating a virtual switch and using Broadcom NIC with Windows Server 2012
    • KB2821052 – "0x000000D1" Stop Error When Opening MPIO Snap-In WS2012 Computer
    • The Windows Server 2012 Simplified DirectAccess Wizard Overview (Part 1)
    • PowerGUI Script Editor gets full support for PowerShell 3.0
    • The Most Under-Appreciated & Under-Used Feature Of VMM: VM Templates
    • Is Live Migration Supported Pass Through Disk in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V?
    • Exchange 2013 Local Mailbox Moves (Part 1)
    • Planning for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) (Part 3)
  6. Windows Server News
    • Cloud stack comparison shopping for your private cloud build
    • Sampling four VDI monitoring tools
    • Is a fully virtualized infrastructure a good idea for your business?
    • Making a fair VMware vs. AWS cloud computing cost comparison
  7. WServerNews FAVE Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Fun Stuff.
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Editor's Corner

This week's newsletter is the second and final issue dedicated to helping fat IT pros lose weight and get fit. As readers of From Fat to Fit IT Pro - The Beginning (Issue #922) will recall, until recently I myself used to be your stereotypical middle-aged fat IT pro. But one day I decided to do something about it. That's the power of decisions because making them empowers you. Or do you need to be empowered before you can make a decision? Which comes first, empowerment or decision-making? Let's ask Dilbert:


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From the Mailbag

Over the last few weeks many of you WServerNews readers have sent us your own tips on how to lose weight and become fit. Rather than repeat them here in the Mailbag, I've included some of the best ones we received in my editorial below.

Fitness and Weightloss Tips

Losing weight and getting fit is a huge topic and it's important for everybody, and perhaps especially so for IT pros like ourselves who sit in front of a screen all day. We can only scratch the surface of this subject here--the main focus after all of this newsletter is the Windows Server platform not weightloss. But the hugely favorable response we received from our previous issue on this topic demanded that we address this subject one more time.

So first of all I'll share with you ten tips based on my own experience of losing 50 lbs and becoming fit. Then I'll share some terrific tips and suggestions submitted by readers of this newsletter.

And if you still want more after all this, guess what? Later this summer I'll be publishing an ebook that will describe my weightloss story in lurid detail with tons of motivational tips that can help you do what I did. And I'll include a link to my ebook in WServerNews once my ebook available, so stay tuned to this newsletter!

My top ten tips

Here then are my top ten tips in no particular order. These are all based on my own personal experience, so mileage may vary. And remember the Disclaimer I included in the previous issue on this topic:

Before I begin relating my weightloss/fitness story, I should mention that I am neither a certified fitness instructor nor a qualified nutritional counselor and that I am neither recommending a program nor providing medical advice. I am only telling my story and am presenting my personal observations to you "as is" with no warranties or guarantees. Before embarking on any new weightloss or fitness program, you should see your doctor and consult with qualified professionals. Did I do that before starting my own weightloss/fitness journey? Of course not. But you should.

1. Make it your number one priority. Losing weight is phenomenally hard if you've carried that excess weight around for years. I decided to make exercising my top priority, more than my job or family or anything else. If that sounds selfish, I suppose it is. But it's better than the alternative of having a heart attack. So every morning, workday or holiday, I began with an hour of exercise. And I started eating what I needed to eat regardless of what others around me were eating, whether at home or at a restaurant. Did my work suffer? Yes, but it was worth it in the long run. Were friends and family bored with my newfound obsession with fitness and changes in my eating habits? Of course, but eventually saw the light and came around to where they could see the point of what I was doing. So let me repeat Tip #1 one more time: Make losing weight and becoming fit your NUMBER ONE PRIORITY.

2. Give up alcohol. I believe a big part of my weight problem was my love affair with scotch and vodka. I knew I had a problem with drinking and tried to stop many times but always failed until I found this book by Allen Carr:

That book probably saved my life, and I thank the day that it dropped out of the sky and onto my head. If you feel you have a problem with alcohol, I strongly urge you to get hold of this book. But if you enjoy drinking and don't feel it's a problem for you, then please don't buy this book because it'll only make you angry reading it.

3. Purchase a reclining exercise bike. Cardio is essential for losing weight, and while running may be cheaper (all you need are running shoes) it's a lot harder on your knees than bicycling. The great thing about my exercise bike is that I can use it during the winter here in Canada when the sidewalks are often too slippery even for walking outdoors.

4. Do some weightlifting too. Don't just do cardio, get some dumbbells as well. The more muscle you build, the better your body becomes at burning fat. If you've never lifted weights before, get some professional advice and start small. Three years ago my arms got sore using 5 lb dumbbells (yes, I was that weak) but today I can get a good workout using 40 lb dumbbells and am looking forward to finally buying my first Olympic barbell set next winter. And ladies, guess what--dumbbells will tone and shape your arms, they won't make you a musclemaid, so don't worry and embrace the pain. On the other hand, if you want to be a musclemaid then more power to you!

5. Keep track of everything you eat. I started keeping a diet log two and a half years ago when I began my weightloss journey. I did this so I could discover how different foods affected my weight, my mood, and my appetite. I soon discovered that 2450 calories/day was my maintenance level, meaning that if I ate an average of 2450 calories per day I would neither gain nor lose weight. Now my maintenance level is around 3100 calories/day. Why the increase? Because muscle burns a lot more calories than bodyfat, and I have a lot more muscle now than when I started my program 2.5 years ago.

6. Turn your meals upside down. What I mean is, eat a good-sized breakfast, consume most of your carbs early in the day, and on most days have only a snack for dinner. For example, I'll often have steel-cut oats and some fruit for breakfast, then some eggs or cottage cheese two hours later. Then in the early afternoon I'll have fish or fowl with vegetables. My evening meal often ends up being a few tablespoons of almond butter and a bunch of celery stalks.

7. Cheat occasionally. If you restrict your calories over a long period of time, your metabolism will start to slow down. That's why every once in a while I like to have a cheat meal, my favorite being a well-done extra-crispy Little Caesar's medium thin crust Supreme pizza with extra pepperoni and only a little bit of cheese on it--yum!! Or sometimes I might have a carb-up day where I eat bread, potatoes, and pasta to kickstart my metabolism again.

8. Use well-researched supplements. For me these include things like whey protein shakes, adding extra Leucine to my cottage cheese, a tablespoon of fish oil, taking vitamin D, and my favorite supplement H2O. I'll go into more about the pros and cons of different supplements in my upcoming ebook.

9. Learn all you can about fitness. For two years I bought every fitness magazine I could find and read everything several times. When you want to become a success in any field, you need to start by learning all you can about it.

10. Stay motivated. Some remarkable things happen when you start losing significant weight. Most of these things are positive, but a few are negative. I'll share more about the pros and cons of losing weight and getting fit in my upcoming ebook, so stay tuned. But for now, a good way to stay motivated is to keep a pile of fitness magazines beside the kitchen table and browse through them while eating breakfast.

One final tip: be patient. It takes time to change your body, your attitudes, and your lifestyle. There will be setbacks, and the trick is to quickly let them go and get focused again on your goals.

Tips from our readers

Now let's hear what some of our readers have to say concerning this subject. Thanks in advance to each of you who shared your story or suggestions with us and sorry if we can't include all of them here.

I'm 5'6", was nearly 290 pounds, became diabetic, starting losing my sight, needed a heart triple bypass - really bad stuff. I now live in Brazil, have not visited a fast food joint in 10 years or more, walk and ride public transportation and carry a 12 kilo bag of tools and software! While I cannot reverse all the damage my body sustained over the years, I look great, feel great at 70 kilos, 155 pounds. I'm 58 and will probably live to my 80s or more. Proper diet and exercise is the key. No fad diets, no miracle surgeries needed. --Howard R.

I too am an IT pro that has seen his weight creep up over 14 years of network administration. I wasn't overweight by much, but I started the diet to support my wife. I have lost 10 lbs. in a month by completely cutting out sugar and other simple carbohydrates (rice, bread, etc.). I am eating more vegetables, but I am not worrying about protein/fat. I have found that my appetite has diminished and I have no mid-afternoon slow-down. I feel great. --Matthew S.

I'm at that same decision stage that you were.  I absolutely agree with you about it being a hazard of the work.  I routinely work through lunch breaks and eat at my desk. Most nights I couldn't even tell you what I ate at lunch. I now have an treadmill next to my desk. Lunch breaks are no longer "optional." They are my daily scheduled walks. --Steve M.

I too ballooned up to 250 lbs, with cholesterol of 220 to boot. Now, I am 210lbs and 169(!) cholesterol. All with no medication! I think it would be great if you could collect some of the strategies that you and others have used. For me, it was hypnosis and colon hydrotherapy. Probably an odd combo to most people. But I feel better at 42 than I did at 32. On my last yearly checkup the doc said "you are by far the healthiest person I will see today". Of course I also eat more whole foods, less processed foods and avoid colas, sugar, and artificial sweeteners. And I have begun walking nearly every day and just started yoga. I would love to hear what you and other "Seat Warriors" do to maintain health. --Ben M.

I made the same journey just last year. Lucky for me I work in health care and my employer encourages getting fit. I used the Mayo Clinic diet which is really not a so much diet but a lifestyle change regarding eating and exercise. My wife and I made the journey together. It worked great for us maybe it can help someone else also. The amazing difference in how a person feels after that is hard to describe to others but thanks for encouraging people to start the journey. --Tim F.

Same story for me …… hours/years spend sitting at a keyboard ….. weight ballooned to 240 lbs ….. finally had enough. I lost 60 lbs by diet alone, in 8 months, no exercise! No special diet, more of a lifestyle change, now only eat 'clean', healthy foods – 100% focus, no cheating! - Jason S.

All these years spent sitting at computer consoles and doing help desk phone calls has resulted in a substantial weight gain; at present, I am at 260 pounds on a 70" frame. About a month ago, I purchased a set of Tony Horton 10-minute workout DVDs and started using them two weeks ago. I was very disappointed at how they kicked my ass! Little by little, I am able to better keep up and am seeing small weight reductions when I weigh myself and a return of muscle tone and strength. --Paul H.

I didn't start gaining weight until I turned 30. I didn't start worrying about it until about age 36. At that point, I bought a mountain bike. I happen to live in a place where I have pretty convenient access to lots of trails, and during the warm months I ride it several times a week. The first winter I had it, I bought some winter riding gear and made a good effort, but found I really don't like the cold. The next winter, I bought a trainer, which is a device that holds the bike upright so you can ride it indoors. That was better, but I spent the whole time wishing I were riding outside. This winter, I bought an Xbox 360 bundled with Kinect. I got several Kinect-controlled sports and fitness games, and have actually enjoyed my indoor workouts so far. I've even been able to include my kids. --Trevor H.

I also have gone through what you have gone through. I am 6.5 inches tall, 3 years ago weighed 368 pounds. I am Director of IT at a law firm in Hartford CT. Also was an MCT trainer and teaching night classes at a certified school part time night. I could not walk more than 150 feet without being out of breadth, was border line high blood pressure, and type II diabetic. Back pain from bad disks etc. I made the commitment and joined Weight Watchers and over the next year I lost 122 pounds. I added physical activity to the routine and walked on average 3 miles a day. I got my weight down to 246 pounds and I am now a new person. Lots of energy, no medical issues with high blood pressure, or Type II diabetic. The stress from work in IT can be very high. --Richard S.

Your short note in the recent WServerNews about dieting hit home for me. In your reading, did you bump into the "Hacker's Diet"?

I find this to be a really good approach, aimed at us geeks, and with a good engineering approach. It's a good read. I've been working on this for only a month, so the journey just begins. Congratulations to you keeping on your journey! --Larry R.

I am clearly in the overweight IT Pro Zone. I have no one else to blame but myself for letting myself go. I FINALLY came to that conclusion 6-7 months ago. I started simple. I traded some work for a treadmill. Now I walk every other morning for 30 minutes before I do anything else. I'm at a fast pace walk that gets my heart pumping and I get the sweat flowing. I'm still too overweight to be running but the movement has done a world of good. I just recently traded some more work for a set of dumbbells and a bench. Now I'm looking for simple things to do with the dumbbells. The best thing I ever did was load a training/tracking app on my smartphone so I could keep track of what I was doing. No dramatic weight loss but I am moving in the right direction. 39 lbs in 6 months and a LOT more to go. --Normal Tannhof

A couple years ago, my company's insurance provider, AETNA started a "Get Active" program, which was a competitive fitness program designed to get you grouped into teams, for a 12-week stretch, which you entered daily stats consisting of a) weight loss/gain, b) # of minutes exercised, and c) # of steps walked. When the dust settled, I finished the program having dropped 6 pant sizes and shedding 45 lbs during the competition, and have kept the weight off since! The fact that it was a "competition", including tracking stats with a spreadsheet, daily, provided me with the motivating factor to do something about my weight. You might have thought, well I don't have the time for exercise, and believe me, I didn't either! So I didn't! Seriously. I did one thing to lose that weight: I ate less. I didn't do any extra exercise. If you are over 40 lbs overweight like I was, I used a simple "half method". Which means I ate exactly the same things I would normally eat, but I ate half the quantity I normally would. Also, eat more often, every 2-3 hours (keeps the metabolism working) and don't have large dinners. Also I only drink diet beverages (all those 140 cal servings add up!). Just by monitoring your caloric intake, the extra weight vanishes. Hope this helps some of your readers! --Matt B.

I was in the same boat, found myself 30lb over what I should be. (182 instead of 152). Year 1 - rode bike 800 miles during the summer after not riding for 25 years or so. Lost 12 lb. Year 2 - rode 1400 miles, lost nothing. Year 3 - started iPhone app called LoseIt, rode bike 2200 miles, lost 18 lb, hit the goal. Year 4 - rode bike 3500 miles, didn't do the LoseIt app, gained 10 lb. I hope some of that was muscle. Year 5 - back to using LoseIt as a new year's resolution. Lost 3, so if I can lose another 5 or so I would be happy. LoseIt is a free app for iPhone and droid:

You can track food intake, scan bar codes of your food and add them automatically, get credit for exercise. Works just like a budget - you establish a few basic parameters, height, age, weight, desired rate of loss and if you stick with it, you will lose. Found there is a huge difference in bikes. If you buy a good one you will enjoy the experience much more. -Quentin G.

I am a 30+ year IT professional who has struggled in the past with weight loss and your article was very near and dear to my own heart and experience. I used to weigh 270 lbs in 2007 and when I finally checked my blood pressure, it scared the heck out of me.  In fact, it was so high, had I been in a doctor's office when I had it checked, he probably would have sent me directly to the emergency room. I lost my first 25 lbs that year, another 40 lbs in 2010 and am working on the rest this year. Obviously if you do the numbers, the years in between, my weight has edged back up 10 lbs or so. Currently I have gotten my weight consistently down to almost 205 and am working on getting it back to my high school weight of 185 by the end of 2nd quarter this year. Together my wife and I have lost almost 55lbs and our goals by mid-year are to lose another combined 50lbs or so... I encourage any reader that is serious in taking on their weight issues to check out a video called "Fat, Sick and nearly Dead"

which discusses the primary method my wife and I are using to achieve our current and long-term weight loss goals. --Kenneth E.

The thing that really helped was running on a Saturday morning with my accountant who lives in the next village. The key is a running buddy who is not too bothered about how good or bad you are, but doing it together is what matters. It is much harder to chicken out (I've just got this server to patch) if you have it as a regular date. Just over a year ago I joined a friendly but noncompetitive running club. By the way for you geeks out there, you may well find your local running club is more than 50% women – an incentive to get going if ever there was one. One of our running club was an Olympic torch bearer – for being the world's oldest triathlete at 91. He is training to do another now he is 92. But like you, this was not really enough, so I found myself a real goal. In 2010 I tackled the Rajalta Rajalle Hiihto for the first time. This is an organized (non-race) 450km cross country ski trip from the Russian to the Swedish borders across northern Finland taking 7 days. This meant getting fit. I did it for the second time last year, and the third this year. I am 59, but will still be one of the younger people doing it. Alfred, a retired engineer will be doing it for the 22nd time at the age of 73. Now I have no snow to train on, get to go cross country skiing about 6 days each year. All I can do is get generally fit, and considering that most of the women in my running club, including one in her late 60s can run faster than I can, it just goes to show what can be done. When I do the RR, for 1 week I think of nothing else but the countryside. The mental break is just as important to me as the physical side. --Tony G.

Being married to a Dietitian is one of the best ways of keeping your weight down!. My wife currently has us doing the two day diet to lose some of the bad (visceral) fat that I have:

We have even bought new scales that calculate this to help. It is more than just a two day fast, because it needs diet modifications for the other five days too. I found that I wasn't hungry on the two days fasting because of what I was allowed to eat.  Highly recommended, But Also recommended that you do it in conjunction with advice from a registered dietitian. --Peter M.

I have recently been going through the same thing. I've lost about 150 lbs so far with another 40-50 lbs to go. I agree with you that self-education is a great first step. I have a post about my own journey here:

--Scott B.

I live in Florida. I tried to do weight loss using Weight Watchers and the Medifast and between those two went from 260 to 240. My wife and I then found out about MyFittnessPal applet for her iPhone and my Android. That really helped. It encourages exercise and calorie counting and gives all of the data that you have been taking notes on. I am down to 220 now (68 years old). I ride my bicycle daily for one hour (600 or so calories) on a local bike trail. 14.4 miles at 14 to 15 mph:

--Dave M.

Congratulations on your weight loss. Amazing work. And inspiring. Check out the Nike Fuel Band - a glorified pedometer you wear on your wrist that tracks activity. It is only good for those compulsive about meeting goals. --Kim W.

Went from 5'7" and 170 pounds, 30 pull ups and the 40 in 4.7 all at age 40 along with a second degree in Karate, and being a 5.10 climber to 5'6", 200 and well, none of the rest at 52. --Joshua L.

I went on his juice diet for 1 month, lost almost 20 lbs and got rid of a rash I had had for over 25 years! Rash has not come back. --Carl W.

I had put on extra weight after 19 years in IT. I started jogging, working up to 20 miles per week, and lost 40 pounds. --Steve E.

For your overweight IT manager discussed in WServerNews Mailbag today, I would suggest he read a book called Wheat Belly. It seems to me to exactly target his problem and might well provide some solutions. --Jerry T.

I am an overweight IT Manager would love to see some tips. Have started eating better recently, down about 15 lbs about 60 more to go. --Roger F.

I've lost 40 pounds myself with better eating habits and daily early-morning trips to the gym, and have another 20 or so to go. --Jeremy O.

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Tip of the Week

This week we have a tip on how to verify whether Adprep has extended your forest's schema. This is excerpted from my latest book Training Guide: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 from Microsoft Press:



The Dsquery.exe command-line tool can be used to verify whether Adprep has extended your forest's schema. For example, let's say your existing forest has domain controllers running Windows Server 2008 R2. To determine the current schema level of your forest, open a command prompt on one of your domain controllers and run the following command:

dsquery * cn=schema,cn=configuration,dc=fabrikam,dc=com -scope base -attr objectVersion

The output from this command looks like this:


Now take a server running Windows Server 2012, join it to a domain in your forest, and use Server Manager to promote the server to a domain controller. After you finish introducing the new domain controller into your forest, re-run the preceding dsquery command on the domain controller you previously ran it on. The output from the command looks like this:


The version number 56 indicates that the schema of your forest has been extended to include domain controllers running Windows Server 2012.

Contact me at [email protected] if you have a tip you'd like to share with our readers.

Recommended for Learning

This week we have two announcements from the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA):

Now on MVA: Tuning SQL Server 2012 for SharePoint 2013

Now available on-demand: Senior Product Marketing Manager Bill Baer and MicroTechPoint CEO & Founder Brian Alderman deliver an engaging, demo-rich Jump Start course covering best practices and techniques to help IT Pros improve SharePoint performance, availability and security with SQL Server.

MVA Live Q&A: Virtualization

This recording of the April 3 MVA Live Q&A features virtualization experts Symon Perriman and Jeff Woolsey answering technical questions about Microsoft's approach to virtualization:

This is a great follow-up to the Introduction to Hyper-V Jump Start course that introduces Hyper-V Infrastructure, Networking, Storage and Management, Hyper-V High Availability, Live Migration and much more:

We've also got one book that we recommend:

Windows PowerShell 3.0 Step By Step (Microsoft Press)

Very good for learning if you're an experienced Windows Server admin but still feel like a novice when it comes to Windows PowerShell.

Quote of the Week

"Success is achieved and maintained by those who try and keep trying." --W. Clement Stone

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Ignoring Users Hasn't Worked: Tactics for managing applications settings

You've got users on desktops, laptops, and now VDI sessions. But your management of their experience is still scattershot. You think they're secure and well managed only to learn they're getting get prompted for annoying "application upgrade pop-ups" and different people on the same team are out of IT compliance and insecure.

Meanwhile, while all this is going on, you're crossing your fingers, gambling that your users won't introduce a security breach.

Join desktop management expert and Microsoft Group Policy MVP, Jeremy Moskowitz, for some pro tips on how to manage and secure your desktop and applications. This webinar takes place multiple times a week, please click the link below to see which day / time is best for you! Register Here for the Next Webinar.

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Tech Briefing

Managing VMware Servers from System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 SP1

Janique Carbone describes the new secure communications model and the process required to connect VMware systems to System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 SP1.

Product Review: U-BTech Solutions Exchange Tasks 365

J. Peter Bruzzese takes a look at U-BTech Solutions Exchange Tasks 365.

System Center 2012 SP1 – Virtual Machine Manager support for VMware vSphere ESX Hosts (Thomas Maurer, MVP/IT Pro)

In this blogpost Thomas Maurer gives a short overview, which vSphere and ESX/ESXi Versions are supported with SCVMM 2012 and SCVMM 2012 SP1

Poor network performance in VM when creating a virtual switch and using Broadcom NIC with Windows Server 2012 (Florian Klaffenbach, IT Pro)

Florian explains a performance issue with Broadcom Network Interfaces and Microsoft Hyper-V version 3 (Windows Server 2012 and the workaround how to fix it.

KB2821052 – "0x000000D1" Stop Error When Opening MPIO Snap-In WS2012 Computer (Aidan Finn, MVP/IT Pro)

Aidan Finn explains a bug in the MPIO Snap-in in Windows Server 2012 and gives advice how to fix it.

The Windows Server 2012 Simplified DirectAccess Wizard Overview (Part 1) (WindowSecurity.com)

Deb Shinder discusses some of the changes in the DirectAccess wizard that have been included in Windows Server 2012.

PowerGUI Script Editor gets full support for PowerShell 3.0 (Ravikanth Chaganti MVP/IT Pro)

Ravikanth introduces the new version of the PowerShell GUI. A 3rd party tool released by Dell, that enables people to build their script via GUI.

The Most Under-Appreciated & Under-Used Feature Of VMM: VM Templates (Aidan Finn MVP/IT Pro)

In this article Aidan gives an overview about the functionality of VM templates and the VMM Library in System Center Virtual Machine Manager and why you should use it.

Is Live Migration Supported Pass Through Disk in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V? (Lai Yoong Seng MVP/IT Pro)

In this article Virtual Machine MVP Lai Yoong Seng answers the often asked question "Is Live Migration Supported Pass Through Disk in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V?". He also explains the performance difference between Pass Through and fixed size disk and gives some best practice advice.

Exchange 2013 Local Mailbox Moves (Part 1) (MSExchange.org)

Nuno Mota talks about how to perform local mailbox moves in Exchange 2013 and some of the improvements made to these.

Planning for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) (Part 3) (WindowsNetworking.com)

Brien M. Posey continues his discussion of Bring Your Own Device by examining the supportability of user owned devices.

Thanks to Florian Klaffenbach for providing some of the items in this section. Be sure to check out Flo's Datacenter Report:


Windows Server News

Cloud stack comparison shopping for your private cloud build

As private cloud technology becomes more popular in enterprise IT, many organizations are starting to evaluate the countless cloud software offerings available in the market. Find out how to select the right cloud stack for your business by reviewing insights on the three most common deployment models.

Sampling four VDI monitoring tools

To ensure that your virtual desktop environment continues to run smoothly, it's essential to leverage advanced VDI monitoring tools that can identify potential problems. Inside this exclusive tip, review insights on some of the top offerings in the market and learn which one is right for your business.

Is a fully virtualized infrastructure a good idea for your business?

Whether it's best to virtualize all of your servers or leave some running on physical hardware continues to be a hotly contested debate in the IT industry. Access this guide to review the top benefits and drawbacks of both sides of this issue to discover which approach works best for your organization.

Making a fair VMware vs. AWS cloud computing cost comparison

With Amazon Web Services (AWS) setting the market price expectation, any vendor charging more than AWS for cloud hosting services will have a lot of explaining to do – VMware included. Inside this tip, learn how VMware's cloud suite pricing compares and how cloud customers are responding.


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WServerNews - Editors

Mitch Tulloch is Senior Editor of WServerNews and is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization. Mitch was lead author of the bestselling Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press and has published hundreds of articles for IT pros. Mitch is also a seven-time recipient of Microsoft's Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for his outstanding contributions in support of the global IT pro community. Mitch owns and runs an information technology content development business based in Winnipeg, Canada. For more information see www.mtit.com

Ingrid Tullochis Associate Editor of WServerNews and was co-author of the Microsoft Encyclopedia of Networking from Microsoft Press. Ingrid is also Head of Research for our content development business and has co-developed university-level courses in Information Security Management for a Masters of Business Administration program.