Using the combined expertise of Pluralsight staff, and data collected from our most popular courses, we put together a list of top IT admin technologies for 2013, and a few predictions on the trends you should look out for in 2014.
We polled more than 300 people who recently sat for the MCSA to find out which topics they found to be the most challenging. Will this help you focus your studies? Yes, but there’s an important truth about the exams you should know before jumping in.
High availability (HA) must work perfectly to prevent loss of crucial company data. Testing and deploying HA can mean a big lab with expensive hardware, or does it? Using VMware Workstation and some free software, setting up an HA lab can take as little as one hour.
The failover clustering features of your dreams are finally ready for you to enjoy with Windows Server 2012. Check out one expert’s wishlist, and how his top features can be leveraged by Windows Server admins.
The SQL Server team at Microsoft has just published a new white paper called Best Practices for Virtualizing and Managing SQL Server 2012 which provides guidance and recommendations for companies who want to virtualize their SQL Server implementations. The paper is a wealth of useful information and covers topics such as host clustering, configuring virtual machines, and [...]
Microsoft has announced the death of TechNet subscriptions. Many IT pros rely on the site for licenses to test out different products. Will the free offerings stack up and why did Microsoft decide to go this route anyway?
Check out how the high-performing Storage Spaces feature is so effective at reducing the cost of tiered storage with thin provisioning in Windows Server 2012 R2. Is it so fast that EMC is in trouble?
Is your small business cramped? Sometimes its more than desk space that suffers. These two mini servers could be the solution to your data center space problem.
Most conferences pack a ton of information into a short amount of time and TechEd 2013 was no exception. There was significant news about Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft’s release cycles, PowerShell and more. Find out the most important info that will impact your work now and in the future.
We’re a little over half-way through TechEd 2013. With hundreds of sessions already in the books, I asked conference attendees who were standing in the hours-long line waiting to purchase a highly discounted Surface, “What’s the most interesting thing you’ve heard or learned so far?”
At the TechEd 2013 Keynote, Microsoft announced new features for Server 2012 R2 were announced, as well as newly competitive pricing for Windows Azure and more. Check out the Microsoft technologies coming later this year with TechEd 2013 coverage.
Learn some best practices and quick techniques for increasing RAM, CPU and disk space for VMware virtual machines in your Windows Server 2012 environment with this guide on how to resize your drives.
What’s a key thing you need to know to get a job in healthcare IT? The answer might surprise you. TrainSignal customer Mark Latham shares what he’s learned in eight years in the business, including how to stay relevant and learning to love your job.
Learn how a Windows Server 2012 backup is configured, including setting up jobs and the new bare-metal restore solution in this free clip from our Advanced Services (70-412) training.
Watch our lead Windows Server instructor, Ed Liberman, configure a VPN with remote access roles correctly in the Windows Server 2012 environment with a free training clip from our Administering (70-411) course.
See how group policy works in the Windows Server 2012 environment with 2 free clips: one for beginners and one related to configuring remote access. Both are taught by Microsoft MVPs!
Learn how to configure Windows Server ADFS, where Federation Services will give your users single sign-on capabilities.
There’s better ways to achieve high availability in your environment now with Windows Server 2012. Hot Standby mode is enhanced as an alternative to load balance mode for failover. Load balancing is still a good solution, but DHCP Hot Standby lets you designate a secondary (standby) server for immediate fallback.
Over time PowerShell has improved the experience of managing tasks in the command line. Look at PowerShell over the years to see how scripting evolved.
As cloud computing gets even more common, it’s important to think about getting certified in cloud technologies in order to remain competitive. Should you wait for CompTIA Cloud+ or get a vendor-specific cert? We discuss the benefits of the various options.