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Complete eBook: Using e-Documents for Collaboration

Collaboration and information exchange are ubiquitous in today’s business, government, and non-profit organizations. We have many ways to share information, from emails and instant messages to forums and social networking services. Along with new ways to share information, the traditional business document has evolved.

sguecThe first major evolution of the document came with word processing, which made the production and revision of documents more efficient.

Today, electronic content-sharing tools go beyond basic word processing to support collaborative content development, the use of complex workflows, and even the creation of audit trails to track document revisions. This guide describes how to effectively and efficiently use electronic content sharing to the complex information exchange and collaboration requirements of today’s organizations.

This guide is presented in four chapters:

Chapter 1 examines how document-sharing methods are changing and how new business drivers and ways of collaborating with electronic document sharing are helping us move beyond traditional word processing documents to more efficient means of collaborating and sharing information.

Chapter 2 examines the diverse array of factors affecting content creation and how different industries can use information exchange practices to meet their particular needs. Examples are drawn from life sciences, financial services, manufacturing, and government.

Chapter 3 describes ways to realize productivity gains and cost savings by streamlining around e-document technologies. Topics include document creation, data collection forms, collaboration services, review-and-approve workflows, and security measures for e-documents.

Chapter 4 discusses the need to align content and forms management with business strategy. Emphasis is placed on identifying potential areas for efficient content and forms management and establishing supportive business practices for efficient content sharing.

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E-book Download: Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2, by Charlie Russel and Craig Zacker

Another free e-book, Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2 , by Charlie Russel and Craig Zacker with the Windows Server Team at Microsoft, can be downloaded here.

This book is targeted primarily at Windows server administrators who are responsible for hands-on deployment and day-to-day management of Windows-based servers for large organizations. Windows server administrators manage file and print servers, network infrastructure servers, Web servers, and IT application servers. They use graphical administration tools as their primary interface but also use Windows PowerShell commandlets and occasionally write Windows PowerShell scripts for routine tasks and bulk operations. They conduct most server management tasks remotely by using Terminal Server or administration tools installed on their local workstation.

What This Book Is About


Covering every aspect of Windows Server 2008 R2 in nine chapters and approximately 200 pages is clearly an impossible task. Rather than try to cover everything, we’ve focused on what is new and important, while giving you the context from Windows Server 2008.

Chapter 1,“What’s New in Windows Server R2” Provides a brief overview of all the new features and capabilities of Windows Server 2008 R2.

Chapter 2, “Installation and Configuration: Adding R2 to Your World” Covers minimum system requirements, basic installation and configuration of R2, and what is involved in adding an R2 server to an existing Windows Server network. Configuration of the Windows Server Core installation option, added in Windows Server 2008, is covered, along with the steps required to add a Windows Server 2008 R2 domain controller to an existing Windows Server network.

Chapter 3, “Hyper-V: Scaling and Migrating Virtual Machines” Covers the new Hyper-V features of Windows Server 2008 R2, including dynamic storage management and Quick Migration of clustered virtual machines (VMs). Covers creation and management of virtual machines using the Hyper-V Manager console, Windows PowerShell, and the Failover Cluster Manager console and discusses the features of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2.

Chapter 4, “Remote Desktop Services and VDI: Centralizing Desktop and Application Management” Covers Remote Desktop Services (the new name for Terminal Services) and the enhancements of Windows Server 2008 R2, including Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), which uses the new RD Virtualization Host capability of R2 to provide desktop virtualization. R2 also includes an all-new Remote Desktop Services provider for Windows PowerShell.

Chapter 5, “Active Directory: Improving and Automating Identity and Access” Covers the new features of Active Directory (AD), including an AD Recycle Bin, a new set of Active Directory Windows PowerShell cmdlets, and improvements in daily AD administration.

Chapter 6, “The File Services Role” Covers the new File Services features, including BranchCache, Distributed File System–ReadOnly (DFS-R), and the File Classification Infrastructure (FCI).

Chapter 7, “IIS 7.5: Improving the Web Application Platform” Covers the features of the new version of Internet Information Services (IIS), including the new Windows PowerShell management features.

Chapter 8, “DirectAccess and Network Policy Server” Covers the Network Policy Server (NPS) and the new DirectAccess feature that allows Windows 7 computers to be transparently connected to internal network resources from anywhere without requiring a virtual private network (VPN) connection.

Chapter 9, “Other Features and Enhancements” Covers the enhanced version of Windows Server Backup included in R2, including the Windows PowerShell  commands for backing up. Also covered is the new BitLocker To Go capability, which provides an important new protection for removable volumes such as backup disks.

Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2, by Charlie Russel and Craig Zacker with the Windows Server Team at Microsoft, can be downloaded here (XPS file, 28 MB) and here (PDF file, 11 MB).

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Ebook Download: What are SAN Certificates and how can they be used?

One great solution to effectively manage the certificates in large webfarms or email centric companies is to use subject alternative name (SAN) certificates.

The Shortcut Guide to Subject Alternative Name Certificates provides information about SAN certificates to show how they can be used in a variety of technologies. These special certificates allow multiple hosts to use the same certificate, avoiding the costs of obtaining, deploying, and managing multiple nearly-identical certificates. This guide will explore what SAN certificates are, how they work, and how they can help you deploy server farms more efficiently. You may even discover that you already have SAN certificates available that can be put to good use with no additional expense!

This guide is provided in four chapters. Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of the concepts and practical use of SAN certificates:

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Certificates – This chapter introduces broad PKI terms that are used throughout the guide. It provides a framework for the in-depth concepts and application of SAN certificates in later chapters. Although this chapter may be considered review material for some readers, it is important to understand this information to ensure that later chapters are effective.
  • Chapter 2: SAN Certificates In Depth – This chapter is dedicated to getting down into the details of a SAN certificate. It will examine the certificate structures and metadata and will compare data between SAN and non-SAN certificates. It will also compare SAN certificates to wildcard certificates to understand the distinction between two somewhat similar products.
  • Chapter 3: The Business Value of SAN Certificates – Written primarily for the BDM and TDM readers, this chapter discusses the business aspect of SAN certificates. It will examine the business costs and return on investment (ROI) drivers that apply to both SAN and other similar certification strategies. This chapter supports the business and organizational elements of the solutions discussed in Chapter 2.
  • Chapter 4: Planning and Implementing a SAN – Enabled Certificate Strategy—This chapter discuss the details of actually implementing a SAN-enabled certificate strategy. Topics include analyzing existing systems and properly planning for a SAN certificate deployment. Ongoing operations-based tasks are also explored. This chapter is useful for the implementers in an organization, such as the IT generalist or specialist, and the planning elements apply to architects as well.

Because SAN certificates are more flexible than single‐instance certificates, in general, we can plan to obtain fewer certificates and use those certificates in multiple locations. For example, we can show how a company might secure its Internet‐facing servers with a series of certificates in a typical PKI deployment.


As we can see, this deployment has four servers, one of each, that will serve as our server archetypes:

  • Email server
  • E‐commerce server
  • Web server
  • Real‐time Communications (RTC) server

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The Essentials Series: Important Questions in Implementing Virtual Desktops

For organizations that have embraced virtualization, virtual desktops can be a natural extension of the virtual infrastructure. Virtual desktops enable businesses to centralize their desktop infrastructure in the data center, dramatically improving remote access while retaining workspace personality.

Although the idea of virtual desktops and their associated business value is intriguing to many businesses, the implementation is a mystery. Where do you start? What technologies are crucial for success? How are others implementing them? By addressing these common questions, The Essentials Series: Important Questions in Implementing Virtual Desktops will help you understand why and where virtual desktops make sense for your IT environment.

This complete series is available for download and includes the following articles

  1. There is no single technology that defines a virtual desktop infrastructure. It is in fact a compilation of many technologies employed to create a singular solution for users. This first article begins the exploration of virtual desktop implementation by defining what a virtual desktop really is, helping you understand the types of virtual desktops that are commonly used today.
  2. Unraveling the many technologies that go into a virtual desktop infrastructure can be problematic for even virtualization experts. From virtual platforms to zero-client endpoints that “receive” the desktop and everything in between, it can be difficult to keep straight the technology requirements. This second article discusses the technology behind virtual desktops, enabling you to make good decisions about how a virtual desktop architecture makes sense for your business.
  3. The final step in recognizing the value of this new method of desktop support is in understanding where it fits. The use cases for virtual desktops are developing every day, and there are common solutions that make immediate sense for deployment. Through a series of generalized case studies, this final article explains how organizations in many different verticals have solved key problems through a virtual desktop infrastructure.

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Free eBook on Essential Guidance for Deploying Windows 7

Deploying Windows 7 Essential Guidance from the Windows 7 Resource Kit and Microsoft TechNet Magazine is a useful resource if you are looking for guidance specific to Windows 7 deployment. Check out what the industry’s leading experts have to say in this free Microsoft Press eBook with selected chapters from the Windows 7 Resource Kit on Deployment Platforms, Planning, Testing Application Compatibility. Here is the Table of Contents for this book,



The 6.5 MB eBook is available as a PDF download here.

The selected chapters are written by industry experts Mitch Tulloch, Tony Northrup, Jerry Honeycutt, Ed Wilson, and the Windows 7 Team with select Windows 7 articles from TechNet Magazine. Sample topics include: Deployment Platform, Planning Deployment, Testing Application Compatibility, and 8 Common Issues in Windows 7 Migrations.