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Windows Server 2012 Essentials: Beta preview

Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials was disappointing, but there's a lot to like in its successor, which provides a small file-and-print server with integrated systems management and backup tools that's ideal for a small business or a home office.

July 31, 2012 by

Lost your Windows discs? How to get replacement media, legally

Did your most recent Windows PC come with reinstallation media? Many do, some don't. But contrary to what you might have read, creating replacement Windows discs is easy, and every major PC maker will supply backup discs, sometimes for free. I have details.

January 5, 2012

ThinkGrid puts Windows 7 face on hosted desktops

Windows Server 2008 R2 has been wrapped in a Windows 7-like user interface by platform vendor ThinkGrid, to allow businesses to rent hosted virtual desktops that look like Windows 7, but without its licensing costs.The desktops, introduced on Monday, include high-availability redundancy, antivirus protection and backup.

July 6, 2011 by

Microsoft launches public beta of next-generation Windows Home Server

Microsoft has just announced the release of a public beta of the next version of Windows Home Server (WHS), the operating system that powers its SME and consumer network storage and backup devices, such as the HP StorageWorks X510 Data Vault we reviewed recently.Codenamed 'Vail', this new version of WHS is notable chiefly for being based on Windows Server 2008 R2 — a major upgrade from the current version, which uses Windows Server 2003 SP2 as the underlying OS.

April 29, 2010

Backup Exec 2010

The 2010 version of Backup Exec offers a huge range of options, including protection for both Microsoft and VMware virtual environments and deduplication, which could help rein in storage spending.

March 10, 2010 by

Windows Home Server Power Pack 3

It's been in beta since July 2009, but Microsoft has finally released the Power Pack 3 (PP3) service pack for its Windows Home Server (WHS) storage and backup operating system. This is an important and timely update as one its main features is the addition of full Windows 7 client integration.

December 4, 2009

HP StorageWorks X510 Data Vault

Don't let its size or consumer heritage fool you: the StorageWorks X510 is a powerful backup, sharing and remote access solution that's ideal for smaller offices with limited IT support.

October 19, 2009 by

Windows 7 customers still paying for Microsoft's Ultimate mistakes

Over the past few years, I've criticized Microsoft for its "irrational" Windows pricing. That's especially true for Ultimate edition, which was your only choice if you wanted certain combinations of Windows Vista features, like Media Center and Complete PC Backup. Now, as Windows 7 approaches its official launch date, will Vista Ultimate users get another gouging? Or is Microsoft getting ready to unveil another "special deal"?

August 17, 2009 by

Mozilla Fennec browser released in pre-alpha form for Windows Mobile

One of the weakest features of Windows Mobile is the current web browser, Internet Explorer Mobile. There are several better alternatives such as the fantastic Opera Mobile 9.5 for Windows Mobile that is included on some devices as the default browser and the Skyfire proxy browser (I can watch Hulu.com with this browser). There has been talk for quite some time about Mozilla entering the Windows Mobile space and as reported by WMExperts.com the Fennec browser is now available in very early pre-alpha form (aka milestone release) to try on HTC Touch Pro devices. Make sure you have a backup of your device and are willing to risk a hard reset before trying this software out as it is very early in the development cycle and not that stable.

February 11, 2009 by

Create a custom backup tool with Windows Vista's Robocopy [Video]

If you’re a savvy Windows Vista user or IT professional, you’ve probably used Vista’s Complete PC Backup to image your hard disk and you scheduled regular backups through Windows Backup.If you don’t really trust Vista’s built-in tools or just like to have additional copies of your really important files, Vista includes a powerful, but hidden directory replication utility, called Robocopy that makes backing up files a snap.

October 28, 2008 by

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