Security Nightmares Featured at Black Hat

Conference sessions showcase risks Many of the sessions at Black Hat USA 2014, a security conference taking place this August, could give nightmares to those concerned with network security or personal privacy. On, Tim Greene highlights 10 of the more disturbing topics that will be explored at the Las Vegas event. These include: Using […]

Top 10 Questions about Windows 8

Many still wonder where Start menu went Microsoft’s latest operating system, with its radically different look and feel, has sparked lots of questions, according to PC World’s Lincoln Spector. In a June 27 article, Spector lists the top 10 questions his publication has fielded, beginning with, “What’s the difference between Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and […]

Using Active Directory Administrative Center (ADAC) in Windows Server 2012 R2

In the Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 operating systems, administrators could manage and publish information in their Active Directory environments by using the Active Directory Users and Computers. Beginning in Windows Server 2008 R2, in addition to using Active Directory Users and Computers, administrators can manage their directory service objects by using the […]

Hyper-V Server 2012 R2: 9 New and Updated Features

Microsoft has significantly improved their virtualization platform Hyper-V Server 2012 R2. There are lots of new and improved features compared with previous versions. Now the Hyper-V hypervisor is more robust and reliable for enterprise. Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 supports the concept of a totally new architecture based on modern hardware with no emulated devices. This […]

The Internet of Things Explained

How it works – and why some worry The Internet of Things offers a tantalizing vision of technology working in harmony to improve our daily lives. Refrigerators talking to thermostats talking to security systems — the possibilities are endlessly fascinating. But how will the Internet of Things actually work? And will it actually work? These […]

Is Microsoft Office Really Necessary?

Light use may favor cheaper options To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, in the corporate world, nothing can be said to be certain except death, taxes, and Microsoft Office. But a benchmark report from Softwatch appears to undermine at least the Office part of that assumption. As reported by David Roe on, the Softwatch study revealed […]

The Evolution of the Microsoft Data Platform

Take a look at how far Microsoft’s SQL Server has come since 2000 in honor of today’s release of SQL Server 2014. Click to view larger image  Update Your SQL Server Skills to Microsoft SQL Server 2014  Unitek Education’s Updating Your SQL Server Skills to Microsoft SQL Server 2014 is a five-day instructor-led course that teaches students […]

Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Set to Release April 1st

Microsoft’ popular relational database management system SQL Server 2014 is set to be released on April 1, 2014 with substantial new features. For the fifth year in a row, SQL Server is the least vulnerable database, according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Microsoft claims SQL Server 2014 marks a breakthrough in data […]

Seeing Microsoft’s future in CEO Choice

Gates: More than tuneup needed Writing on, Jane McEntegart applauded Microsoft’s recent choice of Satya Nadella as CEO, noting that Microsoft needs “a leader with his head in the cloud.” Nadella joined Microsoft in 1992 and spearheaded the company’s move to the cloud. Under his leadership, Microsoft’s revenue from Cloud Services grew from $16.6 […]

12 Pioneering Security Start-ups to Watch

Cloud, BYOD trends fuel demand for solutions As corporate data assets migrate to the cloud and more employees use their personal devices in the workplace, technologies that improve the security of enterprise data are drawing keen interest from industry players and investors alike. Ellen Messmer, writing in Network World, highlights 12 startups in the security […]