• There is a new core storage feature in VMware vSphere 7 that will eliminate the performance difference with thin provisioning. Affinity Manager 2.0 improves the write performance to your VMFS storage. Let's take a look at this new feature.

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  • NAKIVO Backup & Replication v10 was recently released. In this review of new features, we take a look at the new capabilities and functionality, including VMware vSphere 7 support, new web UI, enhanced physical-to-virtual (P2V) features, and Wasabi cloud storage.

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  • Do you work with multi-cloud, on-premises, and edge environments? Microsoft has introduced a new solution called Azure Arc to help consolidate control of all your resources. With Azure Arc, you can use Azure tooling to control and manage even on-premises and edge environments. Let's see how.

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  • You may think that network connectivity is a prerequisite on a target Windows machine before you can perform automation. However, as we will see, you can automate Windows without network connectivity with Ansible using modules that allow interacting with your Windows machines in another way.

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  • If you are using PowerShell to manage your environment today, there may be challenges with centralized management, auditing, versioning, and change control. ScriptRunner is a tool that helps manage PowerShell automation across your environment. In this post, we review the recently added new features and see how these enhance PowerShell automation across your environment.

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  • In many VMware environments, there may be a need to support multiple network connections to your vCenter Server. New with vCenter Server 7, VMware now supports adding multiple network adapters to VCSA 7. Let's take a closer look at use cases and configuration.

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  • Learn about a new native Windows tool that will allow recovery of deleted files. The new Windows File Recovery app provides a way to recover files that have been deleted. Let's learn more about the tool and how it is used.

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  • Are you looking for a better way to empower your service desk technicians with the ability to verify the identity of end users who call?  We take a look at Specops Secure Service Desk which provides strong identity verification features for service desk professionals working with end users to reset passwords on their accounts among other high risk use cases such as unlocking computers.

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  • NetCrunch is an easy-to-use and configure enterprise-grade monitoring solution. Recently, AdRem Software released NetCrunch 10.9 with noteworthy new monitoring features. In this review of the new features, we look at the Monitoring Packs and Sensors that monitor devices in your environment.

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  • Do you wish Windows had a native package management tool like Linux? The wait is over with the new Windows Package Manager with winget. Now Windows administrators can install, upgrade, remove, and configure applications using this native tool.

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  • NAKIVO Backup & Replication v9.4 provides new features, including backup to Amazon S3 storage, better physical-to-virtual recovery, role-based access control, and the ability to recover application objects to the source server. In this review, we take a look at the new features and functionality provided in this release.

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  • Auditing, administering, and implementing Windows policies can be cumbersome. Microsoft Security Compliance Toolkit 1.0 replaces Security Compliance Manager and can help manage both domain and local policies effectively. In this post, we take a look at its features and capabilities.

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  • Are you struggling with storage performance issues in your virtualized environment? In this review of Condusiv V-locity input/output (I/O) transformation software, we take a look at their solution to the "I/O blender effect" that can rob your virtual environment of storage performance.

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  • Providing a secure, easily accessible remote work environment can be a challenge. VPNs can be complicated to configure for remote workers. Securden’s Privileged Account Manager gives remote workers easy, secure access to business resources without VPN.

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  • Finding weak and potentially compromised passwords in your Active Directory environment is extremely important since passwords are arguably a weak link in overall security. Let's look at Enzoic for Active Directory Lite, which is a great free tool for visibility into weak, compromised and reused passwords in Active Directory.

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  • With remote access requirements today, many organizations are looking at options to allow employees to work remotely. Most organizations will choose between Remote Desktop Services (RDS), virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), or a virtual private network (VPN). Let's take a look at RDS vs. VDI vs. VPN to see why your business may choose one technology over another for remote access.

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  • Backing up the data in Office 365 is extremely important. In this review of Veeam Backup for Office 365 v4, we will look at the new features in v4 and see how it can protect your Office 365 data.

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  • One of the products VMware announced earlier this month was Tanzu Kubernetes Grid. What is it? What is its purpose? Let's take a look at Tanzu Kubernetes Grid and see how VMware is positioning it in the new releases coming soon.

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  • Expired passwords can lead to many helpdesk calls. In this review of Specops Password Notification, we will see how this tool can help alleviate the support burden of expired end-user passwords. Because of the COVID-19 crisis, the tool is now free until the end of the year.

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