Stories by Jonathan Hassell

A first look at the Windows Server 10 Technical Preview

On October 1, Microsoft released the technical preview of Windows 10 and, with much less fanfare, it also unleashed preview releases of Windows Server and System Center. Both server previews are available for download from the TechNet Server and Cloud blog.

Microsoft's StorSimple: A first look at the 8000 series

One problem that the emergence of Big Data and the Internet of Things has highlighted for all of us in IT: There is data everywhere. On desktops, on servers, in databases, in logs, on phones and tablets, in your pants drawer -- you cannot escape it. Its corollary: The volume of data will continue to grow -- and data needs space. Data needs disk capacity.

Cryptolocker: How to avoid getting infected and what to do if you are

The newest piece of ransomware is particularly nasty and, once you've got it, it's a real pain to get rid of. Here's how to protect your corporate assets before getting bit.

Meet Windows Server's BYOD features

Microsoft execs are fond of the term "people-centric IT" -- it's their way of saying that workers are using whatever devices they want to, and are using them at home, on the train, in a hotel, on the beach, while skiing.... You get the idea. But IT needs a way to at least make sure this explosion of user choice does not put corporate data at risk.

First look: Windows Server Blue beta shows compelling improvements

There's a lot to like in Windows Server 2012 R2, but the key question centers around how Microsoft will handle licensing, our reviewer says. That alone might be the gating factor for the eventual success of this OS release.

Exchange Server 2013: Not quite ready for the datacentre

Thinking about upgrading? Hang back at least a year before implementing this release, our expert advises.

SharePoint 2010 cheat sheet

SharePoint 2010 can be a great collaboration tool. Here's what you need to know to find your way around.

5 tips for working with SharePoint 2010

Techniques for using SharePoint 2010 to its maximum benefit.

Microsoft Build: Wooing Windows 8 developers

At its conference this week, Microsoft pulled out all the stops to convince developers why they should build Windows 8 apps.

In Pictures: Windows Server 2012

Reviewer Jonathan Hassell takes you through the highlights, and some lowlights, of the newly available Microsoft operating system.

First look: Windows Azure Active Directory preview

It's lacking enough functionality to make it worth waiting for subsequent versions, Jonathan Hassell says, unless you're building Azure apps right now.

Windows Server 2012 Release Preview: Compelling new features

Windows Server 2012 Release Preview features a better virtual desktop experience, much easier DirectAccess deployment and a full-scale file-classification and access control system.

Microsoft System Center 2012 review: Streamlined cloud service management

Microsoft released the final version of its System Center 2012 suite of components in April at a conference in Las Vegas. I've taken a hard look and used it in a variety of tests, and I find it a compelling product that has lost a lot of its licensing and complexity baggage. Let's drill down.

Hands on: HP's Enterprise Database Consolidation Appliance

If you're like most enterprises, you have data everywhere. It's in line-of-business applications. It's in directories. It's in various departmental servers. It's in your e-commerce platform. To manage all this, most shops use databases of all sizes running on a variety of operating systems and database applications, often from different vendors and editions. Chances are, they're not consistent.

Prevent your systems from being hijacked: A quick guide

It's time to rethink some old, and now outdated, security truisms that enable a very scary kind of attack.

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