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  • Who, what, where? How the cloud complicates identity management

    IT security and regulatory compliance require identity and access management. However, the move to the cloud and the spread of mobile devices has added complexity. This handbook looks at tools and best practices for managing authentication, working with cloud providers and understanding how Active Directory can and cannot help.

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  • The many paths to Exchange 2013

    Exchange 2013 offers features that could benefit administrators and make the idea of hosted Exchange more appealing. We look at how to install and deploy Exchange 2013 and how to address problems that will likely arise in the upgrade process.

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      • Understanding hosted Exchange options

        Now that more IT admins are getting comfortable with the idea of hosted Exchange, the next challenge is deciding on the best approach to the cloud, and the best provider. In years past, the hosted Exchange market was mostly controlled by third-party vendors, but with Office 365, Microsoft is a strong contender as well. This handbook explores the competition between Microsoft and third-party hosted Exchange vendors, as well as how to make a realistic evaluation of vendors’ offerings based on a company’s specific needs. Other sections cover the pros and cons of fully hosted Office 365 and the potential advantages of opting for a hybrid approach to the cloud. Readers will be able to decide if it’s wise for their company to move everything off-premises or if they need to develop a more gradual strategy to reduce risk and costs.

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      • Virtualizing Microsoft Exchange Server

        While virtualizing Exchange Server can reduce operational costs, improve flexibility and consolidate resources, a proper plan is necessary in order to avoid potential complications. One question many shops contemplate is whether to choose Microsoft technology and virtualize with its Hyper-V platform, or to go with VMware’s more established vSphere. Another possibility is Citrix XenServer, which may appeal to smaller IT shops looking for a good price.

        This handbook cuts through biases about the various platforms to help readers make a realistic evaluation of the pros and cons of each, whether they’re using Exchange 2013 or older versions. Readers will learn about specific steps to take and particular trouble spots to avoid on the way to a successful virtualization of one of their organization’s most essential applications.

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      • Mastering Exchange virtualization for VMware

        Virtualization is a great way to consolidate resources and save precious capital, but messaging administrators still need to keep a close eye on performance and scalability. Not only is VMware the dominant virtualization platform, but it works very well with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, so many organizations are considering it over Hyper-V. In this handbook you'll learn about best practices for Exchange virtualization, including admin tips on the best ways to deploy Exchange on a VMware infrastructure, managing storage and troubleshooting performance.

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      • Exchange Server 2010: Migration and Testing

        From high-availability features to new management functions, Exchange Server 2010 sports enough changes to be considered a milestone release. The buzz surrounding Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 isn’t just noise; however, new features fall short without proper setup. Get the lowdown on how to install, test, and protect your Exchange upgrade. Read this handbook to learn more about Exchange Server 2010 migration and testing best practices, and more.

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      • Understanding hosted Exchange options

        Now that more IT admins are getting comfortable with the idea of hosted Exchange, the next challenge is deciding on the best approach to the cloud, and the best provider. In years past, the hosted Exchange market was mostly controlled by third-party vendors, but with Office 365, Microsoft is a strong contender as well. This handbook explores the competition between Microsoft and third-party hosted Exchange vendors, as well as how to make a realistic evaluation of vendors’ offerings based on a company’s specific needs. Other sections cover the pros and cons of fully hosted Office 365 and the potential advantages of opting for a hybrid approach to the cloud. Readers will be able to decide if it’s wise for their company to move everything off-premises or if they need to develop a more gradual strategy to reduce risk and costs.

        View E-Handbook
      • Virtualizing Microsoft Exchange Server

        While virtualizing Exchange Server can reduce operational costs, improve flexibility and consolidate resources, a proper plan is necessary in order to avoid potential complications. One question many shops contemplate is whether to choose Microsoft technology and virtualize with its Hyper-V platform, or to go with VMware’s more established vSphere. Another possibility is Citrix XenServer, which may appeal to smaller IT shops looking for a good price.

        This handbook cuts through biases about the various platforms to help readers make a realistic evaluation of the pros and cons of each, whether they’re using Exchange 2013 or older versions. Readers will learn about specific steps to take and particular trouble spots to avoid on the way to a successful virtualization of one of their organization’s most essential applications.

        View E-Handbook
      • Mastering Exchange virtualization for VMware

        Virtualization is a great way to consolidate resources and save precious capital, but messaging administrators still need to keep a close eye on performance and scalability. Not only is VMware the dominant virtualization platform, but it works very well with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, so many organizations are considering it over Hyper-V. In this handbook you'll learn about best practices for Exchange virtualization, including admin tips on the best ways to deploy Exchange on a VMware infrastructure, managing storage and troubleshooting performance.

        View E-Handbook
      • Exchange Server 2010: Migration and Testing

        From high-availability features to new management functions, Exchange Server 2010 sports enough changes to be considered a milestone release. The buzz surrounding Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 isn’t just noise; however, new features fall short without proper setup. Get the lowdown on how to install, test, and protect your Exchange upgrade. Read this handbook to learn more about Exchange Server 2010 migration and testing best practices, and more.

        View E-Handbook
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      • Who, what, where? How the cloud complicates identity management

        IT security and regulatory compliance require identity and access management. However, the move to the cloud and the spread of mobile devices has added complexity. This handbook looks at tools and best practices for managing authentication, working with cloud providers and understanding how Active Directory can and cannot help.

        View E-Handbook
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      • The many paths to Exchange 2013

        Exchange 2013 offers features that could benefit administrators and make the idea of hosted Exchange more appealing. We look at how to install and deploy Exchange 2013 and how to address problems that will likely arise in the upgrade process.

        View E-Handbook
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