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  • End of Windows XP support brings IT to a fork in the road

    Microsoft finally ended Windows XP support this week, putting to rest one of its most stable operating systems ever while delivering the Windows 8.1 Update.

    How IT shops get to the newer version of Windows depends on their needs, but one...

  • Why was the Windows XP lifespan so long?

    Microsoft will cease providing technical assistance for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. Alas, the appetite for desktops has changed in favor of more portable, power-saving devices, perhaps with touchscreens. In addition, cloud computing and...

  • New endpoint management tools make unified device management a reality

    The elusive goal of unified device management is getting easier in 2014 with Windows 8.1 Workplace Join and Android thin clients, says our columnist.

  • Dell KACE K1000 v6.0 to bring enhanced systems management controls

    Dell Software plans to release a major update to its KACE K1000 systems management appliance in May with a sleeker user interface and enhanced security and IT controls.

    Originally scheduled for release by the end of the first quarter of...

  • The Internet of Things provides an opportunity for the desktop admin

    In the past several years, the desktop admin has taken on responsibility for managing everything from the beige-box PC and laptops to all manner of bring your own device assets -- including hardware, software and data.

    Just over the...

  • Get the skinny on zero clients vs. thin clients

    Thin clients used to be the thinnest, but now zero clients are giving them a run for their money with almost no storage or configuration requirements.

  • Where will XP stalwarts go after the end of Windows XP support?

    The end of official Windows XP support is not all bad news. Microsoft plans to provide signature updates for its anti-malware application for another year or so. But support for the operating system itself is going away, and enterprise desktops...

  • Ensure compliance with Windows BitLocker encryption using MBAM 2.0

    In my previous article on Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring, we looked at how MBAM can help with...

  • Zero-client computing

    The zero-client computing e-book series delves into essential aspects of how virtual desktop services can be provided with as little configuration as possible. Many vendors sell zero clients that do not in fact...

  • MBAM 2.0 simplifies large-scale Microsoft BitLocker implementations

    BitLocker encryption can be an effective way to protect sensitive data on a desktop, yet implementing Microsoft BitLocker in the enterprise is no small undertaking. Managing encryption on multiple systems can be a complex process that leaves...

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