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  • More remote Group Policy Object settings and checking refresh status

    Refreshing Group Policy Object settings across multiple computers can be a challenge, but there are a lot of ways to do it. In my...

  • Two methods for remotely refreshing Windows 8 Group Policy settings

    Alternatives for setting Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 Group Policy to remotely refresh include Microsoft's GPMC and a PowerShell cmdlet.

  • Six endpoint management lessons from POS security breaches

    When it comes to compliance with security regulations, every retailer is doing just fine. At least that's what management, internal auditing and compliance officers will proclaim. Then it happens -- that big breach that's only supposed to hit...

  • 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...

  • Windows 8 open source media player provides alternative for users

    Since Songbird isn't yet available for Windows 8, are there any open source options?

    The cross-platform, open source music player Songbird was discontinued in June 2013. However, Nightingale is an application that was created from...

  • More Mac OS tips may remind desktop admins of Windows functions

    The Mac OS is on a small but significant number of desktops in the enterprise, and Macs are more common in education and where graphics-intensive applications are used. IT administrators who may be familiar with only Windows desktops have nothing...

  • Five Mac tips for Windows desktop admins straddling two OSes

    Desktop support techs are coming to grips with the fact that more and more Macs are showing up in the workplace and, even worse, on their service tickets. If the mental calisthenics of switching among Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8 weren't...

  • 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...

  • Steering your career as a desktop admin in the mobility age

    As you already know if you've worked in enterprise IT for any length of time, change is inevitable. The desktop has evolved from a static canvas where each user's picture looked pretty much the same to a wildly dynamic playground where each user...

  • Microsoft Windows BranchCache

    Microsoft BranchCache is a technology intended to cache central data to remote or branch offices in order to reduce network traffic and optimize WAN utilization.

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