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Windows Server FAQsJune 2011 - Windows cloud spotlight
Microsoft's Azure and lower operating costs are driving the rapid adoption of cloud services by enterprises. Find out more about what's making cloud the next big thing.

Microsoft Internet Information Services spotlight
The latest version of Microsoft's signature Web platform is packed with old and new features for improved website management and administration.

Mobile device management
Users are adopting smartphones and tablets at a rapid pace, leaving IT shops no choice but to put the management of those devices at the top of their 2011 to-do lists.

Windows application virtualization
With the popularity of app virtualization rising, vendors like Citrix, Microsoft and VMware continue to improve their products for app delivery and streaming.

Exchange Server 2010
With SP1 now available, organizations are likely to pay closer attention to what the latest version of Microsoft’s popular messaging system has to offer.

SharePoint 2010
The latest version of Microsoft's enterprise collaboration platform could be a hit with end users and admins alike, thanks to an influx of features for improved governance, backups and general IT control.

Backups for server virtualization
Backing up virtual environments is the latest headache in the already stressful world of server backups, so what makes virtual server backups worth it and why are more and more IT shops investing in server virtualization?

SQL Server 2008 R2
While SQL Server 2008 R2 is not a complete revamp of past versions, it does offer several new and upgraded features that touch on everything from scalability to business intelligence.

Windows Remote Desktop Services (RDS)
Previously dubbed Terminal Services, Remote Desktop Services for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 features several improvements for providing virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) at an affordable cost.

Virtual machine security
Security is one of the most essential considerations for a server virtualization deployment. Find answers to your questions about virtual machine security with this in-depth spotlight.

Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2
Hyper-V comes in two flavors – as a Windows server role and a separate download. Confused? This page answers some of the most common questions regarding Microsoft's standalone Hyper-V Server.

Windows Server 2008 R2
Find details on what "R2" really means, the new features included and cost considerations for a migration in this FAQ.

Active Directory FAQs
This short FAQ provides answers to common (and not so common) Active Directory questions, plus additional resources.

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Some third party apps and OS X server can help.

by WindowsRefugee

Take a look at AdmitMac and Centrify.
A lot of your group polices just won't translate to the Mac at all. No registry=no way to implement a lot of settings the Windows way.
I recommend against using services for macintosh on your Windows file servers. You can end up with file/path names that are too long for Windows machines. There's also the 'illegal' characters that Macs can use in file names that Windows chokes on.
OS X server has a Open Directory that can be tied to AD in some ways that are useful.
I don't know the specifics, but I have read that Macs can't 'see' DFS shares, so if you use DFS, this could be bad

Look beyond APM to unified performance monitoring  — TechTarget
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The lack of interoperability among traditional performance monitoring tools means data centers must use -- and pay for -- multiple tools. But movement toward unified performance monitoring could change all that.

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