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Changes to the Taskbar

Video | July 02, 2014

In this video, instructor Glenn Weadock examines new Taskbar capabilities, such as pinning non-loaded programs, customizing the jump list, and selectively hiding all but one active program.

Windows Server 2008 R2 Training

Video | July 01, 2014

In this video, Practice Leader Craig Brown discusses our exclusive Server 2008 course - Configuring, Managing, and Maintaining Server 2008 R2 (M6419). Specifically, the enhancements we've made to this course through Server 2008 R2 supplemental learning materials and custom hands-on labs that enable the student to utilize critical Server 2008 R2 functions after completing the course.

How to Use Policy Based Management in SQL Server 2008

Video | June 12, 2014

In this video, you'll learn how to utilize a great new feature of SQL Server 2008 called Policy Based Management for Multi-Server Management capabilities.

How To Use PowerPivot in SQL Server 2008 R2 and Office 2010

Video | June 12, 2014

In this video, you will learn how to a use a new feature of SQL Server 2008 R2 and Office 2010 called PowerPivot for Self-Service Business Intelligence.

An Intro to Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Training

Video | May 29, 2014

Learn the fundamentals of technology with Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) training. Designed for business professionals who work with technology and IT professionals looking for cross-training, MTA courses provide a foundational technology education in topics such as networking, security, software development, Windows OS and more. Three days of intensive training will get you on the right track to working effectively in the ever-changing IT industry.

Monitoring and Troubleshooting the Performance of a Windows Server Environment Workshop

Video | May 29, 2014

Global Knowledge Practice Leader, Craig Brown, explains what students will learn in our "Monitoring and Troubleshooting the Performance of a Windows Server Environment" workshop.

Prep Tips for Microsoft Windows 7 and Server 2008 Exams

Video | May 29, 2014

Mark Morgan is a Global Knowledge Senior Instructor. He has worked in the IT industry for over 20 years and has taught Microsoft courses for Global Knowledge since 2000. In this video clip, Mark shares some tips for students preparing for the Microsoft Windows 7 and Server 2008 certification exams.

Upgrading from SharePoint 2007 to SharePoint 2013

Video | May 08, 2014

If you're running SharePoint 2007, learn what had changed in SharePoint 2013 for administrators and developers.

Overview of Microsoft Lync

Video | May 06, 2014

In this video, Practice Leader Craig Brown discusses how Microsoft Lync can function in enterprise environments to streamline communication and increase productivity.

Unlock the Power of Microsoft SQL Server 2014

Webinar – Recorded | April 24, 2014

Join Microsoft SQL Server expert Brian Egler for an hour-long webinar covering the key features and updates in the upcoming release of Microsoft SQL Server 2014! You will get a thorough review, along with demonstrations, of how SQL Server 2014 provides substantial improvements in performance, manageability, and availability that will make your job easier.

2014 IT Skills and Salary Report

Special Report | April 04, 2014

The results are in, and analysis is complete from our seventh annual IT Skills and Salary Survey. This was our second in partnership with Windows IT Pro and one of the industry's largest with more than 12,000 North American respondents. Download your copy to learn how your salary, bonus, job function, and other factors compare to your peers.

Overview of Microsoft Cloud Computing Architectures

Video | March 13, 2014

In this video, Practice Leader Craig Brown discusses the new Microsoft Cloud Computing platforms and how to keep your organization's data secure and functioning properly while operating either partially or entirely on the cloud.

Top 10 Mistakes Deploying and Upgrading Lync Server 2013

White Paper | Feb. 25, 2014

Microsoft Lync Server 2013 requires a proactive approach during deployment. This white paper provides valuable recommendations as well as the technical links that help you avoid common mistakes during a Microsoft Lync Server 2013 deployment.

Secure Your SQL Server Today!

Webinar – Recorded | Feb. 05, 2014

Your Microsoft SQL Server database often contains the most valuable information in your organization. Get tips for securing it properly and effectively in this free, information-packed webinar with Microsoft SQL Server expert Gidget Pryor. In just an hour, Gidget will demonstrate the layered security approach used by SQL Server. She will step you through the process and best practices of setting up logins, users, roles, schemas, and permissions, and she will review the security model changes that have taken place from SQL Server 2005 through SQL Server 2012. She will also review SQL Server 2012 training and certifications.

Putting the SharePoint Management Shell on ISE

Article | Jan. 07, 2014

The default shortcut for the SharePoint 2013 Management Shell uses PowerShell.exe; however, a few small changes can easily yield a SharePoint Management Shell based on the more awesomely powerful PowerShell ISE.

15 Most Popular IT and Business Certifications for 2014

Special Report | Jan. 01, 2014

In this report, I've reviewed the 15 most popular certifications according to our more than 12,000 North American respondents to our annual IT Skills and Salary Survey. For each certification, you'll find a brief description, the average salary, and some insight into why it is popular.

A Guide for Maximizing your Training Dollars

Special Report | Jan. 01, 2014

You know you need to invest in training, but how do you get the best return on investment (ROI) from your training dollars? To help you make smart training decisions, we've put together this guide, which illustrates some alternative and little-known payment options, the types of discounts and promotions available with training and a suggested list of courses that give you excellent value.

Extending Role Security in Analysis Services for SQL Server

White Paper | Dec. 30, 2013

By using and implementing a many-to-many relationship in a cube, existing tables with user account information can be used directly to secure cube contents, rather than converting to role based security in the cube. You can also secure your analysis services more easily and access sensitive information contained within it.

New Group Policies

Video | Dec. 05, 2013

In this video, instructor Glenn Weadock demonstrates how Group Policy settings can control new user interface features such as the Taskbar, and resuscitate obsolete features such as classic menus in Windows Explorer.

Microsoft SharePoint Training for Site Collection Administrators

Video | Oct. 24, 2013

As a power user, find out if you're ready for the SharePoint Site Collection and Site Administration class and how it can benefit your organization.

How To Use Transparent Data Encryption in SQL Server 2008

Video | July 18, 2013

In this video, you will learn how to a use a new feature of SQL Server 2008 called Transparent Data Encryption for enhanced security.

Ten Performance Monitor Counters to Analyze SQL Server Memory Pressure

Article | July 12, 2013

Many experts agree that memory is the most important resource with regard to SQL Server performance. There are hundreds of performance counters, and therefore, it can be complex to figure out just what to monitor. Here are some suggestions in understanding whether memory pressure might be the performance problem with your SQL Server.

High Availability Options in SQL Server 2008

Video | July 11, 2013

In this video, you will learn about the High Availability options in SQL Server 2008: Server Clustering, Database Mirroring, Log Shipping and Peer-to-Peer Replication.

Understanding Inner and Outer Joins

Article | June 12, 2013

One of the most difficult concepts for me as I was learning database syntax was joins. Of course, I tried reading and understanding articles and books that dealt with this topic. In almost every case, I was faced with the Venn diagram examples.

Introduction to Virtual Machines and Hypervisors

Article | April 25, 2013

Organizations of all sizes have identified the benefits of cloud-based computing, whether it’s implementing a private or hybrid cloud on their own or accessing a public cloud through a service provider. Virtualization, a key component for building secure cloud environments, offers many advantages, including higher machine efficiency due to increased utilization, energy savings, and the flexibility to build or destroy virtual machines (VMs) on demand to meet changing organizational needs. Choosing open source virtualization over proprietary alternatives can significantly increase savings. However, an open source Linux Kernel-based virtual machine (KVM) offers several benefits to organizations beyond just cost savings. These benefits include security, reliability, availability, performance, and scalability. In this white paper, we’ll look at the relationship between open source virtualization and the cloud, and explore the security aspects of KVM hypervisor technology, especially in relation to how it leverages SELinux and related capabilities for secure public, private, and hybrid cloud performance.

2013 IT Skills and Salary Report

Special Report | April 05, 2013

Get a look at how your numbers compare to your peers and neighbors with our comprehensive lists below. A Note About Our Certification List For the condensed list of certifications in our 2013 IT Skills & Salary Report, we included only certifications that received enough responses to be statistically relevant. The list below is more inclusive. Certification data is for informational purposes only, as the values of some of the more exclusive certifications are based on few responses and, therefore, are less reliable.

Windows 7 Certification and Skills Learning Tracks

Video | Feb. 28, 2013

Chief Technical Architect Craig Brown discusses the Windows 7 certification and skills tracks available to Global Knowledge students.

Windows Server 2012 Features: Remote Access, Core Server, and New Roles

Article | Feb. 25, 2013

New in Windows Server 2012 is the Unified Remote Access (URA) role. In Windows Server 2008 R2, DirectAccess and Routing and Remote Access Service (RRAS) were two separate roles. In fact, they could not be co-located on the same server. In Windows Server 2012, DirectAccess and RRAS can be co-located, allowing for what is now legacy remote access VPN client connectivity (L2TP/IPsec, PPTP, and SSTP). This means that the Unified Remote Access provides DirectAccess, Remote Access VPN, and site-to-site VPN and can now serve as your complete remote access solution.

4 Tips and Tricks for Microsoft Windows Group Policy

Article | Feb. 07, 2013

There exists a need to properly read, deploy, and examine the results of Group Policy. By its architecture, Group Policy Deployment to the Clients or Servers can be erratic and latent, or even non-existent throughout your Enterprise Organization, frustrating Administrators who are rolling out the Group Policy to Client or Server computers. To help mitigate this behavior, I compiled these insights into a two part series from real-world examples, experiences, and fixes that have worked for me. I know that these Tips and Tricks will work for you, too.

10 SQL Terms You Should Know

Article | Sep. 24, 2012

Some of you might just be starting out as a database administrator and need to know what a basic Transact-SQL query is for Microsoft SQL Server 2012, others might already be creating database objects. Either way, we put together a list of a few terms regarding Microsoft SQL Server that any database administrator should know.

Seven Security Myths of Windows 7

White Paper | May 10, 2012

Network security is everyone's concern, and this applies to computer security as well. Many security breaches occur due to user ignorance of basic security principles, not malicious intent. Network and computer security are like an onion - there are multiple layers. Good security begins with understanding what you can do to keep your systems safe and implementing a layered approach. If you depend on one program or feature to secure your computer, then when (not if, but when) that dependency is breached, you may have personal information stolen or even have your computer taken over.

2012 IT Skills and Salary Report

Special Report | April 02, 2012

The results are in from the fifth annual IT Skills and Salary Survey by Global Knowledge and TechRepublic, and there are finally reasons for optimism. The average salary of this year's respondents was up 6.2% from last year's and, in fact, is the highest in the history of the survey. While salary is a key component of the study, we also examined other factors such as job satisfaction, impact of acquiring new skills and certifications, and trends in pay, including base pay, bonuses, benefits, and geographic impact.  

Go Further with Microsoft Certification

Video | March 15, 2012

The 'Go Further' video is an testimonial to the value of Microsoft Certification as a validation of technical skills. Whether you're just starting your IT career, or looking to advance it, certification can make a huge impact. Take a look at the video, and hear the stories of real MCPs.

Disadvantages of Indexing in SQL Server

Article | Feb. 23, 2012

Find out the advantages and disadvantages of SQL indexing from the experts at Global Knowledge. The real value of indexing is to help retrieve data quickly, but you must consider the negative impact on the server when data is modified.

T-SQL Basics: Anatomy of the Select Statement

Article | Sep. 19, 2011

Relational databases are important not only because of the information they store but, more importantly, for the data we retrieve from them. The select statement allows us to ask the database a question. It’s the way we retrieve information from the database system.

2011 IT Skills and Salary Report

Special Report | April 04, 2011

For the fourth year in a row, Global Knowledge and TechRepublic have partnered to create a comprehensive IT salary survey. With over 12,000 responses, the 2011 report has turned out to be one of this year's most relevant and revealing salary surveys in the industry. Below is our complete list of Salaries by Popular Certifications and Salaries by State.

Windows 7 Troubleshooting Tips

White Paper | Oct. 26, 2010

Your company has finally migrated to Windows 7. Congratulations! And now you have your first support call. This Microsoft white paper will tell you all you need to know about the new troubleshooting tools that are bundled with Windows 7 and provide you with the knowledge to quickly figure out what's happening "under the hood" on a Windows 7 computer. The selected tools described in this Microsoft white paper are a subset of the tools available on Windows 7. The focus of this white paper is on timely troubleshooting of the operating system and software applications.

Djoin.exe Simplifies and Automates Joining Computers to a Domain

Article | Sep. 14, 2010

Adding a new computer to an Active Directory domain can be a disruptive process, particularly if that computer is part of a large, high-speed deployment. Djoin.exe is a command line tool that permits the joining of a Windows 7 or Server 2008 R2 computer to Active Dir...

BranchCache Reduces Traffic between HQ and Branch Offices

Article | Aug. 20, 2010

Windows Software Update Services (WSUS) is commonly used to distribute security patches and updates for Windows operating systems and Microsoft applications. WSUS is a web application that runs within Internet Information Services (IIS) on Windows Server. When client...

Remote Desktop on Windows 7 now has AERO

Article | July 15, 2010

Windows Vista introduced AERO, a desktop experience that had four major elements; Windows Flip, Windows Filmstrip, AERO Glass transparency and fully realized thumbnail views on the Taskbar. Windows 7 added several new features to AERO, including AERO Snap, AERO Shake...