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BizTalk

Concepts Around the Implementation of BizTalk Server 2006 in a High Availability Environment

This is a PowerPoint slide show with succinct details on implementing high availability for BizTalk Server. It outlines the various components of BizTalk and focuses on the key points behind a high availability deployment.

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Cisco

CCNA Extra Knowledge

A document I found that contains CCNA information.

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Cisco

Cisco Product Quick Reference Guide

A quick guide on Cisco hardware including some basic specifications.

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Disaster Recovery

A Guide to the Perplexed Business Owner - Helping your Business Survive the Unexpected Shutdown

This report is created for businesses that can benefit from the practical knowledge of keeping your business thriving in spite of unexpected shutdown.

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Exchange

11 Myths about Microsoft Exchange Backup & Recovery

An insight into backup/recovery options and strategies for Microsoft Exchange server, dispelling a few of the common urban legends that surround the processes involved.

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Exchange

Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 High Availability Guide

This guide will help you plan and implement reliable strategies for maintaining a highly available Exchange Server 2003 messaging system.

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Exchange

Redefining Exchange Server Data Protection with Symantec Backup Exec 11d for Windows Servers

A paper by Symantec that summarises the challenges around Microsoft Exchange email backups. It outlines the importance of email within organisations before explaining how their own product Backup Exec redefines Exchange protection and recovery measures.

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Exchange

Using Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Recovery Storage Groups

This document discusses the use of the recovery storage group feature in Exchange Server 2003.

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ISPs and surrounding technology

Metro Ethernet Services - A Technical Overview

A paper on Metro Ethernet, the different types available, how it works and some terminology surrounding it.

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Policy/Compliance

IT Policy Compliance for Dummies

This book simply explains IT policy compliance and the steps your organization needs to carry out to prove compliance to an independent auditor.

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Security

GfK NOP Data Security Statement

A document on how data could/should be handled during the receiving, transmitting or storing process. This could be used as a template for anyone handling data that they may be liable for.

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Server 2008

Step-by-Step Guide: Deploying Windows Firewall and IPsec Policies

This guide shows you how to centrally configure and distribute commonly used settings and rules for Windows Firewall with Advanced Security by describing typical tasks in a common scenario. you get hands-on experience in a lab environment using Group Policy management tools to create and edit GPOs to implement typical firewall settings. You also configure GPOs to implement common server and domain isolation scenarios and see the effects of those settings. This guide applies to computers running Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2008.

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Sharepoint

Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 with Windows 2008 and SQL Server 2008 on HP servers and storage technologies

This paper describes the performance differences observed when comparing Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 running on Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 versus current deployments running Windows Server 2003 and SQL Server 2005.

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Storage

RAID Performance overview

A document (with graphical representations) comparing different RAID configurations. It details speed differences between the different RAID configurations using different strip sizes.

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VMWare

Configuration Maximums VMware vSphere 4.0

An overview of all of the configuration maximums from VMware covering vSphere 4.

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VMWare

DMZ Virtualization with VMWare Infrastructure

A document on the best practices when implementing DMZ on a VMWare virtualized platform. There are a couple of examples of typical virtualized DMZ configurations.

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VMWare

SAN System Design and Deployment Guide

This describes how to design and deploy virtual infrastructure systems using VMware Infrastructure 3 with SANs (storage area networks). It describes SAN options supported with VMware Infrastructure 3 and also describes benefits, implications, and disadvantages of various design choices.

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VMWare

Storage / SAN Compatibility Guide For ESX Server 3.5 and ESX Server 3i

This document discusses: Maximum Storage Specifications Supported, Third‐Party Software, Fibre Channel SANs, Storage Arrays supported with FCoE CNAs, Network Attached Storage, iSCSI, SAS Arrays, OEM SAN Array Model Reference.

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VMWare

The Role of Memory in VMWare ESX Server 3

A paper on the memory management capabilities of VMWare ESX Server. It covers the fundamentals behind the memory used by both virtual machines and the ESX hosts running them.

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VMWare

Using VMWare ESX Server System and VMWare Virtual Infrastructure for Backup, Restoration, and Disaster Recovery

This guide on backup procedures was written for ESX 2.5 but outlines some good principles for using ESX in a production environment. The minimal time it takes to recover a collection of servers using VMWare ESX was one (of many) of the factors for me implementing it.

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VMWare

VirtualCenter 2 Templates Usage and Best Practices

This paper focuses on template usage for VCenter (formerly Virtual Center.) It covers best practices, version differences, template creation, template security and sysprep configuration for use when deploying a template based on a Microsoft OS.

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Web & CMS

Gaining a competitive advantage through your CMS

A paper from Fusion Workshop who specialise in enterprise content management systems. Their expertise is the integration of CMS systems with multi-vendor CRM and ERP products.

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