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Issue #18: New Windows

We lead off with reviews for new releases of Windows and an enterprise Linux distribution.

On the CD: Ubuntu Server 13.10 (64-bit)

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Windows 8.1 ReviewWindows 8.1 is Microsoft’s attempt to correct some of the mistakes of Windows 8. Along with a half-hearted revival of the Start button, Windows 8.1 includes some interesting new features.

SUSE Enterprise Linux 11 SP3SUSE has released the third update of its enterprise distribution. The latest edition includes updated software and bug fixes, as well as new drivers, storage and networking improvements, and support for UEFI secure boot.

Save time and simplify your workday with these useful tools for real-world systems administration.

Private Cloud File Server: External staff, home offices, individual smartphones, and cloud services like Dropbox can easily drive a securityconscious admin crazy. But, Novell’s FILR file storage system is designed to simplify your cloud presence.

MS SQL Server HA: As availability requirements continue to grow, Microsoft intends to do away with database mirroring in its SQL Server product. We show you some alternative options in SQL Server 2012 and 2014.

Boto: The Boto Python module helps admins manage resources in the Amazon Cloud.

Virtual environments are becoming faster, more secure, and easier to set up and use. Check out these tools.

OpenNebula Hooks: Savvy OpenNebula users can attach their shell programs to hooks and thus automatically trigger actions when the status of a virtual machine changes.

VM Live Migration: A big advantage in virtualization is the ability to move systems from one host to another without exposing the user to a long period of downtime.

Cloud Storage: Many HPC sites with petabytes of data need some sort of backup tool. Among the many candidates, cloud storage is a serious contender. We look at one solution with some serious advantages: S3QL.

Elastic Beanstalk: A quick and easy way to deploy and manage apps in an AWS cloud.

RESTful HA: Admins can select from a cornucopia of options to make HTTP-based RESTful services highly available.

Use these practical apps to extend, simplify, and automate routine admin tasks.

VHDX Disks: We look at some of the improvements in Hyper-V virtual hard disk files.

Use these practical apps to extend, simplify, and automate routine admin tasks.

Predicting Drive Doom: Smartmontools is a Linux tool for interacting with the S.M.A.R.T. features of drives. But is S.M.A.R.T. the best way to predict impending drive doom?

Forensic Tools: Criminal intruders often focus on browsers, so crime investigators need expert tools for reconstructing browser sessions.

Citrix NetScaler: Since Microsoft announced the end of its Threat Management Gateway (TMG), companies have been looking for an adequate replacement. Citrix jumps into the breach with various NetScaler products.

Timely tutorials on fundamental techniques for systems administrators.

Capsicum for FreeBSD: The Capsicum project provides the option of finely granulated privileges on top of sandboxing.

PostgreSQL 9.3: The new PostgreSQL 9.3 release introduces several innovations in terms of speed and usability, as well as SQL standards compliance.

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