Optimizing Oracle licenses, including trade-in credits to move to the cloud

By Vincent Brasseur Oracle Maintenance & Support must be paid on all licenses included in a single license set regardless of their use; the support level must be identical across a license set. A license set is a group of software or features that are associated together in some way. For instance, all Oracle database editions (Enterprise, Standard, Standard One and Personal) are in the same license set. This license set also includes any additional options and management packs that can be added to an Oracle database. Regardless of the use of the licenses, maintenance is due on all licenses…

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Password Protect Task Sequence

OverviewAs my firms EUC (End User Computing aka Workplace) Architect, I am working on our tablet strategy and that requires Windows 8.1 Task Sequences. I noticed in reports that there were far more Windows 8.1 systems then I am creating in my work for …

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Total Usage for All Metered Software Programs Query Matches the Executable Name

By Garth Jones I noticed something interesting in one of the built-in reports, Total usage for all metered software programs, found in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (CM12), so I thought that I would share it with all of you. Sometime before I ran this report, a software metering rule for Microsoft® Windows® Operating System – cmd.exe – 6.1. (1033)...

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Say Goodbye to Windows Server 2003 While Maintaining Software Compatibility

In July 2015, Microsoft’s venerable Windows Server 2003 operating system will reach end-of-life, meaning the company will not provide regular support or updates for the operating system outside of an expensive custom support contract. Windows Server 2003 remains in widespread use in organizations of all sizes. However, in the decade since its invention, an incredible array of changes have occurred in the IT industry. New forms of attacks, new perspectives on security, new approaches to management and automation, and more are all here. Windows Server 2003 will never be able to take advantage of these advances, or adequately protect itself…

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Last Day to Save Up to $200 on IT/Dev Connections Registration

Because you have shown interest in the IT/Dev Connections conference coming up this fall, I want to be sure you don’t miss the opportunity to receive up to $200 off with our discount, ending tonight! Remember, this uniquely educational event features 5 tracks, 180+ sessions, 100+ speakers, impressive networking opportunities and much more. For more information on this event, click...

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Reminder to Vote for August’s Free SSRS Report

The report choices in our poll are: Computer Service Details OR List of PCs by Windows Experience Index. VOTE HERE for your favorite report! The winning report will become August’s free SSRS report. a) Computer Service Details report is useful when you need to quickly review the status of each service installed on a PC. For example, if you need...

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