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Top 5 IT Infrastructure Posts of 2011 from SPK’s Blog

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Written by Chris McHale
Published on December 30, 2011

Today, we’re bringing you a rewind of the most popular IT Infrastructure posts of 2011. Enjoy these favorites from our blog as this year winds down.

Number 5 – Solve 100 Problems with a Bootable USB Flash Drive

What everyday device can be used for troubleshooting 100 problems? A bootable USB flash drive. This fifth most popular post of 2011 on the SPK blog shows you how to create one and how to use this utilitarian tool to solve 100 common problems. A must read.

Number 4 – Running Pro/INTRALINK 3.4 on Windows 7, 64-bit

This tutorial gives a good overview of how to install and run Pro/INTRALINK 3.4 on a Windows 7,  64-bit machine. Check it out if the 64-bit programs have given you problems.

Number 3 – How to Setup a Local Redhat 5 Update Repository

Tutorials are apparently the posts our readers like best. This top post walks you through the setup of a local RedHat 5 update repository and points out the changes recent changes in doing so. Another good read.

Number 2 – Deploying Exchange and Outlook 2010 Settings Using MSP, GPO, and ADMX in 15 minutes

Don’t know about you, but getting anything done in 15 minutes is a good read. Probably why this was our runner up post for most popular post of the year. This post gives you good reason to use the Group Policy Object to deploy Microsoft Office and Outlook configurations. The benefits are two-fold – it allows you to distribute configuration changes any time and it can prevent users from destructively modifying their configuration.

Number 1 – Four Unavoidable Reasons To Take IT Out of Corporate IT

In this number one SPK blog post of 2011, we learned a lot about the reasoning for removing IT from the corporate model. As we wrote, “computing is nimble, mobile, and distributed. The management of IT resources has to follow suit.  Today’s model of corporate IT is a decade out of date.  It’s time to change the model to suit modern times – and reap the advantages.” Revisit this important post for more on what corporate IT should be doing in 2012; not what tradition tells us.  And be certain read Chris McHale’s follow up comment posted on September 27th to get a deeper understanding of the original post.  Chris is SPK’s Vice President of Account Services and believes the essential point of the post  is to “bring elements of IT closer to the users.”

Next Steps: Revisit these top blog posts and subscribe to our blog so you don’t miss a thing in 2012. Have a very Happy New Year!

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