VMware vSphere Vs. Microsoft Hyper–V

2016 November 17

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When it comes to hypervisors to run your virtual machine, experts have consistently pitted VMware’s vSphere against Microsoft’s Hyper–V. Whereas the truth is that both have their pros and cons and depending on the context of application, both may be considered as options.

It’s worthwhile then, to look into the comparison between the two and investigate why you should choose one over the other.

vSphere was introduced in the market much before Hyper-V. The fact that the product has managed to build a legion of hardcore users who swear by their brand, is not without a reason. Be it handling demanding workloads, effortlessly hoisting that into the cloud or intelligently adapt to the most challenging IT environments, vSphere does it all with extreme sophistication.

But so does Microsoft’s Hyper V.

There’s nothing that you can’t accomplish with Hyper-V that you can with vSphere. Hyper–V loyalists will tell you it is second to none. The biggest advantage that Hyper–V has over vSphere is price. It’s markedly cheaper yet extends the same sophistication and user experience to customers. For example, Apps4Rent’s Hyper-V server plan with 4GB RAM and 40 GB storage costs just $49/month. A comparable hosted virtual server based on VMWare vSphere is priced over $100/month.

To understand the real difference, one must look at the functional level features of both, that will help to choose one over the other. While both can perform many functionalities, there are few differences which sets apart Hyper V from vSphere.

Here, Apps4Rent makes it easier for you by laying down the key differences in features that are important to end users and server administrators:


Features vSphere Hyper-V
Access Windows Desktop YES YES
Snapshots YES YES
Installing Applications YES YES
3rd Party Multipathing (MPIO) YES (Available on 5.1 Enterprise Plus) YES
Offloaded Data Transfer YES (Available on 5.1 Enterprise Plus) YES
Virtual Machine Live Migration YES (Available on 5.1 Enterprise Plus) YES
Shared-Nothing Live Migration YES (Available on 5.1 Enterprise Plus) YES
Network Virtualization YES (Available on 5.1 Enterprise Plus) YES
Incremental Backups YES (Available on 5.1 Enterprise Plus) YES
VM Replication YES (Available on 5.1 Enterprise Plus) YES


The major difference between the two, as described above is the price. Hyper–V is the significantly lower-priced option with the Windows OS license typically included in Hyper-V hosting price. On VMware hosted server, it may be charged extra. With Apps4Rent, you get it at the lowest price in the market. For that reason, the momentum is with Hyper-V.

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How SharePoint 2016 Eases Hybrid Deployment

2016 June 15

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One of the strengths of SharePoint 2016 is the inclusion of features that improve integration between cloud-based Office 365 services and on-premises implementation of SharePoint 2016. SharePoint 2013 was built before Office 365 became widespread. Now millions of organizations have adopted Office 365. However, organizations are not yet ready to completely move away from on-premises implementations of SharePoint. Microsoft has built features into SharePoint 2016 that allow organizations to take advantage of the powerful features that are available in SharePoint Online to be accessed through the on-premises SharePoint 2016.

A good example of how SharePoint 2016 makes it easier to do hybrid setups is the new hybrid configuration wizard. Previously, one could implement a hybrid with the use of PowerShell scripts to link the on-premises and Office 365 environments. The wizard-driven process makes the task much more natural and intuitive.

The hybrid search feature has also received an upgrade in SharePoint 2016. SharePoint 2013 also allowed one to search local and cloud servers; however, the indexes for the Cloud and on-premises environments were segregated. In SharePoint 2016, there is a true hybrid index that further boosts the power of the search feature.

For those who love to use the Delve feature of Office 365 for collaboration, a hybrid deployment allows visibility of both local and SharePoint Online content.

SharePoint 2016 has blurred the lines between on-premises and cloud-based SharePoint servers, allowing organizations to progress towards the Cloud solutions while retaining their investments in on-premises implementations.

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SharePoint 2016 – Great Hybrid Features for the Users

2015 August 25

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SharePoint 2016 IT Preview is here and it brings along a whole lot of new enhancements for the end user. Presumably, the focus is on hybrid possibilities to make SharePoint 2016 work well with Office 365. Hybridization results in a seamlessly integrated experience across SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview and SharePoint Online. With a single profile in Office 365 storing all the user profile details, things get only easier. Throw in Hybrid OneDrive for Business, and you can use any device to access your documents, files, folders etc. directly through Office 365.

The new Cloud hybrid search adds another cushy layer of convenience by indexing On-premise and other content to the search index in Office 365. In other words, use the Office 365 Search to get you results from both On-Premises SharePoint Search Index and Office 365 for the same search term results. SharePoint 2016 also can also crawl older SharePoint versions such as 2007, 2010 and 2013, without needing to upgrade. Besides, you do a “follow” for On-Premises as well as Office 365 and see them both in a single location in the “Sites” app – something you will find via the App Launcher in SharePoint 2016. Bill Baer’s statement best sums up the experience: “SharePoint 2016 was built from the Cloud-Up”.

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Apps4Rent Reviews Exchange Hosting 2013 Features

2013 January 17

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Apps4Rent has entered the New Year with the launch of a host of new products such as Hosted Exchange 2013, SharePoint Server 2013, Hyper-V Server 2012, among others. This calls for a review of Microsoft Exchange 2013, which is my personal favorite. Like its predecessors, Exchange 2013 is a combination of both communication and collaboration features. It comprises all features that make communication and collaboration easier in this mobile era. Integration is possible with Microsoft Lync 2013 and SharePoint 2013, Smart Search for enhanced search results, touch user interface, improved search and indexing for search across Exchange 2013, SharePoint, Lync 2013, and Windows file servers are some of the key highlights of Exchange 2013.

Here is a quick review of Hosted Exchange 2013 features

Detects and adjusts interface as per your device: The new version of Outlook Web App (OWA) now detects and adjusts its interface automatically to your device (PC, Smartphone, laptop, tablet) for a clutter-free and touch-friendly experience.

Contacts can be merged and viewed at a central location: Using Exchange 2013, you can merge your contacts from various locations into a single contact system. Thus, you can easily search for and get a single view of a person by gathering it from various locations such as address books, LinkedIn, Facebook, among others.

More powerful emails
Hosted Exchange 2013 includes new integrated applications in Outlook such as Bing Maps, as well as the action items and suggested appointments features that allow you to take full advantage of each email you compose.

Smart Search for better communication: Today social networking and speedy communication is vital. The Smart Search feature in Exchange 2013 take cues from your communication and collaboration behavior in order to throw up releveant search results.

Collaboration is made easier via integration with Lync and SharePoint: Exchange 2013  integrates easily with SharePoint 2013 and Lync 2013 via in-place discovery and site mailboxes. By integrating with SharePoint 2013, users can easily collaborate using site mailboxes. Integration with Lync 2013 allow users to archive content in Microsoft Exchange 2013 and use it is as a central point for storing contacts.

Draft messages while offline: Outlook web app  (OWA) now supports offline access. This means you can compose messages from your web browser even when you are offline and deliver it when connected to an internet connection.

Built-in Malware Protection: Malware protection is available in-built in Microsoft Exchange 2013.

Bigger Mailboxes: Exchange 2013 boasts bigger mailboxes.  It is compatible with disks space of up to 8 TB.

Data Safeguard: Exchange 2013 includes data loss prevention (DLP) feature which allows you to protect your data against losing. Furthermore, the new Outlook 2013 PolicyTips notifies users concerning policy violations before any private data is sent.

Privacy and Security: Hosted 2013 Exchange virtually meets all compliance needs. Besides, you can add new compliance policies as per your company needs.

This list of features and the excellent service and support from Apps4Rent will make Exchange 2013 hosting a wonderful experience for you users!

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Apps4Rent Reviews Hyper-V 2012

2013 January 14

Apps4Rent recently launched the new Hyper-V Server 2012 version.  Therefore, I thought that a quick review of this cost-effective and feature-rich server virtualization solution would be great for our current and future customers who are eager to know more about it.  Based on Windows Server 2012, the new Hyper-V virtual dedicated server provides enhanced features and capabilities to effectively consolidate servers while utilizing resources to its maximum.  With new upgraded features such as support for up to 64 processors, additional resilience, new VHDX with 64 terabytes of disk capacity, Hyper-V Server 2012 guarantees compatibility with high-performance, large virtual machines, thus sustaining workloads required during significant scale up.  Here is a quick review on what’s new and exciting in this cost-effective server virtualization solution.

What’s new in Hyper V Virtual Servers?

Hyper-V Server 2012 enables Live Migration: You can do live migration of your virtual machines from one server to another even if the machines do not share same cluster or storage space. Moreover, you can perform live migration without the need for complex storage mappings.

Hyper-V 2012 supports Large Workloads. Hyper-V Server 2012 has been built to support up to 64 virtual processors at a time; which means it has the ability to withstand large, high performance virtual machines. You can run your largest workloads in your virtualized environment.

Hyper-V 2012 offers Multi-tenant Environment: Hyper-V 2012’s multi-tenancy feature ensures that even though virtual machines are stored on a single physical server, each virtual machine experience isolated and secured environment.

Extensible Switch: As you depend on virtualization, you should be able to manage diverse types of requests. Some of those requests typically fall under networking preferences. The Hyper-V Extensible Switch provides you with an open, extensible switch that supports both security and management requirements. You can user partner extensions or create your own extensions in order to support these needs.

Dynamic Memory: With this feature, users can assign memory resources for virtual machine more effectively. For instance, you can reduce the minimum memory when you know the virtual machine will not require it. On the other hand, you can also increase the memory size so that the virtual machine can consume more RAM as per the requirement.

Hyper-V Replica for Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery: Hyper-V Replica provides asynchronous imitation of virtual machines, thus ensuring business continuity and disaster recovery. During unexpected failures such as any natural calamity, power outage, or fire at your prime site, you can yourself fail over the virtual machines to the Hyper-V server running at your recovery site.

Whether you are planning to increase your VM mobility and availability, manage multi-tenant environments, or gain more flexibility, Hyper-V Server 2012 offers you the tools and platform you require to increase your business flexibility that too with confidence. With a new hardware technology, you can virtualize your business environment today and be ready for tomorrow.  We hope you found this Apps4Rent review of Hyper-V useful.

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Apps4Rent Reviews SharePoint 2013

2012 December 7

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The much awaited Microsoft SharePoint 2013 is here. That too with a set of cool features that every SharePoint users were looking for. SharePoint 2013 will be available to you with many improvements which would yield instant benefits to your organization once implemented. Apps4Rent will offer SharePoint 2013 hosting solutions when a final version is released. Meanwhile, let us glance through the features of SharePoint 2013.

SharePoint Server 2013 Features

Enterprise Content Management (ECM): Enterprise Content Management System will be one of the main highlights of SharePoint 2013. Social integration, usability, and search features get strong enhancements which will allow users to share and seek data in a familiar and contemporary way. Some interesting ECM highlights include the following:

  • FAST Search is now unified with SharePoint Server Search.
  • You can drag and drop a document upload.
  • You can share documents and files in your news feed.
  • You can build usable and attractive navigation with managed metadata keywords or terms.
  • You can perform mass edit of document metadata.

Enterprise Search: The Search feature in SharePoint 2013 has been restored entirely for huge scalability, a comprehensible search result experience, enterprise wide indexing, and more that demands precision. Some improvements to the Enterprise Search feature include the following:

  • You can group similar search results together using result blocks.
  • With the help of query suggestions, users can find what they searched for before.
  • With the help of HTML editor, site collection administrators can build display templates in order to customize the search result appearance.
  • You can find documents easily with the help of Microsoft Office file type icons.
  • Ranking models helps improve intranet search, people search, and search on internet sites.
  • Analytics is now put up straight into the SharePoint Search architecture.
  • Query rules allow admins to align result blocks and promoted results.
  • Constant crawling sorts new items almost quickly accessible in search results.
  • You can now hover over preview panel for search results.

Enterprise Collaboration and Social Networking: Highly influenced by popular social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and others, Microsoft has put in lot of interesting features in its social networking platform. Some powerful features include the following:

  • News feeds similar to that you see in Facebook with a like button and support for hyperlinks and pictures.
  • SharePoint Workspace replaced with Skydrive Pro for offline content sync with a profound Microsoft Office 2013 integration.
  • Threaded discussion boards that allow you to post replies to particular people in your network using the (at) name format feature as you see in Twitter.
  • Follow feature similar to that in Twitter that allows you to follow specific people and documents to get appropriate updates.
  • Hashtags to tag content for quick accessibility to people talking on the same topic.

Enterprise Workflow: SharePoint 2013 Workflow is rebuilt on Windows Workflow Foundation 4. This extends workflow processing outside the realm of SharePoint Server.  Some new Workflow features include the following:

  • You will find visual and text based workflow design features in SharePoint Designer 2013.
  • Now you can have workflows loop till a definite condition is met.

Enterprise Web Content Management (WCM): Microsoft has been planning major enhancements on this part of SharePoint 2013. The complete WCM platform has been restructured and enhanced for the up-to-date web standards, compatibility with mobile devices, quick content publishing and reuse, multi-language sites, and brand packaging and deployment. Other prominent enhancements include:

  • Availability of familiar tools including Adobe Dreamweaver to design a brand or a site.
  • Design manager to customize, preview, and package your site in the internet browser.
  • Reusable content that can be viewed by different devices via device channels.
  • Mark-up has be architected for modest CSS and HTML5.
  • The new Content Search Webpart enables you to rollup content across site collections for suggested or related content.
  • The new Machine translation service can spontaneously decode your content into diverse languages.
  • You can create an ecommerce sites without any need for coding or out-of-the-box configuration.

Administration is made easy in SharePoint 2013!

Central Administration: SharePoint 2013 centralized administration offers advanced administrative functionality such as application management, system settings, monitoring via Health Analyzer, Timer Jobs, farm backup, granular backup, and restore, general and user security, and more.

Quick Management using PowerShell: Similar to other Microsoft server products, SharePoint 2013 can also be managed using PowerShell. However, it has more choices and automation possibilities. PowerShell ISE and PowerShell 3.0 in Windows Server 2012 offer you a more comprehensible script editing environment for creating SharePoint PowerShell scripts.

Easy Identity Management: SharePoint 2013 provides farm administrators various options to manage user accounts and how they validate to SharePoint. Some SharePoint 2013 authentication management features include ASP.NET form authentication, claims-based authentication and identity, IIS and Windows authentication.

Easy and Centralized App Management: The new SharePoint App infrastructure and framework allows administrators to install isolated App functionality to their farms and manage the related licensing all in a central place.

SharePoint 2013 Designer for code-less development of SharePoint applications: The new SharePoint 2013 includes new SharePoint Designer 2013 features such as CSS and HTML 5 support, refurbished graphical workflow designer interface, support to loops and workflow stages.

Improved Scalability and Performance: SharePoint 2013 boasts significant enhancements in performance and scalability. You get huge database I/O improvements with shredded storage and quicker load times all thanks to better caching and IIS compression.

End-User can be more than happy with SharePoint 2013

Optimized Mobile Experience: SharePoint 2013 offers the new Microsoft metro user interface for both desktop and mobile users. The push notification feature allows you to send device updates to a Windows phone. The new release also supports geolocation which is used for mobile application development. Some mobile devices can also view business intelligence data such as SQL Reporting Services reports, , Excel Services reports, and PerformancePoint Web Parts and. You can also view Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents in mobile browsers with additional functionality.

SharePoint 2013 for Developers

Client Object Model: Use Client Object Model to build applications that operate outside SharePoint Server. The Client Object Model communicates with SharePoint through web service call. There are three kinds of client object models, i.e., one for Silverlight applications, one for .Net applications, and one for mobile applications. There is also a JavaScript object model and new OData/REST endpoints which enables you to build various applications using your platform of choice and language.

SharePoint Apps: In SharePoint 2013, sandboxed solutions have been swapped with SharePoint Apps. SharePoint Apps have more dominant capabilities which include the ability to make use of cross site collection data, single locked down permissions, and ability to build applications with familiar languages and IDEs.

Business Connectivity Services: SharePoint 2013 has prolonged the business connectivity service to include  OData as a supported data source, new Eventing (event handler) framework, , support for SharePoint Apps, a new client side object model (CSOM) API, and External list performance improvements.

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SharePoint 2010 Accessibility

2010 September 10

SharePoint 2010’s Accessibility feature provides templates, master pages, controls and Web parts along with technical documentation to advance MOSS accessibility for people with disabilities. SharePoint 2010 accessibility provides built-in support for keyboard navigation and support for industry-wide accessibility standards.

Accessibility is an important part of any collaboration or web content management system. For SharePoint this is no exception. As a starting point, SharePoint adopted the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, WCAG 2.0, and set a goal for Level AA.

SharePoint 2010 Accessibility feature is perceivable, operable, understandable, and robust. SharePoint 2010 delivers broad changes to describe content and media and to explain controls. Apps4Rent now offers the latest Hosted SharePoint 2013 to its customers at affordable prices.

Features of SharePoint 2010 Accessibility kit include the following:

  1. Keyboard interaction has been a basis in feature evaluations to maximize device compatibility and usability
  2. Proper heading structures have been added to pages for informational, organizational, and navigational benefits.
  3. Across SharePoint, improved language support has been added and integrated this information into the pages and into the advanced editors page
  4. SharePoint supports browser settings to zoom content and operating system features to increase font sizes.
  5. New design efforts help declare Doc Types and specify CSS-standards rendering for the master pages. This has dramatically improved the cross-browser support.
  6. Broad investments were made to update the markup to be like well-formed XML, and the new rich text editor has clean markup and a function to convert its content into XHTML.

Take advantage of SharePoint Accessibility and other useful features of SharePoint 2010 hosting, SharePoint Foundation hosting or SharePoint Server 2010 – with shared or dedicated hosting by Apps4Rent. Also see feature comparison of SharePoint Foundation vs Server 2010. We offer free SharePoint with our hosted exchange plans. MOSS 2007 is also available.

With the best SharePoint hosting price plans in the industry, Apps4Rent provides any sized business the power to integrate the virtual collaboration technology into their business model and streamline communications at a minimal SharePoint hosting price rate of $8.95 per month.

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SharePoint 2010 Web Parts

2010 September 10

SharePoint 2010 Out-of-the-box Web parts add functionality anywhere in a site with point-and-click simplicity. There are around 40 out-of-the-box Web Parts available.

Find some Out-of-the-box Web parts below:

Lists and Libraries – These are similar to the same Web Parts offered in MOSS 2007.

– Announcements
– Calendar
– Contacts
– Links
– Shared Documents
Sites Assets – Use this library to store files which are included on page within the site such as images on Wiki pages
– Tasks
– Team Discussions

Business Data

– Business Data Actions
– Business Data Connectivity Filter
– Business Data Item
– Business Data Item Builder
– Business Data List
– Business Data Related List
– Indicator Details
-Status List

Content Rollup

– Content Query
– HTML Form Web Part
– Picture Library Slideshow Web Part
– RSS Viewer
Web Analytics Web Part – Displays the most viewed content, most popular search queries, or most popular clicked search results as reported by Web Analytics fo rthe site or site collection
– XML Viewer


– Document Set Contents – Displays the contents of the Document Set
– Document Set Properties – Displays the properties of the Document Set
– Enter a Document ID – Finds a document by its Document ID
– Relevant Documents – Displays documents that are relevant to the current user


– Choice Filter
– Current User Filter
– Date Filter
– Filter Actions
– Page Field Filter
– Query String (URL) Filter
– SharePoint List Filter
– SQL Server Analysis Services Filter
– Text Filter

Media and Content

– Content Editor
– Image Viewer
Media Web Part – Use to embed media clips (video and audio) in web page
Page Viewer
Silverlight Web Part – A Web Part to display a Silverlight application

My Information

– My Calendar
– My Contacts
– My Inbox
– My Mail Folder
– My Tasks


– Categories
– Site Aggregator
– Sites in Category
– Summary Links
– Table of Contents
Tag Cloud – Displays the most popular subjects being tagged inside your organization

Office Client Applications

– Excel Web Access
InfoPath Form Web Part – Use this Web Part to display an InfoPath browser-enabled form
– Visio Web Access – Enables viewing and refreshing of published Visio Diagrams
WSRP Viewer


– Contact Detail
Note Board – Enables users to leave short, publicly-viewable notes about a page
Organization Browser – Displays each person in the reporting chain in the interactive view optimized for browsing organization charts
– Site Users
– User Tasks

Performance Point

– PerformancePoint Filter
– PerformancePoint Report
– PerformancePoint Scorecard
– PerformancePoint Stack Selector


– Advanced Search Box
Dual Chinese Search – Used to search Dual Chinese documentand items at the same time
– Federated Results
People Refinement Panel – This web part helps the users to refine people search results
– People Search Box
– People Search Core Results
Refinement Panel – used to refine results
– Related Queries
– Search Action LInks
– Search Best Bets
– Searhc Box
– Search Core Results
– Search Paging
– Search Statistics
– Search Summary
Search Visual Best Bet – displays visual best bets
– Search Federated Results


Chart Web Part – Helps you visualize your data on SharePoint Sites and on a SharePoint portal.

Take advantage of SharePoint Out-of-the-box Web Parts and other useful features of SharePoint 2010 hosting, SharePoint Foundation hosting or SharePoint Server 2010 – with shared or dedicated hosting by Apps4Rent. Also see feature comparison of SharePoint Foundation vs Server 2010. We offer free SharePoint with our hosted exchange plans. SharePoint 2013 Server Hosting, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 or  MOSS 2007 is also available.

With the best SharePoint hosting price plans in the industry, Apps4Rent provides any sized business the power to integrate the virtual collaboration technology into their business model and streamline communications at a minimal SharePoint hosting price rate of $8.95 per month.

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SharePoint 2010 Connect-to-Office

2010 September 10

In SharePoint 2010, you can be connected to Microsoft Office Clients. How? Using SharePoint 2010’s Connect-to-office feature by letting Microsoft Office applications know which SharePoint libraries you frequently use. When you connect a library to Office, the library is available in the Office Back Stage for opening and saving files. When you want to create a new Office document, you can view the list of templates in connected libraries as well as local and online templates.

Take advantage of SharePoint Connect-to-office feature and other useful features of SharePoint 2010 hosting, SharePoint Foundation hosting or SharePoint Server 2010 – with shared or dedicated hosting by Apps4Rent. Also see feature comparison of SharePoint Foundation vs Server 2010. We offer free SharePoint with our hosted exchange plans. Hosted SharePoint Server 2013 and  MOSS 2007 are also available.


With the best SharePoint hosting price plans in the industry, Apps4Rent provides any sized business the power to integrate the virtual collaboration technology into their business model and streamline communications at a minimal Microsoft SharePoint hosting price rate of $8.95 per month.

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Audience Targeting in SharePoint 2010

2010 August 20

Audience targeting in SharePoint 2010 (now available in hosted mode for Standard and Enterprise versions) is one of the significant features of SharePoint 2010 that helps target groups and individuals with specific pages, Web Parts, and content. With the help of audience targeting feature, content can be targeted in a site for viewing by one or more specific audiences. SharePoint 2010 supports targeting using rules-based audiences, SharePoint groups, and distribution-list memberships. These audiences can span one or more sites in a given deployment. In addition, SharePoint 2010 provides the ability to target any list item, not just the lists. This means that virtually any individual item within the site – documents, events, custom list items, and even entire sites – may now be targeted to specific audiences. Apps4Rent now offers the latest among SharePoint version, i.e., SharePoint 2013 Hosting Services.

Using the Audience Targeting feature of SharePoint 2010, Web Part content can be targeted in the following ways:

  1. Web Parts can be targeted so that members of different audiences see different Web Parts on a page
  2. Using Web Parts that recognize audience membership, items or links in a list can be targeted to one or more audiences, so that only members of those audiences can view the targeted items within the Web Parts. read more…
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