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June, 2005

  • Windows 2000 Mainstream Support Ends

    Not so fast! Although the mainstream support for the widespread Windows 2000 user base is ending, extended support status begins on July 1, 2005 (to keep consistent with the Microsoft Support Lifecycle policy). PCWorld writes -- "The move to Extended...
  • Related Communities for the IT Professional

    Here's a list of various third-party sites that provide IT professional-related articles, reviews, newsletters, discussion and user groups, references, etc. In no way do we sponsor or promote any of the third-party sites listed on the page. However, you...
  • New Group Policy Book Available from MS Press

    Microsoft Press has just released the Microsoft Windows Group Policy Guide , an 800-page reference guide for learning about and managing Group Policy within the enterprise. This book was co-written by industry-expert Darren Mar-Elia, Derek Melber, William...
  • Best Practices Guide to Network Administration

    Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) has completed the full suite of MOF service management guidance with the release of the Network Administration service management function. This guide provides best practices and recommendations for IT professionals...
  • Streamline a Branch Office Infrastructure

    Use the Branch Office Infrastructure Solution (BOIS) guidance and tools to address the needs of large organizations and enterprises in designing and deploying appropriate solutions for branch office infrastructures. BOIS incorporates planning, design...
  • Free SQL Server 2005 E-Learning Courses

    Whether you are interested in database administration, database development, or business intelligence, you can access the E-Learning topic you want, when you want it, and learn at your own pace. Each lesson includes hands-on virtual labs and offline functionality...
  • Study Shows Windows Beats Linux on Security

    A survey of 90 enterprises finds better TCO and fewer risks with Microsoft's streamlined security tools. Methodology of the study involved Wipro assembly of an appropriate sample of organizations that ran both Windows and open source software . Each...
  • New Security Planning Guides on TechNet

    Five great, new Security planning guides have been published: The Administrator Accounts Security Planning Guide This guide is designed to be an indispensable resource when organizations plan their strategy to secure administrator-level accounts...
  • Scripting MOM: Part 1 - The Basics

    Part 1 of a four-part article series focuses on writing scripts in MOM 2005. The purpose of the series is to compare scripts in MOM to those written for Windows Script Host so administrators can leverage the large amount of knowledge and materials already...
  • Scripting for MOM hub page on TechNet

    Want a one-stop center for sample scripts and scripting tutorial for MOM? You've got it now at: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/hubs/mom.mspx . We're working on making sample scripts available for you very soon -- stay tuned!
  • As Technology Matures, a NAP is not the Same

    Let's get the record straight -- NAP is not the same as NAQC. And you look at the acronym, and say, "Duh!" Network Access Protection (NAP) platform is not the same as Network Access Quarantine Control (NAQC), which is a capability provided with Windows...
  • Tips from Our IIS Agent

    The IIS Insider was watching a preview of the upcoming movie, " Mr. & Mrs. Smith ", and thus was a few days late in providing June's tips . In the latest edition, IIS Insider Looks at the number of Web sites IIS 6.0 supports Provides a tip...
  • TCP/IP Packet Processing Paths

    This month (June 2005), The Cable Guy gives you a look into the processing path of an IP packet -- post- Windows XP SP2 and Windows Server 2003 SP1. In the article , he describes the basic architecture of the TCP/IP protocol for IP version 4 and the additional...