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August, 2007

  • Reanimating Active Directory Tombstone Objects

    Data loss is a fact of life and it pays to be prepared for all sorts of recovery scenarios. Tombstone reanimation for Active Directory was introduced in Windows Server 2003. This feature takes advantage of the fact that Active Directory keeps deleted...
  • The September 2007 issue of TechNet Magazine is now online

    The September 2007 issue of TechNet Magazine is now available online at www.technetmagazine.com/issues/2007/09/ . We begin this month with a great article about Deploying Windows Vista with BDD 2007 by Michael Niehaus. Michael is also the author of our...
  • Application virtualization with Microsoft SoftGrid

    The concept of software virtualization has been around since the 1960s. However, it has taken the IT industry decades to begin to realize the potential of application virtualization. In the August 2007 issue of TechNet Magazine , Ahmer Sabri and Kedar...
  • Deploying Windows Vista With BDD 2007

    You've got hundreds, maybe thousands, of machines that need to be migrated from Windows 2000 or Windows XP to Windows Vista. So where do you start? With the release of Windows Vista, the whole process has been redesigned and there are many new and improved...
  • Hey, Scripting Guy! Scripting for identity

    In the August 2007 issue of TechNet Magazine , the Scripting Guys are on sentry duty... No, wait. This month the Microsoft Scripting Guys are brushing up on their World Series trivia... Hold on, what's this about meat hooks? Sorry, that can't be right...
  • Preview: 11 Essential Tools for Managing Active Directory

    Coming up in next month's issue of TechNet Magazine , Laura Hunter - a Windows Server MVP - joins us with an excellent article highlighting 11 Essential Tools for Managing Active Directory . These are the kind of tools that can make the job of an IT administrator...
  • Utility Spotlight: BGInfo

    Sometimes the simplest things can make a world of difference. In the August 2007 issue of TechNet Magazine , Lance Whitney highlights a classic Sysinternals tool: BGInfo . Written by Bryce Cogswell, BGInfo automatically collects information about your...
  • System Center Essentials 2007

    The third part of our Microsoft System Center focus in the August issue of TechNet Magazine takes a look at System Center Essentials 2007. Getting Started with System Center Essentials 2007 System Center Essentials 2007 provides monitoring, troubleshooting...
  • The Cable Guy: IPv6 Autoconfiguration in Windows Vista

    Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) is a new suite of Internet protocols designed to improve on (and fix some problems with) the current version of IP, otherwise known as IPv4. You've probably heard of IPv6, but perhaps wondered when these slick new features...
  • Windows PowerShell: The Power of Filtering

    In the August issue of TechNet Magazine , Don Jones shows you how Windows PowerShell can help you write scripts that act against multiple remote computers . You could use WMI, but Windows PowerShell is better suited to batch operations thanks to its basis...
  • System Center Operations Manager 2007

    Our coverage of Microsoft System Center in the August issue of TechNet Magazine continues with another component of the System Center suite: System Center Operations Manager 2007. Keep an Eye on Your Servers with Operations Manager 2007 System Center...
  • Security Watch: PKI Enhancements in Windows

    Public key infrastructure (PKI) represents one of the foundation elements of security in Windows. With Windows Vista and the upcoming Windows Server 2008, the Windows PKI platform gains support for advanced algorithms, real-time validity checking, and...
  • What do editors do, and why is it important?

    There's a very interesting commentary piece by Gary Kamiya now available on Salon.com entitled " Let us now praise editors ". While the public pat-on-the-back for an often-overlooked profession is appreciated, there are a few more important points covered...
  • The Desktop Files: Remote Desktop Protocol

    In the August issue of TechNet Magazine , Wes Miller takes a look at Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) and demonstrates how this useful piece of technology enables you to access a home PC or office server remotely, and even to control a Media Center Extender...
  • System Center Configuration Manager 2007

    Microsoft System Center is a suite of products designed to make day-to-day management of your IT infrastructure both easier and more cost-effective. In the August issue of TechNet Magazine , we introduce a few components of the System Center suite, starting...
  • Thoughts on screen shots: Useful tools

    Following on my previous posts about taking screen shots , here's an overview of some tools you can use to capture screens. PrintScreen The oldest and simplest way to capture a screen shot is to use the PrintScreen feature built into Windows going back...
  • Magazine Reader application

    I really shouldn't discuss this publicly, because one hates to set unrealistic expectations, but at the same time, I'd really like your input. If you've ever seen the Times Reader application available from the New York Times (discussed here , here...