TechNet Magazine Blog

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October, 2007

  • Green Computing

    Green is the hot topic these days, and the concept is having an impact on the way people think about datacenters. Companies around the world are announcing ways to save energy and reduce costs by buying new hardware and services. Yet, there is little...
  • Active Directory replication

    While Active Directory created a great deal more flexibility in terms of supporting a large or decentralized environment, it also generated new challenges for maintaining the integrity of directory data. When two admins on opposite ends of your organization...
  • Utility Spotlight: Virtual Machine Remote Control Plus

    Virtual Server 2005 enables you to virtualize many server workloads. Unlike Virtual PC, the Virtual Server interface is a Web app. This is fine for some tasks, but there's a new Windows application that makes day-to-day administration of virtualized servers...
  • Optimizing SQL Server CPU Performance

    A number of factors can affect CPU utilization on a database server, including compilation and recompilation of SQL statements, multithreaded operations, disk and memory bottlenecks, and ETL activity, among others. You'll want to make sure that the CPU...
  • Exchange Edge Transport Servers at Microsoft

    Microsoft receives approximately 13 million message submission attempts from the Internet on an average business day—and blocks over 10.5 million of these as not legitimate. One way Microsoft achieves reliable messaging protection is by deploying Exchange...
  • SharePoint Daylight Saving Time hotfixes

    If you're running Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) 3.0 and haven't already done so, be sure you've installed the Timer Jobs Delayed fix . This makes sure your scheduled jobs aren't delayed due to daylight saving time changes in local time zone. This...
  • Utility Roundup

    Earlier this week I highlighted our Utility Spotlight column's coverage of Virtual Machine Remote Control Plus , a Windows application that extends the management capabilities of the Virtual Server 2005 Web-based management app. Here are some other...
  • The Cable Guy: The Authenticated Internet Protocol

    Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 both support Authenticated Internet Protocol (AuthIP), an enhanced version of the Internet Key Exchange (IKE) protocol. Both AuthIP and IKE are protocols used to determine keying material and negotiate security parameters...
  • November 2007 issue of TechNet Magazine now online

    The November 2007 issue of TechNet Magazine is now available online at www.technetmagazine.com/issues/2007/11/ . Without our users, there wouldn't be much point in all this IT hassle. (Or is that: without users, there wouldn't be so much IT hassle? Er...
  • Hey Scripting Guy! We've got a puzzle for you!

    Yeah, I know. We just got the October issue of TechNet Magazine online last week, and I've barely started blogging about that issue. But the November installment of Hey, Scripting Guy! has a cool new feature I thought you'd like to see. Starting in November...
  • Now hiring a Senior Editor for MSDN Magazine

    Our sister publication, MSDN Magazine , is actively seeking a new Senior Editor to join our team. This is an exciting opportunity to play a pivotal roll in the continued growth and success of the world's leading publication for Microsoft developers. As...
  • October 2007 issue of TechNet Magazine now online

    The October 2007 issue of TechNet Magazine is now available online at www.technetmagazine.com/issues/2007/10/ . Green computing is our featured topic this month, and we start with a great article about Building a Green Datacenter by Dave Ohara. In this...
  • World Teachers' Day

    Today is World Teachers' Day (as designated by UNESCO - the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization). While it may be a bit off-topic for this venue, as the son, nephew, cousin, and friend of many public school teachers, I couldn...
  • Windows PowerShell: Working without a Script

    Are you waiting to learn Windows PowerShell because you just don't have time to learn scripting right now? You may be surprised to learn that you can do some truly amazing things using Windows PowerShell without writing a lick of code. In the October...
  • Security Watch: BitLocker and the complexities of trust

    BitLocker, the new cryptography feature introduced in Windows Vista, is just one of the many pieces of the security puzzle. Its goal is to provide resiliency under certain threat models, such as losing a laptop that contains confidential information....
  • Software Update Management and other October unfinished business

    Looks like the November 2007 of TechNet Magazine issue got going online before I finished telling you about the October issue , so let's be sure to give the remaining articles and columns their due... Software Updates Management Tools The next release...