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November, 2007

  • Configure VPN Remote Access with ISA Server 2006

    Virtual Private Networks -- VPNs -- are used to connect mobile users to the corporate network or to connect two networks that are geographically separated. In the November issue of TechNet Magazine, Alan Maddison looks at how you can implement a VPN using...
  • The Cable Guy: Wireless Single Sign-on

    Wireless connections that are established and then have to authenticate with a private network can add an extra layer of challenge for user and administrator alike. Wireless Single Sign-On in Windows Vista seamlessly integrates wireless authentication...
  • Writing regular expressions with Windows PowerShell

    While we intuitively recognize character patterns within a string like IP addresses, dates, UNC paths, and zip codes, computers have to work a bit harder in order to "understand" complicated formats like these. That's where regular expressions come into...
  • Windows Confidential: The File System Paradox

    We wrap up our November 2007 issue coverage with Raymond Chen's Windows Confidential (last, but most certainly not least.) This month, Raymond discusses the File System Paradox. His colleague, Adrian Oney explains, "In order to read the boot files off...
  • Security Watch: Securing a mobile workforce

    Many organizations have staff that operate from far-flung offices, telecommute, or frequently travel to visit customers. Empowering these users to easily access applications and data, regardless of location, makes them more productive. However, until...
  • Optimizing SQL Server Query Performance

    Even if your database server runs on the most powerful hardware available, its performance can be negatively affected by a handful of misbehaving queries. In fact, even one bad query, sometimes called a "runaway query," can cause serious performance issues...
  • Simple, Scalable Deployment with BDD 2007

    Microsoft Solution Accelerator for Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) 2007 is a set of best practices guidance and tools developed to help you deploy Windows to client desktops. In the November issue of TechNet Magazine, Adam Shepherd demonstrates how...
  • An inside look at offline files

    When you disconnect your laptop from the office network and go on the road or connect over a slow or intermittent link, how do you maintain a copy of a file on the offline computer while the original is on the main server? More importantly, how do you...
  • Exchange Edge Transport Servers at Microsoft, Part 2

    In the November issue of TechNet Magazine, Kay Unkroth completes her two-part series looking at the anti-spam and antivirus agents available with Exchange Server 2007 and Forefront Security for Exchange Server. Last month, Kay demonstrated how to build...
  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving from everyone at TechNet Magazine! We'll be back next week with more goodies.
  • December 2007 issue of TechNet Magazine now online

    The December 2007 issue of TechNet Magazine is now available online at www.technetmagazine.com/issues/2007/12/ . In our final issue of 2007, we take a look at how business gets done in the era of Unified Communications. Tony Smith begins with an overview...
  • The Desktop Files: Defragmentation

    Defragmenting your hard drives probably sounds about as fun as flossing your teeth. But defragmenting just as important to the long-term health and daily performance of your systems as flossing is to keeping clean, healthy teeth in your mouth. Still,...
  • Utility Spotlight: Cmdlets for Systems Management Server

    There used to be no way to manage your Microsoft System Management Server (SMS) 2003 clients from the command line. Luckily, you can harness the power and flexibility of Windows PowerShell to solve that problem. For the November issue of TechNet Magazine...
  • Field Notes: The Cod of Conduct

    "Sometimes...what you need is a great big fish." It's hard to give a better introduction to Betsy Aoki's Field Notes column in this month's issue of TechNet Magazine . In her own inimitable style, Betsy convey's the story of how she developed the Cod...
  • Research Notes: Computers vs. HIV

    Microsoft Research is playing a key role in the effort to develop a vaccine for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Surprised? Wondering how Microsoft helps this effort without cluttering the server lab with Bunsen burners and pipettes? The November...