The January 2008 issue of TechNet Magazine is now available online at www.microsoft.com/technet/technetmag/issues/2008/01/

In this first issue of 2008, we take a close look at System Center and how it can simplify many aspects of your job. Whether it's managing your virtual machine environments to keep abreast of needs and performance, handling backups, and keeping on top of your software inventory.

We also explore Group Policy in this issue.  We tell you everything you need to know about ADM and ADMX Templates and using them to manage group policy in your environment. We look at optimizing Group Policy performance. And we show you how to use Advanced Group Policy Management, which is now available to members of the Microsoft Software Assurance program.

And be sure to check out our regular columns.  This month, Seema Rahman answers questions about Exchange, the Cable Guy discusses DNS Enhancements in Windows Server 2008, Don Jones helps you head off malicious code in Windows PowerShell, and Jesper Johansson talks about island hopping and how cheap vendor swag can be used to compromise your entire network.

And as always, we welcome your comments and feedback.  You can contact the editors anytime by e-mailing tnmag@microsoft.com.

Cheers,

matt