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February, 2008

  • SQL Q&A: Non-Clustered Indexes and Retaining Permissions

    The ever-changing and ever-growing databases you have to manage these days can really keep you on your toes. There are always new problems to tackle and new questions to ask.  Every other month (it used to be monthly, but now we're answering Exchange...
  • Plan Your OCS 2007 Voice Deployment

    Microsoft Office Communications Server (OCS) 2007 is an enterprise product that integrates real-time communication media with user presence awareness, including Web c onferencing (sharing data, audio, and video), instant messaging, and audio/video conversations...
  • Island Hopping: Mitigating Undesirable Dependencies

    Island Hopping is a technique malicious users can utilize to gain access to a network. Basically, a user finds (or creates ) a weak link in the environment, such as an infected desktop system, and uses that as an entry point. From there, the user hops...
  • How Presence Powers OCS 2007

    Presence has an important role to play   in unified communications. It allows a user to know beforehand about the availability of the remote user to communicate via a given m ode. Office Communications Server 2007 uses information about user availability...
  • Standardize Data Management with Custom Content Types

    The vast number of disparate documents and other content items stored throughout a large organization can make it difficult to manage documents, their associated metadata, and their behaviors in a centralized and reusable way. In the February issue of...
  • Windows Confidential: Scrapping the Scraps

    Remember desktop patterns ? (You know, those dizzying repeating patterns, with names like houndstooth and thatch, that used to let you jazz up and "personalize" your Windows desktop.)  Or how about the indispensable Scraps feature? Well...
  • Utility Spotlight: ADMX Migrator

    If you use Group Policy, you’re probably familiar with the administrative templates used to configure operating system and application settings. But those familiar ADM files have changed in Windows Vista. Now they are ADMX files, and they XML-based...
  • An Introduction to Windows Compute Cluster Server

    Rather than relying on large, specialized systems, high performance computing uses clusters of smaller, standard systems. Spreading the workload across a number of PC-class systems in this fashion offers an economical solution for solving complex, computationally...
  • Building a Powerful Survey Infrastructure

    Surveys can provide a fast and inexpensive way to gather data (whether you need to collect feedback from customers or employees) that can be used to improve business decisions.  But the problem that many organizations face is that they have a range...
  • A Smart Approach to Gathering Data in the Enterprise

    Data, is a good thing.  It is, after all, the key ingredient to business intelligence. But if your organization is like most, you are probably familiar with how difficult it can be to manage the array of information being gathered and stored throughout...
  • February 2008 issue of TechNet Magazine available online

    The February 2008 issue of TechNet Magazine is now available online at www.microsoft.com/technet/technetmag/issues/2008/02/ .  We cover a lot of ground in this issue.  For starters, we've heard from our readers that they want to learn more about...
  • The Desktop Files: Shared Computing with Windows SteadyState

    You've seen the problem before: A shared computer that has been so used that it really isn't usable anymore.  You see this in many places, from a family computer, to systems in a computer lab or conference room, to the PCs in a hotel or convention...
  • Optimizing Group Policy Performance

    Which is better: Fewer, bigger GPOs or a lot of smaller ones?  High-level design decisions like this can have a significant impact on the performance of Group Policy processing. In the January issue of TechNet Magazine , Darren Mar-Elia looks at...
  • Inside ADM and ADMX Templates for Group Policy

    If you work with Group Policy, you're probably familiar with ADM files.  But how much do you really know about them?  And now there is the new ADMX format to become familiar with.  In the January issue of TechNet Magazine , Jeremy Moskowitz...
  • Windows Confidential: Remind Me Never to Do That Again

    In the January issue of TechNet Magazine , Raymond Chen discusses the Automatic Skip Driver , or ASD, feature. He decodes the history of ADS to show you what the acronym originally stood for, explores the turbulent transition into a Plug and Play world...