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April, 2008

  • Security Watch: Where Is My PII?

    Before you can effectively protect your Personally Identifiable Information, or PII, you first need to know where it's stored on your PC. And you just might be surprised to find it hiding in some corners you didn't know about.  In the April installment...
  • SQL Server 2008: Data Warehouse Query Performance

    SQL Server 2008 offers more powerful relational data warehousing capabilities. Take a close look at key performance-related data warehousing features and find out how you can use all this new technology to optimize query performance. The article explores...
  • Integrating Access Databases with SharePoint

    Many organizations still rely on Microsoft Access for essential business needs. Fortunately, you don’t have to choose between your legacy Access applications and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. MOSS allows you to integrate those Access...
  • May 2008 issue of TechNet Magazine available online

    The May 2008 issue of TechNet Magazine is now available online at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/cc462914.aspx . The May 2008 issue of TechNet Magazine is now available online. In the May issue, we delve into Active Directory management,...
  • Extending the Active Directory Schema

    Microsoft provides a base schema definition for implementing Active Directory, and many applications take advantage of the underlying s tructure it provides—instead of building their own schema from the ground up. But many applications do need to extend...
  • Utility Spotlight: SharePoint Capacity Planning

    Planning a large installation of Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) can b e a complex undertaking, with a multitude of factors to think about when determining the most cost-effective topology, hardware...
  • New Online Column: Sustainable Computing

    It seems every company is talking about how they are being green, environmental, sustainable. And as the environment and energy consumption become topics of increasing attention, IT is being called out as being, well, not very environmental. And it's...
  • Introducing System Center Mobile Device Manager

    Mobile devices have historically been more difficult to manage than other network equipment due to the very fact of their mobility . They connect to the network in a variety of ways, and some devices are not as secure as others—they may exist outside...
  • Active Directory Backup and Restore in Windows Server 2008

    Active Directory is one of the most critical components of your infrastructure.  If it goes down, your network is rendered useless. Therefore, to ensure business continuity and compliance, you need to have a solid backup and recovery plan in place...
  • Auditing and Compliance in Windows Server 2008

    Special Coverage: Windows Server 2008 As the complexity and scale of IT environments increases, so does the impact of administrative errors and accidental data disclosures. Today's society demands accountability for such events, thus organizations are...
  • Hey, Scripting Guy! Our Favorite Shell Games

    There's a good chance that, sooner or later, someone will ask you to write a system administration script that uses the Shell objec t. What exactly can you do with the Shell object ? As it turns out, there are a lot of cool things you can do with the...
  • The Desktop Files: You Can't Be Too Rich or Too Thin

    Thin clients come and thin clients go, but there always seems to be some scenario that can benefit from them. Today, they're used in kiosks and in environments where Web browsing is all that is needed. And if you’re upgrading to Windows Vista and...
  • Field Notes: Preparing for IT 2.0

    Does your organization need a nudge into the future? Do you? You’ve heard lots about Web 2.0, but it's time for everyone to start thinking of IT 2.0 if we are going to realize anything even closely resembling the potential of technology. Don’t...
  • Windows PowerShell: Progress Report

    Waiting for a task to complete can be very frustrating—especially when there is no feedback about whether a process is performing properly and when it will be done.  For your users with attention span issues—or even those who just want...
  • April 2008 issue of TechNet Magazine available online

    The April 2008 issue of TechNet Magazine is now available online at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/cc405670.aspx . The April 2008 issue of TechNet Magazine is available online, offering a host of information about SQL Server 2008. Randy Dyess...
  • SQL Server 2008: New Data Types

    The more complex the econ omy grows and the more global its reach, the more complex the data we have to deal with. The seven new data types built into SQL Server 2008 provide the means for working with more complicated data, simplifying the management...
  • The Desktop Files: Deploying Windows XP with the WAIK

    Despite what we may wish, not everyone is ready to move to Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 at the same time. Some people, in fact, are still in the middle of long-term deployments of Windows XP. For those of you who read Wes Miller’s column...
  • What's New in SQL Server 2008

    Policy management, query seeks against partitions, Extensible Key Management --the list goes on.  SQL Server 2008 offers a lot of new features and enhancements that will make life easier for database administrators.  In the April issue of TechNet...
  • Utility Spotlight: Web Capacity Analysis Tool

    Web logs and historical traffic analysis may give you insight into the kind of traffic you can expect over time, but how can you tell what your infrastructure can really handle? To find out, you need a tool like Web Capacity Analysis Tool (WCAT) that...
  • Minimize Blocking in SQL Server

    While locking is esse ntial to support concurrent read and write activities on a database, blocking can adversely affect system performance. Learn how to optimize your SQL Server database to minimize blocking, and see how you can monitor the system to...
  • SQL Server 2008: Security

    SQL Server 2008 may be a mature product, but security continues to be an area of deliberate improvement. The new release includes numerous enhancements and new features that can help you improve the overall security of your database environment. You get...
  • The Cable Guy: Troubleshooting NAP Enforcement

    The new Network Access Protection (NAP) platform built into Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, and Windows XP SP3 helps protect your private intranet by enforcing compliance with computer health requirements. But troubleshooting enforcement behaviors...