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, showing you how to protect some of your most important assets. Gil Kirkpatrick discusses Active Directory Backup and Restore in Windows Server 2008, detailing how to use the various new backup and restore tools and options.

In the article Designing OU Structures that Work, Ken St. Cyr explores OU models.  He explains the importance of having a well-designed OU and outlines some of the common approaches to help you plan the best OU for your organization. And then Vikas Malhotra walks you through how to extend the Active Directory schema.

The issue also has a couple System Center-related features, with an overview of the new System Center Mobile Device Manager and a look at what's new in System Center Essentials SP1.

As always, our regular columns cover a variety of interesting topics.  Don Jones shows you how to automate directory management with Windows PowerShell, and Jesper Johansson explains how the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle and other elements of quantum physics can shed light on evolving security strategiesUtility Spotlight features a free tool to help you do some capacity planning before deploying your new SharePoint site. And, speaking of SharePoint, we have the first installment of our new Inside SharePoint column, with a discussion about Building Your SharePoint Infrastructure

We are also kicking off a new online-only column about Sustainable Computing, which can help with all your "green" and environmental computing needs.  To get things rolling, we've posted the first three installments:
- Sustainable Computing: Putting IT on a Diet
- Sustainable Computing: Sleep or Hibernate?
- Sustainable Computing: Conserving Energy with Group Policy

 

Enjoy.

matt g