TechNet Magazine Blog

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May, 2008

  • The Great Debate: Security by Obscurity

    Is security by obscurity security at all? That idea is met with derision from many professionals—and just as passionately defended by others. This article serves as a forum for both sides of the argument, focusing in particular on whether or not it’s...
  • Designing OU Structures that Work

    How much planning do you put into your Organizational Unit, or OU, structure ? If you're like many administrators, probably not enough. Too many administrators underestimate the importance and complexity of a well-designed OU structure. It is something...
  • Field Notes: Sharing a Split Screen

    Microsoft Research India created a program called Split Screen that allows two users to share a monitor while running separate instances of the operating system on each side. The Split Screen program sets up a single PC with two keyboards and two mice...
  • Application Lockdown with Software Restriction Policies

    If you're looking for ways to ease the burden on your IT department and reduce the TCO for your computers, you might want to try an application lockdown . This can have tremendous results, greatly reducing the amount of time your IT staff spends dealing...
  • Utility Spotlight: Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor

    Are you finally ready to start planning your organization's upgrade to Windows Vista—but filled with questions about whether your clients meet the hardware and software requirements, what compatibility issues you might face, and even which edition of...
  • Security: New Elevation PowerToys for Windows Vista

    You may be familiar with the Elevation PowerToys created by Michael Murgolo, which he discussed in the June 2007 issue of TechNet Magazine.  In the June 2008 issue, he's back with an update to his Elevation PowerToys for Windows Vista. You'll find...
  • Inside Sharepoint: Building Your SharePoint Infrastructure

    Web-based collaboration is changing how people work together and share information, and SharePoint can help that happ en. SharePoint is powerful, but its complexity can make deployment quite challenging. Happily, our new SharePoint column gives you a...
  • Field Notes Multiple Mice, One PC

    What do you do when students outnumber the computers available in a classroom setting? Read about how Microsoft Research India has developed a solution, called MultiPoint, that allows multiple mice to be used simultaneously on one computer. And that means...
  • Hey, Scripting Guy! Raising Eyebrows on Regular Expressions

    The Microsoft Scripting Guys visit the Louvre, take up art criticism, and follow up on a previous column that showed how to use regular exp ressions in a script to do a search. As the Scripting Guys are the first to admit, search alone is not enough....
  • Windows Vista: Top Security Features in Windows Vista

    One of the most common questions customers ask is, "Why should we upgrade to Windows Vista?" There are a lot of reasons to upgrade, but the new security features are among the most compelling. Security was a top priority during Windows Vista...
  • The Desktop Files: Security vs. Compliance

    IT professionals often find themselves with objectives that should complement each other but often compete instead. Security and compliance are two such organizational goals, where the achievement of one should enhance the other. But that’s not usually...
  • Hey, Scripting Guy! Not-So-Hard Work Has Its Rewards, Too

    Writing a script that outpu ts data in tabular format is using VBScript is just plain hard, not to mention lots of work. But in this month’s column, the Scripting Guys show you how to do it   with minimal effort using Microsoft.CmdLib object. (This...
  • June 2008 issue of TechNet Magazine available online

    The June 2008 issue of TechNet Magazine is now available online. Security, security, and more security. The June issue is our annual Security Issue, and we delve into a variety of security-related topics. In the June issue, we have some security all-stars...
  • Managing the Windows Vista Firewall

    The firewall in the original release of Windows XP was adequate, but really left a lot to be desired. But over the years, the Windows Firewall has received a number of makeovers and continual refinements. By the time Windows Vista was released, the...
  • Windows PowerShell: Automating Directory Management

    While Windows PowerShell is a powerful tool, it does have a notable shortcoming that is largely due to timing.  In the May installment of the Windows PowerShell column, Don Jones explains why the first version of Windows PowerShell offers less than...
  • Toolbox: New Products for IT Pros

    IT Professionals rely on all sorts of tools to get the job done.  There's system monitoring, system tweaks, automation, log parsers, diagnostics, security apps--the list goes on and on.  Did you know that TechNet Magazine has a Toolbox column...
  • Handy, Dandy, FREE!

    Like most IT professionals, you’ve got more to do than is humanly possible. We can help. Well, our utilities can. Every month the Utility Spotlight column presents a handy utility that can help you get your work done. We’ve compiled 10 of our most useful...
  • Advances in BitLocker Drive Encryption

    Last year's security issue of TechNet Magazine took you on a short tour of some of the features of Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption in order to show how it was implemented in the initial release of Windows Vista. (See Keys to Protecting Data with BitLocker...
  • Secure E-Mail Using Digital Certificates

    For millennia, humans have used various methods to hide information in transit, validate the sender, and authenticate the message. Now one method for handling all three has been developed and is becoming widely used—Secure Multi-Purpose Internet Mail...
  • The Business of IT: 10 Keys to Becoming an Environmental Leader

    If you've picked up a newspaper or turned on a television in the past year, you know that pretty much every company seems to be talking about their environmental efforts. Well, this has a significant impact on IT. IT departments consume huge amounts of...
  • New Online Video

    I just wanted to point out that the June 2008 installment of the Windows PowerShell column is now available on the TechNet Magazine site. The column includes our first streaming video .  In this video, Don Jones demonstrates how you can easily add...
  • What's New in System Center Essentials SP1

    System Center Essentials 2007 is specifically designed to meet the challenges faced by the midsize business, where IT pros often perform a broad range of tasks. Essentials is designed to simplify traditionally complex tasks, and it enables IT pros to...
  • The Desktop Files: Leaving the Administrator Behind

    If you haven't yet begun thin king about moving all of your users who run as Administrators to Users, you should. And that means you! In this installment of The Desktop Files, Wes Miller looks at the risks of running as Administrator and explores the...
  • Inside SharePoint: Decentralizing Site Administration

    In this installment, Pav Cherny explores the advantages and implications of delegating administrative contr ol over SharePoint sites to individual departments while maintaining centralized administrative control over the SharePoint infrastructure. Our...
  • Sustainable Computing: Competing for Change

    Just a quick note to point out that we published another installment of the online " Sustainable Computing " column. Mitch Irsfeld recently headed to Los Angeles to check out the U.S. finals for the 2008 Imagine Cup . In this year's competition, students...