TechNet Magazine Blog

The official blog of TechNet Magazine

December, 2008

  • Exchange Queue & A: Mysterious Attachment Size Increases, Replicating Public Folders, and More

    You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers. Q Our organization's messaging infrastructure is based on Exchange Server 2007. We have a relatively strict message-size limit of 12MB set throughout the organization. We have observed a strange behavior that seems...
  • SQL Server 2008: Advanced Troubleshooting with Extended Events

    "SQL Server DBAs the world over have a problem that never seems to go away: troubleshooting—with the vast majority of troubleshooting being done to find a performance problem of some kind."   In the January 2009 issue of TechNet Magazine...
  • Utility Spotlight: USB Flash Drive Manager

    Lance Whitney describes the free Microsoft USB Flash Drive Manager, a handy utility that can help you and your users easily copy, delete, and backup and restore files from a USB flash drive, as well as perform other useful tasks. Want more free utilities...
  • New "Tip of the Day" Feature on TechNet Magazine Site

    This week, we launched a new feature on the TechNet Magazine Web site.  Every day (Monday through Friday) we'll be posting a new " Tip of the Day ".  Every day a new tip, every month a new topic. This month is a Month of Windows Vista...
  • Getting Started with Project Server 2007

    Many IT administrators have used Microsoft Office Project to organize at least some of their many projects. Far fewer have implemented Project Server, due to a lack of familiarity, expertise, or simply the time to tackle one more complex installation...
  • TechNet Magazine January 2009 Issue Available Online

    The January 2009 issue of TechNet Magazine is now available online. Learn about Identity Lifecycle Manager 2, delve into Group Policy Preferences, get an overview of advanced SQL Server troubleshooting with Extended Events, discover a handy free utility...
  • Utility Spotlight, Online Edition: Remote Server Administration Tools

    The Windows Server 2003 Administration Tools Pack made life easier for lots of IT administrators—or at least it did until Windows Vista was released. Many of the tools just didn’t work with Windows Vista. Now, as Edward Dake describes , the Microsoft...
  • Deploying Applications with Terminal Services

    Windows Server 2008 takes some of the pain out of terminal services administration through a significantly expanded set of services and capabilities. Of those features, arguably the most significant is terminal server's new ability to deploy individual...
  • Expanded Control with Group Policy Preferences

    One of the most compelling new technologies to come with Windows Server 2008 and Win dows Vista is Group Policy Preferences. GPPs greatly expand what administrators can do with Group Policy, and the great thing is that you don't need to install a new...
  • A Month of Windows Vista Tips - Week 2

    Troubleshoot Slow Start Ups with Windows Boot Performance Diagnostics Find out how you can use Windows Boot Performance Diagnostics to identify the source of startup performance problems and automatically fix issues. High Availability Printing with...
  • Utility Spotlight: SyncToy 2.0

    In the March 2007 Utility Spotlight column in TechNet Magazine , Jay Munro described SyncToy , a free utility that made it easier to copy and back up files from your computer to the network, external drives, or other computers. Now there’s a new version...
  • A Month of Windows Vista Tips - Week 1

    Know the Tools You'll Need to Deploy Windows Vista Do you know what tools you'll need to use to prepare and deploy Windows Vista to systems throughout your environment? Here's an overview of the tools you'll need, and the ones you can forget about. Use...
  • Your Thoughts On Improving Our Web site

    As Howard mentioned over on the MSDN Magazine blog, we're currently in the process of taking a critical look at our Web sites to see how they're being used by our readers, and to see what elements might be improved to make that experience better. ...
  • A Month of Windows Vista Tips - Week 3

    Troubleshoot Group Policy with GPLogView Learn how you can use this command-line tool to perform Group Policy–related troubleshooting. Manage Volume Shadow Copy Service from the Vssadmin Command-Line Check out the commands you can use to manage...
  • Managing the Root Password on Your Mac

    Are you a long-ti me IT pro of the Windows persuasion, now having to get used to a mixed environment? If so, you may not realize that you can give your Mac users the rights they need on an as-needed basis and improve security at the same time by—somewhat...