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January, 2009

  • Deploying Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0

    Microsoft Dynamics Customer Relationship Management is a platform for developing applications to manage and track information and processes relating to just about any of the components of your organization. As with any large-scale custom solution, though...
  • SQL Server: Understanding Logging and Recovery in SQL Server

    Logging and recovery are critical parts of SQL Server, but they are often poorly understood. Why is it possible for the transaction log to grow unbounded? Why does it sometimes take so long for the database to come online after a system crash? Why can...
  • A Month of SQL Server Tips - Week 3

    This month, TechNet Magazine is bringing you A Month of SQL Server Tips .  We're posting a new tip every day, Monday through Friday. Here are the tips from the third week of January 2009. Ways to Find out What Data Was Deleted by SQL Server Repair...
  • Geek of All Trades: Making Sense of Server Core

    New Column! Do you work in a small e nvironment where you are responsible for managing everything from network routing to changing toner cartridges? If so, our new Geek of All Trades column is dedicated to you. In this first installment, Greg Shields...
  • SQL Q&A: Backup Compression, Client Redirection with Mirroring, and More

    Have SQL Server questions?  Paul Randal has answers.  Here's what you can find in the February 2009 installment of the TechNet Magazine SQL Q&A column, which is available online now. Question: We're going to be upgrading most of our servers...
  • Extra! Extra! More Utilities for You

    Have you noticed that we’ve been sneaking extra utilities into the spotlight for you? Our Utility Spotlight column now appears twice each month, once in print and again in an online version about a totally different utility. That’s 2 for the price of...
  • Elevation PowerToys and Windows 7

    Over at the Deployment Guys blog, Michael Murgolo gives us an update on how his Elevation PowerToys work with the current beta of Windows 7 . You may remember this very popular set of utilities that Michael created and discussed back in our June 2008...
  • Business Intelligence with SharePoint and Excel

    "Today's business decision-makers have a distinct advantage over their predecessors when it comes to business intelligence (BI) tools that they can use for analysis, trending, and presentation of data. A good BI strategy, supported by a solid base...
  • Security Watch: Malware Inspection at the Perimeter

    Discover how the Malware Inspection feature of the Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway can give you a centralized view of any suspicious traffic that might cross your firewall and allow you to take actions based on the results of the inspection...
  • A Month of SQL Server Tips - Week 2

    This month, TechNet Magazine is bringing you A Month of SQL Server Tips .  We're posting a new tip every day, Monday through Friday. Here are the tips we posted this week. Use New Cmdlets in SQL Server PowerShell to Mange SQL Server 2008 SQL Server...
  • Automating Virtual Machine Host Deployment

    If you regularly deploy even a relatively small test environment, say for product evaluations or training, y ou know what a lot of effort that can take. Hyper-V can help. Combining Hyper-V with other Windows technologies such as WMI, Windows PowerShell...
  • TechNet Magazine February 2009 Is Now Available Online

    The February 2009 issue of TechNet Magazine is now available online. Discover how you can use Excel and SharePoint to provide Business Intelligence in your organization, learn about logging and recovery in SQL Server and learn how to maintain a better...
  • Last Call for Social Networking survey

    Hi everyone- This is the last call if you'd like to participate in our very short (only 8 question-long!) survey on social networking . We'd love to get your thoughts on how you use social networking tools, as well as everyday blogs, to gather and share...
  • A Month of SQL Server 2008 Tips - Week 1

    In December, TechNet Magazine brought you a new Windows Vista tip every day , Monday through Friday.  This month, we're delving into SQL Server 2008 .  Here's a roundup of the tips we've published so far. Customize Memory Allocation for Queries...
  • The Desktop Files: Windows Won't Start!

    Drivers fail, files get corrupted, disks crash--there are numerous uncontrollable reasons why Windows might fail—and you’re left worrying that you have to toss out your old system and buy a new one. But all is not lost. Wes Miller explores   the...
  • Windows 7 Beta Available for Download

    In case you haven't already heard, the Windows 7 beta is now available to MSDN and TechNet Subscribers. And it will be made available to the public (this is a beta and is intended for serious enthusiasts) on January 9th. You'll be able to download the...
  • Inside SharePoint SharePoint Security Accounts

    Despite extensive documentation, configuring security accounts can be a difficult task, and there is a high risk of creating weak system configurations that can expose an entire SharePoint environment. In this edition of Inside SharePoint, Pav Cherny...
  • A Month of Windows Vista Tips - Week 5

    And wrapping up the last few days of December: Use MoveFile and PendMoves to Move a File That is Always in Use Files can’t be moved or deleted when they’re in use. Find out how you can move and delete those tricky files that are always in...
  • A Month of Windows Vista Tips - Week 4

    Know the Network Troubleshooting Tools in Windows Vista Windows Vista includes an assortment of utilities for diagnosing, monitoring, and repairing network connections. Here’s an overview of the key tools and what they’re used for. Query and...