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April, 2009

  • Stay Connected with Office Communicator Web Access

    Office Communicator Web Access is a messaging client that requires nothing more than a Web browser. Discover how this nifty little piece of software provides you with many of the capabilities found in Office Communicator—instant messaging, presence, desktop...
  • Common SQL Server Security Issues and Solutions

    In the August 2008 issue of TechNet Magazine, Paul Randal wrote an article Top Tips for Effective Database Maintenance .  It was geared toward "involuntary  DBAs" (IT pros who inadvertently wind up responsible for a SQL Server instance...
  • SPECIAL: Online-Only Green Issue of TechNet Magazine

    To celebrate Earth Day (and the one-year anniversary of our Sustainable Computing column), we've produced a special online-only edition of TechNet Magazine that focuses entirely on Green IT and reducing energy consumption. It includes some new articles...
  • Forefront Security

    Microsoft Forefront is designed to deliver an integrated security solution that makes it much easier to deploy and manage security across an organization’s IT infrastructure. In this, our annual security issue, we feature two articles that describe how...
  • Geek of all Trades: Control Network Access Using DHCP Enforcement

    NAP monitors the health of specified computers when they attempt to connect to a network and includes a number of mechanisms to enforce health requirements. In this article, Geek of All Trades Greg Shields gives readers an overview of these enforcement...
  • A Month of Windows Server 2008 Tips - Week 1

    This month, TechNet Magazine is running a month of Windows Server 2008 tips, posting a new tip every day Monday through Friday.  Here's what we posted for April 1 through April 3. Commands and Tools for Managing Windows Server 2008 Server Core With...
  • New Windows 7 Learning Material

    The Microsoft Learning team has come out with a great series of bite-sized “Learning Snacks” to help introduce you to new features coming in Windows 7. They’ve just released a new series of Snacks this week, and we thought you might enjoy them! Desktop...
  • PKI Enhancements in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

    Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 introduce PKI enhancements that greatly improve the deployment and operational experience for users, enabling powerful new scenarios while decreasing operational costs. In the May 2009 issue of TechNet Magazine, we...
  • A Month of Windows Server 2008 Tips - Week 3

    Disabling an Unused Part of Group Policy Objects One way to disable a policy is to disable an unused part of the GPO. By disabling part of a policy that isn’t used, the application of GPOs and security will be faster. Administer Windows Server 2008...
  • A Month of Windows Server 2008 Tips - Week 2

    This month, TechNet Magazine is running a month of Windows Server 2008 tips, posting a new tip every day Monday through Friday. Here's what we posted for the second week of April. Understand Implicit Groups and Identities in Windows Server 2008 Windows...
  • High Performance Computing in the Real World

    Windows HPC Server 2008 was designed spe cifically for use in compute-intensive environments, which the life science laboratory described in this article certainly is. See how HPC 2008 is used , along with other Microsoft technologies, in this laboratory...
  • THe IT Pro as Video Game Hero

    Who wouldn’t want to appear in their own video game? Well, now it’s possible. We’re excited to announce the release of ServerQuest II , the sequel to the very popular ServerQuest game in which the IT Professional saves the day! This is a great way to...
  • Blog Tales: Cleaning up the Default MP

    The default managemen t pack that ships with OpsMgr 2007 is used to store very specific information for the management group. Though it is not meant to hold any custom rules, monitors, groups, views, or overrides, this MP still often ends up full of junk...
  • A Month of Windows Server 2008 Tips - Week 4

    Use Windows PowerShell to Manage Virtual Machines Here are a few examples of how you can use Windows PowerShell scripts to manage virtual machines running on a Server Core installation. Note that these scripts are presented as samples and may need to...
  • Utility Spotlight: Two for You

    We’ve got two free utilities this month, both designed to make the life of an IT pro a little easier by helping you manage resources. Over time, the network PCs in your organization may become cluttered with multiple user profiles, especially if they...
  • May 2009 Issue of TechNet Magazine Now Available Online

    The May 2009 issue of TechNet Magazine is available online. And this is our annual Security Issue! We introduce you to new security features and enhancements in the upcoming release of Windows 7 and delve into PKI enhancements in Windows 7 and Windows...
  • An Introduction to Security in Windows 7

    Windows 7 includes many new features and enhancements to help improve  security. In the May 2009 issue of TechNet Magazine , which is now available online, Chris Corio gives an overview of all these new security features and enhancements in Windows...
  • Exchange 2010 Beta is Here!

          Read all about it on Ian Hameroff ’s blog!  World, Meet Exchange   2010 introduces the public beta. Enjoy!
  • Are you on the ServerQuest Leaderboard?

    A few weeks ago, we mentioned the release of the latest edition of ServerQuest , the retro-style video game where the IT guy is the hero. Now you’ve got an even better reason to play – to outplay the other IT guys! ServerQuest II has posted their leaderboard...