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  • Blog Post: 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 energy, they contribute a significant amount of...
  • Blog Post: Reanimating Active Directory Tombstone Objects

    Data loss is a fact of life and it pays to be prepared for all sorts of recovery scenarios. Tombstone reanimation for Active Directory was introduced in Windows Server 2003. This feature takes advantage of the fact that Active Directory keeps deleted objects in the database for a period of time before...
  • Blog Post: Utility Roundup

    Earlier this week I highlighted our Utility Spotlight column's coverage of Virtual Machine Remote Control Plus , a Windows application that extends the management capabilities of the Virtual Server 2005 Web-based management app. Here are some other handy tools -- or in some cases, collections of...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008: Security

    SQL Server 2008 may be a mature product, but security continues to be an area of deliberate improvement. The new release includes numerous enhancements and new features that can help you improve the overall security of your database environment. You get new encryption and authentication capabilities...
  • Blog Post: Security Watch: Windows Domain Password Policies

    Administrators know that there are many constraints when it comes to password policies for domain user accounts.  Windows Server 2008 , however, makes at least one of those issues a thing of the past .  In the December installment of Security Watch , Derek Melber explains how Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: Don Jones @ TechEd

    We're very excited that so many of the best sessions from TechEd this year are showing up over at Virtual TechEd . I'm sure you all know Don Jones from his Windows PowerShell column in TechNet Magazine . Well, Don has had one of the most popular sessions here at TechEd this week, and you can watch...
  • Blog Post: Field Notes: The Cod of Conduct

    "Sometimes...what you need is a great big fish." It's hard to give a better introduction to Betsy Aoki's Field Notes column in this month's issue of TechNet Magazine . In her own inimitable style, Betsy convey's the story of how she developed the Cod -- not the Code, but the Cod -- of Conduct for...
  • Blog Post: 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 that needs to be tailored to your environment, and...
  • Blog Post: Utility Spotlight: Web Capacity Analysis Tool

    Web logs and historical traffic analysis may give you insight into the kind of traffic you can expect over time, but how can you tell what your infrastructure can really handle? To find out, you need a tool like Web Capacity Analysis Tool (WCAT) that can push your infrastructure and its application stack...
  • Blog Post: 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 several students can effectively share a single...
  • Blog Post: Inside Windows Server 2008 Kernel Changes

    The March issue of TechNet Magazine offers in-depth coverage about many aspects of the new Windows Server 2008. Since Windows Server 2008 has the same kernel as Windows Vista SP1, Windows Server 2008 includes many of the enhancements Mark already discussed in three part series, "Inside the Windows...
  • Blog Post: Windows Confidential: A Joystick Need Not Be a Microwave

    Can your joystick play music or cook a burrito? In the December issue of TechNet Magazine , Raymond Chen takes a look back at when the DirectInput force feedback joystick interface was being hammered out and discusses the importance of whether periodic forces should be expressed as a period or as a frequency...
  • Blog Post: Windows Confidential: How Betas Became RCs

    Remember when the close-but-not-quite-ready version of code was called the beta? Where did this Release Candidate come from?  In the March issue of TechNet Magazine , Raymond Chen discusses the intriguing back story of how (and why) the naming conventions for non-final releases have changed. And...
  • Blog Post: May 2008 issue of TechNet Magazine available online

    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...
  • Blog Post: The Desktop Files: Remote Desktop Protocol

    In the August issue of TechNet Magazine , Wes Miller takes a look at Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) and demonstrates how this useful piece of technology enables you to access a home PC or office server remotely, and even to control a Media Center Extender. Just in case you missed it, back in the July...
  • Blog Post: Inside ADM and ADMX Templates for Group Policy

    If you work with Group Policy, you're probably familiar with ADM files.  But how much do you really know about them?  And now there is the new ADMX format to become familiar with.  In the January issue of TechNet Magazine , Jeremy Moskowitz delves into ADM files , discussing the importance...
  • Blog Post: Work Hard. Play Hard.

    On a more "playful" note (forgive the impending pun) this Friday afternoon, I wanted to call your attention to Matt Clapham's article in the February issue of TechNet Magazine , entitled Gaming in a Secure Environment . Security is certainly one of the top concerns of many (if not all) IT Professionals...
  • Blog Post: Active Directory Backup and Restore in Windows Server 2008

    Active Directory is one of the most critical components of your infrastructure.  If it goes down, your network is rendered useless. Therefore, to ensure business continuity and compliance, you need to have a solid backup and recovery plan in place for Active Directory. Now, you may already have...
  • Blog Post: Standardize Data Management with Custom Content Types

    The vast number of disparate documents and other content items stored throughout a large organization can make it difficult to manage documents, their associated metadata, and their behaviors in a centralized and reusable way. In the February issue of TechNet Magazine , we discuss how content types in...
  • Blog Post: 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, and then adapts Terminal Services to split the monitor...
  • Blog Post: Hey, Scripting Guy! Scripting for identity

    In the August 2007 issue of TechNet Magazine , the Scripting Guys are on sentry duty... No, wait. This month the Microsoft Scripting Guys are brushing up on their World Series trivia... Hold on, what's this about meat hooks? Sorry, that can't be right.... Actually, in this issue of TechNet Magazine the...
  • Blog Post: System Center Essentials 2007

    The third part of our Microsoft System Center focus in the August issue of TechNet Magazine takes a look at System Center Essentials 2007. Getting Started with System Center Essentials 2007 System Center Essentials 2007 provides monitoring, troubleshooting, and asset tracking functionality as well as...
  • Blog Post: Hey, Scripting Guy! - Relationships Matter

    Relationships do matter. But how would the Scripting Guys, of all people, know that relationships matter? TV Or so they say. You'll have to read their Hey, Scripting Guy! column in the September issue of TechNet Magazine to find out why. While you're there, you may just learn a thing or two about how...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Magazine : So You Want to Learn to Program

    It occurs to me that a number of readers of TechNet Magazine may fall into the category of "novice developer" (not that there isn't plenty to learn and explore in the IT field - that's why we're all here! - but it never hurts to round out one's skills). Anyway, Matt Graven, one of the editors at MSDN...
  • Blog Post: Utility Spotlight: Script Elevation PowerToys for Windows Vista

    We have a very exciting Utility Spotlight this month! One of our very talented contributing editors, Michael Murgolo, has created a powerful (and free!) set of Script Elevation PowerToys for Windows Vista. These tools allow for command line and UI-based UAC elevation of VBScript and Windows PowerShell...