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Get 7 Free Tools for Managing Disks and File Systems
Manage disk usage, delete files permanently, monitor streams, and more. Here are 7 free tools every administrator should download . Follow our daily tips on: Twitter | Facebook | blog | Web | RSS
17 Feb 2010
Utility Spotlight: RichCopy
More than two years ago , TechNet Magazine Editor-in-Chief Josh Hoffman wrote about a great little utility called RoboCopy Gui—and that article became the single most popular article we’ve ever published! Now, however, that place in history is very likely to be superseded as Josh tells you about an even...
26 Mar 2009
Utility Spotlight: Microsoft SharedView
What if you’re on the other side of the world and you need to get together with oth ers on your team to make a decision that can’t wait? With Microsoft SharedView, you can connect with up to 15 people in different locations and evaluate the relevant information together by sharing what's on your desktop...
25 Jun 2008
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 of SyncToy, and Jay tells you all about it . ...
3 Dec 2008
Free Resources and Tools to Plan and Deploy Windows 7
Ready to roll out Windows 7 in your organization? Here are some essential tools and resources to help you plan, customize, and streamline Windows 7 deployments . Follow our daily tips: • facebook.com/TechNetTips • twitter.com/TechNetTips • blogs.technet.com/tnmag
10 Dec 2010
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? Check these out .
18 Dec 2008
Essential Tools for Planning Your Virtual Infrastructure
Virtualization techn ologies can help contain costs in the datacenter and across your entire IT environment, but is your infrastructure ready? Jay Sauls and Baldwin Ng show you how the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit, a network-wide infrastructure assessment tool, can help you better understand...
24 Sep 2008
Four Free Tools that every Administrator should Know About
Some of the best tools for managing Windows are available for free. Check out these 4 downloads every administrator should know about . Follow our daily tips on: Twitter | Facebook | blog | Web | RSS
8 Jan 2010
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 for managing USB flash drives, and more. FEATURE...
9 Dec 2008
Free Tools for Managing Windows Server 2008 from Windows 7
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31 Jan 2011
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 Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) enable administrators...
29 Dec 2008
Geek of All Trades: Tools of the Trade
More free utilities! Being a systems administrator can be difficult, but whether your organization is large or small, the right tools can significantly ease the burden. In this month’s column, Greg Shields presents an overview of 19 free tools created by Microsoft. These handy utilities cover many of...
10 Mar 2009
Utility Spotlight: Windows Installer CleanUp Utility
Software installed using the Microsoft Windows Installer (MSI) technology writes certain files and registry settings, but leftover Windows Installer configuration information can cause problems when you try to update or uninstall an application. Lance Whitney shows you how you can solve the problem using...
30 Jul 2008
Utility Spotlight: Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool
One of the advantages of using VMs is that you can store them in an offline state as VM images, then wake them up whenever you need them. But keeping an increasing number of computing environments waiting offline presents a maintenance challenge. Many software update mechanisms rely on systems...
15 Sep 2008
Free Tools and Resources for Green IT (and 1 Tool for Home)
Discover some handy tools and resources from Microsoft that can help you conserve energy and reduce costs in your IT infrastructure —a nd one tool that will help you reduce energy costs at home. Follow our daily tips on: Twitter | Facebook | blog | Web | RSS
22 Apr 2010
5 Tools to Plan for and Deploy Internet Explorer 9
It is important to enforce policies and actively manage desktop clients throughout your network—even when it comes to upgrading Web browsers. This is particularly important for maintaining security and ensuring users continue to have access to the Web-based apps they rely on. There are many tools...
20 Apr 2011
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 1— Free! Lance Whitney shows you how you can use the...
22 Jan 2009
The March 2009 Issue of TechNet Magazine Is Now Available Online
The March 2009 issue of TechNet Magazine is now available online. In this issue, we delve into Office Communications Server. Learn about the new features in OCS 2007 R2, see how you can extend your R2 deployment to legacy devices, get advice on securing your OCS environment, discover how you can manage...
18 Feb 2009
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 tools for accomplishing everything from advanced...
30 May 2008
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're shared computers used by many people. These profiles...
17 Apr 2009
Hey, Scripting Guy!: Taking the Express Route
With Windows Vista, t he UserAccounts.CommonDialog ActiveX control for opening a file open dialog box no longer exists. Here's a look at how you can solve that problem using Visual Basic. No, wait. Don't run off saying "I don't have that!" or "I can't afford that!" Microsoft...
5 Aug 2008
Free Online Classes: Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals
I received this info from a colleague a few days ago. Looks like an interesting event. Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals Free Online Classes March 29 – 31 One week after Microsoft Management Summit 2011 (MMS), Microsoft Learning will be hosting an exclusive three-day...
11 Mar 2011
Utility Spotlight Change Analysis Diagnostic
The complexity of systems today m akes troubleshooting more difficult than ever. It’s harder to keep track of what has changed, when, and how that relates to everything else. If something goes wrong, chances are good that users will have a hard time figuring out what has changed on their computers, whether...
13 Nov 2008
Free Tool to Back up and Restore Personal Folders in Outlook
Download a free tool and learn how to back up and restore a user’s personal folders in Outlook. Follow our daily tips on: Twitter | Facebook | blog | Web | RSS
11 Feb 2010
Utility Spotlight: Windows Memory Diagnostic
Suppose one of the PCs you support is acting up—freezing, crashing, blue screening. Is some piece of hardware failing? Is some newly installed application causing trouble? Or could it be faulty memory? One way to find out for sure is with the free Microsoft Windows Memory Diagnostic utility. This tool...
28 Aug 2008
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