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  • Blog Post: Dig Deep into your system with Dedicated System Information Tools in Windows 7

    For an exhaustive inventory of system configuration details , Windows 7 offers three tools that provide varying levels of technical information. Here's an overview of the three tools . Follow our daily tips on: Twitter | Facebook | blog | Web | RSS
  • Blog Post: 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 database, see how you can automate the deployment...
  • Blog Post: 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
  • Blog Post: Run Diagnostics to Check Your System for Memory Problems

    If you suspect your system has a memory problem that isn't being automatically detected, you should try testing your memory with this built-in tool on Windows 7. Follow our daily tips on: Twitter | Facebook | blog | Web | RSS
  • Blog Post: 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 Now, however, that place in history is very likely to be superseded as Josh tells you about an even...
  • Blog Post: 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 . ...
  • Blog Post: Perform Admin Tasks During Windows Server Installation

    Discover how you can access common tools during Windows Server 2008 R2 installation so you can perform administrative tasks without having to restart the installation. Follow our daily tips: • • •
  • Blog Post: Remote Active Directory Administration with Windows PowerShell

    Get an overview of how to start administering Active Directory from a remote system using Windows PowerShell and Active Directory Administrative Center. Follow our daily tips: • • •
  • Blog Post: 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: • • •
  • Blog Post: 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 .
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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
  • Blog Post: Free Tools for Managing Windows Server 2008 from Windows 7

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  • Blog Post: Find Upgrade Issues Before Upgrading to SharePoint 2010

    Before you upgrade from SharePoint 2007 to SharePoint 2010, you should run this tool to determine potential problems. Here’s what you need to know to get, configure, and run the Pre-Upgrade Check tool . Follow our daily tips: • • •...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Understand and Control Startup Apps with the System Configuration Utility

    Having too many startup programs can make your system take longer to start and it can waste memory. If you don’t need a program at startup, it’s a good idea to get the program out of your startup path. But this can be tricky. Here's an overview of how programs can be configured to automatically launch...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Magazine Toolbox

    In every issue of TechNet Magazine , Greg Steen (a practicing IT professional) discusses free and relatively inexpensive tools and utilities that help him do his IT work and "getting the job done."  In the November issue, Greg looks at mapping data graphically with MapForce, creating and...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 5 Great Ways to Inspect Web Pages in Internet Explorer

    Internet Explorer includes a powerful set of tools, known as the F12 developer tools. These tools provide many valuable features for developers, IT pros, and serious enthusiasts. Someone could probably write an entire book on the F12 developer tools. And Internet Explorer 9 adds some useful new features...
  • Blog Post: 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
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Get to Know Robocopy for More Powerful File Management

    Dragging files between folders with Windows Explorer is fine for some tasks, but when it comes to heavy-duty file management you need a better tool. If you’re willing to do a little typing in exchange for power and flexibility you can’t get with Windows Explorer, you should get to know Robocopy . ...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Run (and Automate) Windows Defender from the Command Line

    Learn about the command-line executable that lets you run (and even automate) Windows Defender from a command line . Follow our daily tips: • • •
  • Blog Post: 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...