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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
4 Dec 2009
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...
13 Jan 2009
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
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
26 May 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 Now, however, that place in history is very likely to be superseded as Josh tells you about an even...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: 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
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: • facebook.com/TechNetTips • twitter.com/TechNetTips • blogs.technet.com/tnmag
6 Dec 2010
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: • facebook.com/TechNetTips • twitter.com/TechNetTips • blogs.technet.com/tnmag
2 Nov 2010
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
Free Tools for Managing Windows Server 2008 from Windows 7
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31 Jan 2011
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: • facebook.com/TechNetTips • twitter.com/TechNetTips •...
14 Oct 2010
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
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...
8 Dec 2009
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...
30 Oct 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
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...
10 May 2011
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
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 . ...
17 Dec 2009
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
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: • facebook.com/TechNetTips • twitter.com/TechNetTips • blogs.technet.com/tnmag
17 Sep 2010
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
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