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  • Blog Post: The Desktop Files: Defragmentation

    Defragmenting your hard drives probably sounds about as fun as flossing your teeth. But defragmenting just as important to the long-term health and daily performance of your systems as flossing is to keeping clean, healthy teeth in your mouth. Still, it's not fun. In the November issue of TechNet Magazine...
  • 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: Utility Spotlight: Windows Server Logo Certification

      How do you know if your ap plications are compatible with Windows Server 2008? To help ISVs and customers gauge application compatibility, Microsoft created the "Works with Windows Server 2008" program. If you want to make sure that your applications will deliver a predictable experience...
  • 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: 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 Now, however, that place in history is very likely to be superseded as Josh tells you about an even...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: 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...
  • 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: 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: Utility Spotlight: Virtual Machine Remote Control Plus

    Virtual Server 2005 enables you to virtualize many server workloads. Unlike Virtual PC, the Virtual Server interface is a Web app. This is fine for some tasks, but there's a new Windows application that makes day-to-day administration of virtualized servers easier. In the October issue of TechNet Magazine...
  • 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: Utility Spotlight: The Microsoft Security Assessment Tool

    Tracking down network security problems can be tricky and time-consuming, but we have a tool that can help. In the December issue, Lance Whitney presents the Microsoft Security Assessment Too l, a free utility that asks you describe your security environment, then provides an analysis along with recommendations...
  • 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: August 2008 issue of TechNet Magazine available online

    The August 2008 issue of TechNet Magazine is now available online. FEATURE ARTICLES Far too often, people who are not trained database administrators end up responsible for managing one or more databases. In the latest issue of TechNet Magazine , Paul Randal offers a crash course for all those involuntary...
  • Blog Post: Use a Command-Line Utility to convert a FAT32 Disk to NTFS

    One of the easiest ways to convert a FAT or FAT32 disk to NTFS is to use the command-line Convert utility . Here's a look at how it works. Follow our daily tips on: Twitter | Facebook | blog | Web | RSS
  • 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: 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...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: 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...