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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
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
Just in case you didn’t know, TechNet Magazine has won a number of awards in its relatively short lifetime. Last year, we won the Society for Technical Communication’s Excellence Award for our October, November, and December 2006 issues. How cool is that! We thought you might enjoy taking a look back...
11 Jul 2008
Hey, Scripting Guy! The Adrenaline Rush
It's not often you see the terms pure adrenaline rush and system administration scripting in the same sentence, but here’s your chance . The Scripting Guys discuss the rush of scripting and show you how the new boot configuration data store in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 can be accessed using...
2 Jul 2008
As an editor at TechNet Magazine , I don’t know if I’m supposed to have favorites, but I do. Some of the articles are just more interesting to me, either because they’re better written, or they explain something I don’t know, or they somehow tell a compelling story about how or why some product or technology...
20 Jun 2008
July 2008 issue of TechNet Magazine available online
The July 2008 issue of TechNet Magazine is now available online. FEATURE ARTICLES In the July issue, we provide guidance on Going Live with IIS 7.0 , giving advice on how you can test, stage, and migrate your Web apps. We also have an article that shows you how to plan and migrate your legacy voicemail...
17 Jun 2008
Windows Vista: Top Security Features in Windows Vista
One of the most common questions customers ask is, "Why should we upgrade to Windows Vista?" There are a lot of reasons to upgrade, but the new security features are among the most compelling. Security was a top priority during Windows Vista development, and Microsoft believes the new operating...
22 May 2008
Utility Spotlight: Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor
Are you finally ready to start planning your organization's upgrade to Windows Vista—but filled with questions about whether your clients meet the hardware and software requirements, what compatibility issues you might face, and even which edition of Windows Vista to choose? Luckily there’s help. This...
15 May 2008
Security: New Elevation PowerToys for Windows Vista
You may be familiar with the Elevation PowerToys created by Michael Murgolo, which he discussed in the June 2007 issue of TechNet Magazine. In the June 2008 issue, he's back with an update to his Elevation PowerToys for Windows Vista. You'll find enhanced Run as Administrator functionality that...
15 May 2008
Online Services Help Simplify Software Inventory
Software asset management has become essential for every business—not only to manage a significant financial investment, but also because growing legal, security, and policy issues demand increasing attention. But the amount of software that businesses now purchase and deploy can make getting a handle...
24 Jan 2008
Utility Spotlight: Windows Easy Transfer Companion
What’s the biggest chore when migrating your users from their old Windows XP computers to ne w Windows Vista machines? Reinstalling your users' applications on their new PCs—and making sure those apps work! Now, a free tool from Microsoft can spare you those countless reinstalls. In the January...
10 Jan 2008
An inside look at offline files
When you disconnect your laptop from the office network and go on the road or connect over a slow or intermittent link, how do you maintain a copy of a file on the offline computer while the original is on the main server? More importantly, how do you handle a conflict if someone in the home office changes...
5 Nov 2007
Windows Vista Backup Technologies
Many people don't think about backing up their data until it's too late and the data has already been lost. Even the staff at TechNet Magazine has experienced that hassle; we meant to back up our home machine, but something came up and... well, cleaning up the mess was not fun. Windows Vista aims to...
19 Sep 2007
Security Watch: User Account Control
UAC. Does anyone really have mild feelings about this much-discussed feature of Windows Vista? I didn't think so. And proving my point, in the September 2007 installment of our Security Watch column, Jesper Johansson explains what UAC is... and what it isn't . He also shows how using UAC correctly represents...
6 Sep 2007
Deploying Windows Vista With BDD 2007
You've got hundreds, maybe thousands, of machines that need to be migrated from Windows 2000 or Windows XP to Windows Vista. So where do you start? With the release of Windows Vista, the whole process has been redesigned and there are many new and improved tools to help you plan and execute your Windows...
24 Aug 2007
The Cable Guy: IPv6 Autoconfiguration in Windows Vista
Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) is a new suite of Internet protocols designed to improve on (and fix some problems with) the current version of IP, otherwise known as IPv4. You've probably heard of IPv6, but perhaps wondered when these slick new features would be available for you to use. Turns out...
15 Aug 2007
Security Watch: PKI Enhancements in Windows
Public key infrastructure (PKI) represents one of the foundation elements of security in Windows. With Windows Vista and the upcoming Windows Server 2008, the Windows PKI platform gains support for advanced algorithms, real-time validity checking, and better manageability. In the August installment of...
9 Aug 2007
Mark Russinovich at TechEd
I'm sure by now, most all of you are familiar with Mark Russinovich, a technical fellow in the platforms division at Microsoft. Whether you know Mark from his innovative work at Sysinternals and Winternals, his defining book Windows Internals (co-authored with David Solomon), or his many articles as...
9 Jun 2007
Byron Hynes on BitLocker
We're very proud of the fact that this week at TechEd, many authors from TechNet Magazine were featured speakers. Among our favorites is Byron Hynes, whom you may remember from his great article in our June 2007 issue entitled Keys to Protecting Data with BitLocker Drive Encryption . Well, now - thanks...
8 Jun 2007
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...
24 May 2007
Inside Windows Vista User Account Control
You may recall that the final part of Mark Russinovich's three-part series, Inside the Windows Vista Kernel , Mark discussed kernel changes in Windows Vista related to reliability, recovery, and security. However, one notable security feature - User Account Control - was tabled for future discussion...
17 May 2007
Inside the Windows Vista Kernel with Mark Russinovich: Part 3
In the final part of his three part series, Mark Russinovich wraps up his look at changes made in the Windows Vista Kernel by exploring advancements in reliability, recovery, and security. The latest installment can be found on our Web site at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/technetmag/issues/2007/04...
21 Mar 2007
Inside the Windows Vista Kernel with Mark Russinovich: Part 2
In his continuing series exploring changes made in the Windows Vista Kernel, this month Mark Russinovich takes a look at advancements in the way Windows Vista manages memory, as well as major improvements to system startup, shutdown, and power management. This latest installment can be found on our Web...
20 Feb 2007
Windows Vista has released to manufacturing!
Windows Vista is ready to go! The final bits have been released to manufacturing, and everything is on-schedule for a November 30th business launch (with general retail availability by January 30th). As you begin to plan your deployment of Windows Vista, don't forget to check out the in-depth coverage...
10 Nov 2006
The November 2006 issue of TechNet Magazine is now online - in 7 languages!
The November 2006 issue of TechNet Magazine is now available online - in 7 languages! http://www.technetmagazine.com The November 2006 issue of TechNet Magazine is now available online at www.technetmagazine.com/issues/2006/11/ . This is a very exciting issue for us, for a number of reasons: ...
27 Oct 2006
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