In-Depth Features


The Unified Communications Puzzle

ISVs look to fill in some of the pieces of Microsoft's unified communications vision.

Automation Nation

IT workflow-automation products could be the key to accelerating your day-to-day IT tasks and helping you build IT processes.

Process Automation for the People

Automating IT processes can help keep your staff focused on critical tasks, but starting a project involves inherently complex decisions.

Making IT Social

The flood of social-networking technologies rushing into the enterprise is forcing IT to become still more flexible.

Save Your E-Mail and Save Your World

E-mail archiving and storage that ensure compliance with regulatory standards continue to be an ongoing challenge.

SCE: Big-Time Management for SMBs

Microsoft's new System Center Essentials fits the bill for managing small to midsize businesses.

Vista SP1: Dissected

The hugely anticipated Service Pack 1 for Windows Vista hits the mark in some instances. In others -- not so much.

More Than One Way

New and established tools help admins get control of Windows Vista on the enterprise network.

VPN Concentrators: A Must for Small Business

You may not have heard of them, but VPN concentrators can help you properly secure your virtual private network.

Spring Cleaning for AD

Spring is here, and it's time to clean up some of the dark corners of your Active Directory forest.

The Multi-Core Muddle

PCs are moving to multi-core as operating systems, applications and languages struggle to keep up.

In Search of Desktop Search

Finding a data needle in the haystack that is your hard disk requires more than just a magnifying glass and a huge dose of patience.

Management Leaps Ahead

With its improved console, easier reporting and service-oriented health checks, SCOM 2007 is a welcome improvement over MOM 2005.

The New Face of User Groups

Even with the Web and IM, professional-level IT user groups are just as vibrant and important as ever.

Always There for You

Hardware and software products use different approaches to high availability.

The Redmond Reader Survey

Readers reflect mixed emotions on Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, virtualization and the corporate juggernaut that is Microsoft.

Always Open for Business

Follow these best practices to help ensure high availability for your mission-critical applications.

TechMentor 2008 Preview: The New Group Policy Preferences

Derek Melber shows how you can eliminate logon scripts, become more secure and even save money with the new Group Policy Preferences in Vista and Windows Server 2008.

Trustworthy Computing: Examining Trust

Microsoft's Trustworthy Academic Advisory Board has been keeping tabs on security issues -- external as well as internal -- that continue to challenge Microsoft's developers. Here's a peek into the board, which marks five years on watch.

Can MicroHoo Take On Google?

The time may be right for Redmond's acquisition, but there are planty of obstacles littering the road to a smooth technical merging of Microsoft and Yahoo.

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