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Tour de SQL Finale, Part IV: Replication

Our final sprint to the finish line stretches over replication: its limitations, high availability and the many improvements since the last version.

Living in a Virtual World

Virtualization is here to stay, so make sure you're using the right tool.

The 800-Pound Code Gorilla

Visual Studio 2005 is packed with features, but is it too much?

Integrate an LDAP Server Into Your System

Distinguished Names (DNs) are one of the least-understood LDAP server components. Get an introduction to them, and see how a virtual directory can help with DN management.

Tour de SQL Part III: Performance Tuning

SQL Server 2005 gives you new tools to help your database performance stay ahead of the pack.

Storm Warning

How Jefferson Parish planned for and responded to the worst disaster in U.S. history, and the lessons IT professionals can learn from it.

Reach Out & Hack Someone

Provide your users with the right common knowledge so they can practice common sense.

SBS 2003: Room for Improvement

Small Business Server 2003 is stable and easy to maintain, but readers say it could use a few more tools and options.

Exchange Server 2003 -- Read All About It

See how these Exchange books stack up and decide which ones you should add to your library.

Tour de SQL Part II: Administrative Features

Every year, the Tour de France is won or lost in the mountains. In this stage of our tour of SQL Server 2005, we look at the critical administrative features that make or break the new database.

The Best of the Best: Redmond's 2006 Readers' Choice Awards

Find out how your favorite tools fared in more than 40 categories.

SQL Server 2005 Is the One to Beat

Super-fast performance, robust toolset and better security options make Microsoft's latest database management system a must for most shops.

Productivity on the Go

Never install software again! We look at 20 top portable apps, from office suites to IP scanners.

Where the Heck Are We?

Microsoft's MapPoint is a solid business-savvy mapping tool, but it needs more frequent updates.

Tour de SQL Part I: Versions

Join us on a journey through the lush fields and tricky backroads of SQL Server 2005.

9 Perfect Password Pointers

Passwords are often the weakest part of a security infrastructure. Here are nine ways to make them one of the strongest.

Extreme Computing

IT is being applied in some of the most extreme and inhospitable places on -- and above -- the Earth.

Profile: Virtualizing Server Solutions

Cassatt Corporation's star-studded brain trust offers server consolidation solutions.

BizTalk Server: Getting Better All the Time

Users say Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004 -- and the 2006 version -- significantly ease enterprise application integration.

Reader Tips: Do Away with Spyware

Many programs block spyware, but few know how to get rid of it. Redmond readers offer some clever ways to banish these nasties.

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