In-Depth Features


Battle of the Blades

Blade servers from HP and IBM help you pack the maximum amount of storage into the least amount of space.

SQL 2005: The Integrated Stack Is Back

Is all this integration among Microsoft components good for customers?

Getting the Most out of SMS

Tips and tricks from an SMS veteran to help you recoup your investment in Microsoft's System Management Server.

Spyware Meets Its Match -- Almost

Microsoft's anti-spyware tool works well enough, but some readers question its categorization and detection capabilities.

Spies in Every Corner

These tools help eliminate spyware, keep your systems clean and running efficiently and—most importantly—protect vital information.

The Bay State Brawl

Is the Massachusetts open-standards debate the beginning of a national battle?

Profile: In Search of Better Data-Center Management

Splunk takes data-center management lessons from the Web.

Diamond in the Rough

Office users say Microsoft's electronic forms tool is a hidden gem -- easy to use but lacking certain scanning, security and Web features.

Software Crusades

When platform zealots attack, it can threaten everything from productivity to profits.

Microsoft Employees Get Carded

Microsoft is betting big on smart cards for its own employees while working to make the technology more palatable for the masses.

Editors' Choice Awards: Thumbs Up!

Redmond's resident critics pick their favorites in this year's Editors' Choice Awards.

10 Exchange Migration Tips

Use these helpful tips to ensure your move to Exchange 2003 goes smoothly.

Test Drive a Better Browser

These alternatives to Microsoft's Internet Explorer can add Web-browsing muscle, but they're not without potential problems.

Get Serious About Securing IE

Internet Explorer is one of the most used products in nearly every environment, but most administrators know little about how to tune it for best performance and safety.

Smoke, but No Fire for TCO

Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is a concept touted by Microsoft and various Linux vendors as proof that their products are cheapest to run. But TCO claims aren't what they're cracked up to be, and most IT shops never use TCO, or just plain do it wrong.

Keep Data in Line, Most of the Time

For synchronizing data on PocketPCs and Smartphones, ActiveSync 3.8 is easy enough to use, but many users say OS and phone service issues can knock it off balance.

The Power Inside

As head of Microsoft Research, Rick Rashid leads a team that remains largely anonymous, but whose work finds its way into nearly every product Redmond ships.

Develop a Security Plan Now

The best place to start the secure enterprise is with a comprehensive security plan that works as you do.

Salaries Finally Up for MCPs According to 2005 MCPmag.com Survey

Readers report a significant increase in salary over last year's survey results.

Microsoft's First, Best Customer: A Q&A with Microsoft CIO Ron Markezich

More than 300,000 devices. About 10,000 servers, 2,000 IT staff and the same number of contractors and vendors. The most attacked network in the world. Meet the man responsible for keeping it all going.

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