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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.

Tour de SQL Part I: Versions

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

Where the Heck Are We?

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

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.

Never Again: Your IT Horror Stories

Redmond readers share their worst IT moments.

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.

Cover Story: The 800-Pound Gorilla

Can anything threaten the Microsoft desktop empire?

Bridging the Directory Services Gap

Red Hat Directory Service helps join Windows and Linux environments.

Worst-Case Scenarios: When Disaster Strikes

Leading IT experts help answer the question: What if?

Allow Me to Demonstrate

When your many job responsibilities include "teacher," these demonstration tools can help get the message across.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 3.0 Is Well Worth the Wait

Users say the long-awaited new version of Microsoft’s customer relationship management (CRM) software fixes a host of problems.

Troubleshooting -- the HP Way

Hardware troubleshooting can be difficult, but a methodical approach can do wonders. Here's how it's done at one of the world's largest IT services companies.

The Ultimate PC Challenge

Tom’s Hardware tests the highest-end desktop systems.

2006 Salary Survey: Time for a Raise!

The 11th annual salary survey from Redmond magazine shows pay going up. Is yours?

SOX and the Single Admin

The Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Act poses a real compliance headache for businesses of every size, and Windows admins are feeling the heat. Fortunately, we’re here with a few handy shortcuts.

Worry-Free Web Server

Users say Apache 2.0 is a robust, flexible and secure Web server that just plain works.

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