09/01/2001

September 2001 - Security Risk Analysis

Inside Windows 2000, SQL Server 2000 security. Plus, blue screen resurrection, network scanners reviewed, and an exclusive interview with Microsoft's training director Anne Marie McSweeney.


In-Depth

SQL Server 2000 Security Secrets

What you need to know that you didn't find on Books Online.


Resurrection from the Blue Screen of Death

In an ideal IT world, restoring data to a new server from a dead one wouldn't be a problem: Just rebuild the data and apps from your backup. Welcome to the less-than-perfect world of IT.


Risky Business

The work of risk analysis—evaluating security threats, alerts and all-out panic attacks—is vital to keeping your network safe and sound and you sane.


Measuring Up MCPs

Anne Marie McSweeney, director of certification and skills assessment group at Microsoft, spoke to editors from Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine and CertCities.com during Fusion, the company's partner conference, which took place in Anaheim, California in July 2001.


How Secure is Your Network?

Seven network scanners test your security before the crackers do.


Resurrection, Step by Step

Don't let a blue screen stop you. Here's a guide to get your server back online quickly.


Incoming Wounded

The work of risk analysis—evaluating security threats, alerts and all-out panic attacks—is vital to keeping your network safe and sound and you sane.


Protocols and Types of Scans

A few things you should think about when evaluating vendors for network scanners.


Training Know-How

Consider going to the head of the class as a Microsoft Certified Trainer. This briefing tells you how.


How a Network Scan Can Improve Your Security

A scan can improve the security of your network, but be sure you know the law before you decide to do so.


Book Reviews

A Mixed Guide to Server Administration

There's good information here, but you might have to dig for some of it.


A Thorough Look at Routing and Remote Access

A whole book on RRAS? Absolutely.


High Wireless Developer’s Safety Net

Jonathan Knudsen’s Wireless Java will have you writing PDA-friendly SQL Server apps in short time.


Tip Top C# Coding

Experienced C# early adopters would be smart to keep this slim but useful reference within arms' reach.


Find Your Way Among the Forests and Trees

An Active Directory text for experienced professionals.


Product Reviews

Serious Custom Controls for Internet Development

PowerTCP aims for enterprise applications.


How Secure is Your Network? Hailstorm 1.02

Seven network scanners test your security before the crackers do.


How Secure is Your Network? LANGuard 1.25

Seven network scanners test your security before the crackers do.


Disk Commander Saves Wiped-Out Data

This tool can save you from the panic attack that can ensue when you say, "Oops … I deleted it again …"


How Secure is Your Network? Atelierweb 4.04

Seven network scanners test your security before the crackers do.


An Event Monitoring Solution for your Network

Argent Guardian offers reliable, comprehensive and flexible event monitoring.


How Secure is Your Network? CIS

Seven network scanners test your security before the crackers do.


How Secure is Your Network? Retina 3.0

Seven network scanners test your security before the crackers do.


How Secure is Your Network? ISS Network Scanner 6.1

Seven network scanners test your security before the crackers do.


Job Scheduling Made Easy

ActiveBatch helps shore up one of Windows' big weaknesses—scheduling batch files.


Call Me Certifiable

Division of Labor

With server consolidation on the horizon, it's time—with Redmond's help—to break out of your mold and expand your skill set.


Drill Down

Questioning Success, Part III

Exam 70-216 is a bear, thoroughly testing your knowledge of Windows 2000 networking services. Analyzing questions and answers can help you slay the beast.


Editor's Desk

Peace Offering

Microsoft's new certification titles—a step in the right direction?


Mr. Script

A New Shade of Scripting

Say goodbye to the days of endless cutting and pasting and hello to the wonderful world of Windows Script Components.


Professionally Speaking

Interviewing and Incentive Compensation

This month our career advisors write about topics that have been on their minds lately.


Windows Foundation

Top Third-Party Tools

Sysadmins can't live by Windows 2000 alone. Check out these handy antivirus protection and backup/restore programs that can help you get through the day.


Windows Insider

Get Terminal Services Up and Running

When installing this service, there are myriad options available. Be sure you choose wisely.


News

Microsoft, PASS Postpone SQL Server Conference

ENTmag.com reports that Microsoft Corp. and the user group for SQL Server postponed their annual SQL Server conference scheduled for next week due to the terrorist attacks of Tuesday.


MCP TechMentor Diary, Day 4 and 5 Roundup

Security, Exchange, security and Windows 2000 migration fill the last two days of the conference schedule for MCPmag.com reader Rick Johnson.


MCP TechMentor Diary, Day 3: Active Directory Drain Brain

MCPmag.com reader Rick Johnson gets a good dose of Active Directory technical and certification info during the Thursday sessions.


MCP TechMentor Diary, Day 2: The Humorous World of IT?

Our intrepid conference attendee/reporter finds a product amid the marketing hype and gets up to speed on IP and Group Policies at the first official conference day.


MCP TechMentor Diary, Day 1: Pre-Conference Workshops

MCPmag.com invited a reader to attend the MCP TechMentor Conference in San Francisco. We offered him free attendance in exchange for a daily report on his conference experiences.


Inside Activation


Microsoft Certified Systems Expert?


Get Yourself a Cheaper Office


Decertifications for NT 3.51 MCPs


New Microsoft Certs Announced


Developer Certifications Get Behind .NET

Newsletter lists numbers and titles for upcoming MCSD exams.


Windows XP Code Finished

As expected, Microsoft Corp. Friday morning announced that its embattled Windows XP operating system is released to manufacturing.


Inside Activation

Office XP/Windows XP product activation feature can be thwarted, German company finds.


Decertifications for NT 3.51 MCPs

Seven thousand MCPs with NT 3.51 titles no longer certified as of June.


Bell Tolls for BackOffice

A Microsoft perennial is about to be decommissioned, as Redmond consigns BackOffice to the software scrap-heap at the end of September.


Gartner: Blackcomb Delayed, Longhorn on Tap

Microsoft not expected to release next version of Windows until 2003.


Microsoft Certified Systems Expert?

If you’re not an engineer, you want to be an expert. That’s what the results of a recent MCP Magazine survey say.


Microsoft Releases Network Security Hotfix Checker

New tool simplifies identification of systems' applied hotfixes and patches.


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