July 2003 - Lifecycle of an E-Mail Worm
Plus: handheld network analyzers; remote management with Windows Server 2003; mixed-mode applications on Windows XP; more.
It’s a moment every administrator dreads: Your network is crying for help, and you don’t know why. Wouldn’t it be great if, right in your hand, you had a tool that could diagnose the problem? We test four handheld analyzers to see just how they can make your job easier.
Can older applications and Windows XP share a network without driving each
Dealing with e-mail worms and viruses is becoming a bigger part of every administrator’s job. Learn from one of the industry’s foremost experts how worms enter your network in the first place and compromise your systems.
Windows Server 2003 offers significant upgrades over Windows 2000 in the area of remote connectivity.
ERDisk for Active Directory saves time, money and grief.
Rest easy: Your data’s safe with UltraBac.
NetIQ’s AppAnalyzer 2.5 digs into your Exchange servers.
PeerSync Pro delivers flexible, real-time file synchronization.
CBT Vision’s Examiner for 70-219 proves a good value.
Forego scripting—try this LDAP query in the ADUC.
Quick lesson on configuring subnet addresses.
Get the exact time that Windows processes via the WMIC command.
Use Winscl to find out which computers your users are logged onto.
Can't prep the forest for the trees.
The road behind has no signposts for what's to come.
Call Me Certifiable
“One thing we’ll be talking a fair bit about today is the relationship between the PC and the phone. That’s something that will be changing. When you get value added on your PC without having to switch the phone that you use simply by having the PC be aware of what’s going on, that integration, we think, is a very critical one and one that’s influencing the PC hardware.”
—Bill Gates at WinHEC 2003
Microsoft sets new securityspecializations for MCSE and MCSA titles.
It is handy to be able to just look up at the My Computer icon and see where you are and what name you are using.
Final thoughts on maintaining the IT career tempo.
Securely bringing a Windows file server on the network may not sound difficult. But when it's running Windows Server 2003, there's a lot you need to know to do it right.
Tips and Tricks
When you accidentally delete an Active Directory object, can you bring it back without performing an authoritative restore on the entire directory? This tip shares a little known service built right into AD that you'll want to know about.
Straight talk on meshing your enterprise e-mail systems.
Anthony wanted to run Windows DNS on his company’s BIND network. It worked—until the intern came along.
Have you missed out on the easiest, most cost-effective way to earn a technical certification?
New Windows 2003 exams can be used to fulfill core networking requirements of the MCDBA on SQL 2000 track.
Microsoft plans to retire 11 exams next year, with the majority affecting the MCSD and MCDBA tracks.
Here are the latest service packs from Microsoft as of June
You may be excused for your cynical chortling when hearing that IT hiring may be on the way up, but that's what the latest study from a technology staffing company reports.
Latest skills module aimed at messaging experts goes online as Exchange is readied for shipping.