September 2003 - Tools for simplifying your AD work
plus network monitoring tools; one consultant's story on a building a server-based network on a shoestring; more.
Administering and managing AD encompasses a multitude of activities. Although you can do the job with built-in services and tools, four powerful third-party solutions also want to help.
Microsoft’s recently released Active Directory Migration Tool v2 offers important enhancements over the first version. One of Hewlett-Packard’s top AD experts briefs us on the improvements.
Admininstering Active Directory takes some practice. Here are 12 exercises to keep your AD skills limber.
These three high-end monitoring tools automate the management of networks with thousands of nodes.
Build a server-based network—including a Web site and e-mail—from scratch for $2,000? For this consultant, that required resourcefulness and some “outside” help.
Besides amending the EULA to maintain antitrust compliance and adding USB and wireless support, Microsoft rolls up fixes for a slew of performance bugs into its latest service pack.
There is another side of the coin for IT employment.
Mission-Critical Microsoft Exchange 2000 is a must-have for new installs and offers invaluable insight for those who've already done the deed.
The tools you need to resurrect a dead computer.
Get up close and personal with your network's activity with Lightspeed Systems' Total Traffic Control 4.0.
Profile Maker 8 allows for incredibly simple control over your enterprise desktops.
Learn how to protect yourself with this product.
This tool leverages group power to ease administration.
The Rules cache wasn't made to be broken. A better way to create e-mail filters will come with Outlook 2003.
Understand Exchange's per-server vs. per-user licensing implications and you'll save money down the road.
This column is a lot more fun when readers solve their own problems. Plus, a CAL follow-up.
Call Me Certifiable
And just what do we go through on a daily basis, anyway?
Security Roles, Uniting Technology and Controlling Windows Remotely
See how three scripts allow for dealing with restore points remotely.
Trusts have changed significantly on Windows Server 2003, including the concept of forest trusts. Here's a primer.
Tips and Tricks
It's really easier than you think.
Active Directory in Application Mode provides a way to have directory service functionality without needing a domain.
Microsoft will shortly be releasing the first exam for people who want to prove their expertise in Small Business Server 2003.
Hundreds of Windows IT professionals descended upon sunny San Diego Tuesday for the bi-annual TechMentor conference, put on by Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine.
Microsoft sends newest exam, 70-284, Implementing and and Managing Exchange Server 2003, to beta testing.
In conjunction with new Exchange-based specialist titles announced this morning, the company adds Windows 2003 versions of the security titles.
Two more exams for the Core Exams: Networking Systems portion of Windows 2003 credential, as well as an upgrade exam, go live Thursday.
The nation's IT infrastructure remains safe, thanks in part to the efforts of Carnegie Mellon's Computer Emergency Response Team.
Microsoft has released latest exam, this time for Small Business Server implementers, to beta testers.
Microsoft's certification group faces its fans and critics, offering insights into the latest program changes.
Microsoft's virtual monopoly on the desktop puts networks and computing at large, at grave risk, according to authors of a paper on security.
Voucher giveaway for free attempt at 70-300 Analyzing .NET Requirements exam
ends Sept. 30.
Microsoft adds two new specialist titles to its MCSA/MCSE tracks, follows up with some details on two new Exchange 2003-based exams.