March 2004 - Easy Storage: Windows-powered NAS in Action
Role-playing for security; delving deep inside the FRS; group policy strategy and tactics; and more.
Three continents, incompetent management and an impossible deadline is a case study in how to NOT do a major upgrade.
The File Replication Service (FRS) has a justifiably bad reputation for bugginess and indecipherable logs. But recent changes from Redmond make it worth another look.
Buying new servers and more direct-attached disks solves short-term storage issues but creates a bigger problem—the storage management nightmare. Network attached storage, which separates disks from servers, is one answer. We evaluate three top NAS solutions running Windows Storage Server.
Group policy is constantly evolving and has new functionality within Windows Server 2003. Here’s some basic training on what it can do.
Two tools that stop popups dead in their tracks
Windows Server 2003: Best Practices for Deployment helps IT plan for the new operating system, lay the network groundwork and keep it all secure.
NetIQ’s content tool keeps an eye on your Web surfers.
Stop popups dead in their tracks with this inexpensive but sanity-saving blocker.
Firewall Analyzer knows what your firewalls are doing.
Google's toolbar comes with a fairly effective pop-up killer—and it's free.
NetInstall manages an application’s complete life cycle.
Better methods for managing user profiles en masse. Plus, an SBS problem.
A slap-dash solution for transferring profiles in toto. Anyone with a more elegant method?
A routine audit of Active Directory permissions can expose this example back-ended breach.
....hums along smoothly, if the PDC is migrated correctly in this reader's NT-to-Windows 2003 upgrade. The Exchange 5.5-to-Exchange 2003 migration may be a tad more problematic.
Call Me Certifiable
What business is Microsoft in, anyhow?
Now is the time for those projects we've all been putting off.
Why it's important for remote users to change passwords regularly.
Are you role-playing with your network? If not, you’re missing a powerful way to make it more secure.
Disaster recovery plans should be part of any testing plan.
Security training, free for the asking.
Tips and Tricks
Learn how to properly manage admin accounts.
Windows Server 2003’s Volume Shadow Copy Service can help you stop time. Here’s how to take full advantage of it.
Windows Tip Sheet
Simple IIS backup techniques
New! Windows admin tips, tricks, and secrets. First up: migration via the "interim" forest functional level.
Security expert fired over controversial report that accused Microsoft of contributing to global insecurity now at Verdasys.
In honor of MCDST's release, winners of help desk heroism/horror submissions announced.
Exam 70-281, released to general public March 2, tests project management skills.
Conference news speaks of competing forces.
There's a bright future ahead for those taking training courses.
Special report, RSA Conference 2004: In a nutshell, panelists in IT governance discussion agree that government should play limited role, but they diverge on approaches.