Editor's Choice: Products We Love

</i>MCP Magazine<i>'s</i> experts name the products they can't live without. See what you may want to add to your Windows network management operations.

WE ASKED A GOODLY NUMBER of our contributing editors and expert reviewers to name the products they can’t live without, the products they dream about at night, the ones that cause a Pavlovian drool reflex when they think about them awake. Remember, it’s not “Products We Like,” or “Products That Get the Job Done Acceptably.” Besides being a boring headline, those products simply don’t cut the mustard. “Good enough” products just aren’t good enough for this compendium. Of course, as in all matters of love, you don’t always get what you want. Sometimes, you get what you need. Therefore, in the interest of playing the field, we also offer alternatives that we’d be perfectly happy to work with. They too deserve your admiration, respect and consideration. Try any of the 22 products mentioned in this roundup on your Windows network, and you just might fall in love, too:

 NT 4.0 to Windows Migration: Tranxition Software Personality Tranxport Professional 3.0/Altiris eXpress Migration Suite

 IIS Monitoring: Parker Software Ltd. Who's On/NetIQ WebTrends

 Exchange Anti-Virus: GFI Ltd. MailEssentials for Exchange/SMTP 7/Network Associates McAfee GroupShield

 Security: @stake LC4/Microsoft Corp. MSDN Universal Subscription

 Backup: CommVault Systems Galaxy/Ultrabac Software UltraBac 7

 Windows 2000 Administration: Microsoft Press Windows 2000 Resource Kit/Aelita Software Aelita ERDisk

 Scripting: Sapien Technologies Primalscript/Adersoft VbsEdit

 Defragmentation: O&O Software O&O Defrag 4 Professional/Executive Software Diskeeper

 DNS Name Resolution: Visualware VisualRoute 6.1a/Nessoft Ping Plotter

 Active Directory Management and Migration: Full Armor Software FAZAM 2000 3/Aelita Controlled Migration Suite

 Training: DameWare Development DameWare NT Utilities/VMware Workstation

(Products listed indicate winner/honorable mention. Click on a category to view.)

About the Author

Kristen McCarthy is Senior Editor, Reviews of MCP Magazine.

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Reader Comments:

Thu, Sep 16, 2004 Mjoni Anonymous

Primalscript/VbsEdit for best scripting tools? I hope these awards came out before ASE was available - It does everything and then some! Maybe next year!?

Fri, Jul 2, 2004 Guru UK

Do you hear about Script Debugger IDE at It's really cool product instead of all here presented.

Thu, May 13, 2004 Anonymous Anonymous


Mon, Jan 26, 2004 Anonymous Anonymous

In regards to Adersoft's VBSEdit product.
I too, initially had some problems with certain functionality. However, I did contact their support and got quick responses and follow-up that resulted in solving the problem. I treated them respectfully and they did the same to me. For $30 you have to be reasonable about what to expect. I think you will find that their debugger is head and shoulders above the free MS debugger and the auto complete that functions with most objects makes this a pretty good editor as well.

Thu, Aug 28, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

Are you kidding Giving an award to Adersoft for VbsEdit and JsEdit?? Their is no support and I mean none! Yyou buy a product you can't back up! You only get to unlock it twice, and sometimes the web page ain't even their!!! Why did I blow 30 bucks when Primal Script will do the same and whole lot more! Bad product bad support..

Thu, Mar 27, 2003 Admin.NET Anonymous

i think McAfee is good ...this better than choosing Norton ...

Wed, Nov 20, 2002 Anonymous Anonymous

Any SRM Articles Coming?

Sat, Nov 16, 2002 Anonymous Anonymous

How about an Editor's Choice Award list for the SMB market?

I'm sure there are many readers who consult to or contract with small businesses, 'mom and pop' shops and small office customers.

This is the LARGEST segment of the business community. For the IT professional in this market, the hardest part is recommending reliable, easy to administer software - that is also afforable to the client.

Wed, Nov 13, 2002 Anonymous Anonymous

I don't understand how this magazine can continually recommend McAfee Antivirus. I've used it and hated it. I am extrodinarly pleased with Trend Micro ScanMail for Exchange. I never have to touch it. GFI MailEssentials... I looked at it, I guess it's popular, but for the spam filtering I wanted, it was a pain. The whitelisting didn't work. Gave up on it and now use SpamAssassin for Exchange. I do have to agree that DameWare NT Utilities rock. I've got it, now I can't live without it.

Wed, Nov 13, 2002 Anonymous Anonymous

As usual with this magazine, this survey is mostly about network management tools, and omits developer tools altogether. For instance, a text editor, image editor, XML editor, search/replace tool, etc.

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