In-Depth Features


Patching Made Simple

Patching your servers is an art that takes time to master. Here's a paint-by-numbers kit to help you get started.

Longhorn: Big Hat, No Cattle?

Microsoft is battling the perception that there's little to get excited about in the long-awaited and much-ballyhooed Longhorn.

NetMeeting: Still Going Strong

Besides Web conferencing, readers have found many other uses for Microsoft's NetMeeting.

Managing in Isolation

Remote management has never been a Microsoft strong suit, but Windows Server 2003 is helping users manage servers that no IT staff can touch.

Keep an Eye on Those Servers

The right server management tool closely monitors your network and offers proactive responses to most common problems.

7 Tips for MOM

Advice from an in-the-trenches expert for getting the most out of Microsoft Operations Manager.

6 Steps to a Simpler Network

There's a saying in IT that "complexity is the enemy of security." It's also the enemy of efficiency, troubleshooting and other critical network functions. Here are six ways to untangle that crowded web you've weaved.

Content Cops

Many businesses expect IT to use the equivalent of a radar gun and monitor employees for infractions. But laying down the law can have serious repercussions, both for employees and the IT departments doing the watching.

The Good and the Bad of MBSA

Microsoft's free vulnerability scanner works well—as long as you don't have to stretch it too far.

SA Exposed

Customers have few kind words for Microsoft's Software Assurance, and even fewer good choices for upgrades.

Exchange Storage Rules: 15 Ways to Simplify, Solidify and Save

Exchange Server 2003 offers advances in scalability, allowing for dramatic server and storage consolidation efforts—if it's properly configured. These best practices will send you in the right direction.

6 Reasons to Consider Apache

Even though IIS gets more secure with each generation, having at least a few Apache Web servers in your shop makes sense.

MOM 2005 Feels the Love

Readers generally like what they see in the 2005 makeover of Microsoft Operations Manager, citing improved usability, better reporting and expanded monitoring.

7 Terminal Services Tips

Terminal Services is a lot like poker—anyone can play, but it takes smarts and strategy to play well. These seven tips will make you a shark.

Open 24 Hours: Load Balancing

The proper level of load balancing services can ensure consistent availability of Web services.

Microsoft Math

As Longhorn looms, we examine Microsoft's track record in hitting product ship dates and offer advice for coping with the inevitable.

Dumb and Dumber

This veteran penetration tester has seen some stupid security lapses in his time. Here are six of the worst.

Think Sun

With Microsoft animosity behind him, CEO Scott McNealy explains why Windows shops should consider his alternative desktop approach.

Windows NT: Hard to Kill

Official Microsoft support is no more, but WCVB-TV's Rick Zach and lots of other users are sticking with their NT servers and piecing together support options.

Stop Spam Now

These 10 anti-spam software solutions can help you stop spam in its tracks, restore lost productivity and save money and time.