In-Depth Features


Real-World GPMC Troubleshooting

The Group Policy Management Console can be a powerful troubleshooting too—if you know how to use it.

The 10 Essential Rules of Patch Management

The more work you put in up front, the easier it will be to get and stay current when the patches hit.

Talk Among Yourselves

A private IM environment may be just the answer to give your company all the benefits of IM while mitigating the inherent security risks.

Microsoft's $11 Billion Man

Jeff Raikes, head of Microsoft's Information Worker unit, expounds on Office, Software Assurance and the changing nature of life at work.

SP2: More Ammo for the Security Battle

Rollout pain aside, users laud the long overdue enhancements that SP2 brings to IE, along with new GPOs, RPC lockdown and more.

Best of the Best

2005 Redmond Magazine Readers' Choice Survey: Find out how your favorite tool fared as nearly 2,200 readers pick their favorites in more than 40 product categories.

Q&A: Protect Users From Phishing Scams

Just because something "appears" to be from a legitimate sender doesn't make it so.

Intrusion Interrupted

We test three software-based intrusion detection systems that can help alert you when you've got barbarians at the gate.

Choose the Right Preventive Security Technologies

Ensuring maximum asset availability requires multiple layers of security working in concert to protect against intrusions, enforce usage policies, and allow machines to remain resilient to attacks - even when patching is not an option.

Valid ID Required

Fighting spam requires authenticating e-mail addresses on the fly. Despite igniting a battle of its own, the Microsoft-backed Sender ID spec is shaping up as the best option.

Users Latch on to SQL Reporting Tool

SQL Server Reporting Services earns solid if not stellar marks from early adopters—and you can't beat the price.

E-Mail Central

Exchange 2003 allows for a more consolidated e-mail architecture. Here's how to pull it off.

New Password Mantra: Go Long

New hacking methods make short passwords unsafe, but Microsoft makes it tough to go long. Her's how to forge an effective policy.

Windows Server 2003 Maintenance Made Easy

Following a management and maintenance regimen reduces administration, maintenance, and business expenses while increasing reliability, stability, and security.

Storage Gets Slim

Forget about low-carb diets. Storage consolidation is the new craze hitting the fat-conscious world.

You're Fired

Ditch your server dead weight: Consolidate to streamline management.

10 Ways to Debunk ROI Claims

Vendors have lots of ways to manipulate ROI data to their advantage, making it seem as if every product is the answer to your IT prayers. Don't believe the hype.

Plan Your Defense Strategy

Concentrate on awareness, process, readiness, and privacy as you put your security plan into action.

Grunt Work

Keeping systems patched is time-consuming and laborious, but it's crucial. Here are seven tools that can help you automate the process.

5 Essential Scripts

Time is money and money is tight, but these five scripts can help any admin get more done every day.