In-Depth Features


MSRC: Emergency Response, Microsoft Style

When malware strikes Microsoft code, Stephen Toulouse and the MSRC team rush in to extinguish the fire.

Going to the Bench: Can Redmond's Backups Keep 'Em in the Game?

New management team must fill the void left by Gates.

The 800-Pound Code Gorilla

Visual Studio 2005 is packed with features, but is it too much?

Living in a Virtual World

Virtualization is here to stay, so make sure you're using the right tool.

High Anxiety: Microsoft Tech Support Survey

How does the world's No. 1 software company deal with you when something goes wrong? Our readers speak out.

What Were They Thinking?

An HP hardware troubleshooting guru shares some of the worst snafus he's experienced so you can learn from them.

Beta Blowout

A three-headed beta release lights the fuse on Office, Windows and Longhorn Server.

Tour de SQL Finale, Part IV: Replication

Our final sprint to the finish line stretches over replication: its limitations, high availability and the many improvements since the last version.

Integrate an LDAP Server Into Your System

Distinguished Names (DNs) are one of the least-understood LDAP server components. Get an introduction to them, and see how a virtual directory can help with DN management.

Exchange Server 2003 -- Read All About It

See how these Exchange books stack up and decide which ones you should add to your library.

Storm Warning

How Jefferson Parish planned for and responded to the worst disaster in U.S. history, and the lessons IT professionals can learn from it.

SBS 2003: Room for Improvement

Small Business Server 2003 is stable and easy to maintain, but readers say it could use a few more tools and options.

Tour de SQL Part III: Performance Tuning

SQL Server 2005 gives you new tools to help your database performance stay ahead of the pack.

Reach Out & Hack Someone

Provide your users with the right common knowledge so they can practice common sense.

Tour de SQL Part II: Administrative Features

Every year, the Tour de France is won or lost in the mountains. In this stage of our tour of SQL Server 2005, we look at the critical administrative features that make or break the new database.

Productivity on the Go

Never install software again! We look at 20 top portable apps, from office suites to IP scanners.

The Best of the Best: Redmond's 2006 Readers' Choice Awards

Find out how your favorite tools fared in more than 40 categories.

SQL Server 2005 Is the One to Beat

Super-fast performance, robust toolset and better security options make Microsoft's latest database management system a must for most shops.

Extreme Computing

IT is being applied in some of the most extreme and inhospitable places on -- and above -- the Earth.

9 Perfect Password Pointers

Passwords are often the weakest part of a security infrastructure. Here are nine ways to make them one of the strongest.