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
- By Bill Heldman
Remote management has never been a Microsoft strong suit, but Windows Server 2003 is helping users manage servers that no IT staff can touch.
- By Kevin Fogarty
Advice from an in-the-trenches expert for getting the most out of Microsoft
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.
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.
- By Greg Shields
Customers have few kind words for Microsoft's Software Assurance, and even fewer good choices for upgrades.
Readers generally like what they see in the 2005 makeover of Microsoft Operations Manager, citing improved usability, better reporting and expanded monitoring.
- By Steve Ulfelder
Even though IIS gets more secure with each generation, having at least a few Apache Web servers in your shop makes sense.
- By Scott Bekker
The proper level of load balancing services can ensure consistent availability of Web services.
- By Danielle Ruest and Nelson Ruest
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.
- By Stuart J. Johnston
As Longhorn looms, we examine Microsoft's track record in hitting product ship dates and offer advice for coping with the inevitable.
- By Paul Desmond
This veteran penetration tester has seen some stupid security lapses in his time. Here are six of the worst.
These 10 anti-spam software solutions can help you stop spam in its tracks, restore lost productivity and save money and time.
- By David W. Tschanz
With Microsoft animosity behind him, CEO Scott McNealy explains why Windows shops should consider his alternative desktop approach.
- By Doug Barney and Paul Desmond
Jeff Raikes, head of Microsoft's Information Worker unit, expounds on Office, Software Assurance and the changing nature of life at work.
The more work you put in up front, the easier it will be to get and stay current when the patches hit.
A private IM environment may be just the answer to give your company all the benefits of IM while mitigating the inherent security risks.
Rollout pain aside, users laud the long overdue enhancements that
SP2 brings to IE, along with new GPOs, RPC lockdown and more.
- By Stephen Swoyer
The Group Policy Management Console can be a powerful troubleshooting too—if you know how to use it.
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.