In-Depth Features


Palm Reading

It’s a moment every administrator dreads: Your network is crying for help, and you don’t know why. Wouldn’t it be great if, right in your hand, you had a tool that could diagnose the problem? We test four handheld analyzers to see just how they can make your job easier.

Lifecycle of an E-mail Worm

Dealing with e-mail worms and viruses is becoming a bigger part of every administrator’s job. Learn from one of the industry’s foremost experts how worms enter your network in the first place and compromise your systems.

Windows Management from Afar

Windows Server 2003 offers significant upgrades over Windows 2000 in the area of remote connectivity.

New Approaches to App Lifecycle Management

Most of today's tools don't address ALM well. Eclipse and Visual Studio change that equation.

Safe Waters

How do you dive into the sea of networks in an efficient and secure way? We look at four firewall products—both hardware and software—that will help keep the sharks at bay.

The Process That Wouldn't Die

This IT pro should have known better than to reboot the Primary Domain Controller on Friday the 13th. Read on about his special nightmare.

Special Delivery

When it comes to distributing software upgrades, the options are many. Which one is best for you? We test five solutions to help you make the right choice.

Redefining Windows Storage

Get the scoop on Windows Server 2003 enhanced data storage features that enable enterprises to transcend traditional Windows storage limitations in storage area networks (SAN).

Client-Side Interop

Rare is the company without non-Windows desktop clients. Yet getting Unix and Apple to connect to and access resources on a Windows-based network can be migraine-inducing. Here's your antidote.

Troubleshooting Software Update Services

With Microsoft issuing a service pack for its new updating tool, here's what I've learned since writing my original article on implementing and troubleshooting Software Update Services.

Hailing Handhelds

Non-Windows CE-powered handhelds still have a way to go and can't be used for much more than messaging and basic remote access. Windows CE personal digital assistants, naturally, work much better in this regard.

My First 150 Days With a Tablet PC

Is a powerful, lightweight, pen-enabled computer too much to ask for these days? Four contenders are put through their paces in search for the ultimate in mobile computing.

Embracing Unix and Linux Desktops

These OSs work well on a Windows network when it comes to printing. File-sharing and e-mail, however, are more complicated.

Use Caching to Enhance Performance

Robust Web apps must provide fast response times. Learn how to use the Cache object to place commonly requested resources into an area in memory where they can be accessed quickly.

Married to Mac Clients

Macs generally fare well on Windows, with compatible document formats and file-sharing technologies. The latest Mac OS works especially well in the Microsoft universe.

Blueprinting Your Database Landscape

Crafting a map of your database servers can help you build better systems, from increased security to solid disaster-recovery plans. Take these steps to get your server network in order.

Golden Years

Experience and age are tops in slowed IT market.

What's the Password?

Tired of resetting passwords? These four self-service solutions allow users to do it for themselves.

Windows 2000 SP3 Top 10 Fixes

Along with hardware and software fixes, this patch addresses recent antitrust settlement compliance issues.

Shall We Dance? Learning the Moves for Windows Server 2003

A solid test environment normally leads to a smooth rollout of a new operating system. Our enterprise expert guides you through the elements you’ll need to consider for setting up your organization’s lab.

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