December 2002 - Editor's Choice: Products We Love
Editors, contributors choose products that make a difference in their work; hacking SQL Server; MCSD 70-305 exam reviewed; Desktop DNA, more reviewed; a bevy of security toys; more.
Winner: O&O Software O&O Defrag 4 Professional
Honorable Mention: Executive Software Diskeeper
Winner: Tranxition Software Personality Tranxport Professional
Honorable Mention: Altiris eXpress Migration
Winner: Visualware VisualRoute 6.1a
Honorable Mention: Nessoft Ping Plotter
Winner: Full Armor Software FAZAM 2000 3
Honorable Mention: Aelita Controlled Migration
Winner: Sapien Technologies Primalscript
Honorable Mention: Adersoft VbsEdit
Winner: Microsoft Press Windows 2000 Resource Kit
Honorable Mention: Aelita Software Aelita ERDisk
Winner: DameWare Development DameWare NT Utilities
Honorable Mention: VMware Workstation
MCP Magazine's experts name the products they can't live without.
See what you may want to add to your Windows network management operations.
Winner: GFI Ltd. MailEssentials for Exchange/SMTP 7
Honorable Mention: Network Associates McAfee
Winner: CommVault Systems Galaxy
Honorable Mention: Ultrabac Software UltraBac
SQL Injection is a fairly new method of hacking your database. Learn how it’s done—and how to protect yourself.
Winner: Parker Software Ltd. Who's On
Honorable Mention: NetIQ WebTrends
Mission-Critical Active Directory addresses the intricacies of this complex topic.
Knowledge of Web technologies is imperative to your success with Visual Studio .NET. Here’s the exam that’ll help you prove your expertise.
InstallShield Developer has too much power? Try the Express version.
dbPal Universal attempts total drag-and-drop development.
Thwart lockouts with UserLock v2.2.
Peer Software's Save-N-Sync simplifies a tedious task.
Make sure the information you distribute is only what you really want
Desktop DNA delivers enterprise-wide system migrations.
Lightspeed Total Traffic Control puts you back in charge.
Call Me Certifiable
If Redmond maintains the trend, rest assured you'll know what to call "Longhorn."
Fashion plate; reading the fine print; demystifying printing for users.
St. Bernard’s iPrism helps keep employees in check.
Getting the job done often means accomplishing what you can within the constraints of real-world resources and budgets.
This useful script will make your life easier, but may make you a grinch to your users.
As 2002 comes to a close, our columnists offer advice on how to succeed, personally as well as professionally, in the coming year.
So many security toys, so little time.
Setting up a common area for sharing resources is easy. Here's how to do it with SharePoint Portal Server.
In the non-Microsoft-exam world, there are serious budget constraints,
manpower shortages and management conflicts over upgrading.
Microsoft Press is offering VUE testing discounts in selected MCSA/MCSE certification titles. Discount vouchers can be used until Dec. 31, 2003.
Expect the unexpected: Key certification track to be retooled for 2003, which may affect current MCSA/MCSE candidates.
The company expects to furnish details on an upgrade path for MCSA/MCSE on Windows 2000 in early 2003.
Although Microsoft's 2003 fiscal first-quarter revenue has risen in all areas, the training and certification group contribution to server segment revenue has dropped 18 percent.
It looks like the IT hiring slowdown will last into the near future—and maybe beyond, according to a study by the Information Technology Association of America.
Systems Management Server 2003, in beta now, to be integrated into .NET. universe.