August 2004 - You Ask, Ballmer Answers
10 Questions for Microsoft's CEO. Plus: Readers review SMS 2003; a roundup of biometric security products; and a look at Exchange's new spam filter.
Virtual PC software can ease migration and give any robust machine multiple personalities. Here’s what you need to know to take full advantage.
Microsoft's latest version of Systems Management Server includes a bevy of new features that early users say save them time and money.
A roundup of five biometric products that go the extra security mile—for when passwords alone aren't enough.
If you don't have the time, money or manpower to run your own messaging environment, it may be time to consider hosted Exchange.
EMC's virtual machine software edges out Microsoft's in overall features.
This admin got a shock when he discovered that usernames and passwords for his new employer's sensitive documents were being sent in cleartext. Fortunately, he was able to see the forest for the trees.
Your time is valuable, so keep your search for troubleshooting solutions short and just buy this book.
A concise, once-over book for the security novice and expert.
Coming in October: More of the same, but more and better.
Reader wants the simplest path to upgrade to Windows Server 2003 and Exchange 2003.
The magic behind simple access tokens.
Windows XP laptops continue to "sleep" from Standby mode.
Readers ask for a good resource on configuring this useful but confusing feature of Exchange 2003.
Migration to Exchange 2000 seems to go fine, but setup comes to a screeching halt for this admin.
Call Me Certifiable
Compared to the technology that's being tested, test center technology can seem outright medieval.
Ensuring the strength of your users' passwords; using IE as a workaround for file management; is moving from desktop support to network admin a step up?
It's time to make the move to two-factor authentication.
If you've been wanting to bind multiple IP addresses to a single NIC, now you can.
It's time to become proactive about stopping computer crime.
Manage your server network with a customized Microsoft Management Console.
Tips and Tricks
A bevy of often-overlooked settings are available in Group Policy Objects.
In spite of its shortcomings, you can't beat the price of Microsoft's Intelligent Message Filter.
Windows Tip Sheet
Skirting the built-in, protective barrier known as Windows XP SP 2.
A scriptable way to keep clients updated and virus-free.
Alternatives to the standard IE.
Microsoft and Pearson Vue is lending some financial support to certification candidates in indirect ways, through the Second-Shot and MCT Rewards programs.
From the business wires this week: Updated installation, compression tools, plus products that support new Sender ID specifications to battle phishing scams and spam.
Your tips on how to save money on Microsoft software.
From the business wires this week: Two companies put support behind Microsoft's Virtual Disk Service; high-availability tool and a slew of security tools get updated.
TALK TO REDMOND MAGAZINE: If you bet the farm -- or even just a bushel of beans -- on software from a vendor that later went belly-up, we want to hear about it.
Microsoft provides guidance for those planning to roll out major Windows security update immediately.
From the business wires this week: extending USB devices; handheld wireless analyzer from Comarco; iSCCI-based SAN for small/medium businesses; PDF conversion tool.
Microsoft exam targeting enterprise architects who use Microsoft Solutions Framework 3.0 slated for beta testing in September.
From the business wires this week: event log auditors, voice and instant messaging tools, and more ways to fight spam, viruses and security loopholes.
Everyone--Microsoft and its customers--needs to get more serious about the virus threat.