December 2004 - You're Fired
Get rid of dead weight systems with our three-part consolidation guide. Plus: Beta Man finds gold in Yukon; remote scripting for SP2; and find out how you can determine your real ROI.
New hacking methods make short passwords unsafe, but Microsoft makes it tough to go long. Her's how to forge an effective policy.
Vendors have lots of ways to manipulate ROI data to their advantage, making it seem as if every product is the answer to your IT prayers. Don't believe the hype.
Ditch your server dead weight: Consolidate to streamline management.
Exchange 2003 allows for a more consolidated e-mail architecture. Here's how to pull it off.
Forget about low-carb diets. Storage consolidation is the new craze hitting the fat-conscious world.
The latest incarnation of Microsoft's primary firewall offering is more secure and easier to use.
PC-Duo is a veritable Swiss Army knife of management utilities.
Too many versions of Windows adds to the burden of support.
Not your father's SQL Server, administrators will find comfort in Yukon, while developers are left out in the cold.
Letters to Redmond
Reader's sound off on Microsoft's Software Assurance program, product coverage and what others had to say about the Salary Survey.
Is Windows XP SP2 bringing your remote admin scripts down? Mr. Script has the answer you've been looking for.
Tips and Tricks
Windows Server 2003's Volume Shadow Copy Service will help admins get off the restore treadmill.
From the business wires this week: anti-spyware solutions, Power over Ethernet media converters, and updated virtual machine software.
Microsoft has released several exams aimed not at making MCPs; rather, these ones measure competencies of Microsoft Certified Partner members.
From the business wires this week: a firewall for education networks, a USB fingerprint reader for printing, and a man skates across the U.S. to meet Bill Gates.
Microsoft offering many Windows 2003 and Exchange e-learning courses at discount for limited time.
From the business wires this week: a Wi-Fi firewall, Web content management solution and more Intel Xeon servers.
For a limited time, Microsoft is making its online exam preparation
clinic for the MCDST exams free for a limited time.
Live Communications Server 2005 is barely off the drawing board.
As 2004 comes to a close, Microsoft faces small but growing threats around the edges of its desktop monopoly.
A Q & A with Blake Ross, lead architect of the Firefox browser.