January 2005 - Best of the Best
The 2005 Readers' Choice Awards: More than 2,000 readers pick favorites in 42 product categories. Plus: a roundup of IDSes, a look at Microsoft's MOM 2005 and spam's new nemesis, Sender ID.
We test three software-based intrusion detection systems that can help alert you when you've got barbarians at the gate.
Fighting spam requires authenticating e-mail addresses on the fly. Despite igniting a battle of its own, the Microsoft-backed Sender ID spec
is shaping up as the best option.
SQL Server Reporting Services earns solid if not stellar marks from early adopters—and you can't beat the price.
2005 Redmond Magazine Readers' Choice Survey: Find out how your favorite tool fared as nearly 2,200 readers pick their favorites in more than 40 product categories.
The newest version of MOM not only tracks all sorts of performance data, but also helps you put it in perspective.
Doug Barney contemplates Microsoft's domination of PC design, its Passport technology and the new Acoona.com search engine.
MSH offers a powerful new approach to Windows command-line scripting.
Letters to Redmond
Readers sound off on password security, remote scripting and bargaining with Microsoft.
Build scripts that work more like applications so you can monitor progress and display results in a formatted manner.
Available now, DomainKeys is one promising entry into the fight against spam.
A little humor for the holiday season.
Tips and Tricks
With Windows 2003, you can use the Encryption File Systems to give multiple users access to the same encrypted files.
Follow these steps and have your users logging on at their Linux/Unix desktops with their Windows accounts.
From the business wires this week: a policy compliance solution, Group Policy security and admin tools, and a network protocols handbook.
Latest version of educational portal solution is cool for school.
Competency exam for Microsoft partners tasked with building Windows-based systems officially debuts Wednesday.
Eleventh year of Microsoft MVP program recognizes professionals in eight more countries. Also: Microsoft Office Outlook Live.
From the business wires this week: a solution to launch applications remotely but securely, a remote PC management suite, and more.
Exam released at private sales partner summit in Seattle.
Promotion is extension of program that's been available to Cisco Academy students.
From the business wires this week: security tool for finding info holes on Web sites, hosted messaging and collaboration solution and a blazingly fast SATA hard drive.
From the business wires this week: Microsoft's antispyware, Xbox 2, management solutions, developer tools and a portable magneto-optical drive.
Call for Comments: Redmond wants to know what value you place on Software Assurance.
Rapid-fire releases to include SP1, x64, R2 and the Longhorn Beta.
Microsoft once again extends custom support contract provisions for large NT 4.0 Server users and throws an unintended bone to smaller shops.