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.


Editor's Choice: Active Directory Management and Migration

Winner: Full Armor Software FAZAM 2000 3

Honorable Mention: Aelita Controlled Migration Suite

Editor's Choice: Exchange Anti-Virus

Winner: GFI Ltd. MailEssentials for Exchange/SMTP 7

Honorable Mention: Network Associates McAfee GroupShield

Editor's Choice: Scripting

Winner: Sapien Technologies Primalscript

Honorable Mention: Adersoft VbsEdit

Editor's Choice: Windows 2000 Administration

Winner: Microsoft Press Windows 2000 Resource Kit

Honorable Mention: Aelita Software Aelita ERDisk

Editor's Choice: Backup

Winner: CommVault Systems Galaxy

Honorable Mention: Ultrabac Software UltraBac 7

Editor's Choice: DNS Name Resolution

Winner: Visualware VisualRoute 6.1a

Honorable Mention: Nessoft Ping Plotter

Editor's Choice: Security

Winner: @stake LC4

Honorable Mention: Microsoft Corp. MSDN Universal Subscription

Editor's Choice: Training

Winner: DameWare Development DameWare NT Utilities

Honorable Mention: VMware Workstation

Hacking SQL Server

SQL Injection is a fairly new method of hacking your database. Learn how it’s done—and how to protect yourself.

Editor's Choice: IIS Monitoring

Winner: Parker Software Ltd. Who's On

Honorable Mention: NetIQ WebTrends

Editor's Choice: Products We Love

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.

Editor's Choice: NT 4.0 to Windows Migration

Winner: Tranxition Software Personality Tranxport Professional 3.0

Honorable Mention: Altiris eXpress Migration Suite

Editor's Choice: Defragmentation

Winner: O&O Software O&O Defrag 4 Professional

Honorable Mention: Executive Software Diskeeper


Update: MCSA Training Kit Includes Exam Discount

Microsoft Press is offering VUE testing discounts in selected MCSA/MCSE certification titles. Discount vouchers can be used until Dec. 31, 2003.

.NET Server MCSE and MCSA Plans Changed

Expect the unexpected: Key certification track to be retooled for 2003, which may affect current MCSA/MCSE candidates.

Microsoft Offers Upgrade Path to MCSE on .NET

The company expects to furnish details on an upgrade path for MCSA/MCSE on Windows 2000 in early 2003.

Training, Certification Contribution Lower in 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.

Hiring Outlook for IT Workers Remains Gloomy

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.

SMS Server Gets Overhaul; Feature Packs Released

Systems Management Server 2003, in beta now, to be integrated into .NET. universe.

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