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.


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

Editor's Choice: Security

Winner: @stake LC4

Honorable Mention: Microsoft Corp. MSDN Universal Subscription

Editor's Choice: DNS Name Resolution

Winner: Visualware VisualRoute 6.1a

Honorable Mention: Nessoft Ping Plotter

Editor's Choice: Training

Winner: DameWare Development DameWare NT Utilities

Honorable Mention: VMware Workstation

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: 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

Book Reviews

AD for the Novice

Mission-Critical Active Directory addresses the intricacies of this complex topic.

Exam Reviews

70-305: Web Woes

Knowledge of Web technologies is imperative to your success with Visual Studio .NET. Here’s the exam that’ll help you prove your expertise.

Product Reviews

No-Fuss Installation Work

InstallShield Developer has too much power? Try the Express version.

Catch-All IDE

dbPal Universal attempts total drag-and-drop development.

Mapping the PC Genome

Desktop DNA delivers enterprise-wide system migrations.

Never Forget a Backup

Peer Software's Save-N-Sync simplifies a tedious task.

Take Control of Your Network

Lightspeed Total Traffic Control puts you back in charge.

Get a Handle on Logons

Thwart lockouts with UserLock v2.2.

Control Your Metadata

Make sure the information you distribute is only what you really want out there.

Call Me Certifiable

What’s in a name?

If Redmond maintains the trend, rest assured you'll know what to call "Longhorn."

Certified Mail

December 2002

Fashion plate; reading the fine print; demystifying printing for users.

Drill Down

Surfing the Wild Web Responsibly

St. Bernard’s iPrism helps keep employees in check.

Editor's Desk

A Practical Approach

Getting the job done often means accomplishing what you can within the constraints of real-world resources and budgets.

Mr. Script

The Season of Giving (and Taking)

This useful script will make your life easier, but may make you a grinch to your users.

Professionally Speaking

Reflect and Rejuvenate

As 2002 comes to a close, our columnists offer advice on how to succeed, personally as well as professionally, in the coming year.

Security Advisor

A Few of My Favorite Things

So many security toys, so little time.

Windows Foundation

Cross Collaboration

Setting up a common area for sharing resources is easy. Here's how to do it with SharePoint Portal Server.

Windows Insider

A Real-World Upgrade

In the non-Microsoft-exam world, there are serious budget constraints, manpower shortages and management conflicts over upgrading.


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.

SMS Server Gets Overhaul; Feature Packs Released

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

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.

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