February 2002 - Serving Up the Enterprise

Special report on the latest .NET server products. Plus: IIS monitoring tools; Application Center exam reviewed; securing remote access with WMI; a developer's look at .NET.


Mobile Information Server: Unfulfilled Promise

Although Mobile Information Server works well, it’s too hobbled by limited interoperability with other Non-WAP devices and application support.

BizTalk Server: Putting B2B to Work

BizTalk Server 2000 gets closer to B2B application integration.

Application Center 2000: Super Glue

Application Center 2000 isn’t the best known of Microsoft’s .NET servers, but if you run a Web or server farm, it can be indispensable.

Content Management Server: Functionality—for a Price

Content Management Server 2001 provides a structured approach to managing Internet and intranet site content.

Commerce Server: Worth a Look

Once you get past the onerous installation requirements, Commerce Server 2000 can help make you a player in the e-business game.

Serving Up the Enterprise

Microsoft’s been releasing new server products at a dizzying rate for the past year. Confused by all the choices? Let us add some clarity to your search.

Souping Up Your IIS Server

Strengthen your infrastructure for serious IIS use with these monitoring and analysis tools.

SharePoint Portal Server: Cool Tool

The Microsoft Answer for finding a needle in a haystack.

Salary Surveys

What, You Got a Problem?! Call for Questions....

MCP Magazine's writers and editors turn their attention to solving your problems -- technical and professional.

Microsoft Certification Price Jumps

U.S. pricing for Microsoft exams through Prometric and VUE testing centers has increased 25 percent, to $125.

Book Reviews


Follows the 70-210 exam objectives, but we've seen better guides out there.

Foil those Hackers!

A valuable reference with a bit too much filler.

Reducing TCO with Win2K

A great reference for the experienced admin—a must read for the new Windows 2000 admin.

Build Remote Access in a Day

Good case studies, technical errors might mean you'll need an extra day.

The Practical SQL Handbook

"Using SQL Variants" doesn't mean what you might think.

Product Reviews

Review: AQTest

Software testing made easy and inexpensive.

Review: TextPipe Pro

A snazzy tool for making wholesale textual changes to a group of files.

Review: IP*Works! V5 VB Edition

IP controls that you can drop into your projects.

Review: Data On The Run

Need Pocket Access? Here's an interim solution.

Total Access Statistics

Crunch numbers like a statistics expert.

Need More Speed? Of Course!

FatPipe is the easy way to add bandwidth, without complexity.

Lanovation Cooks Up Tasty Installs

Prism Deploy can fill the gaps in your deployment solution.

Drive Protection Without Backups

System Guardian provides real-time data security.

Get the Goods on a Running Server

eMon helps with the daily chores.

How Much is Too Much?

WCAT can answer that question.

What's in Your IIS logs?

WebTrends can deliver information that you didn't even know you were collecting.

Web Site Change Management

Keeping track of changes to Web sites can be of a great importance, a good reason to put SiteRecorder to work for you.

Keep an Eye on Your Web Site in Real Time

IISTracer helps spot questionable activity fast.

Web Recovery

Protect Your Web site from defacement.

Call Me Certifiable

.NET? .Not!

Remember the wave of dot-bomb failures? You ain’t seen nothing yet.

Certified Mail

Certified Mail, Feb. 2002

Security risks, the "right" security policy, and certification as a foot in the career door.

Drill Down

Are Two Better Than One?

Two books from Coriolis help prep you for the same ISA Server exam. Question: Why did they do it that way?

Editor's Desk

What’s New with the Directory

Changes are afoot to make Active Directory more flexible.

Mr. Script

.WSF: The Final Frontier

After this last lesson—which looks at the flexibility of Runtime tags—you’ll be ready to bravely face bold, new scripts.

Professionally Speaking

Is Project Management in Your Future?

This month, Greg and Steve discuss the pros and cons of taking a leadership role on your company’s next project.

Security Advisor

Securing Remote Management with WMI

Writing scripts for remote computer management can save man-hours and shoe leather. But like any part of Windows, it has to be properly secured, or you risk opening up your network to the bad guys.

SQL Insider

Make Your Security Access-Friendly

Try this trick to give user the permission they need to update SQL Server records via Microsoft Access.

Windows Insider

Family Inheritance

Knowing how NTFS passes down file access attributes would have helped one systems administrator avoid exile to the basement. It could do the same for you.


Microsoft Details New Developer Certifications

At the VSLive Conference in San Francisco, Microsoft has released official details on its long-awaited certifications.

July 2003: End of Line for Windows NT

Windows NT, one of the most important products in Microsoft’s 25-year history, will be officially laid to rest July 1, 2003.

Almost a Third of Windows 2000 Shops Not Using AD

Out of 1,139 votes, 61 percent of respondents who had migrated to Win2K had moved to Active Directory.

Windows XP Administration Pack Released

Beta version of an admin pack lets IT administrators manage Windows 2000 Server, .NET Servers from XP.

Academic Training Revamped

Microsoft no longer offers the Authorized Academic Training Provider (AATP) program as of this year; company replaces it with the Microsoft IT Academy.

Pass/Fail Study

If you’re part of a training center that offers on-site testing, MCP Magazine invites you to take part in a research project to evaluate pass/fail rates for exams.

Microsoft: No Separate Security Certification

Microsoft's emphasis on trustworthy computing doesn’t mean its certification group will be adding a security-specific credential in the near future.

Windows .NET Exams in Pipeline

Microsoft is on schedule to release its Windows .NET exams at about the same time the products themselves are released-whenever that is.

Accelerated Exam Was "Learning Experience" for Microsoft

Redmond may introduce more "composite" tests in future, says Microsoft's certification group.

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