November 2002 - Your .NET Decision

Windows .NET Server Migration Considerations. Plus: 70-310 VB.NET/XML Exam reviewed; Novell NDS to Active Directory migration; Group Policy and Windows XP; what's new in network interface cards; more.


What’s New With NICs

Evolutionary, rather than revolutionary, current network interface cards offer increased speed, better CPU utilization and specialized functionality.

Tough Migration Moves

Migrating from Novell Directory Services to Active Directory is hard work. This article explains how to assess your current situation, formulate an action plan and specify features for third-party help.

The Shadow-Copy Knows

Volume Shadow Copy, another new Windows .NET feature, shifts the burden of backups and restores back to users.

Group Policy XPerience

You can do more with Group Policy in Windows XP than in Windows 2000 Professional. Here’s a guide to the changes.

.NET Leap of Faith

Release of Windows .NET Server is getting close. Should your company consider moving? Windows Insider Bill Boswell makes a case for the upgrade to Microsoft’s newest operating system.

User Administrators: More Efficient Management

.NET sports features that'll streamline lower-level admin tasks.

Salary Surveys

Certified Mail

Licensing confusion, and more salary survey feedback.

Book Reviews

Exchange 2000 for the Big Guys

Scaling Microsoft Exchange 2000 is a pragmatic guide to designing large implementations.

Best Defense

What's going on in your network? Who can you trust? Take a look at Hackproofing Your Network and find out just how vulnerable you may be.

Exam Reviews

70-310: Servicing The Web

You can build Web services and the components that keep them running with Visual Basic. This exam pushes you to know your tools really well.

Product Reviews

XMLSpy 5

Quick Control

NetSupport Manager makes remote administration simple.

PC Ground Control

PC-Duo Enterprise provides comprehensive configuration management for enterprise networks.

Reunited, With Style

PerfectDisk 2000 puts your hard drive back in harmony.

Powerful Management

SiteKeeper helps admins maintain software control.

Getting It Right

ScriptLogic configures desktops, launches apps and more.

Call Me Certifiable

Unified Storage Mirage

Each new version of Windows seems to introduce a new file system. Is Longhorn the end of it?

Drill Down

VPNs: How Private Are They?

CyberGatekeeper Remote Policy Enforcer keeps your users in compliance and your network secure.

Editor's Desk

Real World

Helping others get more than a foot in the IT door.

Mr. Script

Welcome to Your Nightmare

Audit the software on users' machines with this month's handy script.

Professionally Speaking

Resumé Makeover

This month, Greg takes a reader’s resumé and gives it a fresh look.

Résumé Makeover

This month, Steve takes a reader’s résumé and gives it a fresh look.

Security Advisor

Domain Controller Lockdown

Implement Group Policy to automate the process of locking down domain controllers.

Windows Foundation

Hello, It's IP Telephony

IP telephony is no longer just for companies that do a lot of geographically disparate work. Our columnist gives you the long-distance view.


Numbers Game

"MCP By The Numbers," a monthly update of Microsoft certification that we published in the magazine, now appears on Microsoft's MCP Web site. The numbers show up with a few interesting discrepancies.

MCTs Allege CTEC Rip-off

A CTEC in Florida is under the gun from a number of MCTs who say they haven’t been paid for work done.

Microsoft Says Security Emphasis is Paradigm Shift

Security remains a hot-button issue for Microsoft, as Brian Valentine, senior vice president for Windows, touted Redmond's new “hard" approach to software development.

Microsoft's Online Support Program: Ends Nov. 1

For a limited time, Microsoft offers rapid online support for selected Microsoft products, including SQL Server 2000 and Windows 2000 Server. Cost of support: $99.

6 Electives Added to MCDBA Title

Microsoft allows MCAD/MCSD.NET core exams to count toward elective credit for MCDBA title.

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