August 2003 - 2003 Salary Survey

Plus, software updating tools, Microsoft Licensing 6.0, more.


A Patchwork Quilt

Patch management is no longer a luxury to have a secure network—it’s a necessity. We test six solutions to the problem of knowing whether or not your servers and desktops are up to date.

License, Please...

If you were scared off by Microsoft’s licensing program announcements last year, it may be time to take another look.

Salary Surveys

2003 Salary Survey Extra: What Size of Company Are You In?

Seeking a higher salary? The company you keep can make a bit of difference.

Through the Looking Glass: Raises and How to Get One

Data not published within this year's salary survey points to modest raises expected in the coming year and plans for new jobs.

A Different Take

Many people, many stories.

Book Reviews

A Fast Intro to .NET

Sorting out the story from Redmond

Exam Reviews

70-291: Underpinnings of a Windows 2003 Network

This exam requires you to show expertise with TCP/IP, DNS, DHCP, RRAS and ISA Server-as well as a few services not mentioned on the objectives list.

70-290: Under New Management

Been through exam 70-218? This exam covers a familiar mix of security, permissions, and backup topics, with a heaping scoop of Windows 2003-specific features thrown in.

Product Reviews

Bridging the Gap

Turn Outlook for Web Access into an offline mail reader.

What’s Your Network Doing?

Stay alert with MKS AlertCentre 2.0.

Taming Exchange Security

Configuring permissions with ESRA 2.0.

Who’s Got a Hand in Your Policy?

Policy Auditing with FullArmor’s Fazam Auditing 1.0.

Backup Gets Better

A familiar tool gets a facelift and new functions.

Boswell's Q&A

Sync or Swim

Another look at offline folders that comes with a workaround.

File Sync Malady

Windows 2000 continually updates offline file folders by design—Group Policy plays no part.

Screen Test

Some Group Policy tool tricks for implementing an enterprise-wide screen saver.

Active Directory Design on a Dime

Four forests or one? Four domains or one? The best AD design strives for simple and secure administration.

Call Me Certifiable

Security By Aggravation

How much can you handle to get secure?

Certified Mail

Pricing Politics; Saying Goodbye

Mr. Script

Speaking the Same Language

This month, Chris takes you through a handy script that discovers and enumerates what networking protocols are installed on a host.

Security Advisor

Windows Services à la Carte

Windows Server 2003 installs fewer services by default, and installs others in a disabled state. Here’s a guide to what they do, and whether you might need them or not.

Tips and Tricks

Turbocharge Terminal Services

Here are some tips for keeping disk consuption to a minimum and improving server performance.

Windows Foundation

That First Step Is Tricky

You're responsible for soup-to-nuts implementation of a new system. Before you start, here are a few suggestions to make the project run smoothly.

Windows Insider

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

Windows Server 2003 has a number of differences from Windows 2000 in how it handles DNS queries. They can speed up domain construction and troubleshooting, helping you squeeze more power out of your network.


Training, Cert, TechNet Now Under Microsoft Learning

Microsoft consolidates training, Microsoft Press and Technet development under umbrella of new group headed by Lutz Ziob.

Exam Score Reports Are Back!

Based on customer feedback, Microsoft will provide graphical reports to examinees.

Exams 70-290, 70-291 Debut Aug. 14

Microsoft to release key core exams for MCSA/MCSE on Windows Server 2003 track on Thursday.

Exam 70-292 Set for Release August 14

Testing centers will begin accepting registrations Wednesday for 70-292: Managing and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Environment for an MCSA Certified on Windows 2000.

Exam Words to Memorize: Hot Area, Active Screen...

New exams slated for release this year to feature many new testing innovations and improved security.

Desktop Technician Cert on the Way?

Microsoft is reportedly planning to add a new certification title to its stable, this one for desktop support personnel.

MCPs Tackle Windows Server 2003

This year and next will see a major boost in the number of companies trying out Windows Server 2003, especially among those enterprises where MCPs are employed.

July 25: Systems Administrator Appreciation Day!

It's that time of year when those who maintain the hum of the network should stand up and be recognized.

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