December 2003 - Products You Love: The tools and products that readers have chosen.

Plus: Server Migration; Security with URLScan; MCSA/MCSE Lab; more



Your company is not keen on you honing your IT skills on its WAN for good reason. Building a lab is the next best thing. Here's how.

Security with UrlScan

UrlScan is an invaluable security tool for Web sites. Although IIS 6.0 incorporates some of its functionality, it’s still useful for IIS 6.0 sites—and critical for older versions of IIS.

Products You Love!

You're the ultimate authority for keeping your network up and running. You've carefully chosen tools that help you most and products you can't live without. Here are your choices for 2003's best of the best.

Server Migration: Moving from Here to There

Migrating servers, users and resources from Windows NT to Windows Server 2003 was a big challenge for our fictional hero. We review a number of third-party tools to help ease his pain.

Book Reviews

Pocket Protection for Windows 2003

Day-to-day admin duties spelled out in detail in 285 short, narrow pages.

Exam Reviews

70-292: An Administrator's View of Windows Server 2003

This exam covers lots of Windows 2003 ground, including new security, backup and recover, and software updating methods.

70-296: The Systems Engineer Challenge

This MCSE upgrade exam will test your Windows 2003 expertise, especially in the areas of DNS, group policies, trusts and Active Directory maintenance.

Product Reviews

Fax Management for the Enterprise

Brooktrout’s TruFax is Windows Server 2003-certified.

Remote Control Done Right

Seeing the whole picture with NetSupport 8.1.

One Sweet Information Suite

This Ecora suite documents like a dream.

Microsoft's Free AD Migration Tool Shines

While commercial product boast bells and whistles, Microsoft's free tool gets the job done.

Boswell's Q&A

RISky Business

Remote Installation Services allows for easy creation of computer names containing MAC addresses.

Lost in a Sea of Attributes

Forget who has access to which services? Find your way back with the LDAP Browser.

Minding the E-Mail

Legal issues aside, here's one way to audit Exchange 5.5 user mailbox usage on the down-low.

Weighty Decision in an Exchange/Windows Upgrade

Upgrading from Windows NT 4.0/Exchange 5.5 to Windows Server 2003/Exchange 2003? Simplify your decisionmaking and choose the ADC method.

Call Me Certifiable

He Shoots, He Scores

How we're being tested—now and in the future.

Certified Mail

Reader Feedback: December 2003

Plenty to say about board certs; small tales enjoyed

Editor's Desk

Unifying the Storm

Could WinFS be the salvation?

Mr. Script

No More Prying Eyes

Encoding scripts to prevent unauthorized access.

Security Advisor

Giving Them the (Small) Business

Microsoft's Small Business Server 2003 is a big leap forward for security.

Tips and Tricks

New & Improved

These features require a little work, but are worth it.

Windows Insider

Be the Exchange Server

By trying to think like an Exchange Server, you can learn the ins and outs of the SMTP protocol.


Ask Steve Ballmer

MCP Magazine is lining up an interview with the feisty and always outspoken Microsoft president and CEO Steve Ballmer.

Project Management Exam Heads to Beta

Microsoft's exam for project management experts faces scrutiny of beta testers December 19 to January 9.

Exam for SBS 2003 Goes Live

Exam 70-282, aimed at Small Business Server implementers, now available.

Designing Security Exam Now Available

MCSE: Security specialization exam 70-298 to be released December 15.

Long Road to Longhorn

Why is Microsoft talking up a desktop OS that's two years away from delivery? In some ways, it's by design.

The Value of the New Desktop Cert

MCDST: Another valuable way to validate your skills for a job, or more meaningless certification alphabet soup from Microsoft?

Beta Testing for Enterprise Project Management Exam Next Week

Project management-based exam from Microsoft beta testing from Dec. 8 to Jan. 2, 2004.

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