February 2003 - Build a Better Web Structure

Inside IIS 6.0; Web-based Monitoring Tools; Microsoft Operations Manager; 70-300 Analyzing Requirements Exam; MCSA Growth; Wireless Networking


While You Were Sleeping

Tired of 3 a.m. trips to the office? Enjoy a good night’s rest with these five Web-based monitoring tools.

MOM—Everything Windows Including the Kitchen Sink

Committed to a true Microsoft monitoring solution? Microsoft Operations Manager 2000 may be for you.

IIS 6.0 Mature at Last

Microsoft’s Internet Information Server has struggled with performance and security issues its whole life. The latest version, though, shows just how far the Web server has come.

Book Reviews

Simple Solutions

The Windows XP/2000 Answer Book brings complex topics into focus.

XP Basics

Windows XP Professional Network Administration is best suited for neophytes

Exam Reviews

70-300: Architectural Artistry

This Microsoft exam challenges you in areas such as envisioning solutions, gathering and analyzing business requirements; developing specs; more.

Product Reviews

PocketDBA 2.0

Handy DBA tool for handhelds.

Opera 7

Enough look-and-feel improvements to contend with the best browsers.


Upper-crust code generator.

Groove 2.5

Peer-to-peer collaboration tool gets better.

Web-Based Monitoring A La Carte

IPSentry has a bevy of features that you can buy as needed; what's lacking is a Web-based administration interface.

Simplicity Has Its Advantages

What VisualPulse 3.0 lacks in sexiness, it makes up for in features.

Get Prepped

Self Test's MCSE exam tools help get you ready for the real thing.

ipMonitor: Excels at Ease of Use

DeepMetrix's Web-based monitoring tool is easy to use and set up, and comes with a comprehensive set of monitors.

Help on the Way

RoboHelp Office X3 can make help apps a snap.

Seeing Outside Your Scope

SiteScope 7.5 can monitor services and applications that reside even outside the reach of your domain.

Monitoring at Your Service

InfoCare 3.5's hardware/service combination comes with live assitance to help you get what you need out of Web-based monitoring.

File Resurrection

Undelete 3.0 can bring a dead file back to life.

Call Me Certifiable

Of Profit and Pickles

OK, so maybe Licensing 6.0 wasn't such a stupid idea after all.

Certified Mail

Certified Mail: February 2003

Scripting tools; upgrading to .NET; .NET by any other name.

Drill Down

Demystifying the WAN

Sangoma’s WAN EduKit puts experience in your hands.

Editor's Desk

Vertical Limit

Tech workers span the spectrum of industry, from fast food to furniture.

Mr. Script

Frag Out!

When it comes to sluggish hard drives, this handy script will help keep you moving.

Professionally Speaking

Ethics Are for Everyone

This month, our columnists address the role of ethics in the IT industry.

Security Advisor

Protect Your PDAs, PDQ!

You know about security for networks and laptops. But what about security for hand-helds? What? You don't have a plan?

Windows Foundation

Hi-Wireless Act

It's a confusing wireless world out there. We sort through the protocols that are gaining momentum.

Windows Insider

Installation With RIS

In the last of his two-part series on Windows 2000 Server installations, Bill tackles the complexities of Remote Installation Services.


Microsoft Releases Details on New Exams for MCSE on Windows Server 2003 Track

The company has modified the requirements of its certification programs for the MCSE and MCSA on Windows Server 2003 and provided an upgrade path for people certified on Windows 2000.

Free Voucher for 70-300 Exam

Microsoft to offer MCSD on Microsoft .NET candidates one free chance to take key required exam. Offer good until Sept. 30, 2003.

70-300 Analyzing .NET Requirements Debuts Next Week

Anyone for MCSD on .NET? Exam 70-300, Analyzing Requirements and Defining .NET Solution Architectures, the final exam requirement for this premium title, is expected to be released next week, possibly

CertCities: "Braindump" Site Owner Sentenced

Robert Keppel to get prison time, ordered to pay half a million in restitution to Microsoft Corp.

Office, Developer Training Now Offered Through IT Academy

IT Academy rolls out training for Microsoft Office Specialist and Microsoft Certified Application Developer certifications to participating schools.

Windows Server Undergoes Name Change—Again

Microsoft announces that it's dropping ".NET" from name of upcoming network operating system family of products as release date looms.

Two Microsoft Titles in Hottest Certs List

MCDBA, MCSA make list of CertCities.com's top 10 list of “Hottest Certifications for 2003.”

MCSA Sees Significant Growth in First Year

The past year saw the introduction of two new Microsoft certifications, and one grew by leaps and bounds in its first 12 months.

Change in Format for Knowledge Base Articles

In an effort to standardize naming conventions for its technical articles, Microsoft has eliminated the letters at the beginning of the article identifiers.

Poll: Most Agree With Decision on Certification Changes

Despite initial flood of negative comments, respondents to a poll on MCSA/MCSE program changes overwhelmingly positive.

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