September 2003 - Tools for simplifying your AD work

plus network monitoring tools; one consultant's story on a building a server-based network on a shoestring; more.


A Wing and a Prayer

Build a server-based network—including a Web site and e-mail—from scratch for $2,000? For this consultant, that required resourcefulness and some “outside” help.

The 12 Mighty Chores of Active Directory Administration in Depth

Admininstering Active Directory takes some practice. Here are 12 exercises to keep your AD skills limber.

12 Mighty Labors of Active Directory Management

Administering and managing AD encompasses a multitude of activities. Although you can do the job with built-in services and tools, four powerful third-party solutions also want to help.

Active Directory Migration Gets Easier

Microsoft’s recently released Active Directory Migration Tool v2 offers important enhancements over the first version. One of Hewlett-Packard’s top AD experts briefs us on the improvements.

The Treasures of Windows 2000 SP4

Besides amending the EULA to maintain antitrust compliance and adding USB and wireless support, Microsoft rolls up fixes for a slew of performance bugs into its latest service pack.

Attention to Details

These three high-end monitoring tools automate the management of networks with thousands of nodes.

Salary Surveys

Wise Counsel

There is another side of the coin for IT employment.

Book Reviews

Messaging in a Bottle

Mission-Critical Microsoft Exchange 2000 is a must-have for new installs and offers invaluable insight for those who've already done the deed.

Product Reviews

User Manager Pro

This tool leverages group power to ease administration.

Desktop Management, Front and Center

Profile Maker 8 allows for incredibly simple control over your enterprise desktops.

Wireless Outlaws

Learn how to protect yourself with this product.

Administrator’s Pak 4.0

The tools you need to resurrect a dead computer.

Network Traffic Under the Microsope

Get up close and personal with your network's activity with Lightspeed Systems' Total Traffic Control 4.0.

Boswell's Q&A

Solving It with the KnowledgeBase

This column is a lot more fun when readers solve their own problems. Plus, a CAL follow-up.

Brief Lesson on Exchange Licensing

Understand Exchange's per-server vs. per-user licensing implications and you'll save money down the road.

Outlook Exceptions

The Rules cache wasn't made to be broken. A better way to create e-mail filters will come with Outlook 2003.

Call Me Certifiable

Playing the PR Game

And just what do we go through on a daily basis, anyway?

Certified Mail

September 2003

Security Roles, Uniting Technology and Controlling Windows Remotely

Mr. Script

Time Traveling

See how three scripts allow for dealing with restore points remotely.

Security Advisor

Trust in Windows Server 2003

Trusts have changed significantly on Windows Server 2003, including the concept of forest trusts. Here's a primer.

Tips and Tricks

Domain Controllers and Disaster Recovery

It's really easier than you think.

Windows Insider

All About ADAM

Active Directory in Application Mode provides a way to have directory service functionality without needing a domain.


Report: Microsoft Monopoly Puts Computing at Risk

Microsoft's virtual monopoly on the desktop puts networks and computing at large, at grave risk, according to authors of a paper on security.

UPDATE: SBS 2003 Exam in Beta This Week

Microsoft has released latest exam, this time for Small Business Server implementers, to beta testers.

Free MCSD Exam Voucher Offer Deadline Looms

Voucher giveaway for free attempt at 70-300 Analyzing .NET Requirements exam ends Sept. 30.

CERT: Watching the Internet

The nation's IT infrastructure remains safe, thanks in part to the efforts of Carnegie Mellon's Computer Emergency Response Team.

Exchange 2003 Exam Tested This Week

Microsoft sends newest exam, 70-284, Implementing and and Managing Exchange Server 2003, to beta testing.

Cert Group Q&A: Making Progress on Program Improvements

Microsoft's certification group faces its fans and critics, offering insights into the latest program changes.

TechMentor Attendees Bask in Newfound Expertise

Hundreds of Windows IT professionals descended upon sunny San Diego Tuesday for the bi-annual TechMentor conference, put on by Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine.

Small Business Server Gets First Exam

Microsoft will shortly be releasing the first exam for people who want to prove their expertise in Small Business Server 2003.

Microsoft Announces New Version of Security Specialist Titles

In conjunction with new Exchange-based specialist titles announced this morning, the company adds Windows 2003 versions of the security titles.

New MCP Titles Highlight Exchange Expertise

Microsoft adds two new specialist titles to its MCSA/MCSE tracks, follows up with some details on two new Exchange 2003-based exams.

Three More MCSE-Windows 2003 Exams Debut This Week

Two more exams for the Core Exams: Networking Systems portion of Windows 2003 credential, as well as an upgrade exam, go live Thursday.

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