April 2004 - Outsourced Nation

Exchange Server 2003 Migration Tools, TechNet In-depth, Event Log Secrets


Outsourced Worker: How Do You Stack Up?

Chances are, you work for a company that’s involved in outsourcing in some form. The question you need to answer for yourself is whether that’s such a bad thing.

TechNet In-Depth

Sure, you can do Knowledge Base searches online. But there’s plenty more that TechNet offers.

The Fast Road to Exchange Server 2003

You'll never truly see the beauty of Exchange 2003 unless you migrate. Here are five tools to make that move quicker and easier.

The Mystery of the Event Logs

Knowing what’s in your Event Logs is a key to knowing what your servers are doing. Here’s how to make sense of them.

Book Reviews

Passing Exam 70-290 the Syngress Way

This book released last year is designed to help IT pros prepare to pass the new Windows Server 2003 networking certification exam.

The Sybex Guide to Surviving Exam 70-290

This Sybex book will help you prepare to pass the new Windows Server 2003 administration certification exam.

Exam Reviews

70-271: Desktop Support Challenge

This exam tests your work with XP installations, gaining access to resources, hardware, the desktop and user environments and network protocols and services.

70-272: Application Support Challenge

This exam tests your work with XP installations, gaining access to resources, hardware, the desktop and user environments and network protocols and services.

Product Reviews

VPN-ing Made Easy

Celestix takes the pain out of virtual networking.

Citrix Fine-Tunes a Winning Formula

MetaFrame suite is all you need for terminal services.

Boswell's Q&A

Optimizing Exchange Memory Usage

How Exchange 2000 is like your two-year-old.

Server Coexistence

Who gave this reader the silly idea that Windows 2000 and Windows 2003 can't live within the same domain?

The Island Effect

Reader has trouble with DCs looking within when doing DNS lookups.

Call Me Certifiable

How PowerPoint Is Like Melvin

Why some things--and people--are just unlikable.

Certified Mail

Anonymous User Control; Magic of RPC; Storm Stories; more

Editor's Desk

Reality Bites

How does outsourcing--or how will it--affect you?

Mr. Script

Event Log Dissection

You can use a script to compile log info into a file for closer examination.

Security Advisor

14 Reasons To Reconsider Software Restrictions

Software Restriction Policies is a terrific new security tool—if you know what it can’t do, as well as what it can.

Tips and Tricks

Remote Shutdown

This script allows logoff and shut down of remote users.

Windows Insider

Making the Connection

Using the Active Directory Connector is an effective way to move your legacy Exchange environment to a new Exchange 2003 setup.

Windows Tip Sheet

Seriously, Least Access

Run legacy apps without hitting the security barrier.

Security, Security, Security

Ports are a good way in, and often remain unchecked.


IT Weekly Roundup, April 29

From the business wires this week: hosted solutions for Microsoft SQL Server 2000 and SharePoint, a one-touch backup and recovery external hard drive, and a 2.5TB NDAS storage unit.

Texas D.A. Won't Prosecute Alleged Braindumper

Judge orders assets returned; Microsoft considering civil charges.

Assessing Your Desktop Support Skills

Microsoft, MeasureUp team up to provide desktop support assessments.

Reminder: Developer Exams in Beta Next Week

Qualified MCSD candidates can take new security-based developer exams for free; exams set for April 21 beta testing.

Field Report: TechMentor 2004 New Orleans

MCP Magazine's TechMentor lured hundreds of Windows IT professionals to the bayou for five days of in-depth learning, product demos, networking, and plenty of fancy eating.

Microsoft on Its Security Response

MCP Magazine asked Stephen Toulouse, security program manager, Microsoft Security Response Center, about the flaw and resulting controversy about the time delay.

Kentucky Schools Upgrade Finished

Completed: Kentucky Education migrates, streamlines NT 4.0 systems to Windows Server 2003.

Gartner Still Expects Interim Windows Before Longhorn

Microsoft is more likely than not to ship an interim client operating system before the release of Longhorn, a Gartner analyst predicted.

Test Your Exchange 2003 Design Skills

Exam 70-285 now available for MCSE: Messaging on Windows 2003 candidates.

Mixed Bag: Gates on Windows R&D, EU Decision, Outsourcing

Gartner's ITXpo features Microsoft chairman Bill Gates in keynote interview on Windows research spending, the EU Commission fine, and the company's outsourcing philosophy.

Microsoft Has Law on Its Side After Code Leak

Code might be viewable, but intellectual property laws prevent its use by legitimate software companies, says expert.

Windows XP to Go One More Round?

Possible Windows XP Reloaded to follow mid-year release of XP SP2.

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