August 2004 - You Ask, Ballmer Answers

10 Questions for Microsoft's CEO. Plus: Readers review SMS 2003; a roundup of biometric security products; and a look at Exchange's new spam filter.


A Virtual Machine Primer

Virtual PC software can ease migration and give any robust machine multiple personalities. Here’s what you need to know to take full advantage.

Hosted Exchange: Can it Work for You?

If you don't have the time, money or manpower to run your own messaging environment, it may be time to consider hosted Exchange.

Reviews Are in: SMS 2003 Is a Hit

Microsoft's latest version of Systems Management Server includes a bevy of new features that early users say save them time and money.

Put Your Finger on Proper Security

A roundup of five biometric products that go the extra security mile—for when passwords alone aren't enough.

A Virtual Shootout

EMC's virtual machine software edges out Microsoft's in overall features.

Protection Through Isolation

This admin got a shock when he discovered that usernames and passwords for his new employer's sensitive documents were being sent in cleartext. Fortunately, he was able to see the forest for the trees.

Book Reviews

An Expert's Guide to Total Network Security

A concise, once-over book for the security novice and expert.

The Ultimate Administrator's Repair Manual

Your time is valuable, so keep your search for troubleshooting solutions short and just buy this book.

Barney's Rubble

Welcome to REDMOND Magazine, Part 2

Coming in October: More of the same, but more and better.

Boswell's Q&A

Windows 2003 Migration, in a Nutshell

Reader wants the simplest path to upgrade to Windows Server 2003 and Exchange 2003.

Same Access Tokens, Same Privileges

The magic behind simple access tokens.

Daydreaming Laptops

Windows XP laptops continue to "sleep" from Standby mode.

RPC Over HTTP Reloaded

Readers ask for a good resource on configuring this useful but confusing feature of Exchange 2003.

Stalled Exchange 2000 Setup

Migration to Exchange 2000 seems to go fine, but setup comes to a screeching halt for this admin.

Call Me Certifiable

The Pain of Exams

Compared to the technology that's being tested, test center technology can seem outright medieval.

Certified Mail

Certified Mail: August 2004

Ensuring the strength of your users' passwords; using IE as a workaround for file management; is moving from desktop support to network admin a step up?

Marching Orders

Two are Better Than One

It's time to make the move to two-factor authentication.

Mr. Script

Many IPs, One NIC? No Problem.

If you've been wanting to bind multiple IP addresses to a single NIC, now you can.

Security Advisor

On the Offensive

It's time to become proactive about stopping computer crime.


Creating a "Super" MMC

Manage your server network with a customized Microsoft Management Console.

Tips and Tricks

GPO Treasures

A bevy of often-overlooked settings are available in Group Policy Objects.

Windows Insider

Testing Exchange's New Spam Filter

In spite of its shortcomings, you can't beat the price of Microsoft's Intelligent Message Filter.

Windows Tip Sheet

Up and Over the Windows Firewall

Skirting the built-in, protective barrier known as Windows XP SP 2.

System Restore, Virus Restore...Same Thing

A scriptable way to keep clients updated and virus-free.

Secure, Safe, Feature-Laden Web Browsing

Alternatives to the standard IE.


MCT Rewards Saves Students 25 Percent on Exam Fees

Microsoft and Pearson Vue is lending some financial support to certification candidates in indirect ways, through the Second-Shot and MCT Rewards programs.

IT Weekly Roundup, August 20

From the business wires this week: Updated installation, compression tools, plus products that support new Sender ID specifications to battle phishing scams and spam.

TALK TO REDMOND MAGAZINE: Negotiating With Microsoft!

Your tips on how to save money on Microsoft software.

IT Weekly Roundup, August 12

From the business wires this week: Two companies put support behind Microsoft's Virtual Disk Service; high-availability tool and a slew of security tools get updated.

Orphanware: Stuck With It?

TALK TO REDMOND MAGAZINE: If you bet the farm -- or even just a bushel of beans -- on software from a vendor that later went belly-up, we want to hear about it.

Windows XP SP2 Now Available for Download

Microsoft provides guidance for those planning to roll out major Windows security update immediately.

IT Tools Roundup, August 6

From the business wires this week: extending USB devices; handheld wireless analyzer from Comarco; iSCCI-based SAN for small/medium businesses; PDF conversion tool.

New Exam Aimed at MSF 3.0 Experts

Microsoft exam targeting enterprise architects who use Microsoft Solutions Framework 3.0 slated for beta testing in September.

IT Weekly Roundup, July 31

From the business wires this week: event log auditors, voice and instant messaging tools, and more ways to fight spam, viruses and security loopholes.

A Trustworthy Response?

Everyone--Microsoft and its customers--needs to get more serious about the virus threat.

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