December 2004 - You're Fired

Get rid of dead weight systems with our three-part consolidation guide. Plus: Beta Man finds gold in Yukon; remote scripting for SP2; and find out how you can determine your real ROI.


New Password Mantra: Go Long

New hacking methods make short passwords unsafe, but Microsoft makes it tough to go long. Her's how to forge an effective policy.

E-Mail Central

Exchange 2003 allows for a more consolidated e-mail architecture. Here's how to pull it off.

10 Ways to Debunk ROI Claims

Vendors have lots of ways to manipulate ROI data to their advantage, making it seem as if every product is the answer to your IT prayers. Don't believe the hype.

Storage Gets Slim

Forget about low-carb diets. Storage consolidation is the new craze hitting the fat-conscious world.

You're Fired

Ditch your server dead weight: Consolidate to streamline management.

Product Reviews

ISA Server at Your Service

The latest incarnation of Microsoft's primary firewall offering is more secure and easier to use.

One-Stop Shopping for Desktop Management

PC-Duo is a veritable Swiss Army knife of management utilities.

Barney's Rubble

WinFS: It's Back!

Too many versions of Windows adds to the burden of support.

Beta Man

Finding Gold in Yukon

Not your father's SQL Server, administrators will find comfort in Yukon, while developers are left out in the cold.

Letters to Redmond

Readers Respond December 2004

Reader's sound off on Microsoft's Software Assurance program, product coverage and what others had to say about the Salary Survey.

Mr. Script

Remote Scripting for SP2

Is Windows XP SP2 bringing your remote admin scripts down? Mr. Script has the answer you've been looking for.


Living the Sweet Life After Microsoft

Where are they now?

Tips and Tricks

Help for Lost Files

Windows Server 2003's Volume Shadow Copy Service will help admins get off the restore treadmill.


IT Weekly Roundup, Dec. 17

From the business wires this week: anti-spyware solutions, Power over Ethernet media converters, and updated virtual machine software.

New Exams Target Competencies

Microsoft has released several exams aimed not at making MCPs; rather, these ones measure competencies of Microsoft Certified Partner members.

IT Weekly Roundup, Dec. 10

From the business wires this week: a firewall for education networks, a USB fingerprint reader for printing, and a man skates across the U.S. to meet Bill Gates.

Half Off E-Learning Courses Until January

Microsoft offering many Windows 2003 and Exchange e-learning courses at discount for limited time.

IT Weekly Roundup, Dec. 3

From the business wires this week: a Wi-Fi firewall, Web content management solution and more Intel Xeon servers.

Free Online Exam Prep for MCDST

For a limited time, Microsoft is making its online exam preparation clinic for the MCDST exams free for a limited time.

The Road to Istanbul

Live Communications Server 2005 is barely off the drawing board.

Microsoft's Dominance Under Attack

As 2004 comes to a close, Microsoft faces small but growing threats around the edges of its desktop monopoly.

The Young Turk of Firefox

A Q & A with Blake Ross, lead architect of the Firefox browser.

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