November 2004 - How This Man Saved $1 Million

Patrick Collins negotiated a sweet deal with Microsoft. Learn how you can, too, with our 7 Steps to a Better Bargain. Plus: Avoid the remote access gotchas; find out how drops of honey can lure bad guys into your trap; and seven tools that can help you automate patch management.


ISA 2004 Passes the Test

Early adopters laud GUI, VPN and administration features.

RAP Traps

Remote access policies are at the heart of remote access--and at the root of most problems. Learn how they work and avoid the mistakes that can lock out your remote users.

5 Essential Scripts

Time is money and money is tight, but these five scripts can help any admin get more done every day.

Sweet Enticement

Honey drops can help you detect attacks in progress--without sticking you with false positives.

7 Steps to a Better Bargain

Patrick Collins saved more than $1 million in his Microsoft negotiations. Learn how he did it and how to hammer out your own sweet Microsoft deal.

Grunt Work

Keeping systems patched is time-consuming and laborious, but it's crucial. Here are seven tools that can help you automate the process.

Product Reviews

Get It Right the First Time

AdminStudio supports better quality control for software packaging and simplifies the overall packaging process.

Axis of Authentication

Datakey Axis is a simple solution for smart card deployment.

Remote Administration Made Easy

Famatech's Remote Administrator version 2.2 provides a quick and easy remote access tool for your Windows clients.

Storage to Share

Fastora's entry-level NAS unit is well-suited for small and expanding workgroups.

Barney's Rubble

The Sky Is Falling!

Doug Barney ponders apocalypse theories, the true definition of spyware and more.

Beta Man

Easy AD Troubleshooting

NetPro's Directory Troubleshooter fills the Active Directory management void.

Letters to Redmond

Readers Respond November 2004

Readers respond to the new Redmond name, about dumping IE and more.

Mr. Script

Scripting DSN Creation

Mr. Script explains how you can edit the Registry with scripting to automate the creation of Data Source Names.

Security Advisor

The Solution to Spam

Roberta Bragg looks at Sender ID, the new anti-spam technology being developed by Microsoft.


Best Presidential Candidates We'll Never See

Bill Belichick, the Dalai Lama and George Lucas are among our favorites. Who would you like to see?

Tips and Tricks

Reaching Password Nirvana

Using password filters and longer passphrases will help keep your passwords from being cracked.


IT Weekly Roundup, Nov. 26

From the business wires this week: a solution to ease deployment of network devices, software that helps detect security risks in code, and a backup and recovery system.

IT Weekly Roundup, Nov. 19

From the business wires this week: HTTP compression solutions that enable faster Web browsing, server and workstation management software, and patch management programs.

Free XP SP2 Clinics

Microsoft extends "try before you buy" offer to its XP SP2 clinics and hands-on labs for deploying or developing in a Windows XP SP2 enviroment.

IT Weekly Roundup, Nov. 12

From the business wires this week: blade servers, a 1U autoloader and security appliances.

IT Weekly Roundup, Nov. 5

From the business wires this week: a server load balancing solution, a network security system and more.

Call for Test Takers: 70-301 Microsoft Solutions Framework

Do you plan to take the 70-301 in the next few weeks? Share your experiences with MCPmag.com readers.

The Quest for Windows Share

An interview with Quest Software CEO Vinnie Smith.

Self-Defense Guide to the Intel Roadmap

A handy guide to some of Intel's recently released code-names.

Microsoft Solutions Framework Exam Released

Microsoft releases exam applicable to IT and developers tasked with major project deployments.

After Slow Start, Exchange 2003 Begins to Take Hold

Incremental enhancements make for slower uptake.

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