October 2004 - Bill 2.0: 5-Year Performance Review

Gates gets mixed reviews in his tenure as chief software architect. Plus disaster recovery planning, readers review SPS 2003, following Microsoft's money and more.


SharePoint Gets (Mostly) Top Marks

Once clear of the administrative learning curve, users give SPS 2003 high marks for ease of use and integration features.

Bill 2.0: 5-Year Performance Review

Microsoft watchers give Bill Gates mixed reviews for his performance since relinquishing the CEO title to become Chief Software Architect.

Time to Dump IE?

Internet Explorer is a hacker's dream. Can you (and should you) drop it right now?

Following Microsoft's Money

Changes to campaign finance laws mean a larger percentage of Microsoft political contributions now go to Democrats, but the company remains a force in both parties.

An Ounce of Prevention

Disaster recovery planning can be worth a lot more than a pound of cure when your network goes down.

Virtual Servers in the Real World

Server consolidation may be a necessary evil, but either Virtual Server 2005 or GSX Server can ease the pain.

Exam Reviews

70-299: Security Troubleshooter

You'll need experience with PKI, permissions, patch management, and troubleshooting under Windows 2003 before tackling this security exam.

Product Reviews

Get a Handle on Exchange Server

AppAnalyzer helps you keep an eye on server performance.

Bring Order to Hard Drive Chaos

PerfectDisk is an industrial-strength defragmentation solution.

Barney's Rubble

MCPmag.com: It's Alive!

Even with the launch of Redmond, MCP Magazine is alive and well via MCPMag.com.

Beta Man

Updates Made Easy

Make way for WUS! Don Jones takes an early look at this SUS upgrade, with its expanded grouping, security and control features.

Letters to Redmond

Readers Respond October 2004

Readers share their take on our recent salary survey and more.

Mr. Script

Easy Database Creation

Three scripts that will make creating and populating your databases a breeze.

Security Advisor

5 Steps to Certificate Bliss

Whether you decide to build your own PKI for security or use a third party, planning is paramount.


Products We Wish Microsoft Would Deliver

From executive-distracting ROI calculators to a naked Windows, here's our dream to-do list for Microsoft's developers. (Be sure to post yours at the end of this article!)

Tips and Tricks

Gaining Group Control

Using GPOs to control local groups on any computer in the AD domain.

Windows Insider

Master and Command Line

Using the Windows GUI is fine—if you want to go slow. Learn to use the command line and move into the administration fast lane.


IT Weekly Roundup, October 29

From the business wires this week: Active Directory tools, storage solutions and more.

Buy Exam Vouchers on Amazon

Discounted exam vouchers can be used only at Pearson VUE testing centers.

IT Weekly Roundup, October 22

From the business wires this week: authentication solutions, enterprise-class switches and other tools to smoothen infrastructure management.

Shoring Up Security Skills for Free

Hand-on lab provides online access to security skills lab available for limited time.

IT Weekly Roundup, October 15

From the business wires this week: storage and backup solutions, e-mail security, network management, more.

CALL FOR USERS: MCSA: Security for Windows Server 2003

Looking for experts for advice on how to get the security certification.

IT Weekly Roundup, October 8

From the business wires this week: enterprise security management software, a USB fingerprint reader and upgraded switches.

Free Training Benefits Software Assurance Customers

New program provides for free training for those deploying Microsoft software from Microsoft Gold Partners for Learning Solutions participants.

Cut From Longhorn, WinFS Is in Peril

Does Windows Future Storage really have a future?

Feel Free To Be a Stick in the Mud

Treading softly with SP2 makes for sound security policy.

IT Weekly Roundup, October 1

From the business wires this week: a security appliance for SMBs, e-mail storage upgrades and a security data management tool.

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