September 2004 - 2004 Salary Survey

Salary Stalemate: Our 9th annual survey shows salaries remain flat amid job cuts and the outsourcing boom, but MCPs remain committed. Dig in to find out how you stack up with your peers.


Citrix vs. Windows Terminal Services: Learn More

You've read "Decisions, Decisions," now find out more about Citrix and Windows Terminal Services so you can make an informed decision.

Decisions, Decisions

Windows Terminal Services comes bundled with Windows Server 2003. Citrix costs extra. Here’s why you might consider paying the piper.

Tame Those Servers Behaving Badly

We test utilities that manage your essential servers and services.

You Ask, Ballmer Answers

MCP Magazine readers get a crack at the Microsoft CEO.

Product Reviews

Face in the Crowd

Passfaces authenticates users by having them recognize faces instead of remembering passwords.

ISA Load Balancing

Rainfinity's RainWall will help you ramp up the reliability and efficiency of your Microsoft ISA Server.

Barney's Rubble

This Mag is Your Mag

Tell us what you want and we'll serve it up every month.

Beta Man

Microsoft Delivers on Centralized Security

Audit Collection Services provides a scalable means of consolidating security event logs across your enterprise.

Boswell's Q&A

Sniffing Out XP SP2 Problems

On the road again, this time at TechMentor/San Jose, Bill takes time out to contemplate a solution to this admin's XP SP2 problem.

Neither Rain Nor Snow Nor Security Popups

A baffled administrator finds a solution in the Office Resource Kit for an Outlook application accessing error. Plus: XP SP2 installation stories from the trenches.


Quick solution that allows a public folder to automatically reply to incoming e-mail.

Limiting Calendar Conflicts

Admin wants to limit conference room scheduling. The Auto Accept agent in Exchange 2003 does the trick.

Out with the Old, In With the New

With NT support ending soon, credit union administrator doesn't want to be left supporting orphanware and ponders an upgrade to Windows Server 2003.

Call Me Certifiable

Every Man His Own Pundit

Can blogs be reliable sources of information? As is always the case, don't believe everything you read on the Internet.

Certified Mail

Certified Mail: September 2004

Readers share their take on our upcoming evolution into Redmond magazine and other issues.

Editor's Desk

Tough But Fair

Would you like IT information with that?

Marching Orders

A Group Policy To-Do List

Why aren't more Windows pros using GPOs to their full potential?

Mr. Script

Scripting Your Way Through an AD Migration

Save time (and hassles) with these scripting tips.

Controlling Network Connections

Stepping outside of the box is a good thing.

Security Advisor

Stopping Computer Crime, Part 2

Catch the culprits through logging, analysis and reporting.

Security Watch

Securing Remote Data Access

Smart cards and tokens add layers of authentication protection.

Infosec's Feminine Side

Gathering of female execs sets standard for meetings and plain ol' manners.

Power Hungry

Be careful who you give Power User privelages to or you may face abuse from within.


Create a Delegation Console

When you have to create a custom delegation task, get your structural setup completed and then create a custom console.

Tips and Tricks

An Easy Fix for a Sticky GPO Security Problem

Ease the pain by automating account creation.

Windows Insider

GPO Mouse Trap

Propagating the changes made to a Group Policy Object out to all the affected domain clients involves a complex array of interconnecting pieces.

Windows Tip Sheet

Remote Scripting with Windows Script Host

Conquer your world of servers from home.

Outlook Migraines ... er, Migrations

Stop migration sickness in Exchange with a painless script and registry change.

Downloading Frenzy

BITS lets you take back your CPU when downloading large software and program files.

Dude, Where's My Firewall?

The fix is in for Windows Firewall settings on XP systems sitting on Small Business Server 2003 domains.


Russia is Fourth Country for Windows XP Starter Edition

Microsoft hopes to get the software to PC OEMs in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States by early 2005.

IT Weekly Roundup, Sept. 24

From the business wires this week: manage years of e-mail in one networked storage space; security services to stop malware; more.

True Life Tale: Remote Support at All Hours of the Day

Users who travel expect 24/7 support on the road too.

IT Weekly Roundup, September 17

From the business wires this week: an IT information and community portal opens, and an enterprise recovery manager and SSL VPN appliance for remote access to Citrix apps are released.

Help Desk, Desktop Support Certs Mind-Meld

Microsoft joins two other certification groups in collaborating efforts to promote desktop technician and tech support certifications.

IT Weekly Roundup, September 10

From the business wires this week: Certiport in China, e-mail spam filters, an enterprise reporting solution and a software/intellectual property protection and licensing key to fight piracy.

Springboard Upends the Microsoft Roadmap

Security delays with Windows XP SP2 are causing cascading delays all through Microsoft’s delivery schedule.

Office 365 Watch

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