August 2005 - Mr. Windows

Jim Allchin on Longhorn, WinFS, 64-bit and beyond; Plus: Make room for Linux Apps, Active Directory design disasters and much more.


Longhorn: Is Allchin's Baby Worth the Wait?

Don Jones takes a look at the new features that will be included in the new Windows operating system, slated for release in late 2006.

Mr. Windows

Jim Allchin, considered by many as the father of NT and the brains behind Longhorn, talks about the future of rich clients and why you should trust Microsoft to power your next PC.

How NOT to Architect Active Directory

Learn how to do Active Directory design right from these real-world case studies of those who have done it wrong.

Make Room for Linux Apps

As Linux applications grow in popularity, Windows admins will need to start incorporating them into their networks. Here are five ways to do that.

Write the Perfect Script

Need to go deep and seize control of your Windows systems? One of these tools can help you perfect the art of scripting.

LCS 2005: Business-Grade Messaging with All the Extras

Microsoft's IM environment has matured into an enterprise-class tool, but it packs in more features than most users really need.

Product Reviews

Administration En Masse

User Manager Pro helps you keep tabs on your admin tasks.

Get to Know Your Network

How well do you know your network? NetSupport DNA will give you the complete picture.

Virtual Idol

VMware puts on a stellar virtualization performance with its latest version of Workstation.

Barney's Rubble

Why I Bought a Mac

Microsoft's desktop monopoly may not last forever, at least not for Redmond's editor in chief.

Beta Man

At Long Last: SQL Server 2005

Well worth the wait, Beta Man looks at what can be expected with the next version of SQL Server.

Letters to Redmond

Readers Respond: August 2005

Linux in a Redmond book; impressive Q&As and a reader who disagreed with our Security Advisor's opinion about DMZs.

Mr. Script

Clean up Those Dirty Connections

A script that uses Devcon.exe to disable dirty connections when the computer is connected to the corporate (private) network, compliments of a Mr. Script reader.

Security Advisor

The State of Biometric Authentication

After years of unfulfilled promises, biometrics products are finally entering the mainstream. Here's a look at some of the most common solutions offered and how they measure up against each other.


Useful Microsoft Blogs

Amid the Internet blog din you can find a few gems, including these, many of which are written by Microsoft employees sharing inside dope and insightful tips.

Windows Insider

Data Protection Manager

Bill Boswell covers Microsoft's DPM in his last column as Redmond says a fond farewell to its favorite Windows Insider.


IT Weekly Roundup, Aug. 26

From the business wires this week: management systems for Group Policy-based patching and user access control, a backup and recovery program for Novell NetWare servers, and more.

Certiport Announces World Champions of Office Competition

This year’s winners in Microsoft Excel and Word Specialist exams hail from Switzerland and England.

Certiport To Head Microsoft IT Academy

Microsoft outsources its global training program to Certiport, based on its success with Microsoft Office Specialist.

IT Weekly Roundup, Aug. 19

From the business wires this week: a database development suite for Windows XP, an enterprise defragmentation solution, a Windows Server security appliance and more.

MCP Exam Second-Shot Promo Nears End

The second coming of Microsoft's MCP exam retake promotion is coming to an end on August 31, 2005.

Q&A: SAFLink Launches Channel Program

Biometric firm that once targeted government now looks to partners to address SMBs.

IT Weekly Roundup, August 12

From the business wires this week:

New MCP Exam for Systems Management Experts

Systems Management Server 2003 exam being beta tested from Aug. 8 to Aug. 22. Will count toward MCSE and new Technology Specialist cert.

IT Weekly Roundup, Aug. 5

From the business wires this week: pre-configured Microsoft Exchange 2003 migration packages, a software deployment solution, an automated disk defragger and a search engine for Microsoft Exchange.

MCDST Title Hits Milestone

Microsoft sees desktop tech cert catching on, with the company issuing more than 8,000 Microsoft Certified Desktop Technician titles as of June this year.

Longhorn Lite

Who says you have to wait for Longhorn to get those features?

Microsoft Feeds RSS to Longhorn

Microsoft is changing IE, the OS and RSS itself to change the way users interact with the Web.

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