December 2005 - SQL Server 2005

Will tight stack integration help Microsoft bulldoze the competition? And what does it offer you? Plus: Anti-spyware special and get the most out of SMS.


Spies in Every Corner

These tools help eliminate spyware, keep your systems clean and running efficiently and—most importantly—protect vital information.

SQL 2005: The Integrated Stack Is Back

Is all this integration among Microsoft components good for customers?

Getting the Most out of SMS

Tips and tricks from an SMS veteran to help you recoup your investment in Microsoft's System Management Server.

Spyware Meets Its Match -- Almost

Microsoft's anti-spyware tool works well enough, but some readers question its categorization and detection capabilities.

Product Reviews

All Is Not Lost

Mimosa NearPoint provides e-mail recovery in a matter of minutes—not hours.

Seen Those Servers Lately?

Keep a close eye on all your servers with ipMonitor.

Barney's Rubble

Rose-Colored Google Glasses

Can Google -- or some other company -- change the world of computing?

Beta Man

PolicyMaker Does Its Share

Extend Group Policy settings with DesktopStandard's PolicyMaker Share Manager

Foley on Microsoft

FoxPro Not an Endangered Species

Microsoft sends mixed messages about its less-than-sexy database development tool.

Letters to Redmond

Readers Respond: December 2005

More creative server names; help found in securing IE; more people switching to Macs; and the question is posed as to whether Microsoft is in any need of defensive posturing.

Mr. Script

Automate This! Part 4: You Send Me

In the final installment of this four-part series, Chris shows that the best solution may not be the most elegant one.

Security Advisor

Rootkit Runaround: Protect Yourself Against an Emerging Threat

A program that can detect rootkits should be an integral part of your security toolbox.


Call for Reviewers: Developer, SQL Exams

If your plans call for taking the new-generation MCP developer and SQL exams in the next few weeks, tell us how you plan to approach them and what steps you'll take to pass them.

IT Weekly Roundup, Dec. 16

From the business wires: Group Policy management software, a solution for migrating customer data into Microsoft Dynamics CRM 3.0, and an 8GB USB flash drive.

Developer Exams Waiting in the Wings

Wave of new developer and IT exams in beta testing during December.

Virtual Server Farm in a Box

Licensing changes will give IT a reason to take a hard look at Datacenter Server.

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