February 2005 - Microsoft's $11 Billion Man

Jeff Raikes expounds on Office, Software Assurance and the work life of the future. Plus: Instant Messaging goes enterprise; what users think of SP2; and 10 essential rules for patch management.


Talk Among Yourselves

A private IM environment may be just the answer to give your company all the benefits of IM while mitigating the inherent security risks.

SP2: More Ammo for the Security Battle

Rollout pain aside, users laud the long overdue enhancements that SP2 brings to IE, along with new GPOs, RPC lockdown and more.

The 10 Essential Rules of Patch Management

The more work you put in up front, the easier it will be to get and stay current when the patches hit.

Microsoft's $11 Billion Man

Jeff Raikes, head of Microsoft's Information Worker unit, expounds on Office, Software Assurance and the changing nature of life at work.

Real-World GPMC Troubleshooting

The Group Policy Management Console can be a powerful troubleshooting too—if you know how to use it.

Product Reviews

Recover Me

True Image Server for Windows can take away your worries about accurate and efficient server recovery.

Download Lockdown

Worried about trojans and viruses sneaking in with downloaded files? DownloadSecurity can help you stop them at the gate.

Get into Group Policy

GPAnywhere gives you more flexibility to manage Group Policy, even on older or remote machines, with or without Active Directory.

Barney's Rubble

All Praise Bill

Bill Gates' worthy contributions, eBay's pass on Passport and what the announcement of the Mac mini might mean for Microsoft.

Beta Man

One Welcome Service Pack

Our Beta Man offers an early look at what Windows Server 2003 SP1 will bring.

Letters to Redmond

Readers Respond February 2005

Readers comment on January's Chief Concerns and Windows Insider columns.

Mr. Script

An HTA Reality Check

Simplify your administrative life with HTAs.

Security Advisor

Top 3 Encryption Myths

Misconceptions of encryption keep us from obtaining the full range of benefits it offers.


Bad Product Names

What's in a name? A whole lot more than some people anticipate.

Windows Insider

(Almost) Painless Schema Mods

You might want to take a few precautionary steps prior to initiating ADPREP.


IT Weekly Roundup, Feb. 25

From the business wires this week: free online spyware detection, a mobile Exchange management tool, WinZip for Outlook, and more.

MCSE: Security Tops 4,000

Growing ranks of those with MCSE: Security offers some proof that security remains hot.

Exams Under the Radar: Licensing Solutions

More competency exams available for Microsoft software licensing experts.

IT Weekly Roundup, Feb. 18

From the business wires this week: compliance and auditing tools, a security and antitheft tracking solution, and more.

Partner Up on XP Exam

Two can take Microsoft's Exam 70-270 for the price of single exam; available for limited time.

IT Weekly Roundup, Feb. 11

From the business wires this week: an Oracle plug-in for .NET, a VPN client, a LAN management solution and more.

New Certification for Administrative Scripters

Consider yourself a scripting expert? Prove it with this certification.

IT Weekly Roundup, Feb. 4

From the business wires this week: AD tools; antispam solutions; tape appliances that compress, encrypt and sign data; and more.

New Twist to Exams: Just Do It

Microsoft's Learning Group to introduce simulations to MCP exams; new question type already available in Windows Server 2003 core exams.

Itanium Feels the Squeeze

Moves by HP and Microsoft force the 64-bit chip further into a high-end niche.

Certification: It's Not Just for Admins Anymore

Lieberman Software brings in an MCT to boost the tech knowledge of its sales force.

Network Engines: Back from the Brink

A Q&A with CEO John Curtis

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