January 2005 - Best of the Best

The 2005 Readers' Choice Awards: More than 2,000 readers pick favorites in 42 product categories. Plus: a roundup of IDSes, a look at Microsoft's MOM 2005 and spam's new nemesis, Sender ID.


Best of the Best

2005 Redmond Magazine Readers' Choice Survey: Find out how your favorite tool fared as nearly 2,200 readers pick their favorites in more than 40 product categories.

Valid ID Required

Fighting spam requires authenticating e-mail addresses on the fly. Despite igniting a battle of its own, the Microsoft-backed Sender ID spec is shaping up as the best option.

Users Latch on to SQL Reporting Tool

SQL Server Reporting Services earns solid if not stellar marks from early adopters—and you can't beat the price.

Intrusion Interrupted

We test three software-based intrusion detection systems that can help alert you when you've got barbarians at the gate.

Product Reviews

Keep a Close Eye on Your Servers

The newest version of MOM not only tracks all sorts of performance data, but also helps you put it in perspective.

Barney's Rubble

The PC Blues

Doug Barney contemplates Microsoft's domination of PC design, its Passport technology and the new Acoona.com search engine.

Beta Man

New Command-Line Option

MSH offers a powerful new approach to Windows command-line scripting.

Letters to Redmond

Readers Respond January 2005

Readers sound off on password security, remote scripting and bargaining with Microsoft.

Mr. Script

Going Hyper-Active

Build scripts that work more like applications so you can monitor progress and display results in a formatted manner.

Security Advisor

Keys to the Domain

Available now, DomainKeys is one promising entry into the fight against spam.


Bill Gates' New Year's Resolutions

A little humor for the holiday season.

Tips and Tricks

Encryption All Around

With Windows 2003, you can use the Encryption File Systems to give multiple users access to the same encrypted files.

Windows Insider

Linux-Windows Single Sign-On

Follow these steps and have your users logging on at their Linux/Unix desktops with their Windows accounts.


Microsoft Releases Class Server 4.0

Latest version of educational portal solution is cool for school.

IT Weekly Roundup, Jan. 28

From the business wires this week: a policy compliance solution, Group Policy security and admin tools, and a network protocols handbook.

Windows, SBS OEMs Get Competency Exam

Competency exam for Microsoft partners tasked with building Windows-based systems officially debuts Wednesday.

IT Weekly Roundup, Jan. 21

From the business wires this week: a solution to launch applications remotely but securely, a remote PC management suite, and more.

Microsoft Names New MVPs for 2005

Eleventh year of Microsoft MVP program recognizes professionals in eight more countries. Also: Microsoft Office Outlook Live.

New BizTalk Competency Exam Debuts

Exam released at private sales partner summit in Seattle.

CompTIA Lets IT Academy Students Take A+ Exams for $99

Promotion is extension of program that's been available to Cisco Academy students.

IT Weekly Roundup, Jan. 14

From the business wires this week: security tool for finding info holes on Web sites, hosted messaging and collaboration solution and a blazingly fast SATA hard drive.

IT Weekly Roundup, Jan. 7

From the business wires this week: Microsoft's antispyware, Xbox 2, management solutions, developer tools and a portable magneto-optical drive.

When (If Ever) Is SA Right?

Call for Comments: Redmond wants to know what value you place on Software Assurance.

For Windows Server, a Busy 2005

Rapid-fire releases to include SP1, x64, R2 and the Longhorn Beta.

Resist This NT Security Blanket

Microsoft once again extends custom support contract provisions for large NT 4.0 Server users and throws an unintended bone to smaller shops.

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