April 2006 - Extreme Computing

Making IT work in the harshest environments, the many versions of SQL Server 2005, password tips, MapPoint reader review, Exchange 12 beta, system hardening guides and more.


Tour de SQL Part I: Versions

Join us on a journey through the lush fields and tricky backroads of SQL Server 2005.

Where the Heck Are We?

Microsoft's MapPoint is a solid business-savvy mapping tool, but it needs more frequent updates.

9 Perfect Password Pointers

Passwords are often the weakest part of a security infrastructure. Here are nine ways to make them one of the strongest.

Extreme Computing

IT is being applied in some of the most extreme and inhospitable places on -- and above -- the Earth.

Product Reviews

Your Network at Your Fingertips

Manage multiple jobs across multiple platforms from a single console.

On Track and On Time

Group Policy Manager keeps a tight grip on policy updates.

Barney's Rubble

Speak No Evil

Politics pervades all things, including technology.

Beta Man

Exchange 12: Better Than Ever

64-bit power, better management add up to a compelling product.

Foley on Microsoft

Windows Vista Testing: The School of Hard Knocks

Microsoft's made some improvements with its Vista beta testing program, but it could be doing more.

Letters to Redmond

Letters@Redmondmag.com: April 2006

No life without Microsoft, Microsoft's hardware upgrade and Web services campaigns, and InfoPath.

Mr. Roboto

Service Control Freak

Services are invaluable, but be sure to keep them from taking over.

Never Again

Database Scrambled. No Backups. What Now?

One reader encounters every IT administrator's worst nightmare (and learn one of many uses of a hotel sink).

Security Advisor

A Wall Around Your Servers

Using IPsec policies for server isolation is easier than you think.

Windows Insider

The Guiding Lights

Harden your computers' defenses with the tips in these Microsoft studies.


A Delicate Balance?

U.S. Internet service firms face ethical questions in China.

Office 365 Watch

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