February 2006 - When Disaster Strikes

Plus: disaster recovery strategies in worst-case scenarios; hardware troubleshooting, the HP way; mixed-environment directory services; more.


Troubleshooting -- the HP Way

Hardware troubleshooting can be difficult, but a methodical approach can do wonders. Here's how it's done at one of the world's largest IT services companies.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 3.0 Is Well Worth the Wait

Users say the long-awaited new version of Microsoft’s customer relationship management (CRM) software fixes a host of problems.

Bridging the Directory Services Gap

Red Hat Directory Service helps join Windows and Linux environments.

Worst-Case Scenarios: When Disaster Strikes

Leading IT experts help answer the question: What if?

Allow Me to Demonstrate

When your many job responsibilities include "teacher," these demonstration tools can help get the message across.

Product Reviews

One-Image Network

Universal Imaging Utility's single master image can streamline your imaging process.

No Entrance, No Exit

These tools can help you use Group Policy to restrict access to USB ports and various hardware devices.

Barney's Rubble

Survey Says...

Doug discovers that it's Redmond's readers who really know how to bring on the funny.

Beta Man

IE’s Extreme Security Makeover

Microsoft throws in a bevy of new features in Internet Explorer 7 to improve security -- but are they enough?

Foley on Microsoft

Give Me a Blank Check, Microsoft!

Foley's list of the top 10 things she would do if she was in charge of Microsoft's check book.

Letters to Redmond

Letters@Redmondmag.com: February 2006

Which is it: mirroring or clustering? Plus, readers sound off on the future of FoxPro.

Security Advisor

Message Hygiene -- Microsoft Style: Part II

Now that you've got those filters going, Joern takes a look at what else you can do to help keep incoming e-mails clean.

Windows Insider

VMware Changes the Playing Field

VMware's Player tool can make architectures you used to only dream of a reality. Our new Windows Insider columnist, Greg Shields, walks you through the possibilities as well as tips for increasing performance.


MCITP Exams Now Live

Microsoft releases two more exams, aimed at MCITP for SQL Server DBA candidates.

Microsoft Offers Free Exam Retakes Through June

Popular "second-shot" promotion keeps coming back; this time, it's worldwide.

IT Weekly Roundup, Feb. 10

From the business wires this week: an application control manager for Windows servers, backup and recovery software and an authentication appliance.

IT Weekly Roundup, Feb. 3

From the business wires this week: a .NET-based identity management system, a solution for completely erasing data, an e-mail archival app and a device for recording mouse movements.

Shifting Threats Challenge Microsoft’s Response to Exploits

Zero-day exploits are forcing Microsoft to be more flexible in its game plan.

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