July 2006 - Beta Blowout!

Sizing up the latest versions of Office, Vista and Longhorn Server. Plus: Tour de SQL Finale, virtualization face-off, Visual Studio 2005 reader review, Microsoft tech support survey, more.


Living in a Virtual World

Virtualization is here to stay, so make sure you're using the right tool.

What Were They Thinking?

An HP hardware troubleshooting guru shares some of the worst snafus he's experienced so you can learn from them.

High Anxiety: Microsoft Tech Support Survey

How does the world's No. 1 software company deal with you when something goes wrong? Our readers speak out.

Beta Blowout

A three-headed beta release lights the fuse on Office, Windows and Longhorn Server.

Tour de SQL Finale, Part IV: Replication

Our final sprint to the finish line stretches over replication: its limitations, high availability and the many improvements since the last version.

The 800-Pound Code Gorilla

Visual Studio 2005 is packed with features, but is it too much?

Product Reviews

Pump Up Your Passwords

Specops Password Policy creates and enforces multiple password policies within Active Directory.

Barney's Rubble

Say It Ain't So, Bill

After three decades as the heart and soul of Microsoft, Bill Gates calls it quits.

Beta Man

Exchange Lockdown

Security is the focus of the latest Exchange 12 beta.

Foley on Microsoft

How to Fix Microsoft in Five (Not So) Easy Steps

Mary Jo offers her tips on rectifying Microsoft's troubles.

Letters to Redmond

Letters@Redmondmag.com: July 2006

Politics and IT, eliminating spyware, password security and global warming.

Mr. Roboto

Shut Down, Already

Use this script to shut down or reboot a group of computers.

Never Again

Time Machine

An accidental power outage wreaks havoc in a data center.

Security Advisor

Security Myths Exposed

Joern demystifies common misconceptions about SSL and complex passwords.

Windows Insider

Virtually Ending Conflicts

Microsoft seeks to end system software conflicts with SoftGrid.


Microsoft Gets Real About the Virtual

Softricity acquisition fills in its virtualization portfolio.

Office 365 Watch

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