March 2009 - Windows 7: Microsoft's Redemption?

After Vista, readers think Windows 7 might be the OS that saves Microsoft. Also in this issue, SQL Server 2008 goes far with just a little code, Microsoft's Virtual Machine Manager and VMware's ThinApp get reviewed, Microsoft pushes enterprise apps during its Convergence conference, Live Mesh's best days are still ahead, and more.


Exploiting SQL Server 2008 Through Code

SQL Server 2008 has a ton of new DBA features, but if you really want to make this thing go, just crank out a little code.

Will Windows 7 Be Microsoft's Redemption?

Early versions of Windows Vista's successor could burnish the operating system's tarnished reputation in the desktop market.

Product Reviews

Microsoft's VMM 2008: Does It Pass the 'Good Enough' Test?

Redmond's virtualization management tool doesn't have all the bells and whistles that VMware's vCenter has. But it doesn't have the same hefty price tag, either.

Test-Driving VMware's ThinApp

The Application Sync and Application Link features combined with an easy-to-follow interface make ThinApp a winner for both VMware and its customers.

Barney's Rubble

A Monopoly Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry

Vista isn't a perfect OS, not by a long-shot. But that doesn't mean Microsoft's hold on the desktop is going to weaken any time soon.

Beta Man

Windows Live Mesh

Live Mesh is useful today, but it may be a blockbuster in the future.

Foley on Microsoft

Getting Touchy About Touch

Memo to Microsoft: New isn't always better.

Mr. Roboto


A performance monitoring solution for your large enterprise doesn't have to be expensive; in fact, thanks to this open source tool, it's possible to implement one for free.

Pop Quiz

Credential Caching (Exam 70-642)

Prof. Powershell

PowerShell Reading List

My secret for learning Microsoft's scripting technology? Check out these blogs.

Do You Read Me?

Sans GUI, PowerShell can be made to work interactively. The trick is the Read-Host cmdlet.

Security Advisor

The Little Things About Security

Network security isn't always about grand initiatives. Microsoft offers several free utilities that get the job done with less investment.

Windows Advisor

Taking ISA Server into the Danger Zone

A reader wants to have ISA Server obtain an IP address from an externally facing DHCP server.


Convergence Tackles Tough Times

Microsoft's annual Dynamics conference will be all about how companies can benefit from enterprise applications in a down economy.

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