June 2007

  • BareTail freeware offers no-frills monitoring of log files

    Windows has never had a decent version of the UNIX tail command-line function, which lets you follow the very end of a log file as it's written to. Now there's a basic freeware package, called Bare...

  • IT managers doubt open source deals will bring change

    Microsoft is lining up Linux partners to maintain the dominance of its operating system. But will it work?

  • Windows Server Management FAQ

    Systems admins can find answers to common Windows server management questions.

  • A Windows administrator's guide to file management

    File management in Windows is not just about finding the right places for user data and application data, but also anticipating and planning for changes that may need to be made in how things are s...

  • OpenFiler turns any server with attached storage into SAN or NAS appliance

    An open-source storage management operating system called OpenFiler can turn any server with a disk array or other attached storage into a NAS or SAN appliance in minutes.

  • How to keep your file server's storage pool from running dry

    Users love to hold on to files. How can administrators keep their file server's storage pool from running dry? One way is to fool your users into thinking the drive is full.

  • Incident management made easier with Microsoft Service Desk

    Expert Stuart Galup gives the skinny on Microsoft's help desk software, called Service Desk, and explains why help desk software and automated incident management can make your life a lot easier.

  • ASPI driver (Advanced SCSI Programming Interface driver)

    In a personal computer, an ASPI driver is a software driver or program that uses the Advanced SCSI Programming Interface (ASPI) protocol to interface with the Small Computer System Interface (SCSI)...

  • ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface)

    ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface) is an industry specification for the efficient handling of power consumption in desktop and mobile computers.

  • binder

    In file management, a binder is a software utility that combines two or more files into a single file.

  • import

    In a personal computer application, to import is to open a file that is in a format different from the format the application creates on its own.

  • fatal exception

    In a computer error message, a fatal exception indicates an exceptional situation requiring that the program responsible for the situation be closed.

  • batch file

    A batch file is a text file that contains a sequence of commands for a computer operating system.

  • Corporate databases still go unprotected, study says

    Companies that don't rate customer and employee data protection as top priorities and don't monitor databases for suspicious activity are setting themselves up as easy targets for damaged reputations.

  • How the MSCONFIG utility has changed in Windows Vista

    The MSCONFIG utility still exists in Windows Vista, but it's slightly different from the XP version. This tip describes the differences in MSCONFIG and how they might affect your use of it.

  • SLAs and service-level management: What does it mean for Windows managers?

    Windows service-level management is a business process for managing Windows user service requirements in an IT environment. A key component of a Windows service-level management plan is a service-l...

  • floating point unit (FPU)

    A floating point unit (FPU), also known as a math coprocessor or numeric coprocessor, is a specialized coprocessor that manipulates numbers more quickly than the basic microprocessor circuitry. The...

  • dynamic link library (DLL)

    A dynamic link library (DLL) is a collection of small programs, any of which can be called when needed by a larger program that is running in the computer.

  • general protection fault (GPF)

    General protection fault (GPF, sometimes seen as general protection error) the name of an error caused when an application program (for example, Microsoft Word or the Netscape Web browser) tries to...

  • autoexec.bat

    AUTOEXEC.BAT is a file containing Disk Operating System commands that are executable when the computer is booted (started).