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  • IT Quiz: Test your Active Directory knowledge

    It pays to know about Active Directory. Test your knowledge with a quick quiz.

  • How DNS devolution works in Windows Server 2008 R2

    Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 ship with built-in changes to the DNS name devolution process that help boost security and simplify client access to network resources.

  • Can Windows Server 2008 R2 save you money?

    Times are tough, but new features in R2 could have a positive impact on the bottom line.

  • DNS troubleshooting best practices

    There are several methods to troubleshooting DNS in Windows. In this screencast, Directory Services MVP Gary Olsen demonstrates a few different techniques.

  • Generating a DNS health check in Windows

    In this short screencast, Directory Services MVP Gary Olsen demonstrates how to use the DCDIAG /TEST:DNS command when troubleshooting DNS issues in Windows Active Directory environments. Click for full size

  • Unable to check webmail after migration

    After migrating from Windows NT to Windows Server 2003, users may have trouble checking common products like webmail. Here's how to address it.

  • Give your system memory a boost with x64

    It's no secret that memory for 32-bit systems has its limitations. By upgrading to x64 processor architectures, IT pros can access more memory while still executing the same application codes. Microsoft MVPs Danielle and Nelson Ruest break down the benefits of implementing x64 architectures in your Windows enterprise.

  • Domain Name System (DNS) Guide

    Active Directory relies heavily on DNS to function. This guide breaks down the basics of DNS, and provides some helpful tips on how to assess, manage and protect your environment.

  • An alternate strategy for DNS server backup

    While Microsoft recommends performing a system state backup when backing up a DNS, it's an all-or-nothing proposition. Using alternative methods such as backing up Active Directory integrated zones is a better strategy for admins who want to back up DNS independently.

  • OmniAnalyser 9.0

    Hypersoft OmniAnalyser is a cross-platform service management solution, providing a foundation for decision-making processes.

  • Group Policy settings alter Windows 8 configuration, user interface

    Windows 8 configuration gets a bit easier with Windows 8.1 Group Policy settings for features such as the Edge user interface and Web searches.

  • Identity management in the era of cloud and mobility

    Managing identity and access in the cloud represents a difficult challenge for IT administrators. Proper identity management contributes to a secure IT operation and is an element for a number of compliance regulations. For those and other reasons, an organization’s ability to control who accesses particular areas of an IT environment is important. Many IT organizations, however, aren’t succeeding; one Gartner report suggests almost half of businesses take the wrong approach to identity management. The cloud and the prevalence of mobile devices only adds layers of complexity to the problem. This handbook looks at tools and best practices that can help ensure an organization is properly handling identity management in the cloud. It will include discussion of tools and methods to manage authentication, how to work with cloud providers, and how Active Directory can and cannot help.

  • Reassessing identity management systems for cloud-based workforces

    Cloud-based workforces force enterprise IT to rethink identity management systems. Learn what's changed and how Active Directory can help.

  • Understanding Windows Group Policy management for virtual desktops

    Windows Group Policy management can help you keep virtual desktops and their profiles consistent. Just watch out for disk consumption.

  • Group Policy Editor (GP Editor)

    Group Policy Editor is a tool that helps administrators manage policy settings in Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-ins.

  • Local Group Policy Editor

    Local Group Policy Editor is a user interface that allows all Local Group Policy objects and their settings to be managed in one place.

  • network drive

    A network drive is a storage device on a local access network (LAN) within a business or home. Within a business, the network drive is usually located on a server. In a home, the network drive may be located on a dedicated server, one of the networked computers or an external hard drive.

  • Admin quiz: Test your Microsoft Group Policy knowledge

    Think you're an expert in Microsoft Group Policy? Test your knowledge with our quiz.

  • Five quick links: top five Active Directory tips of 2012

    In 2012, admins were interested in Group Policy and Windows Server 2012 when it came to Active Directory. These are the top tips.

  • transitive trust

    Transitive trust is a two-way relationship automatically created between parent and child domains in a Microsoft Active Directory forest.

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