Enterprise Infrastructure Management
- May 10, 2006
Considering Windows Server 2003? You're not alone. But how to approach such a complex migration? How can you be sure you're getting the most use out of your investment and avoid the pitfalls, all while keeping your system secure? We have gathered a ...
- April 10, 2006
Does Microsoft want to become open source's new best friend? It may not get that cozy, but Bill Hilf, director of platform technology strategy, thinks there is a lot his company can learn from "the movement."
- March 20, 2006
Expert Laura E. Hunter talks about developing a long-range plan for your major server hardware purchases and examines some factors that should influence your purchasing decisions.
- March 01, 2006
It's always tempting to pick bleeding-edge technology when making new hardware purchases. One of the few places where this actually pays off is with new system bus technologies -- specifically, the new PCIe bus.
- February 16, 2006
Security experts tell administrators to 'Patch now' before the latest bugs bite.
- February 08, 2006
A young company is betting that its low-cost alternative to iSCSI and Fibre Channel will play a key role in the future of networked storage.
- January 25, 2006
With Microsoft expected to move primarily to a 64-bit platform within the next few years, you will want your long term equipment to be readily able to adapt. Expert Laura E. Hunter tells you why making this transition now will save you in the long ...
- January 10, 2006
The number of software companies and products that work with Windows has grown by leaps and bounds now that Active Directory is seasoned and stable. The question is: Do you need these third-party products? Derek Melber runs through what Microsoft ...
- December 13, 2005
When you migrate from Windows NT domains to Windows Active Directory domains, there are many aspects of the migration that can remain unfinished. Expert Derek Melber runs dows the list of areas that should be checked to avoid security gaps in your ...
- December 01, 2005
This guide introduces you to terminal services and explains best practices for planning, installing and administering your Terminal Server. You'll find troubleshooting help, expert advice, articles, tutorials, tips, tools, white papers and more to ...
- September 28, 2005
We recently asked SearchWinSystems.com readers to tell us what their favorite admin tools are -- the utilities they just couldn't live without. Read about Fastpush.
- July 20, 2005
From file sharing to subsystem functions, Windows Services for Unix is a multitalented tool for managing a combination of Windows and Unix servers.
- July 08, 2005
Here's a checklist of actions you should take before evaluating a hardware product for your Windows infrastructure.
- July 08, 2005
This tip from our "How to Evaluate Hardware Guide," contributor Bernie Klinder teaches you how to evaluate external hardware components for your Windows infrastructure.
- July 08, 2005
This tip from SearchWinComputing.com's "How to evaluate Hardware Guide," examines what to consider when evaluating internal hardware components for your Windows infrastructure.
- June 13, 2005
The Mainframe Migration Alliance knows the IBM zSeries community isn't ready to trash its mainframes just yet. But the recent migration of a Canadian insurance firm to Windows shows that Microsoft is making strides with smaller MIPS mainframe shops.
- April 07, 2005
Few IT managers bother to review firewall logs to stay informed about the security of their networks. They should.
- March 09, 2005
The maker of Energizer batteries and Schick razors has dumped an unspecified number of employees so that Microsoft can run its IT operations. The move is a tantalizing signal that Redmond may join the IT services business.
- March 01, 2005
If your number comes up for a Sarbanes-Oxley audit, don't panic. A compliance expert offers five tips to help IT administrators meet the challenge.
- February 18, 2005
Information workers are the lifeblood of an organization. Without them, there would be no need for an IT shop. But there are limits to that gratitude.
- February 14, 2005
Some companies are discovering that blade server technology lets them do more -- like save precious data center space -- with less.
- February 08, 2005
The decision of whether to run 64-bit Windows in an enterprise becomes much easier to make when you cast a critical eye on the application that will be the star of the show.
- December 10, 2004
IBM may have finally found a way to get back at Microsoft for pulling out of OS/2 -- and to make Big Blue feel better about its monumental mistake of ceding the operating system market to Redmond in the 1980s. Call it the revenge of Big Red.
- November 29, 2004
Microsoft and Sysinternals are just two of the many providers of useful freeware for IT administrators.
- November 08, 2004
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- October 31, 2004
Check your answers to the 10 Exam Cram prep questions from the MCSE Exam Cram 2 book "Designing security for a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 network."
- September 23, 2004
In an interactive forum for IT administrators, Microsoft officials outlined features and related plans for its Windows Update Services patch management tool.
- July 21, 2004
Building a strong program based on mitigating known vulnerabilities has been transformed from a security-centric process to an operational necessity for business success.
- March 31, 2004
ANSWER KEY: Know-IT-all Chapter Quiz #7
IIS 6 Administration
- March 29, 2004
New research finds that many software vendors will make changes in their licensing models in the next year. You may not like what that means if you're an IT buyer.
- January 30, 2004
Quest Software has agreed to acquire Aelita Software for $115 million. Both companies make products that manage Windows server software.
- October 15, 2003
Microsoft's new strategy to "secure the perimeter" is drawing mixed reviews from customers and analysts, whose reactions range from high praise to "show me."
- August 24, 2003
What do you do with an ex-employee's e-mail account? Let us count the ways. We've received a ton of e-mail from members about a series of tips we published on how to handle the time and space-consuming problem of mail addressed to employees who no ...
- June 23, 2003
Continuing from "Make peace with your VPN," our experts offer more veteran advice on dealing with the pitfalls of VPN management.
- April 16, 2003
In this Q&A, CJ Rayhill, COO and executive vice president for O'Reilly & Associates, and Peter Houston, senior director of Microsoft's Windows server strategies discuss the TCO question. In part two, they cover the competition between the Linux/...
- April 08, 2003
The debut of Windows Server 2003 will also mark Microsoft's entry to the high-end world of 64-bit computing. Even though the market for this kind of technology may be a bit immature, experts say it's important that MS let the world know that the ...
- March 03, 2003
Today, NetIQ released software to help organizations manage the explosion of instant messaging traffic that has popped up on their networks.
- February 26, 2003
Everyone's getting the message now -- IM is going to be big business. But this well-established personal tool has many dues to pay before it becomes a mainstream business tool.
- February 19, 2003
Windows administrators at big and small companies alike are looking for ways to monitor their servers, but not just any way. Cost and simplicity constitute a key combination. IpMonitor, a 6-year-old application, is the front-runner for a couple of ...
- February 18, 2003
Just say no to brain dumps? In this commentary, SearchWin2000.com certification expert Ed Tittel explains why the temptation to feed your head at a brain dump just isn't worth the risks.
- February 07, 2003
Microsoft plans to offer up a tour deep into Yukon, the code-name for its next generation database. The company promises to take DBAs, ISVs and partners deep into Yukon's core so they can get their hands dirty, as long as those taking the tour ...
- February 05, 2003
Beware of hackers bearing bogus Microsoft patches. The red flags are flapping in the breeze -- and they're pretty easy to spot.
- January 30, 2003
We here at SearchWin2000.com don't want you to sit back on your laurels. That's why every ten weeks we combine all of our most recent Administrator Know-IT-All Quizzes into the KIA Challenge! Pop some corn and turn off your cell phone -- it's time ...
- January 14, 2003
Migrating a network to Microsoft's Windows 2000 Active Directory can be an intimidating project. AD, though not a new technology on the Windows scene, still throws off IT pros. Patience and humility, always good qualities, are a must when it comes ...
- December 04, 2002
The penguin wants to waddle onto your desktop. The head of Red Hat Linux claims there's a future for open-source on the desktop -- and his company is going for it. He also downplayed a recent IDC study, co-sponsored by Microsoft, that gave the TCO ...
- October 07, 2002
With PPTP servers and clients vulnerable, IT pros must wait for a Microsoft fix.
- August 20, 2002
These are thick times for thin clients -- the market is booming while the rest of the industry, well, isn't. Microsoft may be unwittingly fattening up thin client sales.
- June 26, 2002
Stan Sorensen, director of SQL Server at Microsoft, said in the mid-1990s, his company faced a tough decision. At issue -- whether Microsoft should enter the database business or whether it should let others cash in on that market. Naturally, ...
- June 20, 2002
Ouch! These first-person tales describe painful security disasters. Fortunately, their pain is your gain. Advice from SearchWindowsManageability's security experts offers some preventative medicine for your systems.
- June 18, 2002
IT departments are thinking beyond Windows and looking at alternatives for cost's sake, security's sake, or even variety's sake. SearchWin2000 spotlights some of those alternatives -- today we scout Apache, the IIS antagonist.
- May 31, 2002
Are you balking at EAI and Web services because you think it'll take too darn long to get up and running? A company called Equarius has a program that may speed the process and spell your fears.
- March 29, 2002
Systems Analyst for the City of Edmonton, Cathy Partridge, was hellbent on eliminating e-mail downtime. To do so, she had to had to do some detective work. Get the scoop on the successful results of her snooping.
- November 15, 2001
Web services can help some companies increase productivity and cost-savings. But it's not for everyone. Find out why the hype surrounding Web services threatens to overshadow its benefits.
- November 12, 2001
If you're dreaming of streaming, it's time to wake up and smell the technology. SoftOnNet has some Windows-friendly streaming stuff on the market aimed at IT managers, application service providers and software publishers.
- November 09, 2001
Remote security management is a lot like its on-premises equivalent, except that it is more broadly distributed and must work with a variety of different connection types and speeds. Find out what the best options are.
- October 23, 2001
When the network is down and everyone who can fix it is offsite, it's important to have remote network management solutions set up. Kesem Technology's president and founder offers a list of tips on having the best solution.
- August 30, 2001
The help desk software market is expected to grow 25% this year, becoming a billion dollar market in 2001,according to Boston, MA-based Aberdeen Group. Poised to take advantage of this growth are market-leading veteran help desk software vendors, ...
- June 29, 2001
Amarel-Hart Enterprises outsources Ipswitch, Inc.'s IMail Server to a variety of clients. Mr. Rooter Plumbing and local school districts have found IMail a useful tool to make their work more productive.
- June 29, 2001
Even before Napster, there was, and still is, a project called SETI@home, wherein the power of idle home computers captures and processes data collected from space. The data is then analyzed to further the research into extraterrestrial life. ...
- February 08, 2001 08 Feb'01