Enterprise Infrastructure Management

  • May 10, 2006 10 May'06

    Learning Guide: Migrating to Windows Server 2003

    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 10 Apr'06

    Microsoft + Open Source: Too good to be true?

    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 20 Mar'06

    The long-range plan for 64-bit hardware

    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 01 Mar'06

    Fast Guide: PCI bus

    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 16 Feb'06

    Experts think new critical flaws have legs

    Security experts tell administrators to 'Patch now' before the latest bugs bite.

  • February 08, 2006 08 Feb'06

    Ethernet storage enters the Windows market

    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 25 Jan'06

    Buy 64-bit now; you won't regret it

    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 10 Jan'06

    Third-party software solutions: Do you need them?

    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 13 Dec'05

    Keys to finalizing your Active Directory migration

    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 01 Dec'05

    Terminal Services Learning Guide

    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 28 Sep'05

    Readers' Choice admin tool: Fastpush

    We recently asked readers to tell us what their favorite admin tools are -- the utilities they just couldn't live without. Read about Fastpush.

  • July 20, 2005 20 Jul'05

    Microsoft's free plug-in helps Unix and Windows interoperate

    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 08 Jul'05

    What to do before evaluating hardware

    Here's a checklist of actions you should take before evaluating a hardware product for your Windows infrastructure.

  • July 08, 2005 08 Jul'05

    How to evaluate external hardware

    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 08 Jul'05

    How to evaluate internal hardware components

    This tip from's "How to evaluate Hardware Guide," examines what to consider when evaluating internal hardware components for your Windows infrastructure.

  • June 13, 2005 13 Jun'05

    Microsoft's mainframe strategy: Divide and conquer -- someday

    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 07 Apr'05

    A manager's guide to firewall logs

    Few IT managers bother to review firewall logs to stay informed about the security of their networks. They should.

  • March 09, 2005 09 Mar'05

    Microsoft's next act -- service provider?

    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 01 Mar'05

    Preparing for a SOX audit

    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 18 Feb'05

    Administrative privilege, not administrative birthright

    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 14 Feb'05

    Blade servers help cut through storage challenges

    Some companies are discovering that blade server technology lets them do more -- like save precious data center space -- with less.

  • February 08, 2005 08 Feb'05

    64-bit Windows -- when and why to use it

    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 10 Dec'04

    Microsoft feels the wrath of Big Red

    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 29 Nov'04

    Bounty of free IT tools available

    Microsoft and Sysinternals are just two of the many providers of useful freeware for IT administrators.

  • November 08, 2004 08 Nov'04

    Casio Exilim EX-Z40: Sample images and video

    Click on the thumbnails for sample .JPG images and AVI video taken with the Casio Exilim EX-Z40.

  • October 31, 2004 31 Oct'04

    Exam Cram Quiz #1 Answer Key

    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 23 Sep'04

    Microsoft answers admins' WUS questions

    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 21 Jul'04

    Best practices for vulnerability management

    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 31 Mar'04

    Know-IT-all Chapter Quiz #7: Answer key

    ANSWER KEY: Know-IT-all Chapter Quiz #7
    IIS 6 Administration

  • March 29, 2004 29 Mar'04

    Software-license changes brewing, IDC says

    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 30 Jan'04

    Quest plans to acquire Aelita for $115M

    Quest Software has agreed to acquire Aelita Software for $115 million. Both companies make products that manage Windows server software.

  • October 15, 2003 15 Oct'03

    Users react to latest Microsoft security push

    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 24 Aug'03

    Letters to the Editor: The ex-employee e-mail debate

    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 23 Jun'03

    Answers from the VPN vault

    Continuing from "Make peace with your VPN," our experts offer more veteran advice on dealing with the pitfalls of VPN management.

  • April 16, 2003 16 Apr'03

    Open-source vs. Microsoft: Assessing TCO

    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 08 Apr'03

    Microsoft prepares for its 64-bit closeup

    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 03 Mar'03

    NetIQ joins IM management scrum

    Today, NetIQ released software to help organizations manage the explosion of instant messaging traffic that has popped up on their networks.

  • February 26, 2003 26 Feb'03

    Enterprise IM has dues to pay

    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 19 Feb'03

    IT departments great and small seek server-monitoring tools

    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 18 Feb'03

    Commentary: Stay away from brain dumps

    Just say no to brain dumps? In this commentary, 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 07 Feb'03

    Microsoft to guide DBAs, ISVs, partners into Yukon

    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 05 Feb'03

    Unmasking a Microsoft imposter

    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 30 Jan'03

    Know-IT-All admin challenge, the sequel

    We here at 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 14 Jan'03

    Experts' Top 5: Active Directory migration tips

    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 04 Dec'02

    Red Hat chief: Linux will take desktop market share from MS

    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 07 Oct'02

    PPTP security hole corners IT pros

    With PPTP servers and clients vulnerable, IT pros must wait for a Microsoft fix.

  • August 20, 2002 20 Aug'02

    Analysts: Microsoft feeding thin client frenzy

    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 26 Jun'02

    Microsoft: Oracle isn't "all that"

    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 20 Jun'02

    Security horror stories: True tales and expert advice

    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 18 Jun'02

    Kicking the Windows habit: Apache vs. IIS

    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 31 May'02

    The age of Equarius

    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 29 Mar'02

    City of Edmonton masters e-mail management with AppAnalyzer

    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 15 Nov'01

    Look before you leap into Web services, part 2

    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 12 Nov'01

    Dreaming of streaming?

    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 09 Nov'01

    Managing safe and secure remote connections

    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 23 Oct'01

    Remote management dos and don'ts

    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 30 Aug'01

    Get the lowdown on help desk helpers

    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 29 Jun'01

    IMail puts managed e-mail on small biz menu

    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 29 Jun'01

    More mature P2P technology is enterprise-ready

    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

    Quick Takes: Lots of storage