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  • July 28, 2005 28 Jul'05

    Ballmer outlines Microsoft growth areas

    At Microsoft's annual meeting for financial analysts, CEO Steve Ballmer spoke of premium client access licenses, an Office server product and a professional version of Windows Vista.

  • July 27, 2005 27 Jul'05

    Microsoft tackles two Windows betas at once

    Initial test versions were released Wednesday for both Windows Vista and its operating system cousin, Longhorn Server. At this point, the server and client code are more like twins.

  • July 26, 2005 26 Jul'05

    University learns storage lesson

    Seattle Pacific University switched from a FC to an iSCSI SAN and discovered that FC does not necessarily out perform iSCSI -- but still costs more.

  • July 26, 2005 26 Jul'05

    Hospital ditches Veritas, tape

    A move from tape to disk-based backup frees a hospital's IT staff from constant tape troubleshooting.

  • July 21, 2005 21 Jul'05

    Investment firm finds value in SATA array

    Swelling databases and slow response times led UVEST Financial Services to dump its NAS in favor of a mid-tier storage array.

  • July 20, 2005 20 Jul'05

    Disk storage market set to explode

    According to recent studies by research firms IDC and Robert W. Baird & Co., the disk storage market is set to explode. Experts say now is the time to upgrade disk storage systems.

  • July 15, 2005 15 Jul'05

    Solving the riddle of data storage with iSCSI

    The most reliably true statement in the world of computing is that data grows to fill all available space. For those running Windows server farms, iSCSI is an increasingly popular storage option to deal with the crunch.

  • July 14, 2005 14 Jul'05

    Smart Shopper: Users voice concern over manageability of NAS

    A survey conducted by SearchStorage on midrange NAS systems found that users are more interested today in the manageability of NAS than features like snapshot.

  • July 14, 2005 14 Jul'05

    Vendors sharpen DR tools

    Whether you're trying to stay compliant with HIPPA or SOX or just rigorous about protecting your company's data, this Tech Roundup provides an overview of the basics of DR.

  • July 11, 2005 11 Jul'05

    Vendors help resolve issues related to SAN boot

    Booting from a SAN still has its problems, including a thicket of hardware and OS issues. But, these days, help is easier to find.

  • July 08, 2005 08 Jul'05

    Microsoft sets pricing for new backup software

    Licensing for System Center Data Protection Manager will be similar to Microsoft's server management software.

  • July 06, 2005 06 Jul'05

    Scripting School: Summary

    Christa Anderson builds on her previous column, which explained the tools you need for automatically connecting to network resources. Here are some scenario-based variations to try and a sample script.

  • July 06, 2005 06 Jul'05

    Scripting School: How to put the script together

    Christa Anderson builds on her previous column, which explained the tools you need for automatically connecting to network resources. Here are some scenario-based variations to try and a sample script.

  • July 06, 2005 06 Jul'05

    Scripting School: MapResources sample script

    Christa Anderson builds on her previous column, which explained the tools you need for automatically connecting to network resources. Here are some scenario-based variations to try and a sample script.

  • July 06, 2005 06 Jul'05

    Scripting School: How do I map printers?

    Christa Anderson builds on her previous column, which explained the tools you need for automatically connecting to network resources. Here are some scenario-based variations to try and a sample script.

  • June 30, 2005 30 Jun'05

    Fidelity drops Microsoft Cluster Server for file serving

    Financial services giant Fidelity ditches MS Cluster Server for file serving, replacing it with PolyServe's cluster file system to cut down the number of file servers it needs.

  • June 30, 2005 30 Jun'05

    Microsoft's customers will get their backup

    Microsoft's first step into the disk-based backup software market is making its way through the pipeline and should be available in a few months. The System Center Data Protection Manager is one of the key pieces of Microsoft's system management ...

  • June 28, 2005 28 Jun'05

    Evolving disk interface boosts storage efficiency

    Though the specifications are not yet complete, products using early versions of the new SATA II storage disk interface are promising superior performance.

  • June 28, 2005 28 Jun'05

    Virtual private servers virtualize the OS

    In today's never-ending crusade to reduce IT costs, various techniques are used to squeeze every drop of computing power out of servers. One way to get a finer-grained and lower-overhead partition is through a virtual private server (VPS).

  • June 22, 2005 22 Jun'05

    Blocker planned for Windows Server 2003 SP1

    Microsoft has created a blocking tool to prevent the automatic download of the recent service pack for its server operating system.

  • June 12, 2005 12 Jun'05

    Reporter's notebook: Storage Decisions wrap-up

    Users and analysts comment on some of the hottest topics in storage, including Microsoft DPM, data security, Symantec, ILM and iSCSI.

  • June 06, 2005 06 Jun'05

    SQL Server, VS at top of TechEd dance card

    In addition to providing more information about its new database software and developer suite, Microsoft is expected to release its WSUS patch management tool and offer greater detail on plans for the Exchange messaging platform.

  • June 03, 2005 03 Jun'05

    Set your goals

    The third part in a continuing series on scripting explains how to use tools that let you identify users and computers outside a domain structure and make them connect to network shares -- depending on who and where they are.

  • June 03, 2005 03 Jun'05

    Make choices

    The third part in a continuing series on scripting explains how to use tools that let you identify users and computers outside a domain structure and make them connect to network shares -- depending on who and where they are.

  • June 03, 2005 03 Jun'05

    Scripting School: Connect users to network resources

    The third part in a continuing series on scripting explains how to use tools that let you identify users and computers outside a domain structure and make them connect to network shares -- depending on who and where they are.

  • May 17, 2005 17 May'05

    SMBs face threshold decision on storage

    Researchers define the point at which it makes more sense to choose a storage area network over direct-attached storage.

  • May 12, 2005 12 May'05

    Ask Microsoft: Using a metabase restore for IIS issues

    A Microsoft messaging director explains what happens when an IIS metabase is misconfigured or corrupt.

  • May 10, 2005 10 May'05

    Solving the riddle of data storage with iSCSI

    The most reliably true statement in the world of computing is that data grows to fill all available space. For those running Windows server farms, iSCSI is an increasingly popular storage option to deal with the crunch.

  • May 09, 2005 09 May'05

    Protect your network from attack

    This series of seminars offered by Microsoft will teach the key areas you need to know to protect you network from attack.

  • May 05, 2005 05 May'05

    Ask Microsoft: Email storage trade-offs

    A messaging director with Microsoft's internal IT organization offers advice on three options to tackle the growing problem of mailbox storage.

  • May 03, 2005 03 May'05

    Outsourcing the backup data center

    Outsourcing companies see a major growth area in midmarket organizations looking to install a backup data center in a managed facility.

  • April 29, 2005 29 Apr'05

    Where do objects come from?

    In the second article in our continuing series on scripting, noted scripting expert Christa Anderson covers some advanced scripting concepts and offers several tips that will help you debug your scripts.

  • April 28, 2005 28 Apr'05

    Scripting School: Increase your scripting expertise

    In the second article in our continuing series on scripting, scripting expert Christa Anderson covers some advanced scripting concepts and offers tips that will help you debug your scripts.

  • April 26, 2005 26 Apr'05

    IT pros find backup software that 'fits'

    Deciding which backup software package to use can be challenging with all of the choices on the market. Here, three IT managers, each with different needs and budgets, share their stories about choosing the best product.

  • April 19, 2005 19 Apr'05

    Microsoft hopes to connect the lifecycle dots

    New storage and systems management releases are part of a three-phase plan by Microsoft to bring logic to the enterprise software development and deployment process.

  • April 19, 2005 19 Apr'05

    Dell to ship SMB servers with MOM 2005

    The announcement for Dell's PowerEdge server line continues a year-old systems management partnership between Dell and Microsoft.

  • April 19, 2005 19 Apr'05

    More friends of MOM announced

    Several third-party software makers have announced management packs for Microsoft Operations Manager.

  • April 19, 2005 19 Apr'05

    Cooler rooms or cooler servers?

    As the data center faces a warming trend, what makes more sense: designing a room that stays cooler or designing a cooler server?

  • April 12, 2005 12 Apr'05

    Woes with new Windows service pack uncovered

    As happened with Windows XP SP2, users are running into application compatibility issues with the recently released Windows Server 2003 SP1.

  • April 11, 2005 11 Apr'05

    How to tell if your system's computer memory is faulty

    Common symptoms of faulty computer memory include boot failures, data corruption and system errors.

  • April 11, 2005 11 Apr'05

    How to troubleshoot computer memory problems

    Skipping basic computer memory troubleshooting steps could not only lengthen the troubleshooting process, but also lead to more computer memory problems.

  • April 08, 2005 08 Apr'05

    Scripting hosts and the interpreter

    Scripting is simpler than it looks and can save you substantial time and effort. Here are some basic scripting concepts for newbies as we introduce a new regular column by Christa Anderson, a noted scripting authority.

  • April 08, 2005 08 Apr'05

    Data types you'll use

    Scripting is simpler than it looks and can save you substantial time and effort. Here are some basic scripting concepts for newbies as we introduce a new regular column by Christa Anderson, a noted scripting authority.

  • April 05, 2005 05 Apr'05

    SMBs weigh in on online storage

    The emergence of Web-based storage service providers presents one more option for SMBs. But depending who you talk to, the right answer for SMB storage devices remains to be seen.

  • March 31, 2005 31 Mar'05

    Five steps to managing storage growth

    Need a plan to manage your increasing storage needs? Here are five steps you can take to get a handle on growth.

  • March 29, 2005 29 Mar'05

    Computer memory types: Static RAM vs. dynamic RAM

    In this installment from SearchWincomputing.com's Computer Memory for your Windows Environment guide, contributor Bernie Klinder explains how static RAM and dynamic RAM differ.

  • March 10, 2005 10 Mar'05

    Server spending reflects new IT reality

    Sales of low-end servers are on the rise, and Windows-based units are helping to lead the way. In separate research reports, Gartner and IDC offered explanations on who's buying and why.

  • March 10, 2005 10 Mar'05

    More options in backup landscape for Windows

    Want to learn the ABCs of backup for your Windows environment? Here are the basics along with advice from some users who have been there and found the right match for their businesses.

  • February 28, 2005 28 Feb'05

    Ask Microsoft: Remotely reinstalling SBS

    Microsoft corporate vice president Rick Devenuti answers users' questions on remotely reinstalling Small Business Server and decommissioning a backup domain controller.

  • February 24, 2005 24 Feb'05

    Hitachi soups up Windows support

    Hitachi Data Systems offers new support for Microsoft's Windows and Exchange in its HiCommand storage management software.

  • February 22, 2005 22 Feb'05

    Downsizing can reap server use benefits

    Consolidating servers is a popular notion, but just how much consolidation can an organization achieve? In some cases (think potential disruptions), it's not an option.

  • February 14, 2005 14 Feb'05

    Windows registry defined

    The Windows registry is a single place for managing hardware, system options, memory settings and start-up of applications. Get the details about this key Windows component here.

  • February 14, 2005 14 Feb'05

    Ask Microsoft: Simplifying DR planning

    Microsoft's former corporate senior vice president Rick Devenuti weighs in on how to simplify disaster recovery planning.

  • February 03, 2005 03 Feb'05

    Storage appliance, the server alternative

    Although SMBs can, and do, use servers to fill a variety of roles from serving up Web pages to delivering applications, one traditional server role can now be delegated elsewhere very affordably.

  • February 02, 2005 02 Feb'05

    Microsoft qualifies Brocade SAN router

    Brocade's SilkWorm Multiprotocol Router has received Microsoft qualification for use in linking iSCSI networks to Fibre Channel SANs.

  • January 11, 2005 11 Jan'05

    Accounting firm overhauls data center -- on budget

    A need to consolidate and update technology propelled a 400-seat enterprise to overhaul its IT infrastructure and standardize on Windows -- on a budget that was meant for maintenance.

  • December 16, 2004 16 Dec'04

    Service packs vs. rollups: The fix is in

    Some Microsoft customers clamor for Windows service packs that cover every imaginable fix, but experts warn that they should be careful what they wish for. In end-of-life cases like Windows 2000 Server, a rollup may be all they need.

  • December 14, 2004 14 Dec'04

    Expert profile: Laura E. Hunter

    Laura E. Hunter is a technical author, trainer, speaker and a Windows Network Manager for a major northeastern ...

  • December 07, 2004 07 Dec'04

    Release is a signal that Windows 2003 SP1 is near

    Microsoft's new release candidate for Windows Server 2003 SP1 is a tune-up for the operating system's first service pack, which is on track for the first half of 2005.

  • December 06, 2004 06 Dec'04

    Dirt cheap iSCSI software hits the shelves

    Although the price for DataCore Software's new SANmelody might be good, the company's performance claims are far from recording breaking.

  • December 06, 2004 06 Dec'04

    ISCSI wows some users, confuses others

    Trying to nail down a consistent sentiment about iSCSI here at the Storage Decisions 2004 conference in New York City is like trying to type without a keyboard – near impossible.

  • November 10, 2004 10 Nov'04

    Common sense dictates data center choices

    The business of managed data center hosting has greatly matured during the past several years, particularly for the small and medium-sized business (SMB) market. Better software has become available, and there is far more Web enablement than in the ...

  • November 05, 2004 05 Nov'04

    Microsoft levels the playing field for patch notices

    Psst. Want the scoop on what's in Microsoft's security bulletin this month? Well, you no longer have to be a select customer to get that kind of information.

  • November 03, 2004 03 Nov'04

    Group Policy Q&A -- Guarding wireless access points

    In this excerpt from e-book "The tips and tricks guide to securing Windows Server 2003," Roberta Bragg answers the question, "How can I prevent wireless access points from becoming an unguarded entry point into my network."

  • October 05, 2004 05 Oct'04

    Microsoft investigates ASP.NET vulnerability

    Microsoft is investigating reports of a vulnerability that an attacker could use to bypass authentication on a Web site running ASP.NET applications on Windows 2000 or Windows XP.

  • August 30, 2004 30 Aug'04

    Microsoft supports iSCSI SAN clusters -- kind of

    Microsoft now supports iSCSI storage area networks using clustering, but for the time being, that support is limited to two nodes.

  • July 16, 2004 16 Jul'04

    Built-in Windows defragmenter better by leaps and bounds

    Life is a lot easier for administrators now that the Disk Defragmenter utility is a built-in feature in newer versions of Windows Server. There are some limitations in an enterprise environment, however.

  • May 26, 2004 26 May'04

    EMC draws battle line with iSCSI

    EMC is tapping its partner Dell to sell its latest low-end Clariion at a price it hopes will stop iSCSI arrays sucking up the midrange market

  • May 19, 2004 19 May'04

    Stinger to take flight -- slowly

    IBM released the full beta of Stinger this month, but some DBAs say the next version of the universal database has yet to hit their radar screens.

  • December 18, 2003 18 Dec'03

    Windows 2000 Server death watch begins

    Microsoft has begun reminding customers that it will stop selling Windows 2000 Server and Advanced Server in the spring. The software maker also issued an end-of-life schedule for these enterprise products.

  • October 21, 2003 21 Oct'03

    Gates zones in on ROI at Office 2003 launch

    Microsoft threw an Office party in New York on Tuesday and ROI was the guest of honor. At the launch of the Office 2003 suite, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates stressed that the package of applications will save enterprise users time and boost their ...

  • August 11, 2003 11 Aug'03

    Free utility pinpoints needed file changes in Office

    ConverterTechnology is offering a free utility that scans Microsoft Office to determine which files would be affected during an upgrade to a newer version of the software.

  • February 12, 2003 12 Feb'03

    E-gads! Glut of e-mail could mean storage space race

    Keeping track of your company's e-mail is an important business. Just ask the people at WorldCom and Enron. If you can't shred it, you have to store it, and with the number of corporate e-mails expected to hit 60 billion within three years, finding ...

  • November 15, 2002 15 Nov'02

    A decade of data -- Seattle summit to celebrate SQL Server, preview Yukon

    Microsoft is throwing a birthday party to celebrate a decade of data. SQL Server, the software giant's darling database, turns the big 1-0, but customers won't be going to Seattle simply to sing "Happy Birthday," have cake and talk smack about ...

  • September 23, 2002 23 Sep'02

    Battening down the Windows: Don't forget the database!

    Web servers may catch the most flak when it comes to intrusions, but security experts say don't let the trials of IIS distract you from locking the door to your database.

  • September 10, 2002 10 Sep'02

    IM pings corporate decision-makers

    Few applications, with the possible exception of e-mail, have caught fire as fast as instant messaging (IM). But the vast majority of the success has occurred under the radar of corporate IT. Many enterprises still ban IM because it lacks proper ...

  • September 06, 2002 06 Sep'02

    Storage vendors to support Microsoft driver

    Microsoft is letting down a drawbridge of sorts, and storage vendors are taking advantage of it. They are getting behind the software giant's new multi-path driver, whichone that will connects Windows servers to a multitude of storage devices.

  • June 26, 2002 26 Jun'02

    Kicking the Windows habit: Oracle 9i vs. SQL Server

    Oracle and Microsoft -- the two get along like a mongoose and a cobra -- or Burt and Loni, gnashing their teeth in the press and in the marketplace. SQL Server is one way Microsoft keeps its eyes on the enterprise prize, but is it an Oracle killa? ...

  • June 26, 2002 26 Jun'02

    Disaster Recovery dos and don'ts: How to plan for worst-case scenarios

    Even after those months of planning against the worst possible outcome, the unthinkable can happen. In fact, chances are good that it will happen. Prepare yourself with SWM Expert Laura E. Hunter's list of critical dos and don'ts.

  • February 26, 2002 26 Feb'02

    Netreon makes Windows-based SAN management possible

    Netreon, Inc.'s new SAN management product hopes to fill a void in the historically non Windows-based SAN management arena. Find out how this product can make your SAN management more intuitive.

  • February 07, 2002 07 Feb'02

    Using Sun's storage systems in Windows shops

    Sun Microsystems vows its new StorEdge 3900 and 6900 devices will support almost all operating systems--including Windows. In this interview, Sun's Bill Groth sheds light on how you can bring StorEdge into a Windows shop.

  • January 18, 2002 18 Jan'02

    Top 10 data recovery bloopers

    This Top 10 of true data loss stories serves as your fair warning. "What happened to them could happen to anyone," said data recovery Bill Margeson. So, don't let them happen to you, too!

  • January 03, 2002 03 Jan'02

    File server management dos and don'ts

    Get relief from file sharing and file server management headaches with these tips.

  • December 27, 2001 27 Dec'01

    Back up expert fields sWM users' questions

    Users tossed their toughest backup problems into Liam Scanlan's court. Were this backup expert's solutions slam dunks? Get into the game with this Q&A.

  • December 21, 2001 21 Dec'01

    Top 5 dos and don'ts for recovering lost data

    Recovering lost or deleted data is rarely a sure thing. These data recovery dos and don'ts can help increase your odds for succeeding.

  • December 13, 2001 13 Dec'01

    SAP touts its open source database

    German e-business software giant SAP AG hopes its standalone open source database, SAP DB, will continue to gain new devotees. The company has released a new version of SAP DB.

  • December 06, 2001 06 Dec'01

    SteelEye promises to deliver hassle-free data recovery

    SteelEye Technology's new wide area network-based disaster recovery product for clustered Windows environments promises to recover an organization's data within minutes.

  • December 05, 2001 05 Dec'01

    Lessons learned from 9-11: Disaster recovery dos and don'ts

    At Oracle OpenWorld, Veritas CEO Gary Bloom described his company's post-September 11 data recovery mission and offered disaster recovery preparedness advice.

  • December 04, 2001 04 Dec'01

    Oracle unveils secret XML project

    At Oracle OpenWorld 2001 in San Francisco, Oracle Corp. offered a sneak preview of a new "top-secret" XML database support initiative. Code-named Project XDB, the initiative is creating technologies that will enable native storage, indexing, ...

  • September 25, 2001 25 Sep'01

    Get 100 percent backup performance

    Unsuccessful backups plague enterprises about 20% of the time, said Liam Scanlan, vice president of product strategy for the storage software company Bocada, Inc. That may seem a small amount, but few businesses can afford the labor costs of ...

  • September 24, 2001 24 Sep'01

    Demystify backup success rates

    Bocada Inc. announced its first monitoring tool, BackupReport, which analyzes and reports on the sucess of backups. Regardless of the storage device or OS in place, BackupReport provides companies with a consolidated, enterprise-sized view of ...

  • August 20, 2001 20 Aug'01

    Backup, but don't go backward

    George Symons, vice president of product management and development for Mountain View, CA-based Legato Systems, Inc., discusses common backup mistakes and how to avoid them.

  • August 06, 2001 06 Aug'01

    InterSAN partners with EMC to provide storage package

    InterSAN, Inc., is teaming up with a powerful veteran to introduce a new storage application management technology. Storage area management (SAM) software automatically finds storage needs and makes it available to servers. The relationship ...

  • August 06, 2001 06 Aug'01

    Storage area management speeds application allocation

    Scotts Valley, CA-based InterSAN created storage area management (SAM) to make it easier to allocate space on a server for a new application and store it without mishap. Find out how SAM works and why enterprises may need it in this ...

  • August 01, 2001 01 Aug'01

    Drill for data with application storage management tool

    Making short work of storage resource management may be easier thanks to Houston, TX-based BMC Software's Application-Centric Storage Management (ACSM) suite. Discover how the ACSM product is used in Windows environments and its benefits for ...

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