Windows client management

  • June 02, 2004 02 Jun'04

    How to troubleshoot Windows XP startup problems, Part 2

    Determining the source of a Windows XP startup problem -- and fixing it -- is easier if you use a step-by-step approach. Find out what to do if a system will not start in normal mode or safe mode.

  • May 28, 2004 28 May'04

    Reporter's notebook: Deconstructing TechEd

    As workers at the San Diego Convention Center begin dismantling the displays for TechEd today, what will be the key takeaway from this year's signature Microsoft event? Two words: life cycle.

  • May 27, 2004 27 May'04

    Know-IT-all Chapter Quiz #14: Answer key

    ANSWER KEY: Know-IT-all Chapter Quiz #14
    Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Unleashed, 2nd edition

  • May 25, 2004 25 May'04

    Microsoft extends its product life cycle

    Slipped into a blizzard of product announcements and demos at the TechEd conference was welcome news about Microsoft's policy on long-term support of its software products.

  • May 21, 2004 21 May'04

    Patching technology gets a push

    Two software makers with a Windows focus, NetIQ and BindView, are releasing products that blend patch management with vulnerability assessment.

  • May 20, 2004 20 May'04

    Microsoft offers 'cold' server perk to customers

    For businesses that have servers standing at the ready in case of disaster, Redmond has some good news.

  • May 17, 2004 17 May'04

    Screech! Users hit the brakes on Linux server migrations

    Reversing last year's trend, fewer Windows administrators say they are going to make the switch to Linux.

  • May 17, 2004 17 May'04

    Microsoft still has its work cut out on licensing

    Software Assurance. Licensing 6.0. These are still alien terms to many of the 1,000 IT managers and administrators who responded to a recent survey. Can anything bring down the wall of confusion?

  • May 17, 2004 17 May'04

    Users rate quality of Microsoft products, services

    In a new survey, nearly 1,000 IT administrators and managers rate the quality of a number of Microsoft products and services, including Windows Server 2003, Active Directory and Systems Management Server.

  • May 04, 2004 04 May'04

    Late to migrate? MS offers free tool

    Microsoft is offering a free migration tool for the last of the NT 4.0 holdouts, but some customers say the gesture is too little too late.

  • April 19, 2004 19 Apr'04

    Gartner favors OS upgrade through attrition

    A Gartner analyst explains why the consultancy recommends a program of "managed diversity" for companies looking to introduce a new operating system in their IT environment.

  • April 19, 2004 19 Apr'04

    Unsupported Windows a disaster waiting to happen

    Partners Healthcare System is looking to migrate off Windows 2000, but leaving some systems in place past Microsoft's extended support date during a phased-in upgrade is "untenable."

  • April 16, 2004 16 Apr'04

    An insider's view of the Microsoft MVP Summit

    More than 2,500 people in 60 countries received Microsoft's Most Valuable Professional award this year, and Bernie Klinder is proud to say that he's one of them.

  • March 31, 2004 31 Mar'04

    Your software may be more versatile than you think

    Desktop management software is an example of a technology that can take on chores that go beyond its original intent.

  • March 29, 2004 29 Mar'04

    Tighter code part of Microsoft security effort, Gates says

    Microsoft chairman Bill Gates offered some specifics on security, as well as a boost for business-process modeling, during a session Monday at the Gartner Symposium ITxpo.

  • March 29, 2004 29 Mar'04

    Microsoft's WUS can't go it alone, Shavlik says

    A Microsoft executive recently declared that Shavlik Technologies is "out" as the scanning engine for Windows Update Services. Shavlik begs to differ about the continued relevance of its HFNetChk technology.

  • March 22, 2004 22 Mar'04

    Microsoft taking steps to integrate WUS with Windows

    (First of two parts. Click here to read part two.)

    LAS VEGAS -- At the March 18, 2004 18 Mar'04

    Microsoft won't force unified management on customers

    The future for Microsoft systems administration is System Center and a unified approach to client and server management. But for now, Redmond will continue to offer customers discrete Windows management products.

  • March 17, 2004 17 Mar'04

    Webcast: The inside story on Windowssecurity and messaging credentials

    What are the advantages of Microsoft's new security and messaging specializations? Certification guru Ed Tittel walks you through the requirements for these two new MCSA and MCSE credentials.

  • March 15, 2004 15 Mar'04

    Computer Associates acquires desktop specialist Miramar

    Miramar Systems and its Desktop DNA product are now part of Computer Associates' holdings. One analyst explains how this deal affects the market for software that manages Windows systems.

  • March 10, 2004 10 Mar'04

    Provide for yourself, Microsoft license expert says

    To renew or not. That's a decision many Microsoft customers will have to make this year about their Software Assurance ...

  • March 09, 2004 09 Mar'04

    Office 2003 targets power users

    Businesses that want their Office applications to be more than a one-trick pony are going to like Office 2003, experts say. Find out what this means for administrators.

  • March 03, 2004 03 Mar'04

    The needle and thread of patch management

    When it comes to security and patch management, there's no substitute for planning and analysis. Get advice from industry experts on how to make patch management a little less painful.

  • March 01, 2004 01 Mar'04

    Report rates Windows Server 2003 security

    New Burton Group research offers cheers and jeers for the security features of Microsoft's Windows Server 2003.

  • February 26, 2004 26 Feb'04

    Experts offer a potpourri of printer troubleshooting tips

    Continuing from part one of this two-part Q&A, our experts tackle a potpourri of your printer management problems.

  • February 23, 2004 23 Feb'04

    NetPro tool tracks Active Directory changes

    New software announced this week by NetPro will act like a sleuth for Microsoft's Active Directory. It will solve the "whodunit" when changes are made.

  • February 23, 2004 23 Feb'04

    Know-IT-all Chapter Quiz #3: Answer key

    ANSWER KEY: Know-IT-all Chapter Quiz #3
    Windows Server 2003 Pocket Administrator

  • February 20, 2004 20 Feb'04

    Anatomy of an intellectual property theft

    A leak hasn't gained this much attention since the Titanic slipped beneath the waves. But don't look for the leak of Windows source code onto the Internet to sink Microsoft.

  • February 19, 2004 19 Feb'04

    Modern Windows less tolerant of sloppy apps

    Windows desktop expert Jerry Honeycutt offers advice on migrating legacy applications to newer versions of Microsoft's operating system.

  • February 06, 2004 06 Feb'04

    Will Gates' e-mail postage idea stamp out spam?

    A kooky e-mail scam solves the spam menace. As ridiculous (and ironic) as that sounds, it's similar to an idea that Bill Gates floated recently at a forum in Switzerland.

  • February 01, 2004 01 Feb'04

    Active Directory: Designing made simple

    How difficult or intricate should you get when creating forests, trees, domain and OUs? Remember, ease of administration is key. Here are some points you should consider.

  • January 26, 2004 26 Jan'04

    Avoiding Active Directory's trouble spots

    If you're like nearly half of Microsoft's enterprise customers, you are still in the process of moving servers off of NT and onto Windows 2000 or Windows Server 2003, and you are still sweating over building your January 23, 2004 23 Jan'04

    MS quiet as SCO goes nuclear on Novell

    Everyone thought Microsoft's Martin Taylor was going to be the big party-crasher at LinuxWorld this week. As it turned out, Taylor's "get the facts" anti-Linux routine paled in comparison to the SCO Group's bombshell: a big, fat lawsuit against ...

  • January 21, 2004 21 Jan'04

    Microsoft updates baseline security tool

    Redmond has released a new version of its Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer software. Although version 1.2 of MBSA is free, the security tool's usefulness is limited, according to some Windows experts.

  • January 20, 2004 20 Jan'04

    Jazzercise gives intrusion prevention a workout

    Fitness company Jazzercise has whipped its IT security effort into shape by installing a perimeter security system for its Windows servers.

  • January 19, 2004 19 Jan'04

    NetIQ security suite includes new Windows tools

    Among the new administration and security tools being offered by NetIQ, one related to Resultant Set of Policy (RSoP) calculations is the real "killer feature" of the bunch, according to a Windows expert.

  • January 15, 2004 15 Jan'04

    Explore our Ask The Experts section

    Tackling a tricky IT task just got easier. Meet our impressive collection of IT gurus. They've got answers to your questions on a baker's dozen important Windows topics.

  • January 08, 2004 08 Jan'04

    Face-off: Thin clients vs. fat clients

    When it comes to clients, one editor says "thin" shouldn't be a four-letter word; another argues that fat clients unleash creativity. Read their opinions and make up your mind.

  • January 06, 2004 06 Jan'04

    Jarring jargon -- IT never at a loss for words

    If IT were to be charged with one crime, it should be abuse of the English language. Who is to blame for these "words" -- words that should be kept at the bottom of an extensible repository rather than at the top of one's mission-critical vocabulary...

  • December 12, 2003 12 Dec'03

    Antispam bill: Savior or toothless wonder?

    We now have a national "do not call" list to protect us from those loathsome telemarketing calls at dinnertime. A "do not spam" law, to protect us from those loathsome round-the-clock junk e-mails, may not be far behind, if President Bush signs the ...

  • December 10, 2003 10 Dec'03

    Festive Season Quiz: Do you speak Geek?

    Holiday quiz from

  • December 08, 2003 08 Dec'03

    Microsoft's top 10 challenges for 2004

    One of the industry's top Microsoft watchers, Directions on Microsoft, has released its annual list of Redmond's top 10 challenges for the new year.

  • December 02, 2003 02 Dec'03

    Attacks evolving toward exploiting network services

    Experts said attackers are exploiting security holes in network services and protocols, because most of the flaws in applications have been ferreted out.

  • December 02, 2003 02 Dec'03

    Altiris acquires Wise Solutions

    Systems management vendor Altiris on Tuesday announced that it has acquired Wise Solutions, a maker of software packaging tools, in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $43 million.

  • November 26, 2003 26 Nov'03

    Make patching less of a grind

    The need for software patches will continue for the foreseeable future, but a Burton analyst says there are a few patch management tips that can make the process less grueling.

  • November 21, 2003 21 Nov'03

    Analysis: Gates is a tough act to follow

    What Jerry Lewis is to the Labor Day Telethon, Bill Gates is to Comdex. If ever a day comes when Gates opts out of headlining the annual Las Vegas event, the IT community will be the lesser for it.

  • November 21, 2003 21 Nov'03

    Gates is a tough act to follow

    What Jerry Lewis is to the Labor Day Telethon, Bill Gates is to Comdex. If ever a day comes when Gates opts out of headlining the annual Las Vegas event, the IT community will be the lesser for it.

  • November 13, 2003 13 Nov'03

    Software Assurance deserves a second look, analysts say

    In an online roundtable discussion on Wednesday, four technology analysts said Microsoft's recent changes to Software Assurance warrant customers taking a fresh look at the volume-licensing program.

  • November 04, 2003 04 Nov'03

    Microsoft locks down intellectual property

    Microsoft today released Windows Rights Management Services, a security component for Windows Server 2003 that aims to protect enterprise intellectual property.

  • October 27, 2003 27 Oct'03

    Gates puts a face on far-away Longhorn

    At the Professional Developers Conference on Monday, Bill Gates and other Microsoft executives showed off the interface for the software maker's next version of Windows, which goes by the code-name Longhorn.

  • October 22, 2003 22 Oct'03

    What is EFS?

    Wondering exactly what EFS is and how it's used? Check out our definition here.

  • October 17, 2003 17 Oct'03

    Blame hackers, not Redmond, for cyberattacks

    Editor's note: Who's the real villain when it comes to security vulnerabilities in Windows? Not Microsoft, argues editorial advisory board member Larry Duncan. In a scathing rebuttal to news editor John Hogan's recent ...

  • October 09, 2003 09 Oct'03

    Group Policy may ease Active Directory pain

    Setting up Microsoft's Active Directory can be a pain, but a few of the features in Active Directory Group Policy for Windows Server 2003 may help lessen some of those pain points.

  • October 09, 2003 09 Oct'03

    Ballmer lays out Windows security plan

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on Thursday mapped out a broad plan he said would help to make the Windows platform more secure against attacks. Ballmer made his comments before an audience of Microsoft partners in New Orleans.

  • October 03, 2003 03 Oct'03

    Who's afraid of Microsoft?

    The fallout -- and intrigue -- generated by a research report critical of Microsoft continues. While not exactly the Pentagon Papers, a high-tech trade group's scathing indictment of Windows cost the lead author his job and created an industry buzz ...

  • October 02, 2003 02 Oct'03

    Sage says MS Datacenter was wise choice

    Sage Telecom is a new-enough company not to be saddled with legacy systems so, with a wide-open choice for a data center operating system, it opted for Microsoft's Datacenter Server.

  • September 30, 2003 30 Sep'03

    Massachusetts budget czar bullish on open-source

    Massachusetts' top budget official says he wants the state to become a leader in government IT practices. To demonstrate its commitment, the Bay State will give top consideration to open-source software and standards whenever possible, said Eric ...

  • September 16, 2003 16 Sep'03

    Licensing 6.0 and Software Assurance: Who should renew?

    It's decision time for many companies wondering whether to renew their volume-licensing agreements with Microsoft.

  • September 12, 2003 12 Sep'03

    Windows research lacks credibility

    To update 19th century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli's oft-quoted line, there are lies, damn lies and sponsored research reports. Microsoft's sponsorship of a new report comparing Windows and Linux costs stretches the bounds of ...

  • September 11, 2003 11 Sep'03

    True IT rebuttals: DOS, we hardly knew ye

    When we published the seemingly silly, yet ultimately controversial, "Oops! True IT blooper #97: DOS, we hardly knew ye", we could have never anticipated the onslaught of user responses it would generate. We've listed some of our favorites in this ...

  • September 05, 2003 05 Sep'03

    'Script kiddies' need to get a life

    Fans of Saturday Night Live may recall a skit a few years back in which host William Shatner urged Trekkies at a convention to move out of their parents' basements and get a life. Maybe hacker-turned-security-consultant Kevin Mitnick can ...

  • August 22, 2003 22 Aug'03

    Microsoft eats crow to protect users

    If the folks at Microsoft responsible for Windows security aren't jumping out of their office windows, it's probably because those windows are secured, unlike their OS.

  • August 20, 2003 20 Aug'03

    Windows Server 2003 service pack timeframe released

    The first service pack for Windows Server 2003 will be ready in early 2004, Microsoft says.

  • August 19, 2003 19 Aug'03

    Office 2003 pricing, release date announced

    Microsoft has completed development of its core Office System 2003 products and has released the suite to manufacturing.

  • August 19, 2003 19 Aug'03

    Introducing the desktop deployment center

    Welcome to the grand opening of's new Desktop Deployment Info Center, your one-stop shop for information and advice on managing your company's Windows desktops.

  • August 18, 2003 18 Aug'03

    Microsoft woos user community

    Microsoft's plans to forge stronger ties with IT professionals is building steam as the company designs more programs that reach out to user groups.

  • August 07, 2003 07 Aug'03

    Book Review: The Art of Deception -- Controlling the Human Element of Security

    Infamous hacker Kevin Mitnick demonstrates how "social engineers" acquire internal phone numbers, passwords and learn the company lingo to gain access to company networks and defeat complex security measures.

  • July 30, 2003 30 Jul'03

    What exactly is DNS?

    What is the domain name system? Check out the definitions for DNS, dynamic DNS service and forward DNS lookup.

  • July 25, 2003 25 Jul'03

    Microsoft's gaggle of CFOs

    Microsoft has updated Disney's classic "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." Redmond's new summer blockbuster is called "John Connors and the Seven CFOs."

  • July 24, 2003 24 Jul'03

    KIA Quiz #44: Patience is a virtue

    KIA Quiz #44: Patience is a virtue

  • July 10, 2003 10 Jul'03

    NT4 Independence Day: More users sound off

    When Microsoft recently stopped supporting NT4 workstations, some of our site members offered their strategies and comments included in the Featured Topic, Is NT obsolete? Below are ...

  • July 08, 2003 08 Jul'03

    Using Windows Server 2003's Domain Rename command

    In part one, "Renaming forests: Windows Server 2003 tackles an old AD problem," contributor Doug Paddock explains when you should and should not attempt domain or forest renaming. In this installment, he outlines the initial steps ...

  • July 01, 2003 01 Jul'03

    Microsoft offers more Exchange options, RTMs 'Titanium'

    Microsoft has offered more choices for customers who need Exchange licenses, but it's up to you to make the right choice for your shop.

  • July 01, 2003 01 Jul'03

    Letters to the Editor: NT4 Independence Day

    If you're looking for unpaid hotfix or paid incident support for your NT4 workstations, you're out of luck. What are our all-too-aware site members going to do? Some stragegies -- and comments -- are included in these letter to the editor excerpts. ...

  • June 27, 2003 27 Jun'03

    Microsoft Q&A: Integrating Exchange 2003 with Windows Server 2003 and Outlook 2003

    With Exchange Server 2003 about to hit the street and Windows Server 2003 just two months out the door, now is the time to learn how to optimize these new technologies. In a recent webcast, two Microsoft expets discussed the key issues to consider ...

  • June 25, 2003 25 Jun'03

    What admins need to consider in advance of Yukon

    DALLAS -- At the TechEd conference earlier this month, IT executives picked up a few details about Microsoft's database strategy. First, the company said it would add reporting services for SQL Server 2000; they will appear sometime later this year....

  • June 16, 2003 16 Jun'03

    IT managers doubt prediction of Windows dominance

    Analysts say Windows is going to be the dominant server platform in the data center, but IT managers aren't so sure.

  • June 11, 2003 11 Jun'03

    Microsoft buys its way into antivirus fray

    Microsoft has gone all the way to Romania to buy its admission ticket to the antivirus software fight.

  • June 02, 2003 02 Jun'03

    Step-by-Step Guide: How to block NetBIOS connections to Windows XP Pro

    Since the Windows server service advertises on well-known NetBIOS ports, it is a common attack vector for hackers. Expert Laura E. Hunter shows you how to block this avenue of attack.

  • May 27, 2003 27 May'03

    Microsoft licensing changes to offer more freebies, support

    Still feeling burned by Licensing 6.0? Microsoft hopes some changes, including more freebies on the desktop and more support on the server, will salve your wounds.

  • May 21, 2003 21 May'03

    Howard Marks: Active Directory workshops

    Howard Marks' Active Directory workshops from Enterprise Windows Decisions 2003.

  • May 19, 2003 19 May'03

    Preparing for Microsoft developer exams: Tips, topics and resources

    This article discusses the key topics, programming languages, interfaces, development tools and environments that candidates for the MCAD and MCSD credentials must consider (and eventually master) along with pointers to resources to help prepare for...

  • May 14, 2003 14 May'03

    To upgrade or not? Windows users offer mixed views

    Think of NT 4.0 as Sean Connery and Windows Server 2003 as Pierce Brosnan. Microsoft is banking on the graying hairs of NT 4.0 to stoke interest in Windows Server 2003. But just as there are James Bond fans who're diehard Connery fans and don't care...

  • May 14, 2003 14 May'03

    Goodwill hunting -- Microsoft gives away Windows

    Microsoft may have a lot of cash, but the company is now seeking something money cannot buy -- the love and respect of its customers. And nothing says "kinship" like free copies of Windows Server 2003.

  • April 29, 2003 29 Apr'03

    Admin Know-IT-All Question #32

    Admin Know-IT-All Question #32

  • April 25, 2003 25 Apr'03

    Windows Server 2003's competition: NT, Windows 2000

    Microsoft has now launched Windows Server 2003 (no, really, it has!), and the new platform has some stiff competition -- older brothers NT and Windows 2000. How can Microsoft compete against itself? The company plans to pitch the idea that Windows ...

  • April 23, 2003 23 Apr'03

    Pick your patch management product -- admins enjoy choices

    It seems like there are almost as many patch management products as there are patches to manage. Several new products have bloomed in the last week.

  • April 22, 2003 22 Apr'03

    Admin Know-IT-All Question #31

    Admin Know-IT-All Question #31

  • April 16, 2003 16 Apr'03

    TechMentor: Bourbon Street, games and, oh yea, IT

    Last week's TechMentor conference in New Orleans offered plenty of instruction for Windows pros, but there were ample distractions as well.

  • April 07, 2003 07 Apr'03

    Third-party tools help Notes, Exchange play nice

    Migrating from IBM's Lotus Notes/Domino to Microsoft Exchange can be a real drag on your company's budget and your time. A peaceful coexistence of the two platforms may be the best choice, and there are several companies that say they can keep Notes...

  • April 03, 2003 03 Apr'03

    Minasi on Linux vs. Windows: 'Is roast beef a threat to a salad?'

    The long-awaited Windows Server 2003 will be here in less than a month. Was it worth the wait? Or, more important, are there better alternatives? In this series of articles, Margie Semilof talks with prominent industry experts about Microsoft's new ...

  • April 01, 2003 01 Apr'03

    Case study: Retail chain's move to Windows a 'no brainer'

    It was an easy decision for hip clothier Urban Outfitters to switch from a Unix- to a Windows-based terminal services solution. The terminal software was easier to administer, and admins could customize client features without knowing scripting ...

  • March 31, 2003 31 Mar'03

    New file system in Windows 2003 could cut TCO

    The usually unheralded but hard-working Distributed File System (DFS) in Windows is getting a makeover. The new, improved DFS, which will make its debut with Windows Server 2003, could, among other things, help trim TCO.

  • March 25, 2003 25 Mar'03

    Admin Know-IT-All Question #28

    Admin Know-IT-All Question #28

  • March 24, 2003 24 Mar'03

    Using SUS without Active Directory

    Looking for an affordable way to keep your user workstations humming with all of those critical security updates and hotfixes? Software Update Services doesn't have all the answers, but it's a good solution for the cost -- free -- from Microsoft. ...

  • March 17, 2003 17 Mar'03

    News from Microsoft Management Summit 2003

    For the latest news from Microsoft Management Summit 2003, check out the following links.

  • March 14, 2003 14 Mar'03

    Microsoft to announce major shift in manageability strategy

    And then there was one. One management product, that is. At next week's Microsoft Management Summit, the software maker will unveil its plans for Sydney, a project that sources say will combine Microsoft's three Windows manageability products into ...

  • March 05, 2003 05 Mar'03

    AD migration tool leads admins out of the forest

    Aelita Software says it has developed a tool that helps eliminate one of the most painful parts of the Active Directory migration process: moving from one forest to another. Think of it as a way to see the forest for the trees.

  • March 04, 2003 04 Mar'03

    MS releases prices for Windows Server 2003

    Microsoft on Monday released the retail price list for its much-anticipated Windows Server 2003.

  • February 28, 2003 28 Feb'03

    Five quick tips to keep your admin skills sharp

    Sure money is tight, but that doesn't mean your skills have to pay the price. Here are five cost-effective ways to keep your Windows admin skills sharp.