Windows client management

  • February 25, 2003 25 Feb'03

    Companies at a crossroads on instant messaging

    Instant messaging has gone over so well at home, it's bound to make its way into the office. But corporate IM still has some maturing to do before it's ready to get down to business.

  • January 16, 2003 16 Jan'03

    Mark Minasi Q&A: Tuning Windows 2000, XP and Windows Server 2003, part 3

    Mark Minasi answers more questions left over from his Jan. 9 tuning webcast: What to tweak and what to replace. Read on for advice on partitions, service packs...

  • January 16, 2003 16 Jan'03

    Web site puts your frustrations into words, song

    The Brunching Shuttlecocks -- sounds like the name of a rock band with a taste for badminton and eggs Benedict. But this is a Web site that can help if your frustrations with technology or the boss leave you speechless.

  • January 16, 2003 16 Jan'03

    Mark Minasi Q&A: Tuning Windows 2000, XP and Windows Server 2003, part 2

    Mark Minasi answers leftover questions on FAT directories, Web servers, RAM and more from his Jan. 9 webcast.

  • January 15, 2003 15 Jan'03

    Outlook Web Access: Installation issues, part 2

    Continuing from part one of this two-part article,'s resident Exchange expert Scott Schnoll addresses more reader questions about the often confusing OWA setup process.

  • January 14, 2003 14 Jan'03

    Remote management shrinks the globe

    Stand-alone remote Windows management tools save IT pros hours of labor and their bosses thousands of dollars in travel bills. Three pros tell us what software they use -- not pcAnywhere -- and why. Convenient and efficient, yes, but there is one ...

  • January 13, 2003 13 Jan'03

    Step-by-step guide: How to install an FTP server on Windows XP

    Did you know that Windows XP Professional comes with a Web server and an FTP server? In this article, Robert Shahon walks you through installing the FTP server on Windows XP.

  • January 03, 2003 03 Jan'03

    Study: Spam a costly nuisance

    I think, therefore I'm spammed. A new study shows the tsunami of junk e-mail is costing U.S. firms billions of dollars. And how are those firms dealing with it? Many of them aren't doing a spam thing.

  • December 30, 2002 30 Dec'02

    Forecast and Review: Palladium and security talk to mark 2003

    SearchWindowsmanageabiltiy network management expert Tom Shinder says security will be the buzz at the water cooler and in board meetings next year. Palladium will drive the discussion, he says. The plan, proposed by Intel, AMD and Microsoft, aims ...

  • December 30, 2002 30 Dec'02

    Forecast and Review: .Net is a cure for the dot com hangover

    .NET development expert John Robbins doesn't mince words as he shares his frank opinions on the dot com crash and the bright future awaiting companies who adopt Visual Studio .NET 2003. So stop sulking – things are turning around.

  • December 23, 2002 23 Dec'02

    IT pros offer Windows-Linux configuration tips

    IT pro Jeffrey Small couldn't make Linux and Windows play well together. What could he have done differently? Our readers weigh in.

  • December 19, 2002 19 Dec'02

    2003: The year of the directory?

    Looking into the crystal ball for IT in '03, we see a bright spot -- a spot occupied by directory services and ID management.

  • December 17, 2002 17 Dec'02

    Admin Know-IT-All Question #16

    Admin Know-IT-All Question #16

  • December 13, 2002 13 Dec'02

    Network security dos & don'ts

    Do use paper, but don't use wallpaper. Networking security expert Carol Miller offers these and other dos and don'ts tips for securing a network.

  • December 13, 2002 13 Dec'02

    IT Pro File: Hit the ground running

    Meet Carol Miller, IT instructor and author, who shares her "truckin'" IT beginnings, an IT problem-solving story, and her system management dos & don'ts.

  • December 12, 2002 12 Dec'02

    10. Using Network Monitor to troubleshoot Exchange communication issues

    The no. 10 Ask the Expert question of 2002, based on page views.

  • December 10, 2002 10 Dec'02

    Admin Know-IT-All Question #15

    Admin Know-IT-All Question #15

  • December 04, 2002 04 Dec'02

    Expert: Companies need to plug in to open-source

    Linux and open-source software aren't for every situation, but with Windows licensing costs on the rise, lots of IT administrators in traditional Windows shops are looking more closely at all their options. Randy Terbush, who is founder of Covalent ...

  • December 04, 2002 04 Dec'02

    VS .NET reduces marketing firm's development time

    Microsoft's .NET-infused programming language allowed Brierley and Partners to develop a custom software platform to deliver online marketing projects faster and easier.

  • December 04, 2002 04 Dec'02

    Dos & don'ts: How to avoid app deployment disasters

    Take an off-the-shelf application. Fold it into an enterprise system. Mix well with legacy applications. That's your recipe for an application meltdown. Our expert helps you cook up something better!

  • November 27, 2002 27 Nov'02

    SMS 2003 release delayed

    Hurry up and wait some more. Microsoft plans to hold off on SMS 2003 until September. Evidently the product still needs some work, but some customers say they'll manage -- it's better to wait a little longer than to get a problematic product.

  • November 22, 2002 22 Nov'02

    Disk defragmentation: Fundamentals and beyond, part 2

    In this second installment of a two-part article on disk defragmention,'s resident defrag tool expert, Frank Alperstaedt, continues to answer your questions on this often mysterious practice.

  • November 22, 2002 22 Nov'02

    Disk defragmentation: Fundamentals and beyond, part 1's resident defrag tool expert, Frank Alperstaedt, finds himself answering the same basic questions over and over again. In an attempt to help our users grasp some of the more fundamental concepts of defragmentation, ...

  • November 21, 2002 21 Nov'02

    Understanding group policy

    Group policy can help you create a more controlled and secure system environment -- but first you need to understand how it works and how to classify your users. SearchWin2000 server administration expert James Michael Stewart shows you how in this ...

  • November 06, 2002 06 Nov'02

    KIA Quiz #2: Through the ether

    KIA Quiz #2: Through the ether

  • November 06, 2002 06 Nov'02

    KIA Quiz #7: Logging on and on

    KIA Quiz #7: Logging on and on

  • November 06, 2002 06 Nov'02

    Administrator Know-IT-All Quiz round-up

    Got an itchy trigger finger, cowpoke? Well then maybe it's time you moseyed on over to the admin Know-IT-All Quiz round-up! See if you're worth yer weight in tumbleweeds and test your gumption against one of the most despicable IT desperados of them...

  • October 30, 2002 30 Oct'02

    Patch management software IT pro's friend

    Vendors issue so many software patches to remedy bugs that IT pros are overwhelmed, and recent hacker attacks have "caught IT administrators with their pants down," says one expert.

  • October 24, 2002 24 Oct'02

    MEC and Tech-Ed: Members sound off

    There will be no MEC 2003. Next year, the longstanding Microsoft Exchange Conference (This year, the "E" was changed to enterprise.) will be combined with Microsoft's Tech-Ed developer show, which is ...

  • October 14, 2002 14 Oct'02

    Avatier spiffs up TEM and Password Station.NET

    Avatier updates Active Directory migration and password management software.

  • October 11, 2002 11 Oct'02

    Microsoft: We're doing a lot more listening

    Microsoft VP Paul Flessner talks to about how integration is changing the big picture at Microsoft. He also talks about how the company is trying to fix its fractured relationships with customers.

  • October 09, 2002 09 Oct'02

    From the Trenches, part two: Network troubleshooting with tracert

    In part two of this three-part article, network administrator and IT consultant Tim Fenner will walk you through the basic uses of tracert -- and point out ways to use it more extensively.

  • October 09, 2002 09 Oct'02

    From the Trenches, part one: Network troubleshooting with ping

    In part one of this three-part article, network administrator and IT consultant Tim Fenner will walk you through the basic uses of basic TCP/IP connection testing utilities -- and point out ways to use them more extensively.

  • October 07, 2002 07 Oct'02

    Open-source vendor: 'Microsoft will try to kill us'

    Is it showtime for Linux on the desktop? There are plenty of IT administrators who're ready, particularly in the wake of Microsoft's Licensing 6.0. But there's work to be done before the penguin is ready for its desktop close-up. Ximian Inc. in ...

  • October 04, 2002 04 Oct'02

    Microsoft to push self-audits, will keep its own auditing level static

    Microsoft's new licensing policies might make it easier for the company to audit your software, but the software police in Redmond would rather you audit yourself.

  • September 30, 2002 30 Sep'02

    AdminStudio gets an upgrade

    InstallShield releases faster version of AdminStudio, its application migration tool for systems administrators.

  • September 30, 2002 30 Sep'02

    Battening down the Windows: Open-source versus commercial tools

    When it comes to battening down the Windows, which toolshed should you visit -- open-source or proprietary? Analysts say the open-source shed is getting more traffic, thanks in no small part to Windows' insecure reputation. But is free better?

  • September 27, 2002 27 Sep'02

    Making sense of browser elections, part two

    Why do unwanted browser elections keep popping up on Windows administrator's Event Viewers? How can administrators stop this insanity? Doug Paddock continues to answer these questions and more in this part two of this tutorial on browser elections.

  • September 23, 2002 23 Sep'02

    IDC: 2001 a bad year for most, a good year for Microsoft

    IDC has done some monetary math for 2001 server and client operating environment sales. Let's just say -- the year was a wash for most companies, but a winner for Microsoft.

  • September 16, 2002 16 Sep'02

    Microsoft Browser Service, part two: How does it work?

    The Microsoft Browser Service is one of the more important elements of any Windows network. In this, the second part of a series of tutorials, expert Douglas Paddock takes off the covers and looks inside Browser Service.

  • September 11, 2002 11 Sep'02

    Microsoft to clarify language on patches, fixes and updates

    Are you all patched out? Can't keep up with all the hot fixes, updates, patches, service packs that Redmond rapid fires? Here's some good news: Microsoft is working on that. The company didn't exactly spill the beans, but an official did tell ...

  • September 11, 2002 11 Sep'02

    Help! I've encrypted my data and I can't get it back

    Waved goodbye to any encrypted data lately? Do you want to get it back? Security Expert Roberta Bragg shares her secrets for doing just that.

  • September 09, 2002 09 Sep'02

    Stratus Technologies releases two fault-tolerant products

    Stratus begins its second year in the Windows fault-tolerant server market by announcing two new systems.

  • September 09, 2002 09 Sep'02

    OpalisRobot software makes Windows task automation manageable

    Read about Toronto's Opalis Software's development of a new piece of software that increases Windows task automation managability.

  • September 05, 2002 05 Sep'02

    Expert security tips: How to protect networks without security overkill

    An expert offers tips for increasing network -- and hence organization -- security. Find out how to identify security threats, assess security problems, develop security strategies.

  • August 28, 2002 28 Aug'02

    Wake up and smell the backlash: Microsoft reacts to Licensing 6.0

    Backlash from the unspeakably unpopular Licensing 6.0 has moved Microsoft to work on incentives for small-and-medium-sized businesses.

  • August 26, 2002 26 Aug'02

    Microsoft Windows versus Linux TCO: Users speak out, part 6

    Does Windows beat out Linux in total cost of ownership? Some IT pros think so. Others think that the technology issues are overshadowed by emotions!

  • August 21, 2002 21 Aug'02

    Surviving the IT job interview: dos & don'ts

    IT trainer Doug Paddock offers tips for acing an IT job interview.

  • August 15, 2002 15 Aug'02

    Microsoft's LinuxWorld booth attracts notice but not crowds

    LinuxWorld attendees are both impressed and disgusted that Microsoft is making its presence known at this year's conference. Some are pleased that the software giant has recognized that the Linux operating system is a viable competitor to Windows, ...

  • August 15, 2002 15 Aug'02

    Linux-Windows TCO contest 'a wash' – for now

    Which is cheaper to run: Linux or Windows? Microsoft says the answer is obvious, but users aren't so sure.

  • August 10, 2002 10 Aug'02

    Microsoft versus Linux TCO: IT pros sound off, part four

    IT pros bombarded our in-box with their opinions about Microsoft's new Linux strategy and TCO comparisons. In this collection of letters, users don't pull any punches.

  • August 04, 2002 04 Aug'02

    Top Ten Backup Planning Considerations, part 1

    In this two-part series, you'll find 10 best practices that can help you build a blunder-proof backup plan, whether you are building a new network, taking over an existing structure that doesn't have a backup mechanism in place, or looking to expand...

  • August 01, 2002 01 Aug'02

    SearchWin2000 poll: Most customers deep six Licensing 6.0

    The Licensing 6.0 era has now begun, like it or not. Most SearchWin2000 readers are in the "not" category.

  • July 26, 2002 26 Jul'02

    Microsoft's .NET dominates headlines

    Another look at the week in Windows news, including new products and security alerts.

  • July 24, 2002 24 Jul'02

    Managing mega servers: Five critical lessons in systems management

    These important tips from a SearchWin2000 systems management expert will help you get the most out of your server environment.

  • July 23, 2002 23 Jul'02

    Dos and don'ts: Securing multi-forest Active Directory implementations

    A multi-forest Active Directory implementation can be a breeding ground for hackers. Find out how to secure AD from the get-go.

  • July 22, 2002 22 Jul'02

    Microsoft vs. Linux: IT pros sound off, part 3

    IT professionals have a lot to say about Microsoft's new approach to competing with Linux and TCO comparisons between Windows and Linux. In part three of this series, they ask for more solutions and less hype.

  • July 22, 2002 22 Jul'02

    Microsoft's new approach to Linux: IT pros sound off, part one

    IT professionals bombarded our in-box with their opinions about Microsoft's new approach to competing with Linux and TCO comparisons between Windows and Linux. This is part one of a series of letters to SearchWindowsManageability's editor.

  • July 18, 2002 18 Jul'02

    NTBugtraq founder's top security tips

    What's wrong with Windows security? How can you right those wrongs? Security expert Russ Cooper offers his insights and tips.

  • July 16, 2002 16 Jul'02

    Partners: Microsoft delivering on Trustworthy Computing promise

    Some of Microsoft's largest partners said they are sensing a real shift in the company's attitude about security, and they believe the company is starting to back its words with some action.

  • July 11, 2002 11 Jul'02

    IT security best practices dos and don'ts

    Yes, securing a network can be daunting. No, it doesn't have to consume your life, according to security expert Scott Blake. Here, Blake outlines some steps to getting that much closer to a secure infrastructure.

  • July 11, 2002 11 Jul'02

    What to do if your firm gets a software audit

    An excerpt from chapter three of the Sunbelt Software/ITIC report, "MS Licensing 6.0 program: Practical, tactical advice for negotiating and winning the best deal," that offers practical tips and best practices for handling a software audit.

  • July 01, 2002 01 Jul'02

    Tablet PCs: Microsoft's golden oldie

    Microsoft is still tooting the horn of Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, but some IT administrators say the horn sound is a "golden oldie" that's getting another spin on the Redmond turntable.

  • June 20, 2002 20 Jun'02

    Kicking the Windows habit: .NET vs. WebSphere

    In this latest look at Microsoft alternatives, an IBM official compares WebSphere with .NET.

  • June 18, 2002 18 Jun'02

    Kicking the Windows habit: OpenOffice vs. Microsoft Office

    A longtime IT consultant explains why he advises his clients to choose the free OpenOffice desktop suite over similar packages that cost money, like Microsoft Office and StarOffice.

  • June 11, 2002 11 Jun'02

    Don't forget about Exchange 2000 in Active Directory design, part 2

    Find out why Exchange 2000 design plays an important role in creating the best Active Directory model.

  • June 06, 2002 06 Jun'02

    Gartner: Asset management undervalued

    Asset management -- it does a company good, particularly when software firms like Microsoft are cracking down on licenses. So if it makes such good sense, why is only one out of four companies doing it right?

  • June 04, 2002 04 Jun'02

    A fish story: Microsoft's fleet goes deep

    How do you get a tuna from the sea to the seafood section as efficiently as possible? One fishing firm reeled in Microsoft's fleet of products to do the job.

  • May 29, 2002 29 May'02

    Can IIS 6.0 take the heat?

    Microsoft's IIS 5.0 was some fine dining for worms. The company needed to make the next version less tantalizing to intruders, and more appealing to customers.

  • May 28, 2002 28 May'02

    The dirty side of software piracy, part 2

    Are you using illegal software and don't know it? Do you know there's a stiff penalty for piracy? It's time to wise up, then, because an audit from the Business Software Alliance can be very unpleasant.

  • May 22, 2002 22 May'02

    Louisiana hospital finds scalable solution in SQL data warehouse

    Curtis Boyd had a miniscule budget. Yet, he needed to quickly replace a nearly 20 year-old mainframe system to reduce report generation times from two weeks to one day. Sounds like Mission: Impossible, right? Well, with a little patience and a lot ...

  • May 20, 2002 20 May'02

    Experts' dos & don'ts: Maximizing Windows performance, part 2

    Performance tuning experts Chris Amaris and Kenton Gardinier can help you transform your Windows systems into speed demons. In part two of this series, they discuss network monitoring and Exchange and Active Directory storage.

  • May 20, 2002 20 May'02

    Experts' dos & don'ts: Maximizing Windows performance, part 3

    Get ready. Chris Amaris and Kenton Gardinier dish out performance tuning advice in the final article of our three-part series on maximizing Windows performance. Here, they discuss Group Policy and traffic analysis.

  • May 13, 2002 13 May'02

    Windows Decisions: Battling indecision

    What are two essential elements of any Windows conference? Questions and grousing. You could find a bounty of both at TechTarget's Windows Decisions conference.

  • May 09, 2002 09 May'02

    What's ahead for Microsoft's management projects?

    What products will be produced by Microsoft's new Client and Server Manager projects? Two Microsoft execs share some details.

  • May 08, 2002 08 May'02

    Microsoft Project 2002 projected to be a summer release

    Redmond's latest software for planning and tracking business projects should be a go next month. The product is designed to put some sense into business and let the right hand know what the left hand is up to.

  • May 03, 2002 03 May'02

    MMS: Microsoft touts new management projects, fails to deliver tangible products

    Microsoft Management Summit was long on road maps and short on vehicles. In the closing keynote, Microsoft unveiled two new product development projects that will deliver integrated management tools later this year.

  • May 01, 2002 01 May'02

    New Altiris tool expands Windows management capabilities

    A new Altiris tool promises to improve collection and management features in Windows environments. Will it deliver? A user and analyst weigh in.

  • April 24, 2002 24 Apr'02

    Understanding Volume Licensing, part 2

    Microsoft Licensing Program Manager Rebecca LaBrunerie answers user questions on volume licensing leftover from an April 4 webcast
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  • April 24, 2002 24 Apr'02

    Rebecca LaBrunerie: Understanding Volume Licensing

    Microsoft Licensing Program Manager Rebecca LaBrunerie answers user questions on volume licensing from an April 4 Webcast
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  • April 15, 2002 15 Apr'02

    Microsoft .NET Server VP: We need to earn value proposition

    Windows .NET Server isn't ready for its close-up just yet -? that's still a few months away. But Microsoft's VP of the Windows .NET Server Group has plenty to say about it now. Bill Veghte sat down with SearchWin2000 on the Avenue of the Stars in ...

  • April 12, 2002 12 Apr'02

    Licensing: Countdown to July 31

    Microsoft has made some drastic changes to its volume licensing programs during the last year. Alvin Park, a Gartner senior research analyst, said now is the time to make your move - don't wait until the last minute. He talked with SearchWin2000 ...

  • April 11, 2002 11 Apr'02

    In antitrust we trust

    If the Microsoft antitrust trial ends with a settlement that won't change Microsoft's business practices, has the Justice Department's four-year battle been a monumental waste of time and money? One trial watcher and writer says to the contrary: IT ...

  • March 27, 2002 27 Mar'02

    Expert tackles users' Win2k/XP problems

    SearchWindowsManageability expert Serdar Yegulalp answers questions on the little quirks and tricky technical issues that can make or break your Windows systems.

  • March 20, 2002 20 Mar'02

    Securing Active Directory dos & don'ts

    With Active Directory, if it's not one thing, it's another. Deploying and managing Active Directory are tough tasks, but securing it can be tougher. Here are some AD security tips that will help ease the burden.

  • March 07, 2002 07 Mar'02

    Managing Active Directory dos & don'ts

    Active Directory management is complicated. But, it doesn't take a degree in rocket science to run it, either. Doug Davis, director of Microsoft Solutions product management at Quest Software, outlined some tips and tricks for successful Active ...

  • March 05, 2002 05 Mar'02

    The weakest link in messaging: The votes are in!

    What are the weakest links in corporate messaging systems? In a searchWindowsManageability survey, IT pros finger the guilty parties and products.

  • February 19, 2002 19 Feb'02

    Dos and don'ts of heterogeneous management

    In this second part to this searchWindowsManageability interview, Bob Yellin, CTO of Tivoli Systems, Inc., described some "dos and don'ts" to managing a mixed network.

  • February 18, 2002 18 Feb'02

    How software updates can cut costs

    Keeping software updated may seem an elementary idea, but it can really save your company lots of money in the long run, according to the CTO of Zero G Software. Find out how in this Q&A.

  • February 01, 2002 01 Feb'02

    Case study: Ending the remote defrag drag

    How can you be sure defragging is taking place regularly on all the PCs in your network? The Catch-22 is that unless you centrally manage them, you can't. Find out how one IT administrator found a way to gain control.

  • January 31, 2002 31 Jan'02

    BMC delves into 100% Linux management

    BMC Software announced Jan. 30 a slew of new Linux management products. The products are designed to help its customers roll out and manage Linux on their existing infrastructures.

  • January 23, 2002 23 Jan'02

    Multi-platform management dos and don'ts

    You don't have to be a superhero to manage an environment that consists of multiple operating systems. You may have to a bit crafty, though. In this story, you'll find some tips to mastering a heterogeneous network.

  • January 14, 2002 14 Jan'02

    NetIQ's Administration Suite upgrade tackles Group Policy management, security

    An upgrade to NetIQ's Administration Suite takes on Active Directory security and Group Policy management.

  • January 07, 2002 07 Jan'02

    Server management dos and don'ts

    Are you spending too many lunch hours doing backups or upgrading servers? If so, you need these tips from Dell and Stratus server management experts.

  • January 03, 2002 03 Jan'02

    Top 10 virtual office mistakes

    Collaboration Architect's co-founders, John Darling and Bill Bruck, outlined ten mistakes organizations can make when dabbling in the world of virtual workplaces.

  • December 19, 2001 19 Dec'01

    A tale of two screenshots, or how Microsoft gave me a new lease on life!

    One of the biggest differences between XP and its predecessors? Game space. XP got more game than you got time to play them!

  • December 11, 2001 11 Dec'01

    Load balancer selection dos and don'ts

    You may need only buy load balancing equipment rather than huge, expensive Web servers to conquer your traffic-related problems, according to Tony Bourke. To find out why this is so, searchWindowsManageability asked Bourke and F5 Networks' Chris ...

  • December 03, 2001 03 Dec'01

    Intel keeps pushing P2P with free development tools for .NET

    Intel is proving to be a real peer to Microsoft. The chipmaker is taking a Microsoft-centric approach to peer-to-peer in an effort to garner more widespread interest from developers.

  • December 03, 2001 03 Dec'01

    Software suite allows remote Windows configuration management

    BladeLogic Inc. announced today its BladeLogic Software Suite 4.0 that allows administrators to manage remote Windows, Unix and Linux machines via a single console.

  • November 27, 2001 27 Nov'01

    Disk defragmenting dos and don'ts

    Tony Conte, director of information and business systems for Racine, Wis.-based Horizon Retail Construction Inc., shared some tips to implementing and choosing the best disk defragmentation software for your Windows environment.