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Windows systems and network management

  • October 31, 2017 31 Oct'17

    Microsoft puts a new face on remote server management

    Microsoft's Project Honolulu puts the GUI back in the spotlight for systems administrators who felt left behind by the company's focus on advanced initiatives.

  • September 21, 2017 21 Sep'17

    Microsoft's VS Code embrace prompts PowerShell editor debate

    IT admins can build scripts with PowerShell ISE, VS Code or PowerShell Studio. Think about what platforms and functions you need before deciding which is right for you.

  • September 27, 2016 27 Sep'16

    Microsoft Azure Stack tweaks causing delays, IT pros still hopeful

    Improvements to Microsoft's Azure Stack hybrid cloud platform are coming slower than anticipated, but IT shops still hope to get their hands on it sooner rather than later.

  • June 17, 2016 17 Jun'16

    With June Patch Tuesday, users need a fix for the fix

    Patch Tuesday usually relieves sys admins' headaches but the June edition handed out a few, as a patch designed to improve security for Group Policy actually took it away.

  • June 14, 2016 14 Jun'16

    June Patch Tuesday addresses DNS, SMB Server vulnerabilities

    June's batch of security bulletins included a number of updates to close Windows Server vulnerabilities, including a remote code execution flaw in DNS server.

  • June 22, 2010 22 Jun'10

    Free Windows performance monitoring tools not to be missed

    Unbeknownst to some admins, the latest versions of Windows Server include new or updated tools that can minimize the need for third-party options.

  • May 07, 2010 07 May'10

    AD Federation Services 2.0 drops with added cloud support

    The updated version of Microsoft's claims-based identity software has single sign-on capabilities for apps both on-premise and in the cloud.

  • February 04, 2010 04 Feb'10

    Updated management pack monitors DFS Namespaces

    A new download from Microsoft can be used to notify admins of potential health risks involving the DFS Namespaces service in Windows Server 2008 R2.

  • January 18, 2010 18 Jan'10

    Built-in Active Directory backup feature falls short

    Windows Server 2008 R2's Active Directory Recycle Bin feature is limited, so IT pros who need full features might be better off using third-party backup tools.

  • January 11, 2010 11 Jan'10

    IT pros want more tools in next Active Directory

    Windows shops want Microsoft to improve Active Directory integration and workflow, and rely less on third-party tools.

  • January 12, 2008 12 Jan'08

    Expert offers prep tips for Active Directory in Windows Server 2008

    Microsoft MVP Brian Desmond gives administrators some tips for working with the next generation of Windows Server and Active Directory. Check out his insights on a new format for automating installs and more.

  • February 15, 2007 15 Feb'07

    Service Desk to have its own reporting capabilities

    Despite reports to the contrary, Microsoft says System Center Reporting Manager will remain a standalone product.

  • January 22, 2007 22 Jan'07

    New Windows anti-piracy tools on the way

    With counterfeit software rampant, Microsoft is taking steps to make sure users know that its latest releases are authentic.

  • November 27, 2006 27 Nov'06

    Windows has hidden functions you may not be aware of

    There's a surprising number of hidden functions in Windows that are worth digging for. The key is knowing where to look.

  • November 15, 2006 15 Nov'06

    SQL Server mobile closer to completion

    Compact Edition RC1 and Visual Studio Team Edition were among the highlights at the SQL Server 2005 user group meeting in Seattle this week.

  • November 13, 2006 13 Nov'06

    Free software converts Group Policy templates in Vista

    IT shops should save a one-time conversion problem using a free tool to help migrate Group Policy templates in older versions of Windows to Vista.

  • September 21, 2006 21 Sep'06

    SID filtering, usage scenarios and configuration for Active Directory

    Expert Dean Wells continues his analyses of the Active Directory architecture by breaking down the behaviors and configurations of SID filtering.

  • August 17, 2006 17 Aug'06

    Understanding SID filtering and Active Directory trust relationships

    Expert Dean Wells continues his dissection of the Active Directory architecture by breaking down AD trust relationships and security identifiers (SIDs), as well as lesser-known features such as SID filtering and the authentication firewall.

  • July 12, 2006 12 Jul'06

    Microsoft branch office software bundle aims for enterprise

    Microsoft is readying another branch office software bundle, this time for the enterprise branches. The SKU offers full-strength Windows Server 2003 R2.

  • July 05, 2006 05 Jul'06

    Active Directory users finding their way

    Many IT shops use Microsoft Active Directory to manage network access. Some say it's difficult, but others use it to successfully handle directory services, group policy and provisioning.

  • June 20, 2006 20 Jun'06

    Foreign security principals and the Active Direcory architecture

    This is the third of eight articles by contributor Dean Wells that dissect the Active Directory architecture. This article will further explain how foreign security principals and the Infrastructure Master are critical to the AD architecture.

  • June 08, 2006 08 Jun'06

    The Infrastructure Master and its role in the Active Directory architecture

    Dean Wells delves into the Active Directory technologies related to the Infrastructure Master and how knowledge of these components assists in the design, implementation and troubleshooting of an Active Directory network.

  • April 20, 2006 20 Apr'06

    Learning Guide: Scripting

    Scripting is simpler than it looks and can save you substantial time and effort. This guide offers tips, articles and advice on some basic scripting concepts.

  • April 06, 2006 06 Apr'06

    Learning Guide: Systems Management Tools

    We've updated our collection of tips, advice and Web resources that can help you get a handle on the many administrative tasks that fall under the heading of systems management.

  • February 22, 2006 22 Feb'06

    Backup basics: Words to know

    For all network administrators, finding a solid data backup and recovery plan is essential. Here are 11 basic backup terms that every administrator needs to know.

  • February 22, 2006 22 Feb'06

    Fast Guide: Troubleshooting SCSI

    This series of tips takes a look at troubleshooting SCSI. The tips cover connectivity problems, SCSI terminators, IDs and cabling -- the four major trouble spots for SCSI.

  • January 11, 2006 11 Jan'06

    Microsoft has big plans for mail migration

    Microsoft is prepping 'Red Bull,' a refashioned suite of migration tools, to get users to migrate off of Domino and Groupwise and onto Exchange Server 2003.

  • December 27, 2005 27 Dec'05

    Windows hardware trends for 2006

    Here's what analysts have to say about how virtualization technologies, dual-core chips and blade servers will impact Windows shops in 2006.

  • December 15, 2005 15 Dec'05

    Windows security: Is it weak?

    The security levels of Microsoft operating systems has been questioned by many IT pros. Expert Derek Melber runs down which areas to make sure are secure under a Windows installation base.

  • November 14, 2005 14 Nov'05

    Scripts that connect to remote computers

    You can save substantial time by running a script that connects to remote computers by name or as part of an Active Directory domain. This month's scripting column explains how.

  • October 27, 2005 27 Oct'05

    With Active Directory, interoperability is a must

    Many networks today do work within a non-Windows environment. Expert Laura E. Hunter says it is here where Active Directory integration and interoperability is vital.

  • October 13, 2005 13 Oct'05

    Group Policy: The final consideration in securing Active Directory

    Group Policy considerations can't be left out of the equation when addressing Active Directory security. Expert Derek Melber gives you an idea of some things to think about when securing Active Directory.

  • October 05, 2005 05 Oct'05

    Contents of WshShell

    SearchWinSystems.com's monthly scripting column gives valuable advice to both newbies and experienced admins. This month, expert Christa Anderson explains how to read the Registry and record the value of a key in the Event Viewer.

  • October 05, 2005 05 Oct'05

    Group Policy Learning Guide

    This guide introduces you to how Group Policy works, explains best practices and pitfalls to avoid and provides troubleshooting help and advice. You'll find Group Policy articles, tutorials, tips, tools, white papers, expert advice and more to pump ...

  • September 28, 2005 28 Sep'05

    Readers' Choice admin tool: Belarc Advisor

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

  • September 28, 2005 28 Sep'05

    Readers' Choice admin tool: Toad for Oracle

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

  • September 28, 2005 28 Sep'05

    Readers' Choice admin tool: Sam Spade

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

  • September 13, 2005 13 Sep'05

    Ask Microsoft: How can I decommission an old NT 4.0 domain?

    Microsoft IT Operations Analyst Brad Rutkowski explains how to use logon scripts to decommission an old NT 4.0 domain.

  • September 07, 2005 07 Sep'05

    Ask Microsoft: How can I make DNS healthy for both clients and servers?

    A Senior System Engineer for Microsoft explains how a tight integration between DNS and Active Directory make for a healthy DNS environment.

  • September 07, 2005 07 Sep'05

    Windows Script Host arguments: Summary

    Our scripting column this month explains how to use an important object collection in Windows Script Host: named arguments.

  • July 14, 2005 14 Jul'05

    Making a third-party OS and Active Directory integration a snap

    It's not easy being an Active Directory administrator who's trying to integrate non-Microsoft OSes into an Active Directory DNS. AD expert Laura E. Hunter offers some help.

  • July 12, 2005 12 Jul'05

    Integrating Linux and Active Directory isn't as daunting as you think

    Administrators often must manage both Windows and Linux machines -- and figure out how to get the two to work well together. Expert Laura E. Hunter offers some advice on Active Directory and Linux interoperability.

  • July 06, 2005 06 Jul'05

    Scripting School: More on connecting to network resources

    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 28, 2005 28 Jun'05

    Learning Guide: OS Troubleshooting

    Frustrated with Windows and its multitude of quirks? We hear you! Here are tips and expert advice to help you increase the overall stability of your Windows operating systems.

  • June 10, 2005 10 Jun'05

    Ask Microsoft: How can I determine what AD rights have been delegated?

    A senior director and service manager for Microsoft's internal IT organization explain how to troubleshoot Active Directory rights and object delegation.

  • June 03, 2005 03 Jun'05

    Identify 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.

  • April 29, 2005 29 Apr'05

    Grouping objects

    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 29, 2005 29 Apr'05

    Combining operators with functions

    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 29, 2005 29 Apr'05

    Seven quick scripting tips

    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 11, 2005 11 Apr'05

    Why a Windows system's computer memory fails

    Here's are common reasons why a Windows system's computer memory often fails.

  • April 08, 2005 08 Apr'05

    Objects, properties and methods

    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

    Beginner's guide to scripting: Summary

    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

    How are scripts interpreted?

    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.

  • March 17, 2005 17 Mar'05

    En garde! Blade servers cut through the clutter

    Blade servers may be able to make your data center really easy to manage. And that's not all. They can save you space, cabling, power and more.

  • March 08, 2005 08 Mar'05

    Granting local but not domain admin privileges

    Get suggestions on how to make a user local admin without making him domain admin in this ITKnowledge Exchange Tip of the Week.

  • February 14, 2005 14 Feb'05

    Directory services -- not your father's LDAP

    Identity management and the strain of applications are changing the role of network directories.

  • February 14, 2005 14 Feb'05

    Regedit or Regedt32?

    Windows NT-based operating systems include two utilities for editing the registry, Regedit.exe and Regedt32.exe. What's the difference? Read on for the answer.

  • February 07, 2005 07 Feb'05

    Do you blog?

    What is it about blogging that entices people to do it or visit the blogs out there? Here is one person's musings -- a blogger himself -- on the activity.

  • November 03, 2004 03 Nov'04

    Standard WAP security options

    This excerpt from e-book "The tips and tricks guide to securing Windows Server 2003" discusses five purported security mechanisms for wireless access points.

  • October 21, 2004 21 Oct'04

    Exam Cram Quiz #1: Designing an access control strategy for data

    Try your hand at these 10 Exam Cram prep questions from the MCSE Exam Cram 2 book "Designing security for a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 network."

  • October 08, 2004 08 Oct'04

    Kerberos and authentication troubleshooting

    This excerpt from "Windows Server 2003 security infrastructures" explores some basic Kerberos and Windows Server 2003 authentication troubleshooting tools.

  • September 28, 2004 28 Sep'04

    Kerberos advantages

    This excerpt from "Windows Server 2003 security infrastructures" focuses on the advantages that Kerberos brings to the Windows 2000, XP and Server 2003 operating systems.

  • September 13, 2004 13 Sep'04

    Group Policy controls extended to Unix, Linux

    A new third-party offering lets administrators apply policies to servers regardless of whether they are Windows, Linux or Unix based.

  • August 27, 2004 27 Aug'04

    Making use of Active Directory Taskpads

    Overwhelmed by the administrative tool that comes with the adminpak.msi? This book excerpt discusses how you can narrow down the information you see in an interface: Taskpads.

  • August 27, 2004 27 Aug'04

    Advantages of Microsoft Group Policy Management Console

    This excerpt from "Administrator shortcut guide to Active Directory security" describes GPMC, which is one of the tools that manages AD security.

  • August 26, 2004 26 Aug'04

    Best practices for delegating control in Active Directory

    This excerpt from "Administrator shortcut guide to Active Directory security" provides best practices and tips to use when delegating administration.

  • August 26, 2004 26 Aug'04

    Select the proper Active Directory structure

    This excerpt from "Administrator shortcut guide to Active Directory security" describes the different directory structure options and their advantages.

  • August 26, 2004 26 Aug'04

    Active Directory delegation of administration

    This excerpt from "Administrator shortcut guide to Active Directory security" describes AD delegation tasks and the benefits that delegation provides.

  • August 11, 2004 11 Aug'04

    Disable EFS

    This excerpt from Chapter 1 of Roberta Bragg's "Hardening Windows systems" explains why you should disable EFS if you don't have a policy in place to manage it.

  • April 07, 2004 07 Apr'04

    Microsoft customer feedback loop envisioned

    The head of Microsoft's online resources unit says users will soon have a direct link to Redmond's product-development teams.

  • January 12, 2004 12 Jan'04

    ScriptLogic gets AD expertise with Small Wonders deal

    ScriptLogic has acquired Small Wonders Software, a maker of software designed to assist IT administrators with Windows Server and Active Directory installations. One expert says there's little wonder about what ScriptLogic hopes to get from buying ...

  • March 17, 2003 17 Mar'03

    Microsoft to map out autonomic computing strategy

    At this week's Microsoft Management Summit, Redmond will go public with the details of its Dynamic Systems Initiative, which will eventually spread autonomic computing to every part of the Windows empire.

  • February 03, 2003 03 Feb'03

    Dos and don'ts of Active Directory migrations, part 2

    Laura E. Hunter, SearchWindowsManageability.com's resident expert on network management, provides tips for an Active Directory rollout.

  • December 12, 2002 12 Dec'02

    8. Tips on group policy management

    The no. 8 Ask the Expert question of the year, based on page views.

  • June 20, 2002 20 Jun'02

    Kicking the Windows habit: eDirectory vs. Active Directory

    Novell Inc. is best known for its network operating system, Netware and its directory services. Its LDAP directory service, eDirectory, runs on several platforms including Netware, Linux and Unix. Novell was one of the most visible victims of ...

  • October 03, 2001 03 Oct'01

    Active Directory deployment dos and don'ts

    Implement a poor Active Directory design, and your organization will feel a lot of pain as you change it. An AD deployment expert offers a planning guide that can help you avoid that pain.

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