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  • 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.

  • December 10, 2009 10 Dec'09

    Remoting tops Windows PowerShell 2.0 features

    Of all the improvements made to PowerShell 2.0, the new remote management capabilities are expected to be the biggest hit among admins.

  • 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.

  • October 25, 2007 25 Oct'07

    Windows Server 2008: Looking good on the security front

    Server Core, the Terminal Services Gateway and Active Directory security enhancements are a few security features worth looking forward to in Windows Server 2008, says one expert.

  • March 05, 2007 05 Mar'07

    Expert releases tools to demystify Group Policy

    Getting the most from Group Policy is tough for IT managers if they don't stay on top of it. One expert has launched his own products to help simplify the process.

  • 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.

  • January 15, 2007 15 Jan'07

    Top products named for Active Directory, Group Policy

    NetPro Computing Inc. walks away with winners in both categories.

  • December 21, 2006 21 Dec'06

    Microsoft releases end of the year code

    The elves at Microsoft are still cranking out code. Bits for Windows Server 2003 SP2 and Longhorn Server came out this week.

  • 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.

  • November 02, 2006 02 Nov'06

    Mega-deal promises to connect Windows and Linux

    Microsoft opens its arms to open source in a wide-ranging agreement with Novell.

  • October 06, 2006 06 Oct'06

    Microsoft fills in Group Policy gaps with latest acquisition

    With its purchase of DesktopStandard, Microsoft's Group Policy adds much to customers' wish lists, but Microsoft keeps mum on what its exact plans are for the technology.

  • October 02, 2006 02 Oct'06

    Microsoft buy promises easier Group Policy management

    Microsoft snapped up closely held DesktopStandard, a small software company that specializes in policy-based management tools.

  • 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 28, 2006 28 Aug'06

    Scripting School: Expert answers to your scripting questions

    Should you learn to script to perform a specific task? Scripting expert Christa Anderson tackles readers' email and answers questions about killing a process and managing variables and string names.

  • 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 19, 2006 19 Jul'06

    Microsoft tweaks IIS patch

    Some customers ran into trouble while trying to install MS06-034, which addresses a remote code execution flaw in Internet Information Services (IIS).

  • 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 26, 2006 26 Jun'06

    Microsoft's big IP telephony play

    Microsoft has big plans for unified messaging, using Office as the communications hub. But its reliance on partners and existing customer prejudices may cause users to hold off adoption for years.

  • 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 15, 2006 15 Jun'06

    Security Bytes: Vista under the hackers' microscope

    Microsoft will show off Vista security at the upcoming Black Hat confab. Meanwhile, RSA's stock option grants are under scrutiny and a report shows spyware on the rise.

  • 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 25, 2006 25 Apr'06

    All-in-One-Guide: Active Directory backup and recovery

    Ensure that your Active Directory network remains intact -- even when the worst happens -- with this collection of tips and advice.

  • 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.

  • March 27, 2006 27 Mar'06

    Windows Vista doubles Group Policy's potential

    The next version of Windows doubles the number of Group Policy settings from roughly 1,500 to about 3,000. Most of them are security related.

  • 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.

  • December 06, 2005 06 Dec'05

    Ask Microsoft: Stuck in Windows Update loop

    Microsoft's Brian Keogh offers advice for a user stuck in a loop -- his Windows 2003 Server is reporting an update available over and over again.

  • 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.

  • November 04, 2005 04 Nov'05

    Microsoft spills the beans on SMS 4.0

    Microsoft execs said Systems Management Server 4.0 software boosts security and will be easier to use. It also adds a Wake-On LAN feature, to help admins manage desktops during off hours.

  • November 03, 2005 03 Nov'05

    Survey shows troubleshooting, storage space major concerns in Windows shops

    Windows administrators would like to better manage their storage, but first they need to fix some problems.

  • 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 11, 2005 11 Oct'05

    Keep your domain user accounts in check or suffer the consequences

    In Part 3 of his series on Active Directory security, expert Derek Melber signals a warning about securing user accounts in your domain.

  • 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 ...

  • October 05, 2005 05 Oct'05

    Recording the change

    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

    Reading and writing to the Registry

    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

    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.

  • 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 28, 2005 28 Sep'05

    Readers' Choice admin tool: Treepad

    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 Treepad.

  • 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: BartPE

    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 BartPE.

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    Microsoft's Allchin to retire in 2006

    Microsoft once again shuffles its top brass. Jim Allchin, a key technologist at Microsoft who helped unseat Novell's NetWare as the dominant network OS, will retire next year.

  • September 20, 2005 20 Sep'05

    Microsoft advances server plans

    Developers got a CTP build of Longhorn Server with some goodies inside this week, but not much new on the feature front for IT pros.

  • September 19, 2005 19 Sep'05

    Microsoft's new licensing agreement has 24/7 support

    The recent wave of benefits added to Microsoft's licensing maintenance agreement includes around-the-clock support for server products.

  • 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 12, 2005 12 Sep'05

    Sun hopes to gain new ground with Galaxy line

    Sun Microsystems unveiled Monday a new line of dual-core servers that experts say may be enough to help what's ailing the server giant.

  • September 07, 2005 07 Sep'05

    Microsoft focuses Longhorn and Itanium on the data center

    Customers might not jump on the Longhorn Itanium bandwagon. For general-purpose computing, most Windows IT professionals prefer Intel servers to run x86 processors.

  • 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.

  • September 07, 2005 07 Sep'05

    Mixing argument types

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

  • September 01, 2005 01 Sep'05

    Microsoft's 'superplatform' tells a strong enterprise story

    Tight cohesion among Microsoft's products and "vision" are standouts in the competitive platform race, according to a new Burton Group report.

  • August 23, 2005 23 Aug'05

    Windows tool points to performance problems

    Microsoft has released Server Performance Advisor 2.0, free software that helps diagnose the root causes of performance problems in Windows Server 2003.

  • 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: What happens to all those mapped drives?

    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: 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.

  • July 05, 2005 05 Jul'05

    Active Directory Q&A with Paul Hinsberg

    Ease the pain of your Windows 2000 migration and learn how to make the most of your Active Directory. AD expert Paul Hinsberg has the Rx for Win2k implementation and management headaches.

  • 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 28, 2005 28 Jun'05

    Desktop management tools: How suite it is

    More companies are opting for desktop management tool suites rather than using multiple tools from different vendors. Here, two IT pros share their experiences with the suite route.

  • June 21, 2005 21 Jun'05

    New footprint for HPC cluster

    IBM is expanding its eServer Cluster 1350 offering to include dual-core blade offerings from AMD.

  • June 16, 2005 16 Jun'05

    Data centers go 'green'

    It takes a lot of energy to run a corporate data center, and with fuel prices on the rise, it doesn't take a genius to figure out that an energy-efficient data center means significant budget savings.

  • 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.

  • May 20, 2005 20 May'05

    Microsoft gives a nod to Wi-Fi security

    The software company says an update to Windows XP SP2 meets government security standards for wireless networks with its support for the Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2) standard.

  • 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 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 27, 2005 27 Apr'05

    Longhorn overshadows 64-bit at WinHEC

    Microsoft executives devoted a lot of speech time to 64-bit computing at the software company's annual hardware show, but most of the buzz centered on the latest update about its next-generation operating system.

  • 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

    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

    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

    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 24, 2005 24 Mar'05

    Using Windows authentication to access a Linux DMZ

    Configuring access to a demilitarized zone (DMZ) in an all-Windows environment may be challenge enough, that's why one IT manager looked to his peers for help. Get their advice on selecting firewalls and using Windows authentication to access a ...

  • 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 15, 2005 15 Mar'05

    Microsoft's backup software not a replacement for tape

    The software maker is moving toward a public beta of its backup server as changes unfold at the top of its storage business.

  • March 10, 2005 10 Mar'05

    Groove part of Office 'trifecta,' Microsoft says

    Redmond says the acquisition of Groove Networks is a cornerstone of its collaboration offering for the Office suite of applications. It also puts Lotus Notes creator Ray Ozzie in Bill Gates' inner circle.

  • March 08, 2005 08 Mar'05

    This Week: Active Directory disaster recovery

    This continuing series is part of our regular coverage of Active Directory.

  • 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 15, 2005 15 Feb'05

    Virtual machines conquer space

    Virtual machines carve up a single physical system and make it work like multiple systems. This is a real boon for server consolidation, says analyst Thomas J. Deane.

  • 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 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 09, 2005 09 Feb'05

    Customers express relief at departure of HP's CEO

    The surprise ouster of Carly Fiorina came amid growing customer frustration with Hewlett-Packard over order delivery problems for enterprise desktops and servers.

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