• April 14, 2004 14 Apr'04

    What is Terminal Services?

    You may have heard of Terminal Services and Microsoft's Terminal Server, but never had the time to find out the details. Get in-depth definitions for both here!

  • April 14, 2004 14 Apr'04

    Up-to-Date Notifications Troubleshooting

    The following is Tip #25 from "25 Exchange 2003 Tips in 25 minutes."

  • April 14, 2004 14 Apr'04

    Importer for Lotus cc:Mail Archives

    The following is Tip #20 from "25 Exchange 2003 Tips in 25 minutes."

  • April 14, 2004 14 Apr'04

    Error Code Lookup Tool

    The following is Tip #18 from "25 Exchange 2003 Tips in 25 minutes."

  • April 14, 2004 14 Apr'04

    MTA Check Tool

    The following is Tip #23 from "25 Exchange 2003 Tips in 25 minutes."

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  • April 14, 2004 14 Apr'04

    Add Root Certificate Tool

    The following is Tip #13 from "25 Exchange 2003 Tips in 25 minutes."

  • April 14, 2004 14 Apr'04

    SMTP Internet Protocol Restriction and Accept/ Deny List Configuration Tool

    The following is Tip #24 from "25 Exchange 2003 Tips in 25 minutes."

  • April 14, 2004 14 Apr'04

    Exchange Server Parameters

    The following is Tip #12 from "25 Exchange 2003 Tips in 25 minutes."

  • April 13, 2004 13 Apr'04

    Exchange Server log buffers

    The following is tip #6 from "25 Exchange 2003 Tips in 25 minutes"

  • April 13, 2004 13 Apr'04

    Outlook Web Access -- Content Expiry

    The following is tip #8 from "25 Exchange 2003 Tips in 25 minutes"

  • April 13, 2004 13 Apr'04

    Outlook Web Access Parameters

    The following is Tip #10 from "25 Exchange 2003 Tips in 25 minutes"

  • April 13, 2004 13 Apr'04

    SMTP Service Tuning

    The following is tip #9 from "25 Exchange 2003 Tips in 25 minutes"

  • 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.

  • March 31, 2004 31 Mar'04

    Know-IT-all Chapter Quiz #7: Answer key

    ANSWER KEY: Know-IT-all Chapter Quiz #7
    IIS 6 Administration

  • March 30, 2004 30 Mar'04

    Bernie's Books: 'Windows Server 2003 -- A Beginner's Guide'

    Windows Server 2003: A Beginner's Guide gives novices just enough information to get themselves in trouble, writes reviewer Bernie Klinder. But there are some who will benefit from this guide.

  • March 29, 2004 29 Mar'04

    Software-license changes brewing, IDC says

    New research finds that many software vendors will make changes in their licensing models in the next year. You may not like what that means if you're an IT buyer.

  • 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 25, 2004 25 Mar'04

    MOS is the Office badge of honor

    Nearly 1.5 million people call themselves a MOS. Experts say there are some good reasons to seek a Microsoft Office Specialist certification.

  • 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 04, 2004 04 Mar'04

    E-mail, attachments heading for a divorce

    By some estimates, e-mail attachments suck up about 80% of enterprise storage and server resources. With the proliferation of bandwidth-hogging attachments such as spreadsheets and music files, the problem can only get worse. One solution to the ...

  • 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 25, 2004 25 Feb'04

    Microsoft to beef up SMTP relay for Exchange

    As part of its effort to combat spam and viruses, Microsoft announced on Tuesday that it will make improvements to the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) relay for its Exchange messaging platform.

  • 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 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 30, 2004 30 Jan'04

    A week of gloom and Mydoom

    Sobig.F doesn't look so big now. Last summer, that worm infected systems worldwide within a matter of days and, in the process, blazed a path to infamy as the Internet's most virulent e-mail worm. This week, Mydoom-A eclipsed that record.

  • January 30, 2004 30 Jan'04

    Quest plans to acquire Aelita for $115M

    Quest Software has agreed to acquire Aelita Software for $115 million. Both companies make products that manage Windows server software.

  • 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 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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 11, 2003 11 Nov'03

    Patches for critical IE, Windows flaws issued

    Microsoft sounded the alarm this afternoon, warning users of critical vulnerabilities in Windows and Internet Explorer.

  • 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 15, 2003 15 Oct'03

    Users react to latest Microsoft security push

    Microsoft's new strategy to "secure the perimeter" is drawing mixed reviews from customers and analysts, whose reactions range from high praise to "show me."

  • 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 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 11, 2003 11 Sep'03

    Meet the new 'Microsoft Learning' organization

    Microsoft has rolled up its independent Microsoft Press, TechNet and training and certification groups into a single organization. The purpose of the new group is to offer IT professionals a central source of "integrated learning" beyond mere ...

  • 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 24, 2003 24 Aug'03

    Letters to the Editor: The ex-employee e-mail debate

    What do you do with an ex-employee's e-mail account? Let us count the ways. We've received a ton of e-mail from members about a series of tips we published on how to handle the time and space-consuming problem of mail addressed to employees who no ...

  • 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 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 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 14, 2003 14 Aug'03

    Two new Microsoft exams in the works

    Microsoft is preparing certification exams for Exchange 2003 and Windows Server 2003; detailed exam objectives won't be published for a few months.

  • August 07, 2003 07 Aug'03

    Windows Server 2003 certification: Answers to all your questions

    Microsoft is aware of the overlap in duties among MCSAs and MCSEs, and the company's new certification curriculum has been designed to avoid redundancy and equip students with a training mix that's better suited to the realities of everyday tasks. ...

  • 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 31, 2003 31 Jul'03

    Know thy user, IM management expert says

    Author and tech exec Sanjiv Gossain talks about on how companies are dealing with issues such as IM archiving and building "presence" into enterprise applications.

  • 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 18, 2003 18 Jul'03

    A dubious first for Windows Server 2003

    After a close call with a "moderate" security vulnerability last week, a perfect storm had hit Windows Server 2003 by the middle of this week.

  • 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 08, 2003 08 Jul'03

    Renaming forests: Windows Server 2003 tackles old AD problem

    While you still cannot change DNS and NetBIOS names in Windows 2000, you can do so in Windows Server 2003. Whether you want to, though, is an open question.

  • 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. ...

  • 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.

  • June 23, 2003 23 Jun'03

    Answers from the VPN vault

    Continuing from "Make peace with your VPN," our experts offer more veteran advice on dealing with the pitfalls of VPN management.

  • 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 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 16, 2003 16 Apr'03

    Open-source vs. Microsoft: Assessing TCO

    In this Q&A, CJ Rayhill, COO and executive vice president for O'Reilly & Associates, and Peter Houston, senior director of Microsoft's Windows server strategies discuss the TCO question. In part two, they cover the competition between the Linux/...

  • April 10, 2003 10 Apr'03

    Admins curious, but not rushing to Windows Server 2003 certification

    With Windows Server 2003 nearly here, admins are curious about certifications for the new OS, but few of them seem to be champing at the bit. For some admins at this week's TechMentor conference, certification is almost more a point of pride than a ...

  • April 08, 2003 08 Apr'03

    Microsoft prepares for its 64-bit closeup

    The debut of Windows Server 2003 will also mark Microsoft's entry to the high-end world of 64-bit computing. Even though the market for this kind of technology may be a bit immature, experts say it's important that MS let the world know that the ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 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 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.

  • 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.

  • March 03, 2003 03 Mar'03

    NetIQ joins IM management scrum

    Today, NetIQ released software to help organizations manage the explosion of instant messaging traffic that has popped up on their networks.

  • 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.

  • February 26, 2003 26 Feb'03

    Enterprise IM has dues to pay

    Everyone's getting the message now -- IM is going to be big business. But this well-established personal tool has many dues to pay before it becomes a mainstream business tool.

  • 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.

  • February 19, 2003 19 Feb'03

    IT departments great and small seek server-monitoring tools

    Windows administrators at big and small companies alike are looking for ways to monitor their servers, but not just any way. Cost and simplicity constitute a key combination. IpMonitor, a 6-year-old application, is the front-runner for a couple of ...

  • February 18, 2003 18 Feb'03

    Commentary: Stay away from brain dumps

    Just say no to brain dumps? In this commentary, certification expert Ed Tittel explains why the temptation to feed your head at a brain dump just isn't worth the risks.

  • February 07, 2003 07 Feb'03

    Microsoft to guide DBAs, ISVs, partners into Yukon

    Microsoft plans to offer up a tour deep into Yukon, the code-name for its next generation database. The company promises to take DBAs, ISVs and partners deep into Yukon's core so they can get their hands dirty, as long as those taking the tour ...

  • February 05, 2003 05 Feb'03

    Unmasking a Microsoft imposter

    Beware of hackers bearing bogus Microsoft patches. The red flags are flapping in the breeze -- and they're pretty easy to spot.

  • February 03, 2003 03 Feb'03

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

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

  • January 30, 2003 30 Jan'03

    Know-IT-All admin challenge, the sequel

    We here at don't want you to sit back on your laurels. That's why every ten weeks we combine all of our most recent Administrator Know-IT-All Quizzes into the KIA Challenge! Pop some corn and turn off your cell phone -- it's time ...

  • 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 14, 2003 14 Jan'03

    Experts' Top 5: Active Directory migration tips

    Migrating a network to Microsoft's Windows 2000 Active Directory can be an intimidating project. AD, though not a new technology on the Windows scene, still throws off IT pros. Patience and humility, always good qualities, are a must when it comes ...

  • 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 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 12, 2002 12 Dec'02

    5. What certifications will still be important in 6-10 years?

    The no. 5 Ask the Expert question of 2002, based on page views.

  • 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.

  • December 04, 2002 04 Dec'02

    Red Hat chief: Linux will take desktop market share from MS

    The penguin wants to waddle onto your desktop. The head of Red Hat Linux claims there's a future for open-source on the desktop -- and his company is going for it. He also downplayed a recent IDC study, co-sponsored by Microsoft, that gave the TCO ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 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 08, 2002 08 Nov'02

    Oracle's message to Exchange customers: Switch!

    The database is not enough. Oracle is taking aim at the messaging and collaboration market. And who's in the scope? Exchange customers, especially those still using the doomed 5.5 version. Oracle hopes they'll get the message -- and switch.

  • 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...