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This Week: A tale of two Windows Web sites

Editor Deb Bulkeley explains where you can find the Windows resources you need on our family of Web sites. Plus, stay informed with our Malware Guide, Exchange and password hardening tips, insight into directory services and a chance to win a SanDisk 1 GB MP3 player.

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A tale of two Windows Web sites
[Debra Bulkeley]

Four weeks have passed since solidified its identity as the mainstay of our family of Web sites covering specific aspects of Windows technology. That's when joined the group.

You may wonder which site you should go to for the precise information you are looking for since topics that were previously on have moved to Let me dispel any confusion.

One element that differentiates the two sites is that includes articles for IT managers that deal with macro-issues of the Windows infrastructure and Windows IT team. An excellent example of this type of information is Virtual machines conquer space. This article analyzes a new technology, describes the tradeoffs that come with any new tools and focuses on potential management advantages. is also where you will find advice and technical information that helps network and systems admins with everyday issues concerning operating systems, Active Directory, Group Policy, Terminal Server, upgrades and migration, Longhorn, IT architecture and management and certification and staff development. is where Windows systems admins and managers will find expert advice, technical tips and technology trend stories on topics that include backup, storage, hardware, Windows system administration, server consolidation and performance tuning. Here you can find our popular Windows admin tips and tip contest. If you are looking for day-to-day Windows administration information on any of these topics, then you should go to A good example of the kinds of technical tips you will find there is Secrets of the Registry.

We hope you will easily find the information you need on and

Have a great week!

Debra Bulkeley, Editor



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WHEN:   February 23, 2005, 9:00 AM EST (14:00 GMT)
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