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What's hot; what's not in 2003

What were the hot buttons for Windows admins this year? Patch management – specifically Microsoft's free Software Update Services tool.

Security was clearly on your mind this year, with four stories about Microsoft's popular new patch management tool Software Update Services on our list of the top ten most popular news articles of the year.

We also saw heavy reader interest in Yukon, Office 2003, Linux, and certification.

What wasn't on the list? Despite the fanfare over the long-awaited launch of Windows Server 2003, members registered little more than a yawn when the newest server OS was officially released in April. Two exceptions: our story on improvements to Windows 2003 Server's Distributed File System (DFS and Microsoft's give away of free WinServer 2003 software to selected user groups.

Licensing -- a topic that was red hot in 2002 – cooled down substantially in 2003, though there are still plenty of good reasons to take note of your options. If you missed our three-part series on changes to the controversial Software Assurance program, take a look now.

Popularity aside, our news team says no IT admin worth his salt should ignore these two important developments of the year:
MS compromises on unified management platform
Redmond's restructuring draws praise

Other news and features on our top 10 list of the year's most popular stories are listed in order, from lowest to highest clicks.

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