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Identity and Access Management: Managing Active Directory Users with ILM 2007
Microsoft Identity Lifecycle Manager 2007 enables administrators to manage the multiple digital identities inherent in enterprises today, and to keep users, computers, and other directory objects in sync among diverse directories and databases. This article introduces the key concepts of ILM. John McGlinchey
User Account Control: Inside Windows 7 User Account Control
User Account Control is a set of technologies that has one overall goal: to make it possible for users to run as standard users. In this article, Mark Russinovich explains how the default Windows 7 UAC mode makes a PA user’s experience smoother by reducing prompts, allows them to control what legitimate software can modify their system, and still enables more software to run without administrative rights and continues to shift the software ecosystem to write software that works with standard user rights. Mark Russinovich
SQL Server: Understanding SQL Server Backups
In most situations, database backups are critical for recovering from a disaster, but there are lots of misconceptions about how backups work and what a good backup strategy is. In this article, the fi rst in a three-part series on disaster recovery, Paul S. Randal explains how the three most common types of backups work and how you can combine them into an effective backup strategy. Paul S. Randal

Columns
From the Editor: Identification Synchronization
Mitch Irsfeld
Toolbox: New Products for IT Pros
Greg Steen highlights new tools and utilities for the IT Professional. Greg Steen
Exchange Queue & A: New Features and Improvements in Exchange Server 2010
Are there new high-availability features in Exchange 2010? Is administration any easier? Has the Extensible Storage Engine been replaced? And what’s new with Outlook Web Access? Henrik Walther answers these questions and more. Henrik Walther
Utility Spotlight: Exchange Server Remote Connectivity Analyzer
Trying and failing to connect to Exchange Server often leaves you with no hint as to the nature of the problem. Now the Microsoft Exchange Server Remote Connectivity Analyzer can help IT administrators figure out the causes of the connectivity failures and, in many cases, provide suggested steps for resolution. Brad Hughes
Inside SharePoint: SharePoint Security Hardening
SharePoint security hardening requires an end-to-end approach that addresses the full spectrum of security dependencies and risks within and across server farms. Pav Cherny discusses how deploying NAP with IPsec enforcement is an effective way to harden your SharePoint infrastructure. Pav Cherny
Windows PowerShell: What Not to Script
Don Jones shares his top six common suggestions to improve Windows PowerShell scripts. Don Jones
Geek of all Trades: Setting Permissions from the Command Line
Greg Shields explains why setting and managing file permissions from the command line, though initially complex, can provide great benefits, and he describes two free tools to help you do this. Greg Shields
Hey, Scripting Guy!: Back Up Your Event Logs with a Windows PowerShell Script
The Microsoft Scripting Guys create a Windows PowerShell script that provides an easy way to back up, archive, and clear your event log files. The Microsoft Scripting Guys
Desktop Files: Sharing and Synchronizing Your Files
If you are searching for a way to be able to access to files from anywhere, and to share and synchronize those files easily, there are a growing number of potential solutions, as this column describes. Wes Miller
Security Watch: Thoughts on Identity, Part 2
Jesper M. Johansson
The Cable Guy: Support for IPv6 in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7
Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 offer new features that support IPv6 for local and remote connectivity and for simplified management of host settings, as Joseph Davies explains. Joseph Davies
Business of IT: Controlling the Business Value Debate
When questioned about the business value of IT, IT professionals must not cede the debate to the questioner. Instead of directly responding, they should choose an approach that reveals both the invalidity of the question and the virtues of IT. Romi Mahajan
Windows Confidential: Cached Credentials
Depending on your point of view, cached credentials can be both a blessing and a curse. Raymond Chen explains how they work and how you can control them. Raymond Chen
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