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Windows 7: The 10 Things to Do First for Windows 7
Getting ready for Windows 7 may seem like a Herculean job—but there are plenty of ways to maximize the OS’s new features while minimizing disruptions in your organization. This offer spells out 10 steps that can help streamline your efforts and smooth the transition. Bill Boswell
Windows 7: Groovy Security in Windows 7
Security enhancements in Windows 7 mean the OS is not only more securable, it’s more usable as well. Learn how the new features make life easier and more secure for both admins and users. Steve Riley
Windows 7: What’s New in Group Policy for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2
Explore the new and updated Group Policy features in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. System administrators will find plenty of goodies, from new Windows PowerShell functionality to updated power options, task scheduling and software restriction policies. Jeremy Moskowitz
Windows 7: 77 Windows 7 Tips
Whether you’re upgrading from Vista or skipping it altogether and moving up from Windows XP, you’ll need to know how to make the most of Windows 7 in your environment. Here are 77 tips and tricks to get you there. Edited by Keith Ward
Forefront Protection Manager: Manage Forefront Security with Forefront Protection Manager
Forefront Security product management is being unified in a single management console known as Forefront Protection Manager (FPM). Here’s a peek at FPM’s features, including its effective task and alert systems and its comprehensive monitoring views. Chris Sfanos

Columns
Editor's Note: Welcome to Windows 7
Mitch Irsfeld
Toolbox: New Products for IT Pros
Greg Steen discusses encrypting sensitive data with AxCrypt; connecting remotely to your PC with Kavoom! KVM; and discovering unknown file extensions with FILExt.com. He also looks at the book, "Malware Forensics: Investigating and Analyzing Malicious Code," from Syngress. Greg Steen
SQL Q & A: Unexpected Consistency Checks, Troubleshooting Memory Usage, More
Paul S. Randal answers your SQL questions: Why are consistency checks running? How do I figure out how much memory is being used? Why are some of our databases becoming "suspect"? And more! Paul S. Randal
Utility Spotlight: File-by-File Defragmentation with Contig
A solid utility written by Mark Russinovich for Windows Sysinternals, Contig can help boost your systems performance by quickly and efficiently optimizing specific files or directories. Lance Whitney
Inside SharePoint: Protect SharePoint Data
Pav Cherny looks at the data-protection strategies and options available with SharePoint, focusing on the most issues and how to resolve them. Pav Cherny
Windows PowerShell: Planning to Break
One big question about writing a user-provisioning script using Windows PowerShell: handling the errors that occur when you’re trying to create a username that already exists. Read this article for an approach that neatly addresses that issue. Don Jones
Geek of all Trades: AppLocker: IT’s First Security Panacea?
There’s still no one-stop solution for fully securing your IT systems, but AppLocker comes really, really close. This article offers insights about the technology’s features and functionality. Greg Shields
Windows Confidential: Tracking Shortcuts
Raymond Chen demistyfies the algorithms used by the Windows shell when resolving a shortcut. Raymond Chen
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