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Windows Administration: A Guide to Active Directory Replication
Laura E. Hunter - October 2007
Active Directory provides a great deal of flexibility for supporting a large or decentralized environment, but maintaining the integrity of your data can be challenging. Active Directory replication defines how updates are communicated throughout your environment and how conflicts are resolved. Here's what you need to know to meet the challenge.
Windows Server: 11 Essential Tools for Managing Active Directory
Laura E. Hunter - September 2007
In a large organization, even the most common Active Directory tasks, such as adding and modifying objects, can be tedious and time-consuming. These 11 tools can make Active Directory management a lot easier.
Windows Server: Reanimating Active Directory Tombstone Objects
Gil Kirkpatrick - September 2007
There are a few essential tricks and tools that should be included in every Active Directory disaster-recovery plan. Tombstone reanimation is one of these techniques, offering the only way to recover deleted objects without taking a domain controller off line. Here’s a guide to finding and recovering tombstones in Active Directory.
Windows Administration: Disaster Recovery: Active Directory Users and Groups
Gil Kirkpatrick - April 2007
Data recovery in Active Directory can be very complex, yet it’s essential that you have a recovery plan in order. We show you how Active Directory stores, deletes, restores, and replicates objects so you can be prepared the next time a user or group membership is accidentally deleted.
Inside Microsoft.com: Management and Delegation of ASP.NET
Jeff Toews - November 2006
One of the microsoft.com operations team’s challenges is the proper configuration of ASP.NET. Here are some tips they’ve learned.
Deployment: Make Server Rollouts a Snap with Automated Deployment Services
John Savill - October 2006
Intrigued by standardized images, faster rebuilds, and consistent supportability? Automating the deployment of servers offers benefits for any organization—big or small. Here’s what you need to know to get started.
Utility Spotlight: File Server Migration Toolkit
Jeremy Moskowitz - October 2006
How IT Works: Windows Rights Management Services
Randy Muller - October 2006
Security Watch: Lock Up Your Domain Controllers
Steve Riley - September 2006
Disaster Recovery: Plan Ahead to Save Your Web
Chris Adams - August 2006
Windows Administration: Manage Printers with New Group Policy Features in Windows Server 2003 R2
Jeremy Moskowitz - August 2006
How IT Works: Certificate Services
Randy Muller - August 2006
Inside Microsoft.com: Analyze Web Stats with Log Parser
Jeffrey A. Johnson - August 2006
Managing Identity: Simplify Single Sign-on Using ADFS
Matt Steele - July 2006
Managing Identity: Create Custom Directories with ADAM
Brian Redmond - July 2006
Active Directory Application Mode, also known as ADAM, is often misunderstood. In this article I will demystify ADAM, explain how it can be a useful tool in many organizations, and show you some valuable utilities that make it easier to use.
Managing Identity: Extreme VPN Makeover
David Conrad - July 2006
Who decided that Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs, were a good idea? With VPNs, we could let armies of mobile workers with "legitimate" business needs connect to our nice corporate
Security: 19 Smart Tips for Securing Active Directory
Sean Deuby - May • June 2006
Does Active Directory keep you up at night? One could easily understand why. It is most likely the largest and most critical distributed system in your enterprise. Along with
Security: Group Policy: Ins And Outs Of Delegation And Control
Jeremy Moskowitz - May • June 2006
Windows Server 2003 R2: Get Control of File System Resources with Windows Server 2003 R2
John Savill - May • June 2006
Windows Server 2003 R2: Take Back
Your Bandwidth With New Replication Features In Windows Server 2003 R2
Alan von Weltin - May • June 2006
Windows Server 2003 R2: Give Your Server An
New Roles In
Windows Server 2003 R2
Derek Melber - May • June 2006
How IT Works: Encrypting File System
Randy Muller - May • June 2006
Mobile users can be a pain in the neck for the IT pro. The convenience and portability of laptops must be weighed against the potential for data loss and the possible compromise of confidential company information.
Inside Microsoft.com: Moving Microsoft Update Downloads to x64
Deighton Maragh and Mark W. Roellich - May • June 2006
One of the responsibilities of the Microsoft. com operations team is to manage the infrastructure that supports the Windows Update and Microsoft Update services, which have client bases in the hundreds of millions and growing.
Serving the Web: Nine Tips to Enhance IIS Security
Brett Hill - May • June 2006
Securing your IIS 6.0 installation is an important task. The amount of work required can vary greatly depending on the complexity of your application as well as your infrastructure and how these combine with your need to secure content.
Utility Spotlight: Server Performance Advisor
Joshua Hoffman - March • April 2006
Establishing solid configurations that are optimized for a server’s unique environment can often be challenging work, especially in large or complex environments. Once your servers are deployed, keeping an eye on performance to ensure that every server is running in tip-top shape can be a full-time job.
Security Watch: Establish a Remote Access Quarantine
Steve Riley - March • April 2006
In those good old easy-to-manage pre-mobility days, personal computers presented few actual threats to a network. Sure, there was the occasional virus you’d get from a borrowed floppy disk, but the rate, or at least the speed, of infection was pretty low—limited substantially by the low bandwidth and high latency of "sneakernet" technology.
Windows Administration: Rapid Recovery with the Volume Shadow Copy Service
Dave Field - January • February 2006
Serving the Web: Configuring Application Pools in IIS 6.0
Brett Hill - January • February 2006
One of the best improvements in IIS 6. 0 over earlier versions was the introduction of Application Pools (often called App Pools for short). When IIS 6. 0 is running in Worker Process Isolation Mode (the default in a new installation of Microsoft® Windows Server™ 2003), every IIS 6.
Inside Microsoft.com: Making the Move to x64
Chris St. Amand - January • February 2006
For many years, one of the biggest challenges faced by the Microsoft. com Web site engineers was the virtual memory limitations of the 32-bit operating system. With hundreds of different applications running on the site, there was often contention for the 2GB address limit that the front-end Web servers had to deal with.
Web Administration: Top Ten Ways To Pump Up IIS Performance
Brien M. Posey - November • December 2005
If you host one or more Web sites that receive a lot of traffic, IIS performance is important to you. To enhance performance, you could always cluster your IIS servers or buy more bandwidth, but this tends to be a little expensive.
Web Administration: Improve Your Web Security With Encryption And Firewall Technologies
Stephen Lamb - November • December 2005
If you're like most IT professionals, your work life is an ongoing balancing act in which you aim to adopt the latest technological innovations while keeping your enterprise secure. So you welcome any software that makes the whole
Web Administration: How Does Your Web Garden Grow? The ABCs of ASP.NET Deployment
Dino Esposito - November • December 2005
Web Administration: Discover the IIS Metabase: Unlock the Details of Your Web Server Configuration
Randy Muller - November • December 2005
Some of the major changes in IIS 6.0, the latest Web server from Microsoft, are happening in the metabase. In IIS 4.0 and IIS 5.0, the metabase, which functions as a hierarchical storage facility for configuration information and schema,
Patch Management: Next-Generation Patch Management: Introducing Windows Server Update Services
Jason Leznek - November • December 2005
Vulnerability assessment and remediation can be a time-consuming task. However, it’s an important one that every company, big and small, needs to focus attention on. As the
Patch Management: A Hands-On Guide to Hands-Off Updates with WSUS
Jeremy Moskowitz - November • December 2005
An essential, though sometimes time-consuming, task for protecting your computing environment is to keep systems current with the latest software updates and patches. To help streamline this process, Microsoft recently released
Post Mortem: Securing a Government Agency with Smart Cards
John Morello - November • December 2005
Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD12) requires Federal government agencies to begin utilizing strong, two-factor authentication for physical and logical access to Federal buildings and computer systems.
Security Watch: A guide to Wireless Security
Kathryn Tewson and Steve Riley - November • December 2005
Setting up a wireless network is incredibly easy. There’s no cable to pull, no holes to drill; just plug in your wireless access point (AP), let your wireless connection manager auto-associate, and you’re online.
Beta Box: First Look at IIS 7.0
Brett Hill - November • December 2005
When I saw my first demo of IIS 7. 0, I thought "this changes everything. " The new version changes the application’s architecture and introduces some exciting changes that greatly improve the capabilities of IIS.
Inside Microsoft.com: Web Site Configuration Management
The Microsoft.com Operations Team - November • December 2005
The Microsoft. com operations team is responsible for some of the busiest IIS-based Web sites on the Internet, including Microsoft. com, Windows® Update, MSDN®, TechNet, Microsoft Downloads, and many more.
Windows Administration: Breathe New Life Into Your Server! From Windows NT To Windows Server 2003
Jonathan Hassell - Spring 2005
If you're moving up from Windows NT to Windows Server 2003, you'll be pleasantly surprised. But before making the move, find out what you need to consider first and get the best migration strategies for your needs.
Windows Administration: Secure Your Desktops With The New Group Policy Settings In SP2
Jeremy Moskowitz - Spring 2005
Group Policy lets you control who can access resources across your network and what types of actions users can perform based on their roles. New settings in Windows XP SP2 offer even tighter control so you can regulate more and worry less.
Windows Administration: Redundancy On A Budget: Implementing A RAID File Server
Robert Walker - Spring 2005
Did you know that you can implement a fault-tolerant departmental file server on a low-end desktop PC? All you need is RAID, Windows Server 2003, a PC, and an extra hard drive, and you're good to go.
Windows Administration: Preserve Your Data With The Backup Tool You Already Have
Jay Shaw - Spring 2005
If you're running Windows XP, Windows 2000 Server, or Windows Server 2003, you already have Ntbackup. It's time to dispel some of the myths about how it works so you can get good, efficient backups without blowing your software budget.
Utility Spotlight: Limit Login Attempts With LimitLogin
- Spring 2005
Ever needed to limit concurrent user logins in an Active Directory® domain? Ever wanted to keep track of information about every login in a domain? If so, LimitLogin is for you.
Serving the Web: Get It Right The First Time With IIS 6.0
Chris Adams - Spring 2005
Server administrators are always on a quest for the secret formula that will solve their performance woes. But no matter what you may have heard, there is no magic pixie dust. Yet the promises keep rolling in, even though few results are delivered.
Resources: IIS 6.0 Performance Tune-Up
Phil Sherwood - Spring 2005
By now you've probably gotten to know IIS 6. 0, available in all versions of Windows Server™ 2003, and are taking advantage of much that this Web server offers. It's important to keep an eye on the overall goal of IIS 6.
Serving the Web: Essential Security Administration For IIS 6.0
Brett Hill - Winter 2005
IIS 5. 0 administrators are familiar with the important security-related tasks required to harden and maintain a secure Web services environment. The many new features and capabilities of IIS 6. 0, available with every version of Windows Server™ 2003, renders the previous version obsolete.
Resources: IIS 6.0 Security
Phil Sherwood - Winter 2005
In today's business environment, most organizations are using Web servers to extend products and services to both internal and external customers. At the same time, attackers are increasing their relentlessness and sophistication.