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: 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.