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Communications:16 New Features in Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1

Unlike the typical service pack, Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 provides a lot more than just hotfixes and security updates. Here's an overview of some of the most important new features and capabilities SP1 has to offer. Tony Smith

Communications:Standby Continuous Replication in Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1

One of the most exciting features offered by Service Pack 1 is Standby Continuous Replication. Find out how this can help you improve uptime, limit data loss, and simplify e-mail maintenance and retention. Scott Schnoll

Communications:Running Exchange with Windows Server 2008

Getting ready to run Exchange on Windows Server 2008? The Microsoft Exchange Development team has been doing this for a while now, and Paul Bowden shares some advice and lessons they've learned to help you get ready. Paul Bowden

Communications:Deploying Unified Messaging with Exchange Server 2007

Combining voicemail, fax capabilities, and e-mail messaging into a single mailbox may seem like a daunting task. But it's easier than you think. Here's a guide to deploying unified messaging in your organization. Jeff Goodwin

Security:A Guide to Basic Computer Forensics

Learn about easy, cheap approaches to computer forensics that mainstream administrators can use for basic investigations. Tom Cloward and Frank Simorjay

Networking:The Microsoft Security Intelligence Report

Microsoft gathers a lot of data on security threats faced by computer users. Get an overview of recent trends, how various versions of Windows have been performing, which regions of the world are most affected, and more. Tim Rains

Networking:Track Down Elusive Network Problems

You've got a machine that isn't communicating with other machines for no obvious reason. These tips can help you quickly diagnose and repair the problem. Christopher Stoneff


From the Editor:Let the Conversation Begin
Joshua Hoffman
Letters:Readers Speak Out
Toolbox:New Products for IT Pros
Greg Steen
SQL Q&A:Memory Configuration, Performance Profiling, Setting Your Fill Factor, and More
Edited by Nancy Michell
Utility Spotlight:The Microsoft Security Assessment Tool
This free utility and electronic questionnaire can help mid-sized organizations identify and resolve network security risks.Lance Whitney
The Cable Guy:Network Policy Server
The Network Policy Server (NPS) service in Windows Server 2008 replaces the Internet Authentication Service used in Windows Server 2003 and brings numerous enhancements, from the ability to enforce system health requirements to improved management capability.Joseph Davies
Windows PowerShell:Digging Deeper
Windows PowerShell provides many features that often get overlooked. By taking a methodical approach to exploring Windows PowerShell cmdlets, you will unearth some powerful capabilities that you haven't yet noticed.Don Jones
Hey, Scripting Guy!:The Return of WinRM
Did the butler do it? Was it in the pantry with the candlestick? None of these questions are answered here. But after four long weeks, the Scripting Guys are back with Part 2 of their two-part series on WinRM.The Microsoft Scripting Guys
Security Watch:Windows Domain Password Policies
Until now, Windows has allowed only a single password policy per domain. Windows Server 2008, however, lets administrators implement multiple password policies, tailoring different policies for various types of users.Derek Melber
The Desktop Files:Deploying Windows in a Virtual World
Thinking about virtualization? If not, you should be. Find out what you need to know to deploy virtual systems, what to avoid, and how virtualization works under the covers.Wes Miller
Field Notes:The Fungible Future
IT has become "consumerized" as technology and perceptions in personal life have merged with technology and perceptions in professional life. And the effects on both business and personal life are profound.Romi Mahajan
Windows Confidential:A Joystick Need Not Be a Microwave
A look at how the DirectInput force feedback joystick interface specifies periodic forces—and some of the unexpected results.Raymond Chen