September2007September 2007

Windows Vista:Deploying Windows Vista with BDD 2007

Your organization is ready to migrate from Windows 2000 or Windows XP to Windows Vista, and the project is your responsibility. Don’t fret. Here’s a step-by-step guide to how you can use the Business Desktop Deployment 2007 Solution Accelerator to simplify your Windows Vista deployment. Michael Niehaus

Windows Vista:A Guide to Windows Vista Backup Technologies

Backup is something many people ignore until it’s too late. But there’s no excuse for this, especially now that the new Windows Vista Backup and Restore Center offers a variety of features that make it easy to protect your data against most forms of data loss. Find out how you can plan a complete recovery strategy with Windows Vista. Christine Fok

Windows Server:11 Essential Tools for Managing Active Directory

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. Laura E. Hunter

Windows Server:Reanimating Active Directory Tombstone Objects

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. Gil Kirkpatrick

Communications:Connecting Users with Office Communications Server 2007

Unified communication is here. Take a tour of the Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 and find out how integrated messaging, voice, video, and conferencing features can help to improve productivity and enhance long-distance collaboration in your organization. Alan Maddison


From the Editor:Pathways to Learning
Joshua Trupin
Letters:Answers to Your Questions
Toolbox:New Products for IT Pros
Greg Steen
SQL Q&A:CPU Bottlenecks, Restoring and Moving Databases, and More
Edited by Nancy Michell
Utility Spotlight:PageDefrag
The typical Windows defrag tool can optimize most of the files on your hard drive. But certain items, such the Windows page file and Registry hives, are beyond the powers of most defragging tools. This utility, created by Mark Russinovich for Sysinternals, saves the day by defragging the files that are left untouched by other tools.Lance Whitney
The Cable Guy:Strong and Weak Host Models
A multihomed host provides enhanced connectivity by simultaneously connecting to multiple networks. However, services running on multihomed hosts have an increased vulnerability to being attacked. To help you prevent attack, here’s a look at the various host models of multihomed hosts and how they are supported in Windows.Joseph Davies
Windows PowerShell:Securing the Shell
When designing Windows PowerShell, Microsoft gave security a leading role. And it shows. Take a look at some of the key security features and settings, such as credential handling and execution policies, that ensure Windows PowerShell won’t fall game to the same problems that VBScript enabled.Don Jones
Hey, Scripting Guy!:Can This Relationship Be Saved?
Relational databases are designed to handle one-to-many relationships. This can make writing scripts that query these databases a bit tricky. But don’t worry—the Scripting Guys are here to show you everything you need to know.The Microsoft Scripting Guys
Exchange Queue & A:Setup, Message Journaling, Storage Options, and More
Learn how you can use message journaling to monitor e-mail in your company, find out if Office 2003 users can use Unified Messaging, examine storage options for your Exchange 2007 implementation, get answers about connecting to Exchange 2007 with older versions of Outlook, and more.KC Lemson and Nino Billic
Security Watch:The Long-Term Impact of User Account Control
For as much coverage as it gets, there are still a lot of questions and misconceptions about User Account Control. Here’s a frank discussion about what UAC is, what it is not, and how it should affect the way you manage systems.Jesper M. Johansson
The Desktop Files:PC Recovery with Windows PE
Windows Vista offers some valuable tools that make system recovery quite easy. But for large, diversified organizations, out-of-the box solutions don’t usually work. If you’re in a large company that needs to build customized self-recovery solutions, don’t miss this discussion about building your own recovery solution with Windows PE.Wes Miller
Field Notes:Free Food and Training Tips
Good user education is critical to keeping issues to a minimum. So don’t forget the importance of providing casual training sessions and roaming the halls to see if anyone has questions they wouldn’t bring up otherwise.Michael Dragone
Windows Confidential:The Known DLLs Balancing Act
The Known DLLs feature was included in Windows as a way to improve performance. Find out how it works, and take a close look at how this feature has changed over time.Raymond Chen