August2007August 2007

System Center:SMS Evolved: A Powerful New Solution to Manage Your Systems

Systems management is about to get a lot easier. Take a guided tour of System Center Configuration Manager 2007 and see how it can simplify key tasks, such as deploying software updates, managing mobile devices, and maintaining system configurations. John Orefice

System Center:Deploy Apps and Updates to Your Branch Offices

Branch distribution points, one of the new features in Configuration Manager 2007, might appear at first to be a fairly minor addition. But if you take a closer look, you’ll find that it offers new, indispensible capabilities for managing software distribution to branch offices. Steve Rachui

System Center:Getting Started with System Center Essentials 2007

Designed specifically for midsized businesses, System Center Essentials offers a unified solution for monitoring, managing, and troubleshooting systems. Here’s a detailed guide to installing and configuring Essentials 2007 for your network. David Mills

System Center:Keep an Eye on Your Servers with Operations Manager 2007

Operations Manager 2007, the newest incarnation of MOM, introduces some major improvements, including new management interfaces, better reporting, support for line-of-business applications, new security options, and more. Pete Zerger

System Center:Migrating from MOM to Operations Manager 2007

Ready to make the switch to Operations Manager 2007? Due to architectural changes, there’s no simple in-place upgrade path from a previous version of MOM. Instead, follow one of the migration plans presented here. Andy Dominey

System Center:Take Your Apps Virtual with Microsoft SoftGrid

Virtualized applications offer numerous benefits, from improved user experience to simplified system administration. Get a detailed overview of how Microsoft SoftGrid delivers virtual applications, how it can fit into your infrastructure, and how it can save your company time and money. Ahmer Sabri and Kedar Shah


From the Editor:Dynamic and Optimized
Joshua Trupin
Toolbox:New Products for IT Pros
Greg Steen
SQL Q&A:Finding Locks, Large Queries, I/O Statistics, and More
Edited by Nancy Michell
Utility Spotlight:BGInfo
Wouldn’t it be great if you could see everything you need to know about a PC—its name, IP address, gateway, free disk space, and so on—in a single place. You can, with this free tool from Sysinternals.Lance Whitney
The Cable Guy:IPv6 Autoconfiguration in Windows Vista
There's more to IPv6 than just extending the address space from 32 bits to 128 bits. Here's a look at how IPv6 hosts can automatically configure themselves, even without the use of an address configuration protocol.Joseph Davies
Windows PowerShell:The Power of Filtering
The pipeline isn't just for cmdlets. Take a look at how you can use the Windows PowerShell pipeline to add handy filtering capabilities to your scripts.Don Jones
Hey, Scripting Guy!:Who Are You?
With Active Directory, users can have a variety of identities, such as givenName, displayName, userPrincipalName, or distinguishedName. As a system administrator, how do you get all this information about a user? With a script, of course.The Microsoft Scripting Guys
Security Watch:PKI Enhancements in Windows
In Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, the Windows PKI platform offers support for advanced algorithms, real time validity checking, and better manageability. Check out the new PKI features and see how they can be used to lower costs while improving security.John Morello
The Desktop Files:Getting to Know RDP
The Remote Desktop Protocol, which allows you to access machines remotely, is a useful piece of technology that gets better with every version of Windows. Get an overview of Remote Desktop, looking at many of the benefits and limitations it has to offer.Wes Miller
Field Notes:IM Interviews
You have one position to fill and a large stack of resumes from around the globe. How do you quickly narrow your search? The answer may be to do interviews over IM. Here's one developer's success story.Nathan G. Jensen
Windows Confidential:Windows Explorer Doesn't Do Text
Why can't you copy a list of files in Windows Explorer and then paste them as text to get their file names? The Windows team tried to include this functionality, but it didn't work as planned.Raymond Chen