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Windows Administration:Active Directory Backup and Restore in Windows Server 2008

Windows Server 2008 and the new Windows Server Backup utility bring many changes and welcome enhancements to backing up. Here is an in-depth guide to backing up and restoring Active Directory in the new server OS. Gil Kirkpatrick

Windows Administration:Designing OU Structures that Work

Too many administrators underestimate the importance of having a well-designed Organizational Unit structure. Find out why having a sound OU strategy is important and determine the best OU structure for your organization. Ken St. Cyr

Windows Administration:Extending the Active Directory Schema

Many applications that rely on Active Directory define their own changes to the schema. But it's important that these changes don't impact other applications. Get an overview of extending the Active Directory through the classSchema and attributeSchema objects. Vikas Malhotra

System Center:Introducing System Center Mobile Device Manager

The new System Center Mobile Device Manager provides a complete set of tools for managing Windows Mobile devices through an MMC snap-in or via Windows PowerShell. Find out how this vital tool will allow you to manage mobile devices, increase security, and deliver mobile VPN capabilities. Matt Fontaine

System Center:What's New in System Center Essentials SP1

Service Pack 1 introduces significant enhancements for System Center Essentials 2007. Explore some of the key changes that will improve the user experience and streamline administration. Pete Zerger


From the Editor:A Warm Welcome to "Inside SharePoint"
Joshua Hoffman
Sustainable Computing:Putting IT on a Diet
As the environment becomes a topic of increasing attention, many IT departments are looking for ways to reduce their energy consumption. In the first installment of our new online Sustainable Computing column, Dave Ohara discusses ways you can start to cut down on the amount of energy your organization consumes.Dave Ohara
Sustainable Computing:Imagine Cup 2008: Competing for Change
For the 2008 Imagine Cup, students have been challenged to use technology to enable a sustainable environment. Finalists in the U.S. competition recently presented their solutions in Los Angeles, and TechNet Magazine was there to see the innovative ideas participants have come up with.Mitch Irsfeld
Sustainable Computing:Sleep or Hibernate?
Leaving your computer on when it's not in use is a waste of energy. Features like Sleep and Hibernate make it easy to power down your system when you're not using it, and these features are more reliable now than in previous versions of Windows. Here's a look at the differences between these features and some best practices for configuring them.Mark Aggar, Megan Morrone, and Michael Walsh
Sustainable Computing:Conserving Energy with Group Policy
Enforcing a power management strategy on the systems throughout your entire organization can add up to substantial savings. And Windows Vista includes 35 power management settings that you can configure and enforce with Group Policy. Here is some guidance for configuring some of the more common settings.Mark Aggar, Pat Stemen, and Michael Walsh
Letters:Readers Speak Out
Toolbox:New Products for IT Pros
Greg Steen
Exchange Queue & A:Exchange 2007 SP1 Deployment
In this installment, we provide answers to your questions about Exchange Server 2007 SP1.Nino Bilic
Utility Spotlight:SharePoint Capacity Planning
Explore the SharePoint Capacity Planning Tool and see how you can design a topology for deploying SharePoint and then revise that topology after running load and usage simulations.Peter Skjøtt Larsen and Satish Mathew
Inside Sharepoint:Building Your SharePoint Infrastructure
SharePoint is powerful, but its complexity can make deployment quite challenging. Our new SharePoint column can help. In this first installment, we give an overview of the SharePoint architecture and show you how to set up a basic SharePoint infrastructure with WSS 3.0.Pav Cherny
Windows PowerShell:Automating Directory Management
Version 1 of Windows PowerShell offers less than impressive Active Directory management capabilities. Find out how you can use add-ins to get more powerful ways to work with Active Directory objects from within Windows PowerShell.Don Jones
Hey, Scripting Guy!:Raising Eyebrows on Regular Expressions
The scripting guys visit the Louvre, take up art criticism, and show you how to use regular expressions in a script to do a search and replace.The Microsoft Scripting Guys
Security Watch:Principles of Quantum Security
Find out how the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle and other elements of quantum physics can shed light on evolving security strategies. (Note: No cats were harmed in the writing of this article.)Jesper M. Johansson
The Desktop Files:Leaving the Administrator Behind
Why is everyone running as Administrator? Wes Miller looks at the risks of running as Administrator and explores the benefits of transitioning your users (including yourself) to running as Users.Wes Miller
Field Notes:Multiple Mice, One PC
What do you do when students outnumber the computers available in a classroom setting? Microsoft Research India has developed a solution, termed MultiPoint, that allows multiple mice to be used simultaneously on one computer.Kentaro Toyama
Windows Confidential:16-Bit Icons Are So Passé
Raymond Chen looks at why Windows Vista doesn't support 16-bit icons, and wonders whether anybody has even noticed.Raymond Chen