TechNet Magazine: March 2012

hh855077(v=msdn.10).md Editor’s Note: Do It Yourself

By Lafe Low

With all the do-it-yourself programs out there, it was only a matter of time before “do it yourself” came to tech support and service. Microsoft Fix it Center Pro automates the troubleshooting process to help you and your user community do a bit of your own troubleshooting.
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Utility Spotlight:
Scan for Problems in Microsoft Outlook

By Lance Whitney

The Microsoft Outlook Configuration Analyzer Tool scans your Outlook profiles to identify any potential issues.

Windows Confidential
Why Can't We All Just Work Together?

By Raymond Chen

One danger of designing an interoperability document is that you might find nobody wants to implement any of your specs.

Fine Tuning for Optimal Performance

By Paul S. Randal

Duplicate indexes, cancelled rollback operations and I/O spikes can cause performance issues, but you can work around them.

Windows PowerShell:
Create and Manage Virtual Machines

By Don Jones

You can configure Windows PowerShell to use data stored in a SQL Server database. Here's how.

New Products for IT Professionals

By Greg Steen

This month's tools let you mine files and folders for e-mail addresses, perform bulk file-renaming tasks, and test your attack surface and port exposure online.

Geek of All Trades:
The Rule of 3

By Greg Shields

When it comes to demystifying Windows 7 licensing practices, it helps to remember the "Rule of 3."