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  • Best free server tools for Microsoft admins

    "Free" is a term rarely associated with Microsoft offerings, especially at the server end of the spectrum. Exchange Server, SQL Server, SharePoint, Hyper-V, IT admins know functionality comes at a price. More surprising, however, is the wealth of server tools Microsoft offers for free, some of which can, in the right contexts, provide an adequate substitute for the paid versions of Microsoft's more intriguing server products.

  • Microsoft more open than Oracle? Who'd have thought it?

    Oracle may be signalling its intention to strong-arm customers over to its new virtualisation platform, but Microsoft is doing just the opposite.

  • Experts sceptical on Vista security

    Now that the long-awaited operating system is out, how will Vista really stack up? The industry is not convinced it is going to be the easy ride promised by Microsoft.

  • HP pushes unified storage for the masses

    Automatic migration of Exchange and SQL Server data from app servers to the shared storage is great but data files for other apps have to be moved manually.

  • Earliest adopters get put to the test

    Microsoft's testing programme lets users influence R&D and get top-tier support. But it requires a substantial commitment -- and some live use of beta code.

  • Windows Server 2003 - the overhaul

    They started fixing the holes in Windows Server 2003 before it was barely out of the shrink-wrap. With the release of SP1, has Microsoft succeeded?

  • The impact of compliance on applications

    A host of new compliance regulations has made the IS manager's task harder than ever - and even US initiatives could have an effect on the way that business is handled.

  • Microsoft's latest server management... is it enough?

    The management facilities within Windows Server 2003 have been upgraded considerably since older versions of Windows - but are users really well served?

  • Windows Server 2003?secure at last?

    It's been three long years but finally the next Windows server is out of the box...

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