TechNet Magazine Toolbox

In every issue of TechNet Magazine, Greg Steen (a practicing IT professional) discusses free and relatively inexpensive tools and utilities that help him do his IT work and "getting the job done."  In the November issue, Greg looks at mapping data graphically with MapForce, creating and managing regular expressions using Expresso (a free utility), and…

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Field Notes: Community in the workplace

In this month’s TechNet Magazine, you’ll find the second of a series of Field Notes columns written by Romi Mahajan, Chief Marketing Officer of Ascentium Corporation. As an early innovator in the field of electronic communications, Romi has been exploring the social and political implications of the possibilities of communication stemming from new technologies. In…

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Windows Confidential

Have you ever wondered why you sometimes get a message that says Windows can’t replace a file that is currently in use? In the November 2008 issue of TechNet Magazine, Raymond Chen looks at the underlying reason for this and explains why it would be more accurate to say Windows can but has chosen not…

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Windows PowerShell: Building Your Own Software Inventory Tool

In the November 2008 installment of our Windows PowerShell column (which is available online), Don Jones demonstrates how to create a tool that will inventory the operating system build number (this is one of the best ways to determine the OS version) and service pack version number from a list of computers.  This is a…

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Inside SharePoint: Extending Office Applications with Web Services

In the era of Software-plus-Services, Web services play an important role because they decouple hosted back-end environments from on-premise front-end applications. Explore  how the SharePoint platform drives online collaboration, so that Office applications and add-ins can run on local workstations while Web services in combination with other Web technologies provide access to features and data…

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SQL Server 2008: Track Changes in Your Database

"For developers, one difficult problem in SQL Server is tracking what data has changed in a database. An even greater challenge is architecting a simple solution that doesn’t heavily impact workload performance and isn’t difficult to create, implement, and manage. So why go to all the trouble to track changes? Is tracking changes really worth…

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Utility Spotlight Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar

Whether you develop Web content yourself or just support your local webmaster, here’s a free Microsoft utility to make your job easier. Lance Whitney shows how the Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar lets you peek behind the scenes in order to troubleshoot misbehaving Web pages.  

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Exchange Queue & A: Outlook Anywhere and IPv6, the Remote Connectivity Analyzer, and More

Here’s just a sample of the questions answered in this month’s column: Q Our organization, which uses Exchange Server 2007, is in the planning stages of deploying standby continuous replication (SCR). We want to have a second set of data for each of the mailbox databases created on our non-clustered Exchange 2007 SP1 Mailbox servers…

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Using Configuration Manager with Windows Server 2008

With SP1 installed, ConfigMgr works with Windows Server 2008 just as it does with other versions of Windows. The November 2008 issue of TechNet Magazine offers a quick overview of how you can use ConfigMgr 2007 SP1 to monitor your Windows Server 2008 assets. Also in the November 2008 issue, don’t miss our look at…

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