Are you on the ServerQuest Leaderboard?

A few weeks ago, we mentioned the release of the latest edition of ServerQuest, the retro-style video game where the IT guy is the hero. Now you’ve got an even better reason to play – to outplay the other IT guys! ServerQuest II has posted their leaderboard for all to see: If you’re name is…

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THe IT Pro as Video Game Hero

Who wouldn’t want to appear in their own video game? Well, now it’s possible. We’re excited to announce the release of ServerQuest II, the sequel to the very popular ServerQuest game in which the IT Professional saves the day! This is a great way to take a break during the day, and personally, I love…

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Utility Spotlight: RichCopy

More than two years ago, TechNet Magazine Editor-in-Chief Josh Hoffman wrote about a great little utility called RoboCopy Gui—and that article became the single most popular article we’ve ever published! Now, however, that place in history is very likely to be superseded as Josh tells you about an even more useful tool  that is even…

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What’s New in Internet Explorer 8

Chances are pretty good you heard about the release of Internet Explorer 8 last week. Maybe you rushed right out and downloaded it to give a try, or maybe you’re the wait-and-see type who wants to check out what others have to say. In either case, you’ll want to find out about all the new…

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Geek of All Trades: Tools of the Trade

More free utilities! Being a systems administrator can be difficult, but whether your organization is large or small, the right tools can significantly ease the burden. In this month’s column, Greg Shields presents an overview of 19 free tools created by Microsoft. These handy utilities cover many of the tasks IT professionals must perform on…

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Utility Spotlight: Screenrecorder

Free and Fun—Make your own screencast! Whether you are having problems yourself getting something to work correctly on your computer and are working with tech support, or you’re trying to help someone else solve such problems, you have probably spent hours describing or explaining events over and over again because one party can’t actually see…


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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Hey, Scripting Guy! Famous Last Words

What did famous Greek philosopher Socrates have to say about XML files? Find out as the Scripting Guys revisit the topic of querying an XML file. This time, the XML file is structured so that rather than using child nodes, additional property values are configured as attributes. And don’t miss this issue’s VBScript Fill ‘Er…

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Windows Confidential: Windows 95 Unplugged

In the September 2008 issue of TechNet Magazine,  Raymond Chen reflects on how some left over diagnostic code unexpectedly brought the Windows 95 build to a crawl.     Read the full column online now.

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Hey, Scripting Guy!: Taking the Express Route

With Windows Vista, the UserAccounts.CommonDialog ActiveX control for opening a file open dialog box no longer exists. Here’s a look at how you can solve  that problem using Visual Basic. No, wait. Don’t run off saying "I don’t have that!" or "I can’t afford that!" Microsoft provides an Express Edition of Visual Basic you can…

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