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Security:An Introduction to Security in Windows 7

Windows 7 includes many new features and enhancements to help improve security. Here’s an overview of everything you’ll find, from the new Biometric Framework and AppLocker to improvements for BitLocker and UAC. Chris Corio

Security:PKI Enhancements in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 introduce PKI enhancements that greatly improve the deployment and operational experience for users, enabling powerful new scenarios while decreasing operational costs. Learn about all the changes to PKI. John Morello

Security:Common SQL Server Security Issues and Solutions

Have you found yourself inadvertently in charge of a SQL Server database and don’t know all the best practices for making it secure? Paul Randal covers the top 10 security areas you should worry about, detailing common problems and their solutions. Paul S. Randal

Security:Protect Instant Messaging with Forefront Security

As IM becomes ever more popular, it is increasingly important that administrators have a way to keep it secure. Forefront Security for Office Communication Server provides effective protection against instant messaging-targeted malware or other prohibited content within an OCS 2007 environment. Molly Gilmore

Security:Protect E-Mail with Forefront Security

Neetu Rajpal introduces the next generation of Forefront Security for Exchange, a premium anti-malware product that protects e-mail that flows through Exchange server environments. Neetu Rajpal

Microsoft Office:A Guide to Customizing the Office 2007 Ribbon

The Microsoft Offi ce Ribbon makes it extremely easy to customize the interface of Offi ce applications for users in your environment— and all you need is Notepad. Here is everything you need to know to start customizing the Offi ce Ribbon today. Stephanie Krieger

Microsoft Excel:Using Excel and Visual Basic for Applications to Create a Game

A look at how you can use Visual Basic for Applications to create a game in Excel 2007. It's the perfect way to prep for OfficePalooza! Greg Stemp and Jean Ross


From the Editor:The Perennial Issue
Joshua Hoffman
Toolbox:New Products for IT Pros
Greg Steen looks at using Admin Script Editor Enterprise Edition and finding SQL Server instances with Quest Discovery Wizard for SQL Server. He also discusses the book "Windows PowerShell Scripting Guide".Greg Steen
Exchange Queue & A:Recovering a Clustered Mailbox Server, Offline Address Book Issues, and More
Exchange Online and Exchange 2010Henrik Walther
Utility Spotlight:User Profile Deletion Utility
Delprof is a command-line utility that lets you free up disk space by deleting user profiles that are no longer required on both local or remote computers.Lance Whitney
Inside SharePoint:Integrate Information Rights Management into SharePoint
Continuing last month’s discussion about SharePoint integration with AD RMS, this column show you how to establish an AD RMS pre-production development environment, compile the IRM protectors, and integrate the compiled components into WSS 3.0.Pav Cherny
Windows PowerShell:Automating User Provisioning, Part 3
Don Jones continues his four-part series that explains how you can create an automated provisioning function in Windows PowerShellDon Jones
Geek of all Trades:Control Network Access Using DHCP Enforcement
NAP monitors the health of specified computers when they attempt to connect to a network and includes a number of mechanisms to enforce health requirements. This article gives readers an overview of these enforcement mechanisms and, as an example, takes a closer look at setting up DHCP enforcementGreg Shields
Hey, Scripting Guy!:Working with Access Databases in Windows PowerShell
Automating data entry is more important than ever, and today’s automation language is Windows PowerShell. This article uses Windows PowerShell to collect some data about the local computer and write it to an Office Access database.The Microsoft Scripting Guys
Desktop Files:Revisiting the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack
Wes Miller updates his 2007 article on the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, a collection of valuable components that can can save your IT department a lot of time and effort. All of the components have been enhanced—and something new has been added.Wes Miller
Field Notes:IT Does Matter
Romi Mahajan notes the reasons people sometimes doubt the value of IT, then discusses why those reasons have little validity.Romi Mahajan
Cable Guy:DirectAccess and the Thin Edge Network
DirectAccess is a new feature of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 that enables transparent, concurrent intranet and Internet remote access and eases the management of remote computers by combining a number of technologies and components, facilitating the transition to a thin edge network.Joseph Davies
Business of IT:Reinventing IT in Difficult Times
IT organizations have more intrinsic value than is immediately apparent. They need to find ways to demonstrate that value in order to reclaim their rightful standing in their companies. This article discusses five approaches they can take.Romi Mahajan
Business of IT:Lowering the Cost of IT
Of course you want to lower the cost of IT—without hurting either your company or the IT department itself. That may seem impossible at first, but if you step back and look at your entire IT infrastructure and business needs, you can find unexpected ways to save money without causing too much pain. This article presents a number of suggestions that can help you identify ways to reduce IT costs while increasing IT’s value to your business.Karen Forster
Utility Spotlight:Faster CPU Utilization Reports Using Multithreading
This edition of Utility Spotlight is a little different than the usual, in that it involves scripts instead of executables, and so the column is dual-purpose: not only does it give you a nice way to build a report on CPU utilization in your organization, it also serves as a mini-tutorial to explain how the script works and how to use it.James Turner
Windows Confidential:Finding the Right Volume
Raymond Chen discusses the difficult job of satisfying audiophiles and those who just want the sound to work.Raymond Chen