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LabMice Link of the Day Archive - Dec 2003
As we surf the web in our pursuit of additional content for LabMice, we occasionally stumble upon a really cool, humorous, unusual, or very useful link that we think should stand out from the hundreds we add every week. So we developed a small section on our front page to highlight these, and will archive the rest here.
 
This Month:

'FAST GUIDE TO IT HUMOR'
According to Andrew Carnegie, "There's little success where there's little laughter." That would seem to suggest to us that most presentations are not very successful, and could be vastly improved by the leavening agent of humor. With that in mind we've gathered an assortment of the best IT-related humor we could find. We've got jokes, cartoons, quotations, a PowerPoint section and more to jazz up your presentations and have your audience eating out of your hand. Enjoy! Source: SearchWin2000

TECH TIP: DELETED ACTIVE DIRECTORY OBJECT REAPPEARING?
Ever had an item that you thought was deleted from your Active Directory domain suddenly reappear days, weeks or months later? You should be aware of some easily reversible malefactors that can cause the normal Active Directory replication to be overthrown, causing "tombstoned" users, groups or organization units to come back from the dead. Source: SearchWin2000.com

PLANNING FOR WINDOWS SERVER 2003
According to this chapter from "Windows Server 2003: Best Practices for Enterprise Deployments," by Nelson and Danielle Ruest, planning and preparing for the implementation of Windows Server 2003 should be 80% planning, preparing and testing and 20% implementing. Learn a few best practices to get you started here. Source: Chapter of the Week

Oops! True IT blooper #121: Oh my god, what have I done?
We've all had that sinking feeling, when you realize that what you thought was right was absolutely wrong. For Software Manager Chris Tate-Davies, that rush of emotion came when he was a junior staffer charged with protecting a disk full of mission critical company documents. What happened next is recounted below in Tate-Davies' own words. Be sure to heed his cautionary advice or you too might fall victim to a similar tale of woe.

GADGETS AND GIZMOS
Are you a gadget geek? Gadget people can't resist the latest and greatest. And that's what SearchWin2000.com has assembled in its Gadgets & Gizmos '03 guide. See how high-tech translates into high-tech fun with this assortment of the newest and greatest in techie gadgets and gizmos. Source: Holiday Product Review Guide

AVOID USELESS WINDOWS 2000 PERFORMANCE 'TWEAKS'
Thanks to a combination of bad journalism and ineffective research you may have come across any one of a number of so-called "performance tweaks" for Windows 2000 and XP. Some of these tweaks were functional at one time, but have been removed in more recent service packs. They've been replaced with more intelligent core logic that tunes the system's memory demands more effectively than manual tweaking. Source:
Tech Tip

THE YEAR'S 10 TOP STORIES
SearchWin2000.com crunched some numbers to find out what news stories you favored over the past 12 months. The result: its top 10 news stories of 2003. The articles are rated by reader clicks, lowest first. Source: SearchWin2000.com

Chapter of the Week: ACTIVE DIRECTORY SCHEMA
This chapter from the book "Inside Active Directory," by Sakari Kouti and Mika Seitsonen, describes the Active Directory data model and the way in which the rules of the schema enforce it. You can approach this chapter with three purposes: to understand how AD works behind the scenes; to enhance administration by learning (for example, which attributes are indexed to make searches faster); to learn the tech background to extend the schema of your forest. Source: SearchWin2000

WINDOWS AND HYPER-THREADING
When you run Windows on a machine that has Pentium 4 processors installed, you should be aware that the processors are using hyper-threading. That's a technology that allows one processor to look like two virtual processors; it speeds up program execution. But there could be a problem: The BIOS may not properly report the state of the processors to the OS, and that could degrade performance. Source: SearchWin2000.com

TERMINATING A SYSTEM ADMINISTRATOR
Do you have a policy for how to handle the sudden termination of a key system administrator? It's not a task many security teams are eager to handle ©- especially on smaller teams where it involves planning for the firing of one of your own. However, you owe it to your organization to plan for this distasteful eventuality. This tip takes a look at a few steps you can follow to ease the process. Source: IT Survival Kit

CHAPTER OF THE WEEK: SECURING ACTIVE DIRECTORY
This chapter from the book "Inside Active Directory," by Sakari Kouti and Mika Seitsonen, will help you lock down your Active Directory. The authors first review Windows 2000 general security. Then, they examine and discuss AD access control. Finally, they address how permissions works to protect each Active Directory object. Source: TechTarget

TOP 10 TECH TIPS OF 2003
This week's Featured Topic spotlights the 10 most read SearchWin2000.com technical tips from the past year. From AD to .pst's, the topics of these tips enticed you to click.

Crash Course: Software Update Services
SUS is one of the most popular tools in the Windows toolbox. This collection of tips, articles and advice shows how to get the most out of SUS today, and previews what new features will be available in the not-too-distant future.


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