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LabMice Link of the Day Archive
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:

'LOADFEST' TOUR OFFERS FREE EXCHANGE TRAINING
With support for Exchange Server 5.5 on the way out in 2004, many organizations are thinking upgrade. But which is right for you -- Exchange 2000 or 2003? Weigh your options in this special report. Source: SearchWin2000.com

REDUCING SPAM E-MAIL
Most companies have installed spam filter software that greatly reduces the number of spam e-mail messages users receive. However, implementing spam filters requires a lot of tweaking, and they're not foolproof. This technical article looks at some built in features in Outlook 2002 that can be applied to help reduce spam.  Source: IT Survival Kit

DESKTOP ADMINISTRATION AND MAINTENANCE
Learn tips and tricks that will help you manage your Windows desktops better. From recovering lost passwords to wiping PC hard drives, this assortment of articles has got you covered. You©re quite likely to discover something you don't know already. Source: Best Web Links

WILL MICROSOFT REWARD MONEY HELP CATCH HACKERS?
Do you think Microsoft's new plan to offer reward money will help catch hackers? Yes? No? Not sure? Cast your vote in our current reader poll:

Chapter of the Week: MANAGING A WINDOWS XP SYSTEM
Leverage the power of Windows XP, and fully satisfy your business needs with help from this practical guide. This chapter from the book Windows XP Professional: A Beginner's Guide, by Martin Matthews, covers Windows XP data storage on CDs and DVDs, printing and faxing, transferring files, connecting to and using a local area network, using a modem, setting up and using an Internet connection and much more. Source:  TechTarget

Best Web Links: EXCHANGE MIGRATION
Microsoft has extended support for Exchange 5.5 until Dec. 31, 2004, but
is that reason enough to delay an Exchange migration? Find out in this collection of articles and links gathered from around the Web by the editors at SearchWin2000.com. Topics include: Migrating from POP3/SMTP servers using the M drive, migrating from Exchange Server 5.5 to Exchange Server 2003 and shared hosting with Exchange 2003.

WEBCAST: MORE CONTROL © WITH WINDOWS 2003, WINDOWS XP AND GROUP POLICY
Did you know there are roughly 200 new group policy settings in Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP? At this webcast on Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. EST, group policy Guru Jeremy Moskowitz teach you how to take advantage of these new settings to gain more granular control of your network systems and desktops. Click here to register for this live webcast, where you'll be able to ask Jeremy your own group policy questions:

PERFORMANCE MONITORING AND DISASTER RECOVERY
This chapter from the book "Windows Server 2003 Clustering and Load Balancing" covers advanced planning procedures, disaster recovery and performance monitoring. You'll learn about advanced high availability planning, how to implement a disaster recovery plan, how to baseline your servers and how to monitor your cluster nodes for problematic issues. Source: Chapter of the Week

WHAT'S NEW IN CERTIFICATION
New certifications and learning programs are part of Microsoft's latest plan to bridge the gap between on-the-job skills, career advancement and professional credentials. Here's a wrap-up of what's new and what's coming down the pike.

OOPS! TRUE IT BLOOPER #118: NO MORE AUTHORITATIVE RESTORE THINGIES!
Systems Engineer Justin Culbreath gets many laughs -- and shudders of sympathy -- whenever he tells this story. It's about how a corrupted Active Directory database wreaked havoc on more than 18,000 users in a local school system -- including the superintendent. The moral of this blooper: Don't try this at home -- at least, not without proper training.

Letters to the Editor: Microsoft's new monthly security updates
Is Windows security is a major concern of yours? You're not alone. When SearchWin2000.com asked its members what they thought of Microsoft's new monthly security updates, the response was overwhelming. You can read some of the more thoughtful replies in this collect of letters. If you want to add your two cents take this poll then Sound Off with your own opinion. Source: SearchWin2000.com

Clustered solutions with WinServer 2003 Source: Chapter of the Week
This chapter from "Windows Server 2003 Clustering and Load Balancing" by Robert Shimonski walks you through the start-to-finish process of designing, installing and configuring all aspects of a Windows Server 2003 Enterprise clustered solution in a failover design. The cluster will contain two nodes, both running Windows Server 2003 Enterprise edition, set up in an active/passive configuration.

Herding the masses: Identity management
Identity management encompasses several security areas, among them authentication, directory administration and single sign-on. Learn more about managing users from this collection of news articles, advice and technical resources. The report features an interview with Chris Pick, vice president of market strategy for NetIQ Corp, who describes the benefits and challenges of implementing an identity management solution. Source: SearchSecurity.com

Tipster Hall of Fame: October's winners
And the envelope, please. Every month, a user-submitted tip that receives the average highest member rating becomes the SearchWin2000.com "Tip of the Month" and it's author is inducted into the Hall of Fame. October's first place prize -- a Creative Labs MuVo NX 128MB MP3 player and voice recorder -- goes to Tim Fenner for his advice on how to resolve unknown Event Ids quickly. November's tipsters will compete for an ultraslim iRiver SlimX iMP-350 CD/MP3 player. Source: SearchWin2000


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