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LabMice Link of the Day Archive - March 2004
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:
Oops! True IT Blooper #133: The name game
Some of us take the simple act of logging onto the computer for granted. Others have a harder time -- and we're not talking about simply forgetting the password. This true story takes the cake when it comes to user-induced trouble! Source:

Microsoft Desktop XP Webcast Series: Customizing Office for your enterprise
Join us and learn how to customize Office XP for your deployment. In this webcast, Jerry Honeycutt shows you how to build fully customized administrative installations that you can deploy via SMS, Active Directory and more. Source:

Exchange storage running out?
You need a plan that goes beyond telling your users to periodically clean out their mailboxes. Here are some suggestions on how to develop an effective data management regime. Source:

Is a firewall out there or not?
Do you know if you are protected by a firewall? Though there's no easy way to detect and identify the presence or absence of a firewall on a system (or on a network), this tip provides several ways to go about looking for one. Source:

25 Exchange 2003 tips in 25 minutes
Want some fast tips on Exchange 2003? Check out excerpts from Scott Schnoll's new book, "Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Distilled." Source:

Chapter of the Week: 'Networking'

The plain-vanilla network setups get the job done, but there are many unofficial tweaks you can do to crank up efficiency. Is your network truly optimized, or do you have lingering bottlenecks you may not even know about? Get that answer in this in-depth chapter from the book "Windows Server Undocumented Solutions," by Serdar Yegulalp. Source:

Passwords: Do you speak geek?
During his keynote speech at the RSA Security conference, Bill Gates predicted the demise of the traditional password because it cannot "meet the challenge" of keeping critical information secure. This week we challenge you to correctly identify 10 password-related terms. Source:

Ask the Expert: How can I check and report if patches are completed?
Dear Roberta:
How can I report the status and check if security patches are completed on clients other than by using Add/Remove programs?
Read Roberta Bragg's expert response.  Source:

Featured Topic: Secrets of Terminal Services

Going with a Terminal Services solution has its pluses and minuses. But if you're looking for some expert advice, tips and insights to guide you, you'll find what you need here. Source:

Chapter of the Week: 'Take Care of Windows XP'
While Windows XP is relatively low-maintenance, you still need to perform a number of tasks to keep your system running smoothly. The good news: You have a number of powerful tools at your disposal. This chapter from the book How to Do Everything with Windows XP, 2nd Edition, by Curt Simmons, helps you identify the right tool for the job and how to make the best use of it. Source:

Steps to success: Managing mobile technology

Mobile technology is quickly meeting the needs of today's flexible work force. But CIOs shouldn't implement mobile devices before analyzing their current work environment first. Source:

Tip of the Day: More security in Windows XP service pack 2

This tip discusses the security enhancements that are planned for the Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), which is expected to be released in late spring/early summer 2004. Source:

PC disposal -- don't get caught by TCOs ‘last surprise'
With new PC spending predicted to be on the rise, where will the old machines go? If you haven't planned your PCs' afterlife, you could be asking for big trouble. Source:

Windows management: assessing the options
What's in store for Windows management? Look for a new MOM, SMS service and feature packs and "lite" versions of both client and server management platforms. Plus the ever-popular, still-free Software Update Services (now WUS). Source:

Chapter of the Week: Manage Users and Groups

This chapter from the book How to Do Everything with Windows XP, 2nd Edition, by Curt Simmons, takes an in-depth look into how Windows XP permissions are structured and what impact this has on the end-users. You also get tips on the best ways to manage and configure both user and group accounts. Source:

Tip of the Day: Quickly fix print jobs stuck in a print queue
Congratulations to Joe Rainone, 3rd place tip of the month winner for March. In this tip Joe shares a a quick tip to fix print jobs that are "stuck" in a print queue.

Do you have a tip to share? You can become a winner as well! In addition to being included in our Hall of Fame, the user who submits this month's winning tip will receive a Rio S35S Sport digital audio player. Source:
Click here to to find out how to submit your tip.

Tip: Bridging NTBACKUP's shortcomings

NTBACKUP cannot split backups across multiple drives or removable media. This is a problem for people who seek to use NTBACKUP as a way to do backups to removable devices such as CD-Rs or DVD+RWs. But it is possible to work around this limitation in certain scenarios. Source:

Featured Topic: Managing remote users
Whether you're dealing with business travelers or telecommuters, or both, this collection of tips and expert advice will teach you how to set up, secure and troubleshoot remote user connections to your network. Source:

Get Up2Speed: Office 2003
Weighing a move to Office 2003? This administrator's guide outlines the pros, cons and pitfalls you may encounter. You'll also find articles on new Office features, a webcast and tips about Outlook, security and collaboration.

Education is key to securing remote PCs  
Education is key when it comes to securing the desktops of your remote users, but there are some new products that can help protect your network. Source:

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