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LabMice Link of the Day Archive - January 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:
Bizarre IT stories
Still unwinding from all the family, food and frenzy? Sit back, relax and take in a few of these amusing IT tales. They're sure to help you loosen up after the hectic holiday season. Enjoy!

Cluster solution with Windows Server 2003 & SQL Server
This chapter from the book Windows Server 2003 Clustering & Load Balancing, by Robert J. Shimonski, explains how to build a Windows cluster solution from scratch using Windows Server 2003 and SQL Server. The authors provide a walk-through of the process, from pre-design planning and definitions to implementation and cluster configuration.

Two ways to update MS Office for security
As you are aware, it is extremely important to keep up strong security on your operating system to protect your corporate data, Web sites and networks secure from the threat of hackers, viruses, competitors and disgruntled employees. Packages such as Microsoft Office also need regular checks to see if they're current and up-to-date, as the operating system does. Click here to find out two ways to check on the concurrency of specific Office installations.

Restoring an AD DC on dissimilar hardware
When your network is down to a single domain controller and your last Active Directory host system goes down, you must restore the network by rebuilding the domain from backups. However, when you do this, you'll find yourself faced with a challenge -- the repaired domain controller computers are no longer comprised of the same hardware as before.
Read this helpful tip to find out how to resolve this issue.

Chapter of the Week: Fundamentals of Windows Security
There are a number of key security concepts you should be familiar with to make sure intruders don't find a way into your system. This chapter from the book HackNotes Windows Security Portable Reference, by Michael O'Dea, examines the basic components of the Windows security model. The topics include user and group management, Windows security providers, authentication and Active Directory and domains.
Learn a few best practices to get you started here.

The great debates of 2004
TechTarget editors face off in five great technology debates.
Read their opinions on Linux v. Windows, thin or fat clients, wireless LANS, outsourcing and hiring hackers.

New groups in Active Directory
Creating new groups in Active Directory is accomplished in much the same manner as creating a new user or a new organizational unit.
Read this tip to learn the easiest and most efficient way to add new groups.

Boosting the power of your Windows desktop
With every Windows desktop operating system, there are tricks you can use to optimize system performance. There are also tips that are fairly universal. In this article, we'll take a look at ways you can improve the performance of any Windows desktop, and then touch on ideas that are specific to particular versions of the OS.

Chapter of the Week: Probing common Windows services
This chapter from the book HackNotes Windows Security Portable Reference, by Michael O'Dea, provides some chilling insights to which Windows services are the "meatiest" in the eyes of an attacker. Fortunately, the authors provide a number of simple but effective measures to plug the leaks and discourage intrusion.
Take the steps outlined here, and you'll be way ahead of the crowd.

Spotlight on our Experts
Frustrated with Windows and its multitude of quirks? We hear you! Here's a Q&A sampler from our massive menu of expert advice.
Maybe here you'll find the answers you've been looking for.

Active Directory security best practices
Security is a key business operations issue. You should take steps to protect and sustain Active Directory from intentional and unintentional damage from authorized and unauthorized users.
Read this tip to find out the best way to secure AD.

Windows Terminal Services: Chapter of the Week
This chapter from the book Citrix MetaFrame Access Suite for Windows Server 2003: The Official Guide, by Steve Kaplan, Franny Kelly, Tim Reeser, and Alan Wood, is the perfect resource for you if you are looking to bone up on Windows 2000 and 2003 Terminal Services. Terminal Services is required for server-based computing whether you use Citrix MetaFrame or not. The topics include migration, domain and application considerations, Remote Desktop Client, Remote Desktop Protocol and various licensing issues.

Top 10 chapter downloads
Feel like some light Windows reading? Browse the most popular chapter downloads from our rich selection of technical book excerpts.
Click here to take a look.

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