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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:

Microsoft Report Card on security
Did Microsoft finally get trustworthy computing right with last year’s release of the much-ballyhooed Windows Server 2003? Or are persistent reports of vulnerabilities in Microsoft products causing you to seek alternatives outside of Redmond? Find out what your peers think on this and other critical support issues. Does Microsoft make the grade? Please take this 10-minute survey and help the editors at find out. They'll report the results in their always interesting annual MS Report Card.

Chapter of the Week: DNS
This chapter from the book The Windows XP/2000 Answer Book: A Complete Resource from the Desktop to the Enterprise, by John Savill, examines installation and configuration of DNS servers on local intranets for local name resolution. You will also get the scoop on local DNS configuration for forwarding external name resolution requests to different DNS servers. The extensive tips and notes make this interesting reading for beginners and veterans alike.

MOS is the Office badge of honor
Nearly 1.5 million people call themselves a MOS. Experts say there are some good reasons to seek a Microsoft Office Specialist certification. Source:

Expert Webcast: Administrator's guide to deploying Office 2003
The process of deploying Office 2003 is similar to Office XP. There are subtle differences that affect how you design and distribute your configuration, however. In this webcast, best-selling author, speaker and columnist Jerry Honeycutt, describes those differences and what they mean for you. Source:

Using Windows to set up workstation security

This article looks at some features included in both Windows 2000 and 2003 that most administrators often overlook when implementing security on a workstation. Source:

Chapter of the Week: Active Directory

This chapter from the book “The Windows XP/2000 Answer Book: A Complete Resource from the Desktop to the Enterprise,” by John Savill, walks you through the finer points of Active Directory, from naming conventions to managing intrasite replication projects. Plenty of screen shots and step-by-step instructions make this an easy-to-follow guide to a complex issue. Source:

Featured Topic: Crash Course -- Certification
Security and messaging credentials are the newest additions to Microsoft's ever-changing world of certifications. Here's a wrap-up of the latest in certification and career advancement. Source:

Security tool treasure chest

This tip provides a table of 10 key information security tools that you need to know about. Source:

Expert Webcast: The scoop on Microsoft's new security and messaging credentials
What are the advantages of Microsoft's new security and messaging specializations? In this webcast, certification guru Ed Tittel will walk you through the requirements for two new MCSA and MCSE credentials.

Controlling Windows Server 2003 security 
These days, keeping your network safe is more important than ever. This chapter from the book "Windows Server 2003: A Beginner's Guide," by Martin Matthews, examines the five most important pieces of the puzzle: user authentication, user access control, securing stored data, setting up functional security policies and securing data transfers within the network.

After reading the chapter, test your reading comprehension with our new Know-IT-All Chapter Quiz and then send us your score for a chance to win a free copy of this week's featured book.

Secrets of the Windows registry
The registry is the heart of the Windows operating system, making troubleshooting and fine-tuning skills a must. This week we offer tips, advice and little-known tricks. Source:

Does Microsoft make the grade? You decide!
Now’s your chance to grade Microsoft. Take part in’s third annual survey of IT professionals’ attitudes about flagship Windows products and customer support issues. Did Redmond finally get trustworthy computing right with the release of Window Server 2003? Are you going to renew your Software Assurance agreement? What’s up with the MCSE?  Take this 10-minute survey. The editors will tally the results, compare your answers with last year, then publish the findings. (Click here to read the 2003 Microsoft Report Card.)

Eight guidelines to Windows-based snapshots
Snapshots can play an important role in backing up data, disaster recovery and populating a secondary server with live data. In this tip, "Inside Windows Storage" author Dilip Naik offers eight important guidelines to consider when implementing Microsoft's Volume Shadow Copy Service. Source:

Personal computers just aren't PC

Before you pitch your PC, keep this in mind: The old saying about "returning to dust" does not apply. After you ditch the Dell, toss the Toshiba or 86 the IBM, your machine will probably end up in a landfill -- where its toxic innards may pollute the earth. Source:

Office 2003 targets power users
Businesses that want their Office applications to be more than a one-trick pony are going to like Office 2003, experts say. Find out what this means for administrators. Source: (March 9, 2004)

Bernie's Book Reviews: Deploying Windows Server 2003

For the experienced network engineer tasked with a large-scale Windows Server 2003 migration, Windows Server 2003: Best Practices for Enterprise Deployments by Nelson and Danielle Ruest is a must, says founder Bernie Klinder. Source:

25 Windows security tips in 25 minutes  
We chose these 25 quick tips and tricks to help you simplify the job of securing your Windows environment. Some are tips old; some are new. Some are from your peers in the trenches. Many are from leading industry experts. On your mark, set, go! Source:

Oops! True IT Blooper #128: The telepathic printer
One day a computer service representative got a pretty typical call from a panicking customer. No matter what she tried, her computer simply would not print. After a night of slaving away over the machine, it printed perfectly. But the next morning the customer called saying that once again, it would not print. Read more to find out what the not-so typical solution was. Source:

Technical Tip: When XP won't boot after a new device or service install

If you install a service or hardware device that is not compatible with Windows XP, you might receive an error message when you try to restart the computer. This message refers to the service or file (device driver) that's causing the problem. To get Windows to start, perform the steps outlined in this tip. Source:

Contest: Submit your true IT blooper and win!
We've all had our Homer Simpson-like "D'oh!" moments at work. Share your best stories and you could be a winner! The authors of the five most hilarious IT bloopers sent into between now and April 30 will receive a cool TechTarget hat. We can use an alias when we publish your story if you want, so don’t worry about getting caught! Click here to submit your blooper or browse the blooper archive.

Microsoft's new online training options
Microsoft has announced a battery of e-learning courses for Windows Server 2003 topics. These offerings either partially or completely meet published training requirements for a number of Windows Server 2003 certification exams. All classes also include virtual online practice labs to address the need for hands-on interaction. Read this tip to learn more and to see the course listings. Source:

A printer management playbook
Printer management is a fact of life for most network administrators. Consider this required reading for understanding the ins and outs of setting up, fine tuning and troubleshooting those persnickety peripherals. Source:

Oops! True IT blooper #127: A tale of two drills
If you drill in the mainframe server room wall and hit something solid an inch into the wall, you have two choices. Some would stop. Jim Forsyth kept going. The result? Probably not what you'd think! Read Jim's story here! Source:

Webcast: Expert’s guide to effective patch management
Patching is one of the most common and effective ways to deal with security threats. But it is easier said than done. In this expert webcast, Pete Lindstrom, a director of security strategies, talks about how to overcome the challenges inherent to patch management, including ROI justification. Source:

Technical Tip: Enhancing folder view retention in Explorer
By default in Windows 2000, XP and 2003, the view information for only 400 cache entries are retained in Explorer. The size of this view cache can be expanded by simply editing the registry. Source:

Exchange Tip: This ‘manager’ halts the resource hogs
Is your Exchange Server stressed? In this two-part series by Brien M. Posey, you’ll learn how the Windows System Resource Manager reallocates resources, so that certain applications don't deprive others of valuable CPU time and memory. Source:

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! Source:

How would you like a patch management system that is simple to operate yet powerful enough to get the job done quickly and efficiently? This patch-implementation tool can support Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 foundational operating systems, as well as the add-on products of Exchange, SQL Server, Outlook, Microsoft Office, Java Virtual Machine and more. Click here to learn more about this helpful tool: Source:

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