Tips

  • UAC in Vista: Blessing or curse?

    More than a few admins have had issues with Windows Vista's User Account Control feature. Learn the basics of how UAC works, and why disabling it might not be the best idea.

  • Hybrid hard drive support boosts laptop performance

    Windows Vista is one of the first operating systems to fully support hybrid hard drives. Learn the pros and cons of using such drives with network laptops.

  • How to defend against cross-site scripting attacks

    Cross-site scripting is a threat to Web browsers everywhere, and that includes the onese in your company. See how a hacker can use an XSS attack to steal sensitive information from your organizatio...

  • Using Vista's overhauled Windows Task Scheduler

    Microsoft revamped its Task Scheduler tool with the release of Windows Vista. Learn how new enhancements to the console give administrators more control over triggers and actions.

  • IE8 delivers improved security features

    Although Internet Explorer 8 is not necessarily going to be a security-centric release, it does include some rather promising new security features. It's still too early to tell whether or not the...

  • Buffer overflows can be prevented by GS cookies

    Buffer overflows have plagued Windows users for years, but by using a compile time technology known as GS cookies, you can prevent them from damaging your Windows shop.

  • Making sense of Vista's Windows Experience Index

    Learn what Microsoft's Windows Experience Index scores mean, and how understanding them can help ensure better system performance of machines running Windows Vista.

  • How to use Group Policy to control wireless access

    Group Policy can be used to control wireless access in Windows networks. Find out which Group Policy settings you should create to accomplish this in this tip.

  • Creating a custom control panel in Vista

    While Microsoft's Control Panel in Windows Vista is more complex than its predecessors, admins can create a custom control panel to quickly find the icons they want.

  • Protect critical system resources with WRP

    Windows Resource Protection (WRP) has undergone some changes since it's predecessor, Windows File Protection (WFP) was used to protect critcal Windows system files. Learn about WRP's evolution and ...

  • Windows Task Manager: What's new in Vista?

    While already a useful tool for administrators, Microsoft made several improvements to its Task Manager utility for Windows Vista. Technical writer Brien Posey breaks down what has changed.

  • Should you go with 64-bit Vista?

    Deciding between the 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows Vista is an important decision for those upgrading to the OS. Brien Posey weighs the pros and cons of each version.

  • Correct improperly assigned user rights in Windows XP

    Assigning user rights in Windows XP can be tricky. In this thread on our IT Knowledge Exchange, learn why your XP users are able to browse, open and modify files when you don't want them to.

  • Reduce error reporting woes with Vista enterprise tools

    With Windows Vista, Microsoft created Windows Error Reporting, a tool designed to ease the burden on help desk staffs when troubleshooting workstation errors. Along with Vista's corporate-level rep...

  • Demystifying Microsoft's iSCSI Initiator

    The inclusion of the iSCSI Initiator with Microsoft's latest operating systems is just one example of the company's increased focus on SAN. Microsoft MVP Brien Posey explains how to use the iSCSI I...

  • Workarounds for Vista compatibility issues

    Windows Vista's new security features cause compatibility problems for many applications. Fortunately, in some cases you can get around these issues and continue to run

  • Establishing multiple hardware profiles in XP

    Administrators can use hardware profiles in Windows XP to enable or disable hardware devices. Microsoft MVP Brien Posey explains how to create and configure hardware profiles in a Windows environment.

  • Vista SP1 vs. XP SP3 -- upgrade or business as usual?

    Vista Service Pack 1 just came out, and XP Service Pack 3 is right around the corner. Time to decide which is best for your organization. In this tip from security pro Kevin Beaver, learn about the...

  • Web security features of Internet Explorer 8

    Internet Explorer 8 will go a long way toward solidifying various Web standards, but it lacks significant improvements in security. Learn about domain highlighting and other changes in this tip.

  • Free enterprise compatibility testing for Vista

    Application compatibility is a major issue for large companies planning a migration to Vista. Fortunately, Microsoft designed its free tool, Application Compatibility Manager, to help large enterpr...