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Implement IPSec on Windows Server 2003
In this, the latest installment in our series of Windows Server 2003 administration tutorials, we’ll take a look at the process of implementing IPSec on a Windows Server 2003 system. We’ll also look at some of the procedures you need to be aware...
The Simplicity and Serenity of DHCP Fault Tolerance
Fault tolerance is a factor that’s considered in the provision of almost every network service. Understanding that down-time costs money, our need to provide fault tolerance for networked environments has gone beyond just making sure that users have...
Raising the Roof on Domain Functional Levels
For many administrators, domain functional levels on Windows Server 2003 are somewhat of an afterthought. Because the default domain functional level works adequately for most environments, the procedure for raising the domain functional level is seen as an...
NDS eDirectory: The Directory of Directories?
In the article Exploring Novell’s One Net Vision , I wrote about how the company was translating this vision into a productive reality. As I discussed, at the heart of Novell’s strategy is Novell Directory Services (NDS). In this article, I will...
Novell Directory Services (NDS) vs Active Directory (AD)
As an instructor for both Microsoft and Novell courses, I’m often asked which I think is better: Active Directory (AD) or Novell Directory Services (NDS). In general, it’s a loaded question. If I’m teaching a Microsoft course, students want...
Using Time Provider Groups in NetWare 5.x
For Novell NetWare and NDS administrators, time is an important commodity. Having the correct time on the servers means more than knowing when it’s time to go home: It means the health and consistency of the data on the network. In this article, we will...
The Portal Has Landed
The NetWare Management Portal utility (NMP) included in Novell’s NetWare 5.1 promises Web-based server management, but does it deliver? In this article, we will look at NMP and find out just how good a tool it is for NetWare 5.1 server management....
GroupWise Wireless 1.1
With wireless communications now reaching the mainstream, it should come as no surprise that software companies are rushing to produce wireless-compatible gateways and plug-ins for their messaging systems. Novell’s offering, GroupWise Wireless 1.1,...
The Microsoft Windows 2000 Server Resource Kit
Technical books are expensive. Anyone who works in IT and buys books for their discipline is used to paying $50, $60, or even $70 on a regular basis. In extreme cases, books for $100 may offer features and information that are absolutely essential, but for...
TechNets net worth
There was a time when becoming a Microsoft Certified Systems’ Engineer (MCSE) bought with it more than just industry recognition, a certificate, and a pin badge. Up to December 31, 1999, it also bought a year’s free subscription to...