In-Depth Features


A Virtual Shootout

EMC's virtual machine software edges out Microsoft's in overall features.

You Ask, Ballmer Answers

MCP Magazine readers get a crack at the Microsoft CEO.

Simplify Updates With Templates

ASP.NET developers often use a base class inherited from the root class Page as a template to make their Web sites look consistent. However, the HTML is often embedded in the base class, preventing the template from being previewed or edited. Learn to work around this problem by separating the template and the base class.

Will Application Integration Save the Enterprise?

Are you looking for something new to gain advantage over competitors? Application integration could be your vehicle for driving new and innovative information and business processes.

Securing Your Handhelds

Deploying handhelds requires understanding the sensitivity of your data, the strengths & weaknesses of your infrastructure, & the needs of your IT team. There are no easy answers.

Books: Debug VB.NET Apps

Debugging software systems is a necessary step to creating stable, low-defect software. Comprehensive VB.NET Debugging provides a roadmap that helps you avoid common traps and achieve your software goals.

Protection Through Isolation

This admin got a shock when he discovered that usernames and passwords for his new employer's sensitive documents were being sent in cleartext. Fortunately, he was able to see the forest for the trees.

A Virtual Machine Primer

Virtual PC software can ease migration and give any robust machine multiple personalities. Here’s what you need to know to take full advantage.

The Battle to Provision

The convergence of directory management and provisioning, and how organizations can leverage their directory management investments to meet their provisioning needs.

Build Real-Time Web Images

Use Microsoft's TerraService and MapPoint Web Services to start your own VS.NET-based mapping projects.

XML and Web Services: Are We Secure Yet?

From confidentiality, integrity, and availability to authentication, authorization, and audit, find out how you can employ best practices to make Web services secure.

Managing User Profiles in ASP.NET 2.0

Learn how to implement user profile management, a hot new feature in ASP.NET 2.0.

Create a DSN-Less Database Connection

Increase your application's flexibility and make the installation simpler by connecting to the database without generating a DSN in the ODBC Data Source Administrator. Instead, use VB code to configure the connection.

Display and Manage Images in ASP.NET

Develop image-management apps that exploit the .NET Framework and ASP.NET with recursion, the TreeView control, the System.Drawing.Images namespace, the System.IO namespace, and more.

Taming Kerberos

If you’re using Windows 2000 Server or above, chances are you’re also using Kerberos authentication. It’s time to get to know this three-pronged protocol and learn how to troubleshoot it.

Pack ‘Em Up, Move ‘Em Out

Migrating applications is far from easy—that’s why choosing the right tool is imperative.

Gaining Control Through Enterprise Process

How new policies and procedures can help you gain control over processes, ranging from patch management to topology changes.

Store Large Lookup Tables in DataSets

When mobile users need to look up and edit data without direct network connections, persist DataSets of lookup information as local XML files to preserve offline updates.

Books: SQL Server for Gurus

The Guru's Guide to SQL Server Architecture and Internals helps SQL Server power users manage their complex enterprise systems. This valuable reference manual goes far beyond the product's base documentation.

Integration at the Edge

We can learn lessons from trading hubs and apply the data to IT integration. See how the ESB removes the distinction among internal and external networks for supply-chain apps.

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