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Best Windows Admin Downloads (12 tags)
There are more than 9,000 tools, templates, white papers, and other items available from the Microsoft Download Center. Which are the best for Windows administrators? Mitch Tulloch clues you in.

Demystifying LDAP (4 tags)
Is LDAP a database or a protocol? Is it understandable and deployable without reading a thousand pages of explanation and documentation? Brian Jones untangles some of the myths and legends about LDAP to explain what it is, why it's useful, and how to put it to productive use.

Live Backups of MySQL Using Replication (3 tags)
One of the difficulties with a large and active MySQL database is making clean backups without having to bring the server down. A simple method to ensure reliable backups is to set up replication for MySQL. Russell Dyer, author of MySQL in a Nutshell, walks through the process of using replication for data backups.

Managing Disk Space with LVM (3 tags)
Linux's Logical Volume Manager (LVM) allows you to create virtual disk partitions out of one or more hard drives. This makes it easy to manage growth in filesystems. Combined with RAID, it provides a nearly unbeatable way to keep your files safe and available. Bryce Harrington and Kees Cook show how to configure LVM, how to combine it with RAID, and how to use it on desktop machines too.

Working with Roaming User Profiles (3 tags)
If you have a highly mobile local user base and are constantly fielding concerns about personalized settings and desktop customizations that don't seem to travel with your users, then roaming user profiles may make your life a lot easier. In this article, Jonathan Hassell, author of Learning Windows Server 2003, explains how roaming user profiles can save you time and energy.