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September 24, 2008  12:52 PM

[TLBAT] Intranet: an image is worth 1000 words!!

Posted by: alessandro.panzetta
Active Server Pages, Database, Intranet, Intranet portal, IT support, Patch management

Hi folks, I just found out that I had an image of the concept behind the Download Center so I think it's much better to post it so this can clearly explain how the whole thing works…here it is!

August 29, 2008  1:11 PM

[TLBAT] Intranet: The database behind

Posted by: alessandro.panzetta
Active Server Pages, Bandwidth, Database, Intranet, Intranet portal, IT support, Security, self-service

As described in the last post, the Download Center relies on a Microsoft Access database that will be described in this post. So, first create a new MSAccess database and then create a table called "Packages" like the following:

July 9, 2008  5:03 AM

[TLBAT] Anti-malware tools

Posted by: alessandro.panzetta
AVG, BHO (Browser Helper Object), HiJackThis, IT support, malware, SpyBot, spyware, virus

Hello folks, continuing on the path to save our low budget a matter that has to be faced is the detection and removal of virus, malware and spyware. I normally tend to use professional tools for these delicate matters because of several considerations: when you BUY software you also have...

June 26, 2008  1:07 PM

[TLBAT] Keep patches and updates under control with WSUS

Posted by: alessandro.panzetta
Group Policy, IT support, Patch management, TLBAT, WSUS

In my previous articles I've described the process to allow several services and servers to be installed for free or at low cost in your network; this post continues with "I want it but I have no budget" philosophy and enables you to have an update and patching system for your network...

June 22, 2008  1:40 PM

[TLBAT] Messaging, collaboration, IM …. an opensource alternative to Microsoft Exchange

Posted by: alessandro.panzetta
IT support, Linux, Security, TLBAT, VMware, Zimbra Collaboration Suite

Another post to present a free tool, another post to save your low budget! When building an IT infrastructure, one of the features you HAVE to consider is to provide messaging and collaboration tools to your customers (normally your employer...alsways remeber: the users are your customers!);...

June 15, 2008  4:35 AM

[TLBAT] Honey, honey…HoneyPot!

Posted by: alessandro.panzetta
Honeypot, IT support, Security, TLBAT, VMware

In a previous post I suggested you to build a proxy and content filtering solution based on a VMWare virtual machine, in this post I'll redo the same thing: propose another VMWare appliance that you can mount on your VMWare server, configure and have a ready-to-go tool for your IT...

June 5, 2008  7:44 AM

[TLBAT] Proxy server and content filtering

Posted by: alessandro.panzetta
DansGuardian, ISA Server, IT support, SARG, Security, Squid, TLBAT, VMware

In this article I'll explain how you can have your proxy server and content filtering for your network absolutelly for free allowing you to save at least 1600 USD (Microsoft ISA 2006 Standard Edition)!! We...

May 25, 2008  10:30 AM

[TLBAT] Ghosting computers without Symantec’s Ghost

Posted by: alessandro.panzetta
Ghost image, IT support, Microsoft Windows, Symantec, TLBAT

At the moment whenever you talk to the IT you may hear "You have to ghost your computer" meaning that you have to create a snapshot image of your computer partitions and store it somewhere. But why people says that you have to ghost it? Because Norton (actually Symantec) Ghost is...

May 19, 2008  8:43 AM

[TLBAT] Network inventory made easy… and free!!

Posted by: alessandro.panzetta
Auditing, IT support, Networking, Spiceworks, TLBAT

Do you want to have a network inventory of computer and devices, do you need an out-of-the-box solution for IT HelpDesk? Here it is...for free!!! I tested

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