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June 26, 2008  4:43 PM

[TLBAT] Control and see your band….width!

Posted by: alessandro.panzetta
Admin tools, Bandwidth, IT support, TLBAT

You just subscribed a new contract with your ISP and they promised a given download/upload rate but you don't know how to monitor this. What would you do? Buy famous branded software and reduce your low budget or save bucks and use a free one (so you have more money left that you can send to...

June 26, 2008  4:35 PM

[TLBAT] SysLog for Windows

Posted by: alessandro.panzetta
IT support, Kiwi Syslog Daemon, Microsoft Windows, SysLog, TLBAT

The more you see, the more you know, this is never as right as it is in IT world. Every device in your network or Linux machine or whatever else writes information on logs and, depending on the log level you defined for these "devices", the information can be really helpful for...

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 28, 2008  7:51 AM

[TLBAT] The IT swiss-knife

Posted by: alessandro.panzetta
Admin tools, IT support, PortableApps, TLBAT, WireShark

In my previous article I wrote about removable media used to access dead/dying computers and I mentioned a bootable USB drive that...

May 26, 2008  7:20 AM

[TLBAT] Accessing dead/dying computers

Posted by: alessandro.panzetta
IT support, TLBAT

On my previous article I had a comment about someone trying to access a dying computer where because of wrong drivers, tons of software and other reasons the system couldn't boot anymore; this article explains my preferred methods of booting a dead/dying computer with an extenal media such as USB...

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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