IT Trenches:

June, 2008


June 25, 2008  3:09 PM

Researching Network TAPs – Implementation Day (part 5)



Posted by: Troy Tate
Data security, DataCenter, DataManagement, diagnostics, howto, Metrics, network analysis, Networking, packet capture, Performance, reporting, research, tools, troubleshooting, WAN, wireshark

Hopefully you have been reading about my adventures with implementing a network tap to end network blindness. If not, take a look back at previous entries found here. When I last left you on this topic,...

June 18, 2008  7:25 PM

Did you see this? – 10 Cool Powershell scripts virtual lab



Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, DataCenter, DataManagement, Development, Exchange, howto, Microsoft, Microsoft Windows, Networking, policy enforcement, Powershell, reporting, Security, tools, troubleshooting

Microsoft has some great virtual labs which can give an administrator some quick education over a lunch hour or a short period of time. One of these virtual labs is the


June 18, 2008  7:20 PM

Did you see this? – Microsoft Assessment & Planning Toolkit 3.1 Beta



Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, beta, DataCenter, diagnostics, LAN, Metrics, Microsoft, Microsoft Windows, Monitoring, Networking, Performance, reporting, tools, troubleshooting

The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit is an integrated platform with tools and guidance that make it easier for you to assess your current IT infrastructure and determine the...


June 18, 2008  7:15 PM

Did you see this? – Sysinternals LIVE!!



Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, awareness, CIO, Data security, Database, DataCenter, DataManagement, Development, diagnostics, forensics, howto, LAN, Microsoft, Microsoft Windows, Monitoring, network analysis, Networking, Performance, Policy, reporting, Security, Sysinternals, tools, troubleshooting, WAN, web, website, WWW

If you're a fan of the Sysinternals tools, check out the beta of Sysinternals Live, a service that makes it easy for you to execute Sysinternals tools directly from the web without hunting for and manually downloading them....


June 18, 2008  5:26 PM

Did you see this? – Infosecurity Magazine RSS feed



Posted by: Troy Tate
anti-virus, antivirus, awareness, botnet, CA, Data security, DataCenter, digital signatures, forensics, honeypot, IT education, malware, Metrics, Monitoring, Networking, Policy, policy enforcement, reporting, research, RSS, Security, SSL, tools, web, website, WWW

Infosecurity Magazine has a very good RSS feed to keep yourself up to date on events/issues and technologies. Check it out!


June 17, 2008  2:33 PM

Did you see this? – can MY browser do this?



Posted by: Troy Tate
Browsers, DataCenter, diagnostics, Linux, Metrics, Microsoft Windows, Mobile, Networking, Performance, reporting, tools, web, website, WWW

Here's a great website for testing your browser functionality and understanding the different features of each application. Thanks for your time. Let’s be good network citizens together & practice safe...


June 17, 2008  2:28 PM

Certificates – who do YOU trust?



Posted by: Troy Tate
certificate authority, digital signatures, Exchange 2007, Network Admission Control, Outlook Web Access, OWA, Security, Thawte, Verisign

We are currently going through design and implementation of an Exchange 2007 environment in my organization. Our current e-mail architecture is varied and does not have any version of mail services newer than 6 years old. So, we are learning a lot about Exchange and how it can fit our environment...


June 17, 2008  2:05 PM

Did you see this? – Online e-book library



Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, awareness, CIO, Database, DataCenter, DataManagement, Development, Exchange, howto, IT education, LAN, Linux, Metrics, Microsoft Windows, Mobile, network analysis, Networking, Oracle, Performance, research, SAP, Security, SQL Server, Storage, Virtualization, WAN, web, website

Check out this digital online library for IT professionals. Bet you can't read just one! Thanks for your time. Let’s be good network citizens together & practice safe networking!


June 6, 2008  7:19 PM

Did you see this? – Is it Up/Down or is it just me?



Posted by: Troy Tate
DataCenter, Monitoring, network analysis, Networking, Performance, reporting, tools, troubleshooting, web, website, WWW

This is a great website to test if a public website is responding. http://downforeveryoneorjustme.com/ I am not sure what mechanism it really uses to test if a site is responding, if it is a ping test or if testing actually does an...


June 4, 2008  7:26 PM

Researching Network TAPs – Strike 1 (part 4)



Posted by: Troy Tate
DataCenter, DataManagement, howto, LAN, Metrics, Monitoring, network analysis, Network TAPs, Networking, packet capture, Performance, reporting, tools

Yesterday, I received my Datacom Systems Singlestream 102 network tap. I installed it during lunch and wouldn't you know, something started not working right on the network! Hmmmmm... maybe I should have tested...


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