IT Trenches:

March, 2009


March 31, 2009  3:32 PM

Simple Conficker Scanner tool released – find the infected machines



Posted by: Troy Tate
anti-virus, antivirus, Conficker, detection, diagnostic tools, honeynet, ms08-067, patches, scanning, vulnerability, vulnerability scanning

A Simple Conficker Scanner (SCS) tool has been released by members of the Honeynet Project. This tool can be run under linux or Windows. It runs a...

March 27, 2009  12:52 PM

The Conficker Analysis – are you ready for April 1?



Posted by: Troy Tate
asset management, Conficker, Microsoft patch, Microsoft updates, patch, patches, patching, updates, worm

There is a feeling in the infosec community that Conficker may change its behavior April 1 and wreak havoc. Headlines have included: ComputerWorld: Conficker's next move a mystery to...

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March 26, 2009  7:38 PM

Do You Manage Sharepoint and want training? – Free Microsoft How-to Videos



Posted by: Troy Tate
free training, how-to, Microsoft Powershell, Microsoft Sharepoint, podcast, Powershell, scripting, SharePoint, technet, training, training resources, videos

It's always nice to come across free training, especially in the economic times most companies are experiencing today. It is also good to be able to do some self-education to better prepare yourself for whatever may lie ahead in your career. Microsoft offers lots of training materials. I...


March 23, 2009  3:57 PM

Need help? Ask questions – help someone – read my blog & win one of 3 XBox 360′s



Posted by: Troy Tate
analysis tools, Cisco, contest, network capacity, network throughput, protocol analysis, Security, social engineering, social networking, tools, xbox

Looking for some help on some troublesome IT isssues? Post your question on IT Knowledge Exchange. Maybe take some time to read through some of the questions on ITKE. Provide an answer or even improve...


March 20, 2009  2:55 PM

What did I just do with my contacts list? – Social Engineering/Networking & contact list scraping



Posted by: Troy Tate
contact lists, FUD, registration, sharing, social networking

A recent article in the Windows Secrets newsletter titled Viral Inviters Want Your E-mail Contact List raised some fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) in my mind. Sometimes we...


March 13, 2009  6:25 PM

Friday fun – keyboards for blondes, Polacks, Aggies… hmmm… and me?



Posted by: Troy Tate
equipment, humor, joke, keyboard, product

Please don't take this wrong but I think this is a very funny product. It is directed towards blondes, hence the pink color, but pick your favorite "intellectually challenged" individual (e.g. Aggie if you are a Texan like me) and it could be the best thing to get them for their birthday,...


March 13, 2009  5:38 PM

Who hires IT staff anyways? Was it the US CIO or some HR crew?



Posted by: Troy Tate
bribery, certification, CISA, CISSP, corruption, CSO, CTO, hiring, HR, human resources, interview

Recently my fellow ITKE blogger Denny posted a rant against how IT people act in public. I know that his posting does not always apply just to IT folks. A news announcement today...


March 10, 2009  8:43 PM

Did you see this? – Microsoft Team Blogs – BlogMS



Posted by: Troy Tate
blog, Microsoft, Microsoft knowledgebase, Microsoft support

BlogMS consolidates a large number of highly relevant and up-to-date information sources across the Microsoft product and online services portfolio.  You can expect to find important Microsoft announcements, news, product releases, service packs, updates, and important support issues.


March 10, 2009  4:47 PM

Saving Money & Stopping spam – change domain names



Posted by: Troy Tate
cost reduction, cost savings, domains, email, internet, operations, planning, spam, WAN

Are you getting lots of SPAM? Is your organization's internet link being saturated due to tons of inbound spam and maybe outbound non-delivery notices for invalid addresses? About 3 years ago, ours was too.


March 6, 2009  4:45 PM

Network speed & capacity are NOT the same



Posted by: Troy Tate
bandwidth, capacity, network band, network speed, throughput

There is often a misunderstanding of what network speed is versus capacity. The speed of data transfer is not just a function of the capacity (bandwidth) of the link, but of the distance between the endpoints. To find distances: Go to


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