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July 29, 2009  5:51 PM

Network Computing magazine is BACK! – WAN Optimization issue



Posted by: Troy Tate
Network Computing, online magazine, online publication, optimization, WAN, wan optimization

The Network Computing magazine was always one of my favorite trade publications. It covered a lot of very technical things from basic to advanced levels. I was very disappointed when they stopped publication. So, it is with a lot of excitement that I am sharing with ITKE members that Network...

July 28, 2009  3:11 PM

Open Patch Management Metrics Model Released



Posted by: Troy Tate
asset management, framework, lifecycle management, maturity model, Metrics, Microsoft, patch management, patch management framework, research

Securosis and Microsoft have teamed up and released an Open Patch Management Metrics Model. The purpose of this model is to  "provide organizations with a tool to better understand their patching costs." The model also has ten steps with multiple substeps to help guide an organization through a...


July 24, 2009  6:47 PM

Microsoft Learning Snacks: Coming to a desktop near you



Posted by: Troy Tate
e-learning, education, Exchange Server, Microsoft, Microsoft Virtualization, online training, Vista, web 2.0, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista

In today's business environment it is always a challenge to get technology training as it seems like training is one of the first things to get cut. Microsoft has always been a great source of free training material that can help make IT professionals and user's use of technology much more...


July 24, 2009  6:03 PM

Using Wireshark to analyze a bot infected host



Posted by: Troy Tate
bot, data capture, education, ethereal, information security, Laura Chappell, network analysis, network security, packet analysis, packet capture, Security, tutorial, wireshark

My favorite Bitgirl (Laura Chappell) is at it again in this 15 minute presentation. She came across a host on a network that appears to be infected with some bot application. Take a few...


July 22, 2009  2:55 PM

Using net shell to backup/restore DHCP



Posted by: Troy Tate
bach files, backup, command line, command line dhcp, dhcp, dhcp management, network shell, restore, server management

Recently a fellow ITKE blogger posted Windows server 2003: DHCP server rant. I had been working on moving some DHCP services from one site to another when I saw his posting. I was using a...


July 20, 2009  7:22 PM

Do you manage or develop websites and need to know more about securing them?



Posted by: Troy Tate
application development, application security, cross-site scripting, information security, internet security, OWASP, training, web application development, web security

If you do manage websites, then you should know about the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP). This group is working to make web application security issues visible so organizations can make intelligent decisions about...


July 20, 2009  6:36 PM

Wireshark quickstart tutorial – learn to capture network traffic



Posted by: Troy Tate
analysis, education, ethereal, howto, IT education, Laura Chappell, Metrics, Monitoring, network analysis, Networking, packet analysis, packet capture, performance monitoring, protocol analysis, reporting, tcp/ip, tools, trace files, training, troubleshooting, wireshark

There are more upcoming sessions in the Laura Chappell seminar series called Wireshark 101Jumpstart tutorials. Check out the schedule at Chappell University website. Some of the things you will learn include:


July 20, 2009  6:05 PM

Nmap v5 released – nearly 600 changes!



Posted by: Troy Tate
host scanning, host testing, network administration, network education, network management, network mapping, network scanning, network toolkit, nmap, penetration testing, security administration, security tool, utility

Fyodor has announced the release of Nmap v5. This is the first major release since 1997. There are over 600 changes in the new version. According to Wikipedia: Nmap...


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