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February 11, 2009  8:08 PM

Tracking down that user/computer that locks AD accounts



Posted by: Troy Tate
account management, Active Directory, AD, administration, analysis, anti-virus, antivirus, Data security, diagnostics, howto, information security, malicious activity, malware, Microsoft, Microsoft Windows, network security, Password, password management, policy enforcement, reporting, risk, risks, scanning, search, Security, security notification, tools, troubleshooting, Windows

With an environment spanning 18+ sites and more than 3000 computers around the globe, you could understand how challenging it would be to track down what device/user might be locking user accounts. There are tools out there that you can pay for that can help do this. However, Microsoft has some...

December 22, 2008  7:20 PM

Improving yourself in 2009 – part 2



Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, blog, CIO, education, howto, Metrics, Performance, performance monitoring, planning, professional, reporting, toolkit, tools

Maybe Bubbletimer mentioned in part 1 is not something that will help improve your professional value in 2009. How about the


December 19, 2008  8:55 PM

Microsoft’s environmental campaign – XP goes green



Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, awareness, DataCenter, design, environment, facility, facility management, hardware, Microsoft Windows, Monitoring, Performance, power management, tools, Vista, XP

Microsoft has a special section of their website dedicated to fostering environmental sustainability. To that end, they have released a product called Edison PC Power Management software. The application will...


December 15, 2008  9:05 PM

Improving yourself in 2009



Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, Performance, planning, professional, tools, website

It is going to be another year end here in a few weeks and the new year begins. We all struggle to meet deadlines, track what we do and where our time goes. I have found a few tools that I will be sharing with you in the next couple of blog entries. Maybe one of these will help you in 2009 and make...


December 10, 2008  2:41 PM

Did you see this? – Microsoft Infrastructure Planning & Design Guides



Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, awareness, design, documentation, education, howto, IT education, Microsoft, Microsoft Windows, planning, toolkit, tools

Microsoft has become much better offering documentation beyond just marketing materials about their products and systems. The Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) guides are the next version of Windows Server System Reference Architecture. The guides in this series help clarify and streamline...


December 4, 2008  6:54 PM

Did you see this? – IBM creates Microsoft-free linux virtual desktop



Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, design, hardware, IBM, Linux, Microsoft, Microsoft Windows, reporting, Virtualization

Many IT trade publications are reporting that IBM is launching alternative to Microsoft-centric software and the bloated hardware required by recent operating system releases. The Virtual Linux Desktop ranges in price from $59 to $289 per user, depending on level of software and service desired,...


December 3, 2008  8:58 PM

Did you see this? – Windows Powershell Scriptomatic tool



Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, Microsoft, Microsoft Windows, policy enforcement, Powershell, reporting, toolkit, tools

A new utility that writes Windows PowerShell scripts that harness the power of WMI (Windows Instrumentation Management) for use in system management and administration. This tool was created by Microsoft consultant and...


December 3, 2008  3:50 PM

Holiday greeting cards, holiday shopping and computer security awareness



Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, anti-virus, antivirus, awareness, Browsers, data loss, Data security, education, Firefox, Firewalls, homeland security, IT education, malware, Microsoft, Microsoft Windows, online identity, phishing, risk, Security, spam, SSL, vulnerability


December 1, 2008  7:40 PM

Did you see this? – FREE TRAINING: Technet Virtual Lab: Managing Bandwidth Using Windows QOS



Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, analysis, design, education, howto, IT education, Microsoft Windows, Monitoring, Networking, Performance, Policy, server, troubleshooting

For those of you considering using Microsoft Windows Server 2008, you might want to check out this TechNet Virtual Lab:...

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November 24, 2008  7:43 PM

Tools for documentation – Network discovery & monitoring



Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, design, documentation, facility management, howto, Metrics, Monitoring, network analysis, Networking, Performance, performance monitoring, reporting, threshold, toolkit, tools, troubleshooting

If you have not begun the process of documenting your network, then please begin as soon as you finish reading my first posting on Tools for documentation - screen...

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