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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.

February 25, 2009  2:30 PM

Did you see this? – The Cheapskate’s Infosecurity Toolbox



Posted by: Troy Tate
information security, infosecurity, management, research, toolkit, tools

This may be a couple of years old, but the need for infosecurity tools and requirements for cheap solutions has not changed. This was first published in the CSO magazine in 2006. The tools have only gotten better since then. Hope you can find some use for the tools that it recommends in these...


February 24, 2009  3:14 PM

Financial crisis due to poor risk understanding & management – IT security next?



Posted by: Troy Tate
financial analysis, information security, measurement, Monitoring, risk, risk management, technology

I have written before about IT being an accelerator for the financial crisis. Another recent article, this time from Wired called


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 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 10, 2008  1:33 PM

Did you see this? – Latest Laura Chappell Newsletter



Posted by: Troy Tate
analysis, education, howto, IT education, Metrics, Monitoring, network analysis, Networking, packet capture, performance monitoring, reporting, tools, troubleshooting, wireshark


December 10, 2008  1:19 PM

The larger world of free technical support – Craigslist computer forum



Posted by: Troy Tate
anti-virus, awareness, documentation, education, howto, IT education, malware, Networking, online identity, patching, professional, risk, tools, troubleshooting, web, website

I recently came across the computer forums on Craigslist. I had heard of Craigslist previously but was not aware of the significant scope of what it offers besides classified ads. I'm not suggesting that folks leave ITKE to the Craigslist computer forums for support - far from that. I have been...


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


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