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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 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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November 19, 2008  3:58 PM

Tools for documentation – screen marking & screen captures



Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, DataCenter, Development, documentation, howto, Microsoft Windows, Monitoring, reporting, toolkit, tools, troubleshooting

If you don't already document your network and configurations, then you should begin immediately as it is a never-ending task. There are lots of ways of doing this and I will mention some of those in future postings. One of the best tools is simply capturing screen shots and placing those in a...


November 18, 2008  1:15 PM

Did you see this? – Microsoft Exchange Online – Evaluating Software-plus-Services



Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, CIO, DataCenter, design, Development, email, Exchange, Exchange 2007, howto, Microsoft, Microsoft Windows, tools


November 17, 2008  7:44 PM

Surviving Cisco Telephony – SRST



Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, Cisco, DataCenter, design, diagnostics, IP telephony, PSTN, risk, unified communications, VoIP, vulnerability

As you may have seen in some of my previous posts the company I work for has implemented VOIP/IP telephony at some of our locations. VOIP - IPT - QOS - COS on and on - Oh...

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November 11, 2008  4:07 PM

Did you see this? – Microsoft SharePoint Toolkit



Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, analysis, awareness, debugging, design, Development, diagnostics, howto, internet, LAN, Metrics, Microsoft Windows, Monitoring, MOSS, network analysis, Networking, Performance, performance monitoring, reporting, SharePoint, toolkit, tools, troubleshooting, WAN

Many organizations are finding value in the Microsoft SharePoint technologies. Whether you use the free Windows SharePoint Services or the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server, your organization will gain a lot of value from using these services. To enhance your ability to manage these technologies,...


November 11, 2008  3:58 PM

Did you see this? – Microsoft Windows Virtualization team blog



Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, awareness, blog, blogging, design, Development, Microsoft Windows, RSS, server, Virtualization

For those of you who are fans of Microsoft Windows Virtualization, this blog from the Microsoft Windows Virtualization Products Group might be of interest to you. Keep informed and provide feedback to the team as...


November 11, 2008  3:51 PM

Did you see this? – MS08-067 and the Security Development Lifecycle



Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, analysis, awareness, blog, Data security, debugging, design, Development, malware, Microsoft, Microsoft Windows, patching, risk, Security, server, vulnerability

As you probably already know, Microsoft issued an urgent out of cycle security patch recently for a Vulnerability in Server service could allow remote code execution. Look here for additional


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