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July 2, 2008  1:57 PM

If no one is answering the front door – try the back door



Posted by: Troy Tate
awareness, blogging, Browsers, CIO, customer service, DataManagement, design, Development, diagnostics, howto, Metrics, Performance, troubleshooting, web, website, WWW

I recently went to Target and was going to look at my daughter's wedding registry to see what she and her fiance had selected. When I got to the registry kiosks, there was a Target team member and a customer having problems getting into the service. The Target team member was on the phone...

June 25, 2008  3:09 PM

Researching Network TAPs – Implementation Day (part 5)



Posted by: Troy Tate
Data security, DataCenter, DataManagement, diagnostics, howto, Metrics, network analysis, Networking, packet capture, Performance, reporting, research, tools, troubleshooting, WAN, wireshark

Hopefully you have been reading about my adventures with implementing a network tap to end network blindness. If not, take a look back at previous entries found here. When I last left you on this topic,...


June 18, 2008  7:25 PM

Did you see this? – 10 Cool Powershell scripts virtual lab



Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, DataCenter, DataManagement, Development, Exchange, howto, Microsoft, Microsoft Windows, Networking, policy enforcement, Powershell, reporting, Security, tools, troubleshooting

Microsoft has some great virtual labs which can give an administrator some quick education over a lunch hour or a short period of time. One of these virtual labs is the


June 18, 2008  7:15 PM

Did you see this? – Sysinternals LIVE!!



Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, awareness, CIO, Data security, Database, DataCenter, DataManagement, Development, diagnostics, forensics, howto, LAN, Microsoft, Microsoft Windows, Monitoring, network analysis, Networking, Performance, Policy, reporting, Security, Sysinternals, tools, troubleshooting, WAN, web, website, WWW

If you're a fan of the Sysinternals tools, check out the beta of Sysinternals Live, a service that makes it easy for you to execute Sysinternals tools directly from the web without hunting for and manually downloading them....


June 17, 2008  2:05 PM

Did you see this? – Online e-book library



Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, awareness, CIO, Database, DataCenter, DataManagement, Development, Exchange, howto, IT education, LAN, Linux, Metrics, Microsoft Windows, Mobile, network analysis, Networking, Oracle, Performance, research, SAP, Security, SQL Server, Storage, Virtualization, WAN, web, website

Check out this digital online library for IT professionals. Bet you can't read just one! Thanks for your time. Let’s be good network citizens together & practice safe networking!


June 4, 2008  7:26 PM

Researching Network TAPs – Strike 1 (part 4)



Posted by: Troy Tate
DataCenter, DataManagement, howto, LAN, Metrics, Monitoring, network analysis, Network TAPs, Networking, packet capture, Performance, reporting, tools

Yesterday, I received my Datacom Systems Singlestream 102 network tap. I installed it during lunch and wouldn't you know, something started not working right on the network! Hmmmmm... maybe I should have tested...


May 13, 2008  4:06 PM

To be done: an acquisition/merger checklist



Posted by: Troy Tate
anti-virus, antivirus, CIO, DataCenter, DataManagement, email, howto, LAN, malware, Metrics, Microsoft Windows, Monitoring, Networking, reporting, research, Security, tools, WAN

An acquisition or merger is not a frequent event for my organization. However, it seems like in the past year or so we have worked on a number of these activities. So, it seems like it may be time to create a formalized checklist for the IT department items that need to be addressed during an...


May 9, 2008  6:20 PM

Did you see this? – a live honeynet



Posted by: Troy Tate
anti-virus, antivirus, botnet, CIO, Data security, DataManagement, forensics, honeynet, honeypot, howto, malware, Monitoring, research, Sandbox, Security, SQL Server

I just came across the Shadowserver Foundation. According to their mission:

The Shadowserver Foundation is an all volunteer watchdog group of security professionals that gather, track, and...


May 9, 2008  12:51 PM

Did you see this? – the viral bitgirl



Posted by: Troy Tate
forensics, howto, humor, LAN, Metrics, Monitoring, network analysis, Networking, packet capture, Performance, reporting, tools, troubleshooting, WAN, wireshark

I have always had an appreciation for Laura Chappel of www.packet-level.com fame and her quirky sense of ... hmmmmm.. sense?? hahaha... well... she does have a great sense of humor and a heightened sense of awareness with respect to those...


April 8, 2008  2:21 PM

VoIP, IPT, QOS, COS, on and on – Oh My!



Posted by: Troy Tate
DataCenter, howto, LAN, Monitoring, Performance, VoIP

Well, well, well, so you want to implement voice over IP or IP telephony. You have heard it is going to give you some great cost savings and make your life easier. Hmmmm... upon further thought, the idea of implementing this technology frightens you and I totally understand why. I have...


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