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December 18, 2009  8:33 PM

Broadcast traffic told me the network was contaminated



Posted by: Troy Tate
broadcast, network analysis, packet capture, protocol analysis, troubleshooting

If you don't know what's broadcasting on your network, you don't know your network! I recently discovered a rogue network cross-connection on a network. The cross connect was from an unmanaged internet connection to a private LAN. The way I discovered this was using Wireshark and listening for all...

December 18, 2009  7:28 PM

Using PsExec to fight malware



Posted by: Troy Tate
antivirus, malicious software, malware, Microsoft, Microsoft Sysinternals, psexec, remote administration, Sysinternals

The excellent Sysinternals Windows tools have been around for many years (since 1996!). Microsoft now has these tools available and they are all FREE! They are also available in a "live" way such that you do...


November 30, 2009  7:16 PM

Microsoft releases File Server Capacity Tool 1.0



Posted by: Troy Tate
capacity planning, CIFS, client performance testing, client-server, file server capacity testing, Microsoft planning tool, Microsoft Windows, performance monitoring, server performance measurement, server performance testing, server testing, SMB

Microsoft has released the File Server Capacity Tool (32-bit) v1.0 (


November 30, 2009  6:25 PM

Windows Technology Deep Dive: Understanding and Troubleshooting Memory Problems



Posted by: Troy Tate
advanced training, advanced troubleshooting, memory management, Microsoft Windows, program development, RAM, technology training, troubleshooting, Windows


November 30, 2009  4:03 PM

Check your IT environment health using this FREE Microsoft tool



Posted by: Troy Tate
Active Directory, dns, domain controller, event logs, file replication, free tool, Microsoft, Microsoft Windows, network health, small enterprise, troubleshooting, Windows

Microsoft has an excellent free tool for checking the health of your IT environment in small to medium size networks (up to 20 servers and 500 clients). This tool will scan the environment and report on health items such as:

  • Network connectivity between servers
  • Active...


November 11, 2009  6:31 PM

Free online IT education resource



Posted by: Troy Tate
Adobe, certification, Database, information technology reference, information technology tutorial, IT education, Linux, MAC OS, Macromedia, Microsoft, Microsoft education, network technology education, Networking, programming, sql, technology education, tutorial, XML

I recently came across an excellent IT education resource that is free. It is the eTutorials.org website. According to the website it is a source of  thousands online tutorials, useful tips, articles, and researched...


October 23, 2009  6:40 PM

Stuck on a blacklist? Sue the big guys! Cisco, Microsoft, Comcast, TRUSTe



Posted by: Troy Tate
blacklist, Cisco, Comcast, eavesdropping, lawsuit, Microsoft, net neutrality, privacy, TRUSTe, wiretapping

A web based tool I frequently use is called Network-Tools.com. I frequently use the site to lookup names associated with IP addresses and whois information and ping to the addresses. A recent notice on the page raised my concern. The notice...


October 23, 2009  5:58 PM

Tools I use – Startup Control Panel



Posted by: Troy Tate
application, portable application, regedit, tools, Windows, windows service, windows startup

One of the tools I frequently use is called Startup Control Panel. This is a free tool from Mike Lin. It is a portable tool so it does not require any client installation...


October 21, 2009  1:20 PM

Microsoft IT professional resource – RunAs Radio



Posted by: Troy Tate
Active Directory, AD, dba, Development, education, IIS, IT education, Microsoft, podcast, Powershell, SharePoint, sql, virtual machines, Virtualization, webcast

I just came across an excellent resource for IT professionals working with Microsoft products. It is called RunAs Radio. There are weekly podcasts about topics of interest to those of us...


October 15, 2009  6:44 PM

Free Training – Laura Chappell presents: Wireshark 201 Jumpstart – Filtering on the Good, the Bad, the Ugly



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

Laura Chappel, the BitGirl, is at it again with another in her series of Wireshark Jumpstart webinars. The next one is called


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