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September 16, 2009  7:00 PM

Monitoring Windows Server CPU performance



Posted by: Troy Tate
cpu, hardware, perfmon, Performance, performance management, performance monitoring, Server monitoring

I didn't realize how much I really didn't know about CPU performance monitoring until I read this Microsoft Technet blog on Interpreting CPU...

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September 14, 2009  1:49 PM

Microsoft does not patch vulnerability for supported version of Windows



Posted by: Troy Tate
information security, Microsoft, Microsoft support, patches, risk, risk management, support, tcp, tcp-ip, tcp/ip, threat, vulnerability, Windows, windows 2000

Last week was the September issue of Microsoft "patch Tuesday". The September 2009 Microsoft Security Bulletin lists a number of vulnerabilities. Microsoft held the


August 19, 2009  6:21 PM

Can a botnet make me sexy?



Posted by: Troy Tate
antivirus, autoupdate, botnet, command, command and control, configuration manager, control, infection, mcafee, Microsoft, parasite, systems center

Ponder this question. Are there botnets that are sexy and make you more attractive? I got this idea from the Animal Planet (Discovery) show: Monsters Inside Me: Can a...

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August 12, 2009  3:33 PM

Interested in Microsoft Certifications? – Microsoft Certification 101



Posted by: Troy Tate
certification, job skills, mcp, mcse, Microsoft, Microsoft Certification, Microsoft TechEd, TechEd 2009, technical certification

Check out this interview during TechEd 2009 with David Elfassy. You will find out answers to many of your burning questions like:

  • How much does certification really...


July 28, 2009  3:11 PM

Open Patch Management Metrics Model Released



Posted by: Troy Tate
asset management, framework, lifecycle management, maturity model, Metrics, Microsoft, patch management, patch management framework, research

Securosis and Microsoft have teamed up and released an Open Patch Management Metrics Model. The purpose of this model is to  "provide organizations with a tool to better understand their patching costs." The model also has ten steps with multiple substeps to help guide an organization through a...


July 24, 2009  6:47 PM

Microsoft Learning Snacks: Coming to a desktop near you



Posted by: Troy Tate
e-learning, education, Exchange Server, Microsoft, Microsoft Virtualization, online training, Vista, web 2.0, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista

In today's business environment it is always a challenge to get technology training as it seems like training is one of the first things to get cut. Microsoft has always been a great source of free training material that can help make IT professionals and user's use of technology much more...


July 20, 2009  6:36 PM

Wireshark quickstart tutorial – learn to capture network traffic



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

There are more upcoming sessions in the Laura Chappell seminar series called Wireshark 101Jumpstart tutorials. Check out the schedule at Chappell University website. Some of the things you will learn include:


June 29, 2009  8:15 PM

Another threat to watch out for – Ants in the keyboard!



Posted by: Troy Tate
computer peripheral, computer vulnerability, diagnostics, hardware, hardware failure, keyboard, keyboard failure, research, troubleshooting

On Friday I posted a tongue-in-cheek type posting about a worm taking down a laptop. Not necessarily big news but something different to see as a...


June 26, 2009  5:22 PM

Friday news alert – Worm causes computer crash! – Troubleshooting tip



Posted by: Troy Tate
computer failure, crash analysis, hardware, hardware troubleshooting, troubleshooting

Well... that's probably news every day somewhere but in this case it was a real worm and I'm not talking about an electronic worm! I guess I need to ensure I don't leave my computer out on the patio on the swing. I need to also watch my cat. Check out the story


June 26, 2009  2:56 PM

Did you see this? – Microsoft Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool



Posted by: Troy Tate
education, Microsoft, solution accelerator, technology, technology management, tool, toolkit, virtual machine, Virtual machine management

Microsoft has a very large library of Solution Accelerators. These solution accelerators are meant to be detailed guides and toolkits to help organizations be successful in the planning, deployment and management...


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