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May 26, 2009  8:41 PM

Microsoft releases SharePoint Designer 2007 for FREE!



Posted by: Troy Tate
design, Microsoft, SharePoint, tools, website, website admin, website administration

May 26, 2009  7:34 PM

Repetition is one of the keys of learning



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

I recently posted an update about Laura Chappell's Chappell University Online seminars. I attended one of these seminars today. What...


May 21, 2009  12:57 PM

Master key tasks for network troubleshooting – Chappell University Online Seminars



Posted by: Troy Tate
analysis, education, ethereal, howto, IT education, Metrics, Monitoring, network analysis, Networking, packet analysis, packet capture, performance monitoring, protocol analysis, reporting, tcp/ip, tools, trace files, training, troubleshooting, wireshark

I'm a huge fan of Laura Chappell. She has a great sense of humor and is a great educator about all things packet oriented. Previous posts about Laura have included:

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April 29, 2009  1:02 PM

Google has published a browser security handbook for developers



Posted by: Troy Tate
browser, browser security, Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Security, web development, web security

If you develop websites or manage webservices, then you should check out the Browser Security Handbook that Google publishes on their code.google.com website. The Browser...


April 29, 2009  12:25 PM

Did you see this? – Free Wireless LAN planning, deployment and management tools



Posted by: Troy Tate
802.11, free, network analysis, network throughput, performance analysis, performance monitoring, throughput, throughput testing, toolkit, tools, wi-fi tools, wlan

Xirrus is a WLAN equipment manufacturer. They have some very cool products and if you have not checked them out and are looking for installing, adding or replacing any WLAN network gear, then I suggest you take a look at their offerings before making a decision. Xirrus has a page on their...


April 29, 2009  12:11 PM

Doing Microsoft packet analysis? – Microsoft releases Network Monitor 3.3



Posted by: Troy Tate
analysis, analysis tools, Microsoft, network, network analysis, network monitor, packet analysis, packet capture, protocol analysis, tcp, tools, udp

If you do packet capture or analysis in a Microsoft environment, then you are probably already familiar with Microsoft Network Monitor. If not, please read my real-world use of it for


April 27, 2009  1:29 PM

Simple is not always easy – SNMP for network management



Posted by: Troy Tate
mib, Monitoring, netadmin, performance monitoring, protocol, rfc, snmp, sysadmin, tools, trend analysis

SNMP - Simple Network Management Protocol has been around since the late 1980's (RFC 1065, 1066, 1067)....


April 2, 2009  8:53 PM

5 Things we learned from the Conficker non-event



Posted by: Troy Tate
anti-virus, antivirus, Conficker, endpoint, endpoint protection, information security, lessons learned, malware, Microsoft, network, patches, patching, predicting future, Security

1. The media can take a story about Information Technology and say nothing of substance. What did the 60 Minutes story do for the IT industry? It made Symantec look like they could not effectively...


March 27, 2009  12:52 PM

The Conficker Analysis – are you ready for April 1?



Posted by: Troy Tate
asset management, Conficker, Microsoft patch, Microsoft updates, patch, patches, patching, updates, worm

There is a feeling in the infosec community that Conficker may change its behavior April 1 and wreak havoc. Headlines have included: ComputerWorld: Conficker's next move a mystery to...

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March 26, 2009  7:38 PM

Do You Manage Sharepoint and want training? – Free Microsoft How-to Videos



Posted by: Troy Tate
free training, how-to, Microsoft Powershell, Microsoft Sharepoint, podcast, Powershell, scripting, SharePoint, technet, training, training resources, videos

It's always nice to come across free training, especially in the economic times most companies are experiencing today. It is also good to be able to do some self-education to better prepare yourself for whatever may lie ahead in your career. Microsoft offers lots of training materials. I...


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