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March 10, 2009  8:43 PM

Did you see this? – Microsoft Team Blogs – BlogMS



Posted by: Troy Tate
blog, Microsoft, Microsoft knowledgebase, Microsoft support

BlogMS consolidates a large number of highly relevant and up-to-date information sources across the Microsoft product and online services portfolio.  You can expect to find important Microsoft announcements, news, product releases, service packs, updates, and important support issues.

March 5, 2009  9:18 PM

Microsoft announces a Support Lifecycle Informational Update newsletter



Posted by: Troy Tate
Microsoft, Microsoft support, newsletter, product lifecycle

Microsoft has created a new resource for customers - the Microsoft Support Lifecycle Informational Update.  This quarterly newsletter highlights current information regarding the support of Microsoft products and...


February 27, 2009  7:41 PM

Did you see this? – Internet Measurement Testing tools



Posted by: Troy Tate
analysis, network, network testing, Performance, performance monitoring, research, testing, throughput, toolkit

There will always be some user saying "the internet is slow". There are many resources out there to test internet connections. The Measurement Lab is one I came across the other day. There are several useful tools under this page. Some of...


February 11, 2009  8:08 PM

Tracking down that user/computer that locks AD accounts



Posted by: Troy Tate
account management, Active Directory, AD, administration, analysis, anti-virus, antivirus, Data security, diagnostics, howto, information security, malicious activity, malware, Microsoft, Microsoft Windows, network security, Password, password management, policy enforcement, reporting, risk, risks, scanning, search, Security, security notification, tools, troubleshooting, Windows

With an environment spanning 18+ sites and more than 3000 computers around the globe, you could understand how challenging it would be to track down what device/user might be locking user accounts. There are tools out there that you can pay for that can help do this. However, Microsoft has some...


February 3, 2009  7:41 PM

Will Microsoft ever get search right?



Posted by: Troy Tate
documentation, Google, Live search, Microsoft, Microsoft Live, Powershell, search

I am looking for some documentation on Powershell to better understand how to use it. Per Wikipedia: Windows PowerShell is an extensible

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January 29, 2009  9:13 PM

Nifty tools for tracking down that “interesting” network traffic



Posted by: Troy Tate
Cisco, LAN, malware, Microsoft, network analysis, network monitor, network troubleshooting, pstools, Routers, Security, Sysinternals, toolkit, troubleshooting, WAN

My previous posting was meant to help you determine the source of potentially dangerous...

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January 21, 2009  5:10 PM

Microsoft guidelines for Turning off Windows AutoRun do NOT work properly!



Posted by: Troy Tate
anti-virus, antivirus, CERT, digital picture frame, information security, risks, Security, security notification, trojan, Windows

One of the information security lists I subscribe to is the US-CERT Technical Cyber Security Alerts. US-CERT is the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team. If you have information security responsibilities, I highly recommend that you...


January 21, 2009  4:36 PM

Security news – Videos from Hack In The Box 2008 Malaysia available for download



Posted by: Troy Tate
Apple, education, hacking, hardware, Microsoft, OSX, Password, Security, software, training, vulnerabilities, Windows


January 9, 2009  4:38 PM

PROTOCOL analysis vs protocol analysis (with a small p)



Posted by: Troy Tate
Microsoft, Microsoft Exchange, network monitor, OSI model, patches, protocol analysis, SMTP, tcp, wireshark

Recently we had an issue at a site where outbound messages larger than 1MB were backing up in the outbound message queue. The messages were tagged with a 421 4.4.2 Connection dropped error. This was a puzzling issue since the smart relay host was on the local LAN, and in fact, on...


December 22, 2008  7:20 PM

Improving yourself in 2009 – part 2



Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, blog, CIO, education, howto, Metrics, Performance, performance monitoring, planning, professional, reporting, toolkit, tools

Maybe Bubbletimer mentioned in part 1 is not something that will help improve your professional value in 2009. How about the


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