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September 30, 2008  1:34 PM

Did you see this? – Laura Chappell’s Troubleshooting & Security Summit



Posted by: Troy Tate
awareness, Data security, DataManagement, education, forensics, honeypot, howto, LAN, malware, Metrics, Monitoring, network analysis, Network TAPs, Networking, packet capture, Performance, performance monitoring, reporting, research, risk, Security, SSL, toolkit, tools, troubleshooting, WAN, wireshark

Maybe you already know Laura Chappell (The Viral Bitgirl), if not then this is your chance to meet her and gain loads of knowledge in 2 days. On November 4-5, 2008 - Las Colinas, TX...

September 24, 2008  2:07 PM

Did you see this? – Using Microsoft Excel for business functions



Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, CIO, financial analysis, howto, Microsoft, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Windows, toolkit, tools

Came across a great free toolset for Excel today. It is called the Business Functions toolset. Here's the PCWorld Editor's review on the toolset:

Looking to use Excel to run your business? Then you'll want this free add-in, which has 500 new functions to help with just...


September 19, 2008  1:16 PM

Crunching numbers – is this any way to manage a network?



Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, DataManagement, facility, facility management, howto, Metrics, Monitoring, network analysis, Performance, performance monitoring, reporting, toolkit, tools, WAN

I just got done catching up crunching wide area network usage statistics for the last 6 months. Wow... what a job! I should be doing it at the end of each month but I got behind due to other major activities like


September 19, 2008  12:53 PM

Did you see this? – Encyclopedia of internal network security threats



Posted by: Troy Tate
antivirus, awareness, botnet, Browsers, Data security, design, Firefox, forensics, homeland security, honeypot, malware, man-in-the-middle, Microsoft, Microsoft Windows, Monitoring, Networking, Policy, reporting, research, risk, Security, tools, troubleshooting, vulnerability, web, website, WWW

Promisec has released an online encyclopedia of internal network security threats. This is available online for free. There is a lot of information to look through and decide how the risks affect your organization. Take...


August 22, 2008  8:02 PM

Poor Spelling = Identity Lost



Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, awareness, blog, Browsers, CA, certificate authority, design, forensics, howto, intellectual property, malware, man-in-the-middle, MITM, network analysis, Networking, online identity, reporting, risk, Security, SSL, vulnerability, web, website, WWW

Well, I am not the best speller and I know that is true for most people. I have recently discovered how this human weakness can get you into trouble and cause identity loss as well as potential financial loss. This issue has recently come to light with some of the Black Hat presentations. The...


August 20, 2008  6:19 PM

Did you see this? – Need some Exchange advice/support



Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, anti-virus, awareness, blog, CA, certificate authority, CIO, DataCenter, DataManagement, design, digital signatures, email, Exchange, Exchange 2007, howto, Microsoft Windows, Outlook Web Access, OWA, Performance, Policy, policy enforcement, Powershell, RSS, spam, toolkit, tools, web, website, wiki, WWW

Maybe you have already read my post about implementing new Exchange 2007 mailboxes for over 2000 users. If not... look here. So, as you see from this event, ongoing support...


August 18, 2008  7:24 PM

Did you see this? – Online tools/tutorials – RingOfSaturn



Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, awareness, DataCenter, DataManagement, design, diagnostics, howto, internet, IT education, LAN, malware, Metrics, Monitoring, network analysis, Networking, online identity, packet capture, Performance, reporting, research, risk, Security, Storage, tools, troubleshooting, VoIP, WAN, web, website, wireshark, WWW

Ok, I admit it. I'm a network tool junkie. I constantly look for neat tools to perform tasks in the easiest manner possible and give me reliable information. This website from RingofSaturn.com is definitely one of the cooler online...


August 18, 2008  7:11 PM

Did you see this? – Boot CD tutorial



Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, antivirus, bootcd, DataCenter, DataManagement, diagnostics, forensics, howto, Microsoft, Microsoft Windows, Mobile, Monitoring, packet capture, Performance, recovery, research, risk, Security, tools, troubleshooting

How often have you needed to recover a Windows system or use some type of boot disk? It's not easy to create a bootdisk in the current versions of Windows (XP or Vista). There's still a need for this capability. One source of how-to information can be found on the


August 18, 2008  7:04 PM

Moving a datacenter – one weekend – DONE!



Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, CIO, DataCenter, design, facility, facility management, internet, LAN, Monitoring, network analysis, Networking, Performance, risk, troubleshooting, WAN

Well, another busy month here. Last month we moved more than 2000 users from 6 different e-mail systems to a single e-mail platform. This month we moved a factory facility...


July 25, 2008  12:58 PM

I know who I am – Do you know my name?



Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, awareness, blogging, Browsers, Database, DataCenter, DataManagement, design, Development, email, Exchange, Exchange 2007, howto, internet, Microsoft Windows, online identity, Policy, policy enforcement, reporting, research, Security, subscriptions, troubleshooting, website, wiki, WWW

If you read my previous post then you know we recently went through a major e-mail system migration. Part of that e-mail migration included moving from various naming...


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