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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 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...


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...


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...


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


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


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