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November 30, 2009  7:16 PM

Microsoft releases File Server Capacity Tool 1.0



Posted by: Troy Tate
capacity planning, CIFS, client performance testing, client-server, file server capacity testing, Microsoft planning tool, Microsoft Windows, performance monitoring, server performance measurement, server performance testing, server testing, SMB

Microsoft has released the File Server Capacity Tool (32-bit) v1.0 (

October 15, 2009  6:44 PM

Free Training – Laura Chappell presents: Wireshark 201 Jumpstart – Filtering on the Good, the Bad, the Ugly



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

Laura Chappel, the BitGirl, is at it again with another in her series of Wireshark Jumpstart webinars. The next one is called


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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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:


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  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 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)....


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...


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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