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March 23, 2009  3:57 PM

Need help? Ask questions – help someone – read my blog & win one of 3 XBox 360′s



Posted by: Troy Tate
analysis tools, Cisco, contest, network capacity, network throughput, protocol analysis, Security, social engineering, social networking, tools, xbox

Looking for some help on some troublesome IT isssues? Post your question on IT Knowledge Exchange. Maybe take some time to read through some of the questions on ITKE. Provide an answer or even improve...

February 25, 2009  2:30 PM

Did you see this? – The Cheapskate’s Infosecurity Toolbox



Posted by: Troy Tate
information security, infosecurity, management, research, toolkit, tools

This may be a couple of years old, but the need for infosecurity tools and requirements for cheap solutions has not changed. This was first published in the CSO magazine in 2006. The tools have only gotten better since then. Hope you can find some use for the tools that it recommends in these...


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 2, 2009  5:15 PM

ARP as a network auditing tool



Posted by: Troy Tate
ARP, education, Laura Chappell, protocol, protocol analysis, scanning, testing, toolkit, tools, training, video

ARP - or Address Resolution Protocol is a necessary element for network traffic. Per Wikipedia: "In computer networking,...


January 6, 2009  4:45 PM

Swiss-army knife for public network testing



Posted by: Troy Tate
connectivity testing, crypto, crypto testing, cryptography, dns, hash, icmp, ping, public network, ssh, SSL, tcp, testing, toolkit, tools, tracert, typosquatting, udp, website

Sometimes it is necessary to test connectivity outside of your private company network. There are several resources I use. I will share a couple of those with you in this posting. One of my favorite and most frequently used sites is

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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


December 19, 2008  8:55 PM

Microsoft’s environmental campaign – XP goes green



Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, awareness, DataCenter, design, environment, facility, facility management, hardware, Microsoft Windows, Monitoring, Performance, power management, tools, Vista, XP

Microsoft has a special section of their website dedicated to fostering environmental sustainability. To that end, they have released a product called Edison PC Power Management software. The application will...


December 15, 2008  9:05 PM

Improving yourself in 2009



Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, Performance, planning, professional, tools, website

It is going to be another year end here in a few weeks and the new year begins. We all struggle to meet deadlines, track what we do and where our time goes. I have found a few tools that I will be sharing with you in the next couple of blog entries. Maybe one of these will help you in 2009 and make...


December 10, 2008  2:41 PM

Did you see this? – Microsoft Infrastructure Planning & Design Guides



Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, awareness, design, documentation, education, howto, IT education, Microsoft, Microsoft Windows, planning, toolkit, tools

Microsoft has become much better offering documentation beyond just marketing materials about their products and systems. The Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) guides are the next version of Windows Server System Reference Architecture. The guides in this series help clarify and streamline...


December 10, 2008  1:33 PM

Did you see this? – Latest Laura Chappell Newsletter



Posted by: Troy Tate
analysis, education, howto, IT education, Metrics, Monitoring, network analysis, Networking, packet capture, performance monitoring, reporting, tools, troubleshooting, wireshark


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