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June 25, 2008  3:09 PM

Researching Network TAPs – Implementation Day (part 5)

Posted by: Troy Tate
Data security, DataCenter, DataManagement, diagnostics, howto, Metrics, network analysis, Networking, packet capture, Performance, reporting, research, tools, troubleshooting, WAN, wireshark

Hopefully you have been reading about my adventures with implementing a network tap to end network blindness. If not, take a look back at previous entries found here. When I last left you on this topic,...

June 18, 2008  7:25 PM

Did you see this? – 10 Cool Powershell scripts virtual lab

Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, DataCenter, DataManagement, Development, Exchange, howto, Microsoft, Microsoft Windows, Networking, policy enforcement, Powershell, reporting, Security, tools, troubleshooting

Microsoft has some great virtual labs which can give an administrator some quick education over a lunch hour or a short period of time. One of these virtual labs is the

June 18, 2008  7:20 PM

Did you see this? – Microsoft Assessment & Planning Toolkit 3.1 Beta

Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, beta, DataCenter, diagnostics, LAN, Metrics, Microsoft, Microsoft Windows, Monitoring, Networking, Performance, reporting, tools, troubleshooting

The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit is an integrated platform with tools and guidance that make it easier for you to assess your current IT infrastructure and determine the...

June 18, 2008  7:15 PM

Did you see this? – Sysinternals LIVE!!

Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, awareness, CIO, Data security, Database, DataCenter, DataManagement, Development, diagnostics, forensics, howto, LAN, Microsoft, Microsoft Windows, Monitoring, network analysis, Networking, Performance, Policy, reporting, Security, Sysinternals, tools, troubleshooting, WAN, web, website, WWW

If you're a fan of the Sysinternals tools, check out the beta of Sysinternals Live, a service that makes it easy for you to execute Sysinternals tools directly from the web without hunting for and manually downloading them....

June 6, 2008  7:19 PM

Did you see this? – Is it Up/Down or is it just me?

Posted by: Troy Tate
DataCenter, Monitoring, network analysis, Networking, Performance, reporting, tools, troubleshooting, web, website, WWW

This is a great website to test if a public website is responding. I am not sure what mechanism it really uses to test if a site is responding, if it is a ping test or if testing actually does an...

June 3, 2008  1:26 PM

Troubleshooting humor for the day – engineer, systems analyst & programmer

Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, CIO, forensics, humor, research, troubleshooting

Quick Stop

A computer engineer, a systems analyst, and a programmer were driving down a mountain when the brakes failed. They screamed down the mountain, gaining speed, and finally managed to grind to a halt, more by luck than anything else, just inches from a thousand foot drop to...

May 9, 2008  12:51 PM

Did you see this? – the viral bitgirl

Posted by: Troy Tate
forensics, howto, humor, LAN, Metrics, Monitoring, network analysis, Networking, packet capture, Performance, reporting, tools, troubleshooting, WAN, wireshark

I have always had an appreciation for Laura Chappel of fame and her quirky sense of ... hmmmmm.. sense?? hahaha... well... she does have a great sense of humor and a heightened sense of awareness with respect to those...

April 29, 2008  5:11 PM

I can’t get no technical (support) satisfaction

Posted by: Troy Tate
CIO, DataCenter, Linux, Microsoft Windows, Monitoring, Networking, Security, tools, troubleshooting

My apologies to the Rolling Stones for munging their classic song. How many times have you encountered a situation in your organization where something needs to be done yet either IT is not able or willing to...

April 15, 2008  1:00 PM

VMWare Player:My ears are still ringing!

Posted by: Troy Tate
Linux, Performance, Security, tools, troubleshooting, Virtualization, vmware

Wow! I didn't know my laptop could have such loud alerts. Yesterday, I shutdown a virtual machine in VMWare's VMPlayer application. As soon as I clicked the shutdown button in the guest OS, my laptop let out...

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