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February 23, 2009  4:20 PM

IP address / Identity management & protecting youth from exploitation by adults

Posted by: Troy Tate
House, identity management, IP address management, ISP, Law, logging, Security, Senate, service providers

There is a recent bill introduced in both the House and Senate to strengthen current legislation addressing online child...

January 19, 2009  8:13 PM

Skype users – does anyone use this on ITKE? – or is it overhyped?

Posted by: Troy Tate
Firewalls, Security, Skype, support, VoIP

Recently I posted a question about using Skype in a corporate environment. Based on the lack of any feedback, it really makes me wonder if Skype is an overhyped solution for corporate environments. I also posted the same questions to another professional mailing list I subscribe to and received...

November 17, 2008  7:44 PM

Surviving Cisco Telephony – SRST

Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, Cisco, DataCenter, design, diagnostics, IP telephony, PSTN, risk, unified communications, VoIP, vulnerability

As you may have seen in some of my previous posts the company I work for has implemented VOIP/IP telephony at some of our locations. VOIP - IPT - QOS - COS on and on - Oh...

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October 9, 2008  3:56 PM

Virtual Enterprise VOIP panel discussion

Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, Cisco, DataCenter, design, education, howto, IP telephony, IT education, LAN, Monitoring, Networking, PSTN, risk, unified communications, VoIP, WAN

As you may have already read, I will not be attending the Enterprise VOIP event at CampIT Conferences in Chicago on 10/14. Well, I thought...

October 8, 2008  2:00 PM

Enterprise VOIP at CampIT Conference – Chicago 10/14/08

Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, awareness, DataCenter, design, education, howto, IP telephony, IT education, Networking, tools, unified communications, VoIP

Update: I will not be a panel member at the CampIT Conference on Enterprise VOIP being held in Chicago (Rosemont) on Tuesday, October 14. However, please try to attend this event if you are in the area and support the CampIT conferences group. Per the

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 is definitely one of the cooler online...

April 8, 2008  2:21 PM

VoIP, IPT, QOS, COS, on and on – Oh My!

Posted by: Troy Tate
DataCenter, howto, LAN, Monitoring, Performance, VoIP

Well, well, well, so you want to implement voice over IP or IP telephony. You have heard it is going to give you some great cost savings and make your life easier. Hmmmm... upon further thought, the idea of implementing this technology frightens you and I totally understand why. I have...


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