What measures do you/your organization take to educate employees on network security policies? Do you include this information in new hire training? Do you hold special training? Does your include any unique or particular provisions?
Answer Question | November 25, 2009 7:37 PM
Network security, Network Security Management, Network Security Policies, Open IT Forum, Security policies, Security training
What were some of the key factors in your desktop virtualization strategy? What were the issues most important to you when you decided to implement?
Answer Question | January 7, 2010 3:58 PM
Desktop virtualization, Desktop virtualization software, Open IT Forum, Virtualization Cost Analysis
How was your latest IT compliance audit experience? Were there any particular pain points or worries you had?
Answer Question | November 6, 2009 4:07 PM
Compliance checklist, IT auditing, IT audits, IT Compliance, Open IT Forum
Just curious if you have any advice from your latest disaster recovery review on what elements deserve particular attention. Frank Lady offers disaster recovery advice on SearchDisasterRecovery, but I’m curious as to whether elements like Swine Flu are playing part in how you sketch out how to recover from various scenarios. Any thoughts are greatly [...]
Answer Question | November 9, 2009 10:03 PM
advice, Disaster Preparedness/Recovery, Disaster Recovery, Disaster Recovery Plan, Open IT Forum
When signing up for certification, training or enrichment courses, how do you find out about them, and where do you sign up? On the vendor site, or do you use a third-party site (ex., TrainUp.com)?
Answer Question | November 1, 2009 6:21 PM
Certification preparation, Certifications, Courses, Open IT Forum, Training centers, Training institutes
There seem to be a few notable upgrades coming with Windows Server 2008 R2 that have to do with improving administrative capabilities. Is your Windows shop looking forward to anything in particular in the new upgrade, or do you plan on holding off on putting it into production? Is there anything you’re apprehensive about?
Answer Question | July 26, 2012 6:39 PM
Open IT Forum, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows server administration
Has virtualization had the cost savings effects you expected it to have on your organization? What were your expectations, and what were the noteworthy successes and shortcomings post-implementation?
Answer Question | October 22, 2009 9:03 PM
Open IT Forum, Virtualization Cost Analysis, Virtualization Cost Savings, Virtualization platforms, Virtualization software, Virtualization technologies
Have you tried any new data center automation techniques or solutions lately? What tools could you recommend to other users?
Answer Question | October 26, 2010 4:50 PM
Business Process Automation, Data Center automation, IT Process Automation, Open IT Forum
What are you currently using for your virtual machine backups, particularly with VMWare? One of the writers over on SearchDataBackup recently virtual agents rather than the APIs VMWare and others have been rolling out, and I’m wondering if that’s true with ITKErs as well.
Answer Question | January 4, 2010 4:39 PM
Open IT Forum, VMware, VMware ESX, vSphere 4
As you may have read, VMware is backtracking on its end-of-availability for vSphere Enterprise Edition, extending its availability indefinitely. Are you confused about it? Relieved? Has this announcement affected your decisionmaking process for upgrades in the future?
Answer Question | October 19, 2009 6:17 PM
Open IT Forum, VMware, vSphere, vSphere 4.0
Has your organization taken any measures to plan for flu or a larger than normal remote staff this season? What are some of the things you’re taking into account (VPN testing/upgrades, checking network security parameters for remote workers, etc.)?
Answer Question | October 19, 2009 8:36 PM
Disaster planning, Disaster Preparedness/Recovery, Network security, Open IT Forum, Remote access, VPN, VPN security
If you have users who work remotely or outsource certain parts of your organization where network security might not be as highly regulated, is network security a particular point of concern for you? What are some of the measures you and your partners have in place to secure your network at all points?
Answer Question | October 14, 2009 4:45 PM
Network security, Network Security Management, Open IT Forum, Outsourcing, Outsourcing services, Remote Network Management, Remote users
Every network admin seems to have their favorite “network user” horror stories — what are the most frequent types of problems you seem to encounter with your network users? What steps have you taken with “problem users” that were successful?
Answer Question | January 7, 2010 4:01 PM
Network administration, Network administrators, Network management, Network Security Management, Open IT Forum
Which enterprise security threat do you think has gone under the radar? As an editor on SearchSecurity.com, I’m interested to hear what you think. Our favorite response will win some great, free security training books. http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/generic/0,295582,sid14_gci1368789,00.html
Answer Question | October 19, 2009 3:59 PM
Enterprise Security, Open IT Forum, Security, Security threats
Windows administrators: What tools, if any, do you use to track and diagnose error messages and unexpected application crashes?
Answer Question | October 9, 2009 8:45 PM
Open IT Forum, Windows administration, Windows Error Reporting, Windows errors
Curious how wide spread application redundancy is? I know that, particularly after a number of acquisitions, companies often have app creap, but any advice beyond what Niel Nickolaisen offered in his article? He suggested regularly reminding upper management that dual systems were running, but I’m curious as to if this sort of approach has caused [...]
Answer Question | December 30, 2011 3:30 PM
CIO, Consolidation, Open IT Forum, Redundancy
Are you feeling the pressure to “go green” in your IT department or data center? Where is the pressure coming from, and what measures have you taken thus far?
Answer Question | October 15, 2009 3:05 PM
Green data center, Green IT initiatives, Green IT Strategy, Open IT Forum
As SearchSecurity’s recent podcast noted, Apache’s recent security disclosure was unusual in how thorough it was. Just curious: What’s your company’s intrusion or malware disclosure policy, and are you happy with how it’s implemented?
Answer Question | September 25, 2009 7:57 PM
intrusion defense, Intrusion detection, Open IT Forum, vulnerability management
In a tip he wrote for SearchWinIT, resident expert Kevin Beaver suggests fully understanding and defining your job role can not only boost performance, but also your career satisfaction. How well do you really know what management expects you to do, and what have you found helpful in better defining your job role? Is this [...]
Answer Question | October 19, 2010 6:25 PM
Career development, Network administration, Open IT Forum, Windows administration
Imagine an organization with multiple hundred of thousands of users – or more – and it has a fairly good grasp on security using a best-in-class firewall and AD-driven (and more) strategy and physical separation of critical LANs from Extranet-linked LANs. Now it’s time to consolidate the multiple hundreds of SharePoint Portals into a manageable hierarchical structure. [...]
Answer Question | September 18, 2009 2:11 PM
Business alignment, Business metrics, IT consolidation, Open IT Forum, Portal, portal consolidation, Portal integration, Portal value, SharePoint, Sharepoint planning, Sharepoint portal