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Top 5: Most overlooked configuration items

Top 5: Most overlooked configuration items

No matter how prepared and how well documented the network is, sometimes techs forget some basic configurations sometimes.  It’s never intentional, but sometimes there are small configurations that we just need to double check.  Below is a list of some things that I’ve seen (and have) forgotten to double check when doing a [...]

Q&A Monday: Network Design

Q&A Monday: Network Design

Question: Hello Jim, I have only been a network administrator for only a short period of time, and recently I’ve been asked by a friend to design a network for his new business.  I’ve only managed a network that was already in place when I accepted the job, and haven't had much experience designing a network from the ground up.  I know [...]

Best Practices for Password Policy

Best Practices for Password Policy

I’ve seen a lot of different companies send out a secure password when a user starts out, but when the user changes their password, they may make it something less secure.  That’s why I thought I’d go over some of the configurable Group Policy Settings with some of the best practices for password settings.  I feel like I need to mention [...]

Windows 7 FTP Server

Windows 7 FTP Server

There are many reasons you might want to set up your own FTP server, you want access to files when you are not in the office or home.  But what many people don't know is that winthin Windows 7 has a built in FTP server to it, and to activate and confgure it is easier than you might think. 1. Go to Start ->Control Panel -> Programs. Then [...]

Apple Launches iTunes 9.2

Apple Launches iTunes 9.2

     I’ve been waiting since last week for iTunes to be updated to support the new iPhone, but along with making the software ready for the iPhone, there are some security issues that this new version of iTunes fixes. Apple has released iTunes 9.2 for Windows systems to address multiple vulnerabilities affecting the [...]

Adobe Flash Update

Adobe Flash Update

Adobe has finally dealt with part of the security issues that it addressed earlier in the week. Adobe has finally updated their Flash Player with the release of version 10.1 (download here).  It is recommended that as soon as possible you update all your computer and servers. Note that this update does not fix the security issues that we also [...]

Microsoft Security Updates: June 8th 2010

Microsoft Security Updates: June 8th 2010

Security Updates Update: MS10-032/KB979559 Type: Important Affected Systems: 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 7, 2008, 2008 R2 What it does: A trio of bugs in the Windows kernel can allow the use of malformed fonts to allow escalation of privileges attacks. It would be a bit hard to sneak a font onto the system without some sort of install privileges [...]

Adobe Security Issue

Adobe Security Issue

    Apparently there is a big security hole in the Adobe Products affecting the following Products: Systems Affected Adobe Flash Player 10.0.45.2 and earlier 10.x versions Adobe Flash Player 9.0.262 and earlier 9.x versions Adobe Reader 9.3.2 and earlier 9.x versions Adobe Acrobat 9.3.2 and earlier 9.x versions Other Adobe [...]

Backups: Tape vs. Replication

Backups: Tape vs. Replication

I’ve been asked this question enough since this site started, so I’ve finally decided to take the time and write the article.  What are my thoughts on the relatively new debate on Tape Backus versus replicating the data off-site.  You’ll find many people taking up sides in this debate, but in my opinion no one has a knockout win quite yet, [...]

System Admin’s Vacation Checklist

System Admin’s Vacation Checklist

Now that we are officially in summer, there are a lot of administrators that are planning their vacation.  The problem is that many of them will have to still be tethered to the office solving problems.  I’ve been in that situation, where while on vacation, I’ve gotten the phone call about a small problem that I could have avoided if I just [...]

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