Raven Cloud: Process Diagrams without the PROCESS

In IT, we often find that we need to become "all things to all people." This often means we need to learn job functions that are not necessarily within our job scope. One such function is creating process diagrams. Although we do...

05/14/10

Network Bones

As I promised I'm dropping in to tell you about a cool tool I heard about. Actually this tool is a tool to find tools! What am I talking about?? I'm talking about a portal site called http://www.networkbones.com. What I like about...

03/16/10

A Better Windows World Tool Library - The Finale'

Well all good things must come to an end they say and so I have to say goodbye. Although I will not be posting regularly anymore I will drop by as a ‘guest blogger’ from time to time. I thought it would be great to end with my...

01/29/10

iland Workforce CLoud pt.III: My walk in the 'CLOUD'

Yesterday I posted my interview with Dante and Justin from iland (read the interview) . I wanted to spend sometime today talking about the demo they setup for me to take a look at the iland Workforce Cloud. First off, I wanted to...

01/28/10

iland Workforce Cloud pt.II: The interview

Back in September I blogged about the iland Workforce Cloud. I thought that the Workforce Cloud was a truly great product for moving your company into the cloud easily and maintaining control over the process as well. Well since...

01/26/10

AxCrypt: Open Source tool for encrypting files

The ability to encrypt the entire hard drive for your CEO, CFO,etc. etc...is a great technology. But, while the ability to encrypt an entire disk has its advantages, there are times when you only need to encrypt certain files. For...

01/21/10

Perspective Network Management

Script Logic's network montioring tool could not be named better. Nothing is more important to a network administrator than...perspective. And with the Perspective network monitoring tool you get exactly that, the ability to monitor,...

01/21/10

Hyena 8.0: A great Admin tool gets even better

I have made no seceret in the past of how much I like Hyena from System Tools. In terms of functionality, ease of use and price this is one of the best Remote Administration tools money can buy, flat out! Well System Tools has...

01/19/10

FreeNAS: Open Source Network Attached Storage

Ever have a server laying around that is not quite old enough to trash but not quite new enough to use as a production machine. Are you dying to move from direct attached storage into something more flexible and robust? Why not turn...

01/15/10

Adesso WKB-4000BB: Bluetooth Keyboard

Back in Sept I wrote about the Adesso WKB-30000 wireless keyboard. I was impressed by the idea of a compact keyboard that had a lot of functionality. A few weeks ago Adesso reached out to me and asked if I would like to get a closer...

01/14/10

RemShutdown: Shut down your systems remotely

One task I always dreaded when running on the backend systems, was making sure everyone shutdown and disconnected from the network. Now there are ways to disconnect users without taking down their systems.But if you are doing a...

01/11/10

Office 2010: Office Environment Assessment Tool

Thinking about moving to Microsoft's Office 2010? We'll there are many reason to do so, but perhaps you are feeling a bit concerened about meeting the hardware requirements....fear not! Microsoft has released the Office Environment...

12/11/09

everRun 2G: Keeps your applications highly available

High Availability has changed the way we now do business. But more than that it has changed the way users expect our business to run. This has made it more important than ever to keep our applications highly available. In a recent...

12/09/09

Windows 7 Remote Admin Tools: Controls Windows Server 2008 from your Windows 7 desktop

With the implementation of Windows 7, Microsoft has released its latest Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 and for the first time, I can imagine turning to Microsoft for remote management instead of all my favorite...

12/03/09

Is 128-bit Windows a reality or just a great story?

News of a leak about Microsoft’s Windows 8 sure has stirred something over the Internet. Some say Windows 8 won't happen until Windows 7 is perfected and others say that Microsoft has already begun recruiting employees to help...

11/20/09

CodySafe Admin Pack & Launcher: The Swiss Army Knife of portable admin apps

I have written the past about portable applications that Admins can carry with them. I came across a new 'suite' of portable applications that are being touted as the Admins Swiss Army Knife, and for good reason. The CodySafe...

11/19/09

DGard Network Manager: Complete network management in an easy to use tool

One of the things that have become a reality of our current economy is that IT needs to more with less. In some cases that means taking on more tasks within the network as well. IT departments that once were once extremely segmented...

11/18/09

SQL Server 2008 R2: November CTP Feature Pack

To ensure that SQL Server continues to live up to the promised hype. Micorsoft has released the Novemebr CTP feature pack. The feature pack is a collection of packages that will help to expand and improve SQL Server 2008 R2. Some...

11/13/09

Windows 7: Installed on my Dell X1...Finally

Way back in August I blogged about installing Windows 7 on my Dell X1. Well the long overdue task is now complete. I have to say that the inital results are pretty impresive. The installation took under 30 minutes for Windows 7...

11/04/09

Windows Server 2008 R2: Security Changes and Additions Part III

For our last installment in the Windows Server 2008 R2 security changes and updates, we have a slew of new features in the Identity and Authentication areas. Most of these changes are geared toward enhancing client that is running...

10/30/09

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