VisualRoute 2009: A tool to help you analyze, track and diagnose Internet traffic

Every IT person comes to the point of time where they need to know just what in the world is going on with Internet traffic. Traditionally, finding the answer relies upon multiple tools and intricate study of very tedious log files....

KontrolPack 2.0

Of course the main challenge in a cross platform environment is how to manage your different systems. I remember back in my dotcom days(when I was doing mostly user support)being in an environment where we deployed Windows to most of...

Alfresco: Effective Content and Document management with a low TCO.

One of the many cost killers in today’s IT shops is managing documents and content. Open Source is a great way to address these needs, especially in these tight financial times. One product that fits the bill well is Alfresco...

Xobni gives Outlook power..PLUS a whole lot more

I blogged about Xobni in March (see the post here) of this year. Yet here I am four months later talking again about Xobni. Why you may ask? It is because Xobni has released a new product that has built upon an excellence and...

Windows 7 Unveiled

Probably the most stressful part about making a decision whether to move to Windows 7 or not is wondering what it really has to offer. For those of us who make our living writing, testing and training this is all we do, so it is not...

Microsoft Research looking to make Outlook more social

Social media is no doubt redesigning the way we do business. The people at Microsoft Research are designing a new Outlook add-in that will literally redesign the look of your email user interface. Yesterday I received a tweet ( see...

Bacula: Backup files from any platform

In the world of cross-platform environments the challenge of backing up Linux, Unix, Mac and Windows data to a single solution can be costly or downright impossible. Thanks to an open source project called Bacula. Bacula is...

EasyBCD: Edit Vista's boot loader with this simple to use tool

As the Dual boot saga comes to a close, I wanted to talk about one more tool that really helped me to put it all together. Anyone who is a longtime Windows guy can remember the boot.ini text file that we used in order to change boot...

GParted Live: Shrink, Grow and Create disk volumes on the fly.

In my post last week I spoke about a third party utility called GParted Live. I quickly thanked my fellow Microsoft Subnet comrade Mitchell Ashley, but I really owe him more than a quick thanks this utility was a life saver in many...

Planning on Test Driving OCS 2007 R2...make sure you have 64 (bits that is)

Some of you may have wondered why I have laid off speaking about OCS 2007 R2 when it first released. Especially considering I have taken part in writing two books about OCS 2007. The truth is at the time of the official announcement...

No Clone 2007: Safely remove duplicate files (or emails)

Handling file and mail server maintenance is one of the tasks that tend to creating varying opinions amongst IT Pros. Some feel that the large amount of disk space and endless redundancy available these days’ means that file...

Beware of malicious tools in sheep’s clothing.

For over a year now I have been writing and bringing you tools that are Open Source, Cross Platform, inexpensive or just absolutely great for making the life of an IT professional easier and more productive. I have been able to...

Wipe out those old hard drives with confidence

Perhaps the oddest task we have to undertake as IT professionals is securely erasing hard drives. We spend so much time and effort on keeping the data, that when the time comes to remove it, it almost seems unnatural. So really...

Panda makes it easy (and free) to protect yourself in the 'Cloud'

As we move towards the newest phase of technology and see the growth of cloud computing, some may be concerned about how to protect their computer when they have no control over the hosted services you receive. Well Panda security...

Add 'Filter as you type' functionality to SharePoint lists

As I mentioned when I put together the 12 free SharePoint tools posting. There are a ton of great add ons for SharePoint. And as I promised I am going to bring you a new one from time to time. One I came across on Codeplex that I...

An invitation does not always mean you're invited

So last Wednesday I received an invitation to a Seminar and Luncheon on Unified Communications. Since I have spent quite a bit of time over the last two years writing, speaking and implementing Unified Communications solutions...

Greenshot: An Open source alternative to Snagit!

Keeping with the theme I started last week, I thought I would look at another Open Source alternative to a popular commercial software package. Being a writer I cannot think of any tool more important to me than a screenshot tool....

Dia: An Open Source alternative to Visio

One of my favorite tasks as an IT professional was to layout our network infrastructure using Microsoft Visio. It was that I performed however only two times a year. In addition, every three years I had the task of planning an...

Manage multiple terminal sessions with a single powerful tool

Have you ever needed to connect to RDP, ICA, SSH, VNC and telnet sessions. Usually this means using two or more clients. Then there is the matter of managing those systems you connect to using these sessions. When I was IT...

12 killer freebie SharePoint add-ons

SharePoint's popularity as a collaboration tool has exploded. So the time was right to look at add-on products for expanding its usability, management and customization. I was surprised, but happy, to find that many add-on tools...

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