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Keeping Up with the Times

I came across two stories recently that made me wonder what the outcome would be if they were seen in parallel. The first, reported by, showed how, despite being repeatedly told about the importance of security, people seem to block these warnings out and consciously, out of convenience, choose insecure practices.

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Windows PowerShell: Extracting Strings Using Regular Expressions

Windows PowerShell is a powerful (no pun intended!) command line scripting language built on top of the .NET framework. Version 2.0 of Windows PowerShell comes installed by default with Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2. On older platforms, it is available via the Windows Management Framework (which incorporates Windows PowerShell, WinRM and BITS).

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Addressing the Exponential Growth in Network Vulnerabilities

The two most common actions after companies had a security incident are patching of vulnerable software (62.3%) and the patching or remediation of vulnerable hardware or infrastructure (49.3%), according to the CSI Computer Crime and Security Survey. Would-be exploiters rely on the fact that there is a window of opportunity between the time the patch […]

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47 Reasons to Thank a SysAdmin

Happy SysAdmins Day! Around the world, the last Friday in July is known (at least by some) as SysAdmin Day. The idea is that on this day, we show our appreciation to SysAdmins for the tireless, never-ending work that they perform behind the scenes that allows so many people to get their work done. It’s […]

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5 Reasons Why IT Asset Tracking Is Important

As networks grow and more assets are added, it is easy to lose track of what you have and where those assets are. It can become more confusing if you have multiple offices. Gaining insight into the hardware that rests on your network may be impossible to do manually, but with technology, it has never […]

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A Network Manager’s Prized Tool

IT admins, more often than not, have a myriad of tasks to perform on a daily basis. Often the sole warriors in the business, they must keep systems running, incorporate requested changes into the network and deal with a number of interruptions that are often related to simple support issues. Unfortunately, these distractions take the […]

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5 Ways to Remotely Manage Your Exchange Server

It is two o’clock in the morning and your phone rings to tell you the server crashed, or there is some other problem that requires a trip back to the office or data center in the middle of the night. Bleary eyed, you get into your car and start what often turns out to be […]

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The Top 89 Admin Pet Peeves

Pet peeves, annoyances, irritations, grievances, vexations…if you are an IT admin, I bet you have a few. We all do. There are just some things that can set one admin off on a wild tear, while others go on nonplussed. Here is our completely unscientific, unranked and arbitrary list of the top 89 admins’ pet […]

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10 of the Most Dangerous Things to Have on Your Network

They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions – any sys admin would relate to this.  You have nothing but the best intentions when you install a tool, set up a service, or plug in a device on your network, convinced that that these will be of benefit. Yet how often did […]

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Malware Headlines Make Case for Sandbox

With The New York Times recently reporting on the origins of Stuxnet and all the commentary and speculation on the incredibly sophisticated Flame malware, some interesting questions are being raised by my colleagues in the security industry and the journalists covering these threats. There are obviously some serious geopolitical and ethical considerations attached to the reported […]

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