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Troubleshooting DNS resolution

Being able to quickly troubleshoot DNS is a key skill, and one that every IT pro should have. Here are some tools and methods to get you started.

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September Patch Tuesday roundup

Microsoft give us a relatively light slate of security updates this month. Of the four updates coming our way this time, only one is critical.

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The 21 most common misconfigurations that will come back to haunt you!

Sometimes poking at things with a sharp stick can get us into trouble, and this list describes the 21 most common misconfigurations that will come back to haunt you, because poking at things randomly means trouble if you don’t pay attention to the outcome!

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Troubleshooting networks with PSPing

You can use PSPing to perform simple “is it up” tests for services, or when ICMP is blocked by a firewall, but you can also perform much more complex network troubleshooting for problems caused by latency, or related to bandwidth. More in this post!

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September Advance Notification: Fall starts small

After last month’s nine updates, several of which caused problems and had to be recalled and re-issued, Microsoft is releasing only four security bulletins for September’s Patch Tuesday, and only one of these is rated critical.

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The latest updates from the GFI Cloud team

Elad Schreiber, Product Manager for GFI Cloud, talks about the latest release and the addition of remote administration tools to the Monitoring feature.

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What’s the user interface of the future?

For many people today, the social network itself has become the primary interface… Are we narrowing our scope of information (and maybe our minds) by spending so much time on our social site of choice?

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Does anonymity breed contempt?

With the advent of social networks such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+, whose terms of service require that you use your real name, anonymity is rapidly disappearing. Is that a good thing or a bad thing?

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Troubleshooting networks with TCPing

If you’d like to learn how to evaluate firewall connectivity, check on service restarts, and determine if servers are up even when ICMP is being blocked, read on for more on TCPing.

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Trying again: Microsoft re-releases flawed patch

If you’re one of the small but significant number of users whose computer crashed due to the Patch Tuesday updates, the fixes – imperfect as they are – will be welcomed. If you’re not, you’re probably going to be a bit irritated at having to “fix what’s not broken” and possibly risk brand new problems.

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