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Rackspace: Two hosting offers to start your New Year
We take on the day-to-day burdens that bog down your IT department, so it can get back to focusing on the important things. That means that you'll never have to implement, update, troubleshoot, patch, monitor, administer, backup data or worry again. That's what managed hosting means at Rackspace.

Date: 2007-12-11

2007's Biggest Problem - The Trusted Insider
This has not been a banner year for insider hacks, and insider data loss across the board. In many ways we can most likely call this the year of the insider.

Date: 2007-12-10

Security Around Social Initiatives
Read Write Web has a great digest of the entire last round of social applications, from open social to Facebook, android, Bebo and Understanding these applications from a security viewpoint is important because not only are people coding around these...

Date: 2007-11-19

Rackspace: Two reasons you should host with us before 2008
We take on the day-to-day burdens that bog down your IT department, so it can get back to focusing on the important things. That means that you'll never have to implement, update, troubleshoot, patch, monitor, administer, backup data or worry again. That's what managed hosting means at Rackspace.

Date: 2007-11-09

Red Hat, Where's The Love For Hyperic?
Matt Aslett at The 451 Group reports: "Red Hat and GroundWork Open Source announced an interesting expansion of their partnership today that sees Red Hat offering 24×7 telephone premium support for GroundWork products, as well as the sale of GroundWork training classes."

Date: 2007-10-31

HTTP Conditional Gets In ColdFusion
I've been working on performance updates to ColdFusionBloggers over the past week or so - and the primary area I'm working on is the aggregator. One item that has been recommended to me by multiple people is to take a look at HTTP Conditional Gets.

Date: 2007-10-16

A DNS Puzzler
Here's an interesting puzzle involving DNS. It's about Windows, Linux, and OS X, and I don't have a complete answer yet, but I thought I'd share what I've found so far.

Date: 2007-09-28

Rackspace: Supporting more than just your configuration
Starting with Fanatical Support™, Rackspace is about one thing and one thing only—supporting you. It goes way beyond just your box or configuration. What's outside the box? Our people, Zero-Downtime Network™, data centers and technical expertise backed by our guarantees which all exist to make your IT life easier. It's what makes us the hosting experts and everyone else just hosting providers.

Date: 2007-09-21

Lawrence On Embedded Virtualization
VMware and XenSource are moving to hardware near you: Virtualization: A feature of the hardware, not the OS? It's not clear to me how much cost this will add - VMware ESX runs from $1,000.00 on up, but assuming a reasonable cost, why wouldn't you want hardware with built in virtualization?

Date: 2007-09-14

Securing A Wireless Network Connection With WEP Or WPA
I have just set up a wireless connection at home - whenever I log on it says that the connection is unsecure - how do I secure it? I have a new Toshiba Laptop and a Phillips Router. I saw something about a WEP key....where do I enter this?

Date: 2007-08-13

Server Monitor Alerts In ColdFusion 8
So this isn't exactly old news, but while I've played quite a bit with the new Server Monitor in ColdFusion 8, I never really took a good look at the Alerts section.

Date: 2007-07-30

Linux Security: It's Importance in Today's World
In spite of several other operating systems gaining a huge monopoly in the market, Linux has always has its own fan following. Even today, many people are realizing the strategic important of Linux as an operating system.

Date: 2007-07-09

Server Monitor API In Coldfusion 8
In an earlier post I talked a bit about how the Admin API has been updated in ColdFusion 8. For folks who don't know what this is - it is a way to get into the internals of ColdFusion directly from CFML.

Date: 2007-06-25

Criteria For Non-Windows, VMware & Network Monitoring Solutions
With the announcement of the purchase of Engyro, Maarten from confirmed that the Engyro MPs were in fact pulled from the market. This put a crimp in the non-WIndows story for more than one person I am sure.

Date: 2007-06-11

About Citrix MetaFrame Presentation Server
Citrix MetaFrame thin-client solution has provided help for administrators in managing applications from a central location and has granted users access to those applications from just about any location.

Date: 2007-06-04

OSPF And Passive Interfaces
Your BSCI exam may well be the most challenging of the four exams you must pass to become a CCNP, so you have to have the details of every protocol on the exam mastered! Today, we'll look at the passive-interface command as it relates to OSPF.

Date: 2007-05-21

Cisco CCIE Specializations Overview
The CCIE (Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert) is one of the most respected certifications in the IT industry. The CCIE is the highest level professional certification provided by Cisco that recognizes great expertise in performing a wide variety of operations with networks, utilizing Cisco technologies and products.

Date: 2007-05-08

Fortinet Firewall Virtual IPs
I found this a little confusing, so am documenting it here in case you run into the same problem. The first task is to define a virtual IP. You give it a name, and its interface is "wan1" (or "wan2" of course).

Date: 2007-04-23

The Rise Of SSL VPNS
The growth of Secure Sockets Layer virtual private networks (SSL VPNs) has accelerated in the last 12 months due to greater awareness among users of the commercial advantages, better marketing which focuses on benefits rather than technology, and improved security features.

Date: 2007-04-09

Eight Ways To Google Network
A scenario we've suggested before comes back from time to time with new, circumstantial evidence it is going to happen; we're referring to the potential for a Google-operated wireless network, with Wi-Fi and maybe even phone service under their banner.

Date: 2007-03-26

ISDN Details You Must Know
CCNA exam success depends partially on knowing the details of ISDN, and there are plenty of them! To help you review for your CCNA exam, here are a few ISDN details that you must know on exam day.

Date: 2007-03-12

Master Route Redistribution
To be successful on the BSCI exam and in earning your CCNP, you've got to master route redistribution. This isn't as easy as it sounds, because configuring route redistribution is only half the battle.

Date: 2007-02-26

Tips For Terminal Servers
Here's a list of tips to help ensure your Terminal Servers are functioning as efficiently as possible. These are rules I always abide by. Have a look, they may help you too...

Date: 2007-02-13

Get the Full Functionality of Exchange, Minus the Worry of Supporting It
Managed Exchange is more than a technology solution. It's a service solution, too — designed to be as simple and as flexible as possible. This is what happens when the world's most widely used messaging and collaboration tool meets the power of Fanatical Support™. With a Rackspace hosting solution, you can easily get the full functionality of Exchange 2003, minus the worry of having to constantly support it.

Date: 2007-02-12

Cisco CCNP / BSCI: Using The OSPF Command "Area Range"
Your BSCI and CCNP exam success depends on knowing the details, and one such detail is knowing the proper way to summarize routes in OSPF. Route summarization is not just a test of your binary conversion abilities, but knowing where and when to summarize routes.

Date: 2007-01-29

OSPF Route Redistribution Review
OSPF route redistribution is an important topic on the BSCI exam, and its a topic full of details and defaults that you need to know for the exam room and the job.

Date: 2007-01-15

Changing Root Bridge Election Results
Your BCMSN and CCNP studies will include mastering the details of Spanning Tree Protocol (STP). While you learned some of these details in your CCNA studies, quite a bit of it may be new to you. Before going on to the intermediate and advanced STP features, lets review the root bridge election process and learn how to change these results.

Date: 2007-01-03

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