Data Center

Network, server, and storage administrators get valuable advice and best practices to help meet the challenges they face in keeping systems connected, available, and running at high efficiency.

  • Michael Kassner // October 19, 2008, 10:48 AM PST

    Clickjacking: Potentially harmful Web browser exploit

    Clickjacking has the potential to redirect unknowing users to malicious web sites or even spy on them. We all need to be aware of clickjacking and how to avoid its trappings.


  • Rick Vanover // October 19, 2008, 12:34 PM PST

    Secure file exchange management is critical to successful transfers

    Moving large files to external parties proves a tricky task in which there are no clear best practices. Mechanisms can be made internally or we can shop the field for a solution. Identifying the best solution starts with identifying the requirements.


  • Michael Kassner // October 21, 2008, 8:08 AM PST

    Spam relay: Up close and personal

    Recently, Michael Kassner got up close and personal with a compromised Exchange 2003 e-mail server. It certainly wasn't fun, but he learned a few surprising things about rootkits and their removal.


  • Paul Mah // October 23, 2008, 12:09 PM PST

    Hands-on with the SnapGear SG565 all-in-one access appliance

    For an important conference or exhibition where you might need to set up a small internal network, one should be leery of utilizing a consumer-grade device. However, other than lugging your rack mount enterprise gateways along, the SnapGear SG565 all-in-one access appliance might just fit the bill.


  • David Davis // October 9, 2008, 4:10 AM PST

    How can PacketTrap Perspective help you manage your Cisco network?

    David Davis explains how the new network management platform, PacketTrap Perspective, can help you better manage your Cisco network.


  • Michael Kassner // October 8, 2008, 2:28 AM PST

    IPv6: Tips for transitioning

    Migrating to IPv6 shouldn't be an all or nothing venture. Most networks will be running equipment with both IPv4 and IPv6 TCP/IP stacks for several years. Michael Kassner's podcast has several tips that should make the transition easier.


  • Paul Mah // October 6, 2008, 6:18 AM PST

    Preparing to deploy the new BlackBerry Bold

    Paul Mah has been using the BlackBerry Bold for almost a week and has some thoughts about deploying this latest smartphone by RIM in the enterprise.


  • Michael Kassner // October 5, 2008, 10:06 AM PST

    Sockstress: A new and effective DoS attack

    Denial of Service attacks aren't new, yet persist in being effective methods of denying access to resources on the Internet. Now meet Sockstress, the newest version of DoS attacks, and heralded as potentially the most devastating of the bunch.


  • David Davis // October 2, 2008, 11:00 PM PST

    Manage network broadcasts on Cisco switches using storm control

    It's important to protect your organization's LAN from broadcast storms, which can cause network slowdowns if they become severe. David Davis explains how you can easily and quickly defend your network by configuring storm control on each Cisco switch interface.


  • Michael Kassner // October 2, 2008, 4:39 AM PST

    IPv6: Why is it needed?

    Converting to IPv6 is a major undertaking and possibly why there aren’t more network administrators excited about it. This podcast will shed some light on why IPv6 is needed and actually beneficial.


  • Rick Vanover // December 28, 2008, 12:57 PM PST

    Terminal Services Gateway is a good way to go for remote desktop

    The Terminal Services Gateway is simply a HTTPS-based connection for remote desktop. It does this by providing native encryption, using port 443, allowing enhanced logging, policy configuration, and centrally controlling the remote desktop connections. The Terminal Services Gateway is a new role that is made available with Windows Server 2008, and it can provide some features that network administrators may be excited to use.


  • Michael Kassner // December 23, 2008, 11:44 PM PST

    TechRepublic's networking host: My dream come true

    I've been living a dream this past year. Simply being here, having a great son, and writing about techy things for TechRepublic is something I'm very thankful for.


  • Paul Mah // December 23, 2008, 4:01 PM PST

    A closer look at femtocells

    Femtocell technology has been hailed as an alternative to deliver the advantages of fixed mobile convergence. Poised for commercial launches by Telcos around the world in 2009, we take a closer look at this nascent new wireless mobile technology.


  • Michael Kassner // December 21, 2008, 9:14 PM PST

    Phorm's Webwise: It's back and gaining traction

    Michael Kassner has been keeping up with news about Phorm and Webwise. Webwise is a behavioral targeting application offered by Phorm, and now major ISPs are seriously considering using Webwise. Knowing what that means is important to all of us who care about privacy issues.


  • Rick Vanover // December 21, 2008, 2:46 PM PST

    Protocol control made easy for the SOHO

    Managing what network traffic occurs on a small office network is a great challenge. The Untangle gateway offers a free way to block certain protocols from being used on a network.