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 // January 4, 2009, 7:16 AM PST

    SSL: Really broken this time

    Cryptographers have exploited a known weakness in the MD5 algorithm, allowing them to create forged digital certificates. Doing so potentially trashes any security provided by the HTTPS protocol.


  • Rick Vanover // January 4, 2009, 6:40 AM PST

    The issue of remote access software and vigilance

    Protecting the network from the inside out is a task of eternal vigilance. In this blog post, Rick Vanover takes a look at some particular tools that are used for console access over the Internet and their position in network policy.


  • Michael Kassner // December 29, 2008, 3:00 AM PST

    DNS Changer trojan: Latest variant is certainly unique

    The developers of the DNS Changer trojan have been busy, three generations just in the past year. The newly released version is the one we need to worry about. Learn how to find and combat it.


  • Brad Bird // December 28, 2008, 10:00 PM PST

    Enhance your skills and meet others: How to create a certification study group

    Blogger Brad Bird describes how his local group of IT pros created a study group to help prepare for certification exams and stay current on technology. Read about his experience with the many benefits of user groups.


  • 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.


  • Michael Kassner // December 21, 2008, 7:50 AM PST

    Linksys WVC54GC: Exploit discloses system configuration

    A Linksys Web camera is vulnerable to SetSource() boundary error. This vulnerability will disclose sensitive system information in plain text to an attacker.


  • David Davis // December 18, 2008, 3:01 AM PST

    Exploring entry-level options for using VoIP

    In an era of slashed IT budgets, David Davis looks at several lower-cost and entry level options of implementing VoIP, including those from Cisco.


  • Michael Kassner // December 16, 2008, 8:59 PM PST

    E-mail spam: How to stop it

    What if I said I know of an approach that would definitely reduce the amount of e-mail spam you receive? No way? Well, read on. Michael Kassner has a method that's simple, it works, and he'd like to share it with you.


  • Paul Mah // December 15, 2008, 5:08 AM PST

    A look at the ATEN Virtual VNC Console

    The ATEN Virtual VNC Console functions as a hardware console to access remote servers via VNC. However, it has a dual use; it also works as a VNC server to receive screen updates to display on an attached monitor or projector. Read on to find out more about this productivity enhancing network appliance.


  • Rick Vanover // December 14, 2008, 3:20 AM PST

    Netsh reference file allows for easy access to all commands

    Netsh is one of the more powerful interactive command line environments for managing selected parts of the Windows networking stack. In this blog, Rick Vanover points out a tool that can be used to help expand your use of netsh.


  • David Davis // December 11, 2008, 10:00 PM PST

    The 10 Cisco IOS Router file management commands you must know

    David Davis goes over the Cisco IOS commands you must know to manipulate files on your Cisco router flash, nvram, or other filesystems, allowing you to back up your configuration, upgrade your router, or just maintain the IOS file system.