Erik Eckel

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  • Downloads // May 2012

    Server Update and Patch Management Policy

    A good way to set clients' expectations and reduce confusion about server updates and patch management is for your IT consultancy to use this customizable TechRepublic Server Update and Patch Management Policy.

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Sep 2011

    IT Consultant Client Triage Decision Tree

    Whether responding to downed email servers, failed VPNs, malware outbreaks, broken printers, dead terminal servers, or other critical issues, technology consultancies frequently resemble an emergency room where all injured parties want immediate attention. This flowchart is a great resource for consultants dealing with clients' crises.

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Apr 2011

    10 things to look for in a KVM switch

    KVM switches can make your life infinitely easier -- unless they don't support the features you need in your environment. Erik Eckel offers some suggestions for making sure you don't wind up with the wrong KVM for the job.This download is also available as an entry in our 10...

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Mar 2011

    10 things you should know about Microsoft Small Business Server 2011

    Windows Small Business Server 2011 has arrived, bringing with it some significant changes. Erik Eckel discusses what's new and explains some of the more complex aspects of this release.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Feb 2011

    Five tips for removing viruses and spyware from client machines

    IT consultants must regularly remove stubborn, regenerative, and corrupting spyware and viruses from client machines. These pointers will help you return systems to stable operation.This download is also available as an entry in our Five Tips blog.

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Jan 2011

    10 things to look for in a data center

    Going to the cloud might make a lot of sense for your organization -- but only if you choose a secure, reliable data center that can handle your needs. Erik Eckel runs through 10 essential criteria for data center evaluation. This download is also available as an entry in...

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Aug 2010

    10 things you should know about Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server

    Mac OS X Server has come a long way -- and the power and flexibility of Snow Leopard Server might surprise you. Erik Eckel details the benefits and capabilities of this platform.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Aug 2010

    10 things to look for in an ISP

    Choosing the wrong ISP can spell doom for many businesses today. Making the right choice involves careful analysis of many factors, from uptime to capacity to equipment to field response. This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Aug 2010

    The 10 best IT certifications: 2010

    The certification landscape changes as rapidly as the technologies you support. Here's an updated list of certs that currently offer the most value and validity for IT pros.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Tools & Templates // May 2010

    File Storage Policy

    TechRepublic's file storage policy provides a ready-made template that organizations can use as is or customize. The policy reinforces the importance of properly securing, accessing, and storing information. Organizations should use the template as a tool to help prevent data breaches and to properly manage violations that occur. This download...

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Tools & Templates // Apr 2010

    Virus & Spyware Removal Checklist

    Eliminating malware requires a systematic process with no missed steps. This checklist will make it easier to do an effective, thorough job.Visit our IT Security blog for more information on combating viruses, spyware, and rootkits.

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Apr 2010

    10 iPad business apps worth loading

    How business-friendly is the iPad? Pretty darn friendly, says one IT consultant -- as long as you load the right apps.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Mar 2010

    10 things to remember when upgrading servers

    You can avoid problems and gain peak efficiencies by following certain practices when upgrading a server. Erik Eckel offers this field-tested list.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Tools & Templates // Mar 2010

    Workstation Tune-up Checklist

    Optimizing a slow-performing system requires a number of diagnostic and repair steps, often with interruptions along the way. This basic checklist will help you cover all the bases. Visit our Network Administrator blog for more networking resources.

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Tools & Templates // Feb 2010

    Server Deployment/Migration Checklist

    One configuration error or overlooked step can send your server deployment off a cliff. This simple checklist will help you complete the process efficiently and avoid costly mistakes.Visit our Network Administrator blog for more networking resources.

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Feb 2010

    Network, PC, and server audit checklist

    IT consultants should complete the fields within this checklist to catalog critical client network, workstation, and server information, identify weaknesses and issues that must be addressed, prioritize the issues the checklist reveals, and assign cost estimates to needed upgrades and repairs. This download is also available as an entry in...

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Feb 2010

    10 reasons Apple's iPad will be a hit with business users

    The iPad has already come under fire for its limitations. But despite some missing features, Erik Eckel thinks it holds value for mobile workers.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Dec 2009

    10 steps to ensure foolproof client migrations

    Make sure no critical information gets left behind when you perform desktop and laptop migrations.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Dec 2009

    10 best year-end tech practices for SMBs

    For a lot of IT departments, the end of the year means a slower pace - which makes it the ideal time to catch up on a host of essential (but often deferred) tasks.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Nov 2009

    10 things you can do to keep Exchange running smoothly

    Microsoft Exchange is a complex and powerful platform - and a highly critical system for many organizations. These tips will help you stay ahead of problems and optimize performance. This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Oct 2009

    10 things to look for in a hardware-based firewall

    The firewall you choose can have a major impact on your organization's security and productivity. Here are 10 factors you don't want to overlook.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Sep 2009

    10 things you can do to keep Outlook running smoothly

    A little housekeeping, some configuration tweaks, and a few best practices will prevent problems and keep Outlook humming.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Sep 2009

    10 mistakes that rookie IT consultants make

    IT consulting is a tough, competitive field, and there are ample opportunities to mishandle the job. Erik Eckel offers some cautionary advice for IT consultants who are just starting out.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Sep 2009

    10 things to look for in an e-reader

    Finding an e-reader you'll be happy with isn't quite as easy as it might seem. Erik Eckel explains some gotchas to watch out for.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Jul 2009

    A computer geek's guide to building a 64-bit server on a budget

    Building a new 64-bit server from scratch doesn't have to break the bank. In fact, Erik Eckel built one for less than $775. Here's how he did it. This download is also available as an entry in our Microsoft Windows blog and as a photo gallery.

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Jun 2009

    10 ways to avoid viruses and spyware

    To have a fighting chance against today's rampant security threats, end users have to be informed and proactive. Here are some practical guidelines they can follow to minimize the risk of infection and attack.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Apr 2009

    10 things you should look for in a netbook

    When you're evaluating netbooks, you have to weigh the convenience of their small form factor against a variety of limitations. Erik Eckel explains several key considerations that will help you find a suitable middle ground.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Mar 2009

    10 ways techs can make extra cash

    If you're searching for opportunities to supplement your income -- or you're in between jobs and need some work to tide you over -- the tech field offers a number of possibilities. Erik Eckel runs down some of your options.This download is also available as an entry in our...

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Feb 2009

    10 tech mistakes small businesses make (and how IT consultants can help clients avoid them)

    Small businesses must concentrate their time and energy on knowing their own industry -- and that often means that effective technology practices get overlooked. Erik Eckel explains the most common tech missteps he's encountered, along with preventive measures to protect businesses and prevent serious problems.This download includes a PDF version...

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Jan 2009

    10 reasons to purchase new hardware during a recession

    It may seem like the last thing you want to do in the midst of tough economic times is invest in new hardware. But IT consultant Erik Eckel suggests that trying to coast on failing or outdated equipment will cost you more in the long run.This download is also available...

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Dec 2008

    10 reasons IT certification will be important in 2009

    In the midst of staggering business and economic turmoil, you need all the tools at your disposal to help shore up your career prospects. See why Erik Eckel believes IT certification will become increasingly important for IT pros and the organizations that rely on them.This download is also available as...

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Dec 2008

    10 things you should know about Microsoft's revised certification program

    Microsoft has made some fairly big changes to its certification program. If you're in the midst of pursuing accreditation -- or you're thinking of heading down one of the new paths -- check out this rundown of new features.This download is also available as an entry in our 10...

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Dec 2008

    The industry's 10 best IT certifications

    IT pros tend to have strong opinions when debating the value of professional certification -- and views become even more polarized when it comes down to a discussion of which certs are meaningful. Erik Eckel put together a list of the accreditations he believes currently hold value for IT pros.This...

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Dec 2008

    10 things to look for in a domain registrar

    When you start looking for a domain registrar, you may discover some surprising differences in what they offer -- or neglect to offer. IT consultant Erik Eckel learned the hard way that it pays to shop around. Here's his list of the tools, services, and features that will make your...

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Dec 2008

    10 things to look for in a flat-panel monitor

    Flat-panel monitors offer numerous benefits, and quality (and prices) continue to improve. But you'll need to consider several factors when you begin to weigh the choices -- everything from resolution, latency, and power consumption to display controls and warranties. Here's a rundown of the key things to keep in mind.This...

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Dec 2008

    Norton AntiVirus 2009 with Antispyware gets the job done

    Windows users face an unprecedented and skyrocketing number of threats from a widening variety of sources. IT Consultant Erik Eckel reviews Norton AntiVirus 2009 With AntiSpyware as a potential solution in one all-inclusive software package. This download is also available as an entry in the TechRepublic Microsoft Windows Blog.

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Oct 2008

    The 10 best IT certification Web sites

    The world of IT certification has changed considerably over the past several years, as the demands of the IT industry and the market for tech talent have shifted. IT consultant and exam veteran Erik Eckel offers an update to his list of top 10 certification Web sites.This download is also...

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Oct 2008

    10 things to look for in an all-in-one printer

    A multifunction printer may offer the convenient, consolidated functionality your organization needs, but there are a lot of choices out there. Before making a selection, be sure to consider these key factors.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Feb 2008

    Windows laptop specifications checklist

    For most organizations, regardless of size, laptops are now critical business tools. Unfortunately, many business owners, consultants, and IT departments are too quick to purchase preconfigured units that turn out to be underpowered, that include unnecessary software, and that don't have sufficient memory, disk space, or video cards for the...

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Jan 2008

    The TechRepublic Spyware Removal Checklist

    Regardless of size, everyone from small businesses to enterprise organizations must battle the associated Spyware risks that include key trackers, Web page redirectors, persistent pop-up advertisements, inoperable network connections, unwanted tracking applications and other nefarious programs that slow and even render systems and programs non-operational. While not every infected system...

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Aug 2010

    The 10 best IT certifications: 2010

    The certification landscape changes as rapidly as the technologies you support. Here's an updated list of certs that currently offer the most value and validity for IT pros.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Aug 2010

    10 things you should know about Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server

    Mac OS X Server has come a long way -- and the power and flexibility of Snow Leopard Server might surprise you. Erik Eckel details the benefits and capabilities of this platform.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Jan 2011

    10 things to look for in a data center

    Going to the cloud might make a lot of sense for your organization -- but only if you choose a secure, reliable data center that can handle your needs. Erik Eckel runs through 10 essential criteria for data center evaluation. This download is also available as an entry in...

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Mar 2011

    10 things you should know about Microsoft Small Business Server 2011

    Windows Small Business Server 2011 has arrived, bringing with it some significant changes. Erik Eckel discusses what's new and explains some of the more complex aspects of this release.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Apr 2011

    10 things to look for in a KVM switch

    KVM switches can make your life infinitely easier -- unless they don't support the features you need in your environment. Erik Eckel offers some suggestions for making sure you don't wind up with the wrong KVM for the job.This download is also available as an entry in our 10...

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Jan 2008

    The TechRepublic Spyware Removal Checklist

    Regardless of size, everyone from small businesses to enterprise organizations must battle the associated Spyware risks that include key trackers, Web page redirectors, persistent pop-up advertisements, inoperable network connections, unwanted tracking applications and other nefarious programs that slow and even render systems and programs non-operational. While not every infected system...

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Dec 2008

    Norton AntiVirus 2009 with Antispyware gets the job done

    Windows users face an unprecedented and skyrocketing number of threats from a widening variety of sources. IT Consultant Erik Eckel reviews Norton AntiVirus 2009 With AntiSpyware as a potential solution in one all-inclusive software package. This download is also available as an entry in the TechRepublic Microsoft Windows Blog.

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Tools & Templates // May 2010

    File Storage Policy

    TechRepublic's file storage policy provides a ready-made template that organizations can use as is or customize. The policy reinforces the importance of properly securing, accessing, and storing information. Organizations should use the template as a tool to help prevent data breaches and to properly manage violations that occur. This download...

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Sep 2011

    IT Consultant Client Triage Decision Tree

    Whether responding to downed email servers, failed VPNs, malware outbreaks, broken printers, dead terminal servers, or other critical issues, technology consultancies frequently resemble an emergency room where all injured parties want immediate attention. This flowchart is a great resource for consultants dealing with clients' crises.

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // May 2012

    Server Update and Patch Management Policy

    A good way to set clients' expectations and reduce confusion about server updates and patch management is for your IT consultancy to use this customizable TechRepublic Server Update and Patch Management Policy.

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Dec 2008

    10 reasons IT certification will be important in 2009

    In the midst of staggering business and economic turmoil, you need all the tools at your disposal to help shore up your career prospects. See why Erik Eckel believes IT certification will become increasingly important for IT pros and the organizations that rely on them.This download is also available as...

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Jan 2009

    10 reasons to purchase new hardware during a recession

    It may seem like the last thing you want to do in the midst of tough economic times is invest in new hardware. But IT consultant Erik Eckel suggests that trying to coast on failing or outdated equipment will cost you more in the long run.This download is also available...

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Feb 2009

    10 tech mistakes small businesses make (and how IT consultants can help clients avoid them)

    Small businesses must concentrate their time and energy on knowing their own industry -- and that often means that effective technology practices get overlooked. Erik Eckel explains the most common tech missteps he's encountered, along with preventive measures to protect businesses and prevent serious problems.This download includes a PDF version...

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Mar 2009

    10 ways techs can make extra cash

    If you're searching for opportunities to supplement your income -- or you're in between jobs and need some work to tide you over -- the tech field offers a number of possibilities. Erik Eckel runs down some of your options.This download is also available as an entry in our...

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Apr 2009

    10 things you should look for in a netbook

    When you're evaluating netbooks, you have to weigh the convenience of their small form factor against a variety of limitations. Erik Eckel explains several key considerations that will help you find a suitable middle ground.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Jul 2009

    A computer geek's guide to building a 64-bit server on a budget

    Building a new 64-bit server from scratch doesn't have to break the bank. In fact, Erik Eckel built one for less than $775. Here's how he did it. This download is also available as an entry in our Microsoft Windows blog and as a photo gallery.

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Sep 2009

    10 things to look for in an e-reader

    Finding an e-reader you'll be happy with isn't quite as easy as it might seem. Erik Eckel explains some gotchas to watch out for.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Sep 2009

    10 things you can do to keep Outlook running smoothly

    A little housekeeping, some configuration tweaks, and a few best practices will prevent problems and keep Outlook humming.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Dec 2009

    10 best year-end tech practices for SMBs

    For a lot of IT departments, the end of the year means a slower pace - which makes it the ideal time to catch up on a host of essential (but often deferred) tasks.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Dec 2009

    10 steps to ensure foolproof client migrations

    Make sure no critical information gets left behind when you perform desktop and laptop migrations.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Feb 2010

    10 reasons Apple's iPad will be a hit with business users

    The iPad has already come under fire for its limitations. But despite some missing features, Erik Eckel thinks it holds value for mobile workers.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Tools & Templates // Mar 2010

    Workstation Tune-up Checklist

    Optimizing a slow-performing system requires a number of diagnostic and repair steps, often with interruptions along the way. This basic checklist will help you cover all the bases. Visit our Network Administrator blog for more networking resources.

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Mar 2010

    10 things to remember when upgrading servers

    You can avoid problems and gain peak efficiencies by following certain practices when upgrading a server. Erik Eckel offers this field-tested list.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Apr 2010

    10 iPad business apps worth loading

    How business-friendly is the iPad? Pretty darn friendly, says one IT consultant -- as long as you load the right apps.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Tools & Templates // Apr 2010

    Virus & Spyware Removal Checklist

    Eliminating malware requires a systematic process with no missed steps. This checklist will make it easier to do an effective, thorough job.Visit our IT Security blog for more information on combating viruses, spyware, and rootkits.

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Feb 2008

    Windows laptop specifications checklist

    For most organizations, regardless of size, laptops are now critical business tools. Unfortunately, many business owners, consultants, and IT departments are too quick to purchase preconfigured units that turn out to be underpowered, that include unnecessary software, and that don't have sufficient memory, disk space, or video cards for the...

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Oct 2008

    10 things to look for in an all-in-one printer

    A multifunction printer may offer the convenient, consolidated functionality your organization needs, but there are a lot of choices out there. Before making a selection, be sure to consider these key factors.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Oct 2008

    The 10 best IT certification Web sites

    The world of IT certification has changed considerably over the past several years, as the demands of the IT industry and the market for tech talent have shifted. IT consultant and exam veteran Erik Eckel offers an update to his list of top 10 certification Web sites.This download is also...

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Dec 2008

    10 things to look for in a flat-panel monitor

    Flat-panel monitors offer numerous benefits, and quality (and prices) continue to improve. But you'll need to consider several factors when you begin to weigh the choices -- everything from resolution, latency, and power consumption to display controls and warranties. Here's a rundown of the key things to keep in mind.This...

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Dec 2008

    10 things to look for in a domain registrar

    When you start looking for a domain registrar, you may discover some surprising differences in what they offer -- or neglect to offer. IT consultant Erik Eckel learned the hard way that it pays to shop around. Here's his list of the tools, services, and features that will make your...

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Dec 2008

    10 things you should know about Microsoft's revised certification program

    Microsoft has made some fairly big changes to its certification program. If you're in the midst of pursuing accreditation -- or you're thinking of heading down one of the new paths -- check out this rundown of new features.This download is also available as an entry in our 10...

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Feb 2011

    Five tips for removing viruses and spyware from client machines

    IT consultants must regularly remove stubborn, regenerative, and corrupting spyware and viruses from client machines. These pointers will help you return systems to stable operation.This download is also available as an entry in our Five Tips blog.

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Feb 2010

    Network, PC, and server audit checklist

    IT consultants should complete the fields within this checklist to catalog critical client network, workstation, and server information, identify weaknesses and issues that must be addressed, prioritize the issues the checklist reveals, and assign cost estimates to needed upgrades and repairs. This download is also available as an entry in...

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Tools & Templates // Feb 2010

    Server Deployment/Migration Checklist

    One configuration error or overlooked step can send your server deployment off a cliff. This simple checklist will help you complete the process efficiently and avoid costly mistakes.Visit our Network Administrator blog for more networking resources.

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Dec 2008

    The industry's 10 best IT certifications

    IT pros tend to have strong opinions when debating the value of professional certification -- and views become even more polarized when it comes down to a discussion of which certs are meaningful. Erik Eckel put together a list of the accreditations he believes currently hold value for IT pros.This...

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Oct 2009

    10 things to look for in a hardware-based firewall

    The firewall you choose can have a major impact on your organization's security and productivity. Here are 10 factors you don't want to overlook.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Jun 2009

    10 ways to avoid viruses and spyware

    To have a fighting chance against today's rampant security threats, end users have to be informed and proactive. Here are some practical guidelines they can follow to minimize the risk of infection and attack.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Nov 2009

    10 things you can do to keep Exchange running smoothly

    Microsoft Exchange is a complex and powerful platform - and a highly critical system for many organizations. These tips will help you stay ahead of problems and optimize performance. This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Jul 2006

    Winternals Software's ERD Commander 2005 simplifies system repair

    While there are numerous solutions available for rescuing and repairing a failed system, not all of them are created equal. This download describes the tools you will find in ERD Commander 2005 from Winternals Software. ERD Commander 2005 is not cheap, but with the investment comes a collection...

    Provided By Erik Eckel

  • Downloads // Aug 2010

    10 things to look for in an ISP

    Choosing the wrong ISP can spell doom for many businesses today. Making the right choice involves careful analysis of many factors, from uptime to capacity to equipment to field response. This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Erik Eckel