Rick Vanover

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  • Downloads // Dec 2012

    Year-end checklist for network administrators

    With 2012 coming to a close, this is a great time to get things in shape for next year. This checklist will help you stay organized as you tie up loose ends and get ready for 2013.

    Provided By Rick Vanover

  • Downloads // Apr 2011

    The 10 best ways to visually represent IT data

    The right chart, image, or diagram can be invaluable in clarifying and conveying IT information. The trick is finding the best tool to illustrate the specific concept or type of data you're representing.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog and as a

    Provided By Rick Vanover

  • Downloads // Dec 2010

    10 things you should do to prepare for holiday time off

    The holidays are here, and you may be dealing with limited staff in the office. Here are some tips for getting things squared away so you can take a little time off. This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Rick Vanover

  • Downloads // Aug 2010

    Sample storage service catalog

    This sample Excel worksheet allows administrators to quantify the storage offering for their storage area network (SAN) and data protection infrastructures. The material is an adaptation of the Storage Networking Industry Association's Tiered Services Catalog. Read the related entry in our Servers and Storage blog.

    Provided By Rick Vanover

  • Tools & Templates // Jul 2010

    Three PowerShell queries to obtain critical system information

    When it comes to getting information about Windows clients and servers, administrators are sometimes left in the dark. These simple scripts will help you gather succinct info about a computing environment.This download is also available as an entry in our Network Administrator blog.

    Provided By Rick Vanover

  • Tools & Templates // Jun 2010

    PowerShell scripts: Quickly find space-hogging files

    A key Windows maintenance chore involves determining what data is consuming resources. Here are a couple of scripts that make it easy to get that critical file information.Check out Rick Vanover's entry in our Network Administrator blog for additional details.

    Provided By Rick Vanover

  • Tools & Templates // May 2010

    Two PowerShell scripts for retrieving user info from Active Directory

    Obtaining user object information via Active Directory Users And Computers is fine for the one-time use, but it falls short for batch tasks. These two scripts make it easy to pull user information via PowerShell.This download is also available as an entry in our Network Administration blog.

    Provided By Rick Vanover

  • Downloads // Nov 2009

    10 things you should know about bloggers and blogging

    If you're thinking about taking on a blogging gig, Rick Vanover has some pointers and a look at what you can expect.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Rick Vanover

  • Tools & Templates // Oct 2009

    Windows 7 installation flowchart

    A successful Windows 7 migration begins with careful planning and decision making. Rick Vanover built a flowchart to guide you through each step.For more information on Windows 7 migration and management issues, be sure to check out our Microsoft Windows blog.

    Provided By Rick Vanover

  • Downloads // Jun 2009

    Sample social networking policy

    IT Pro Rick Vanover has crafted a sample social networking policy that you can customize to fit the needs of your organization. As sites like LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook become more intertwined with business uses, you need to establish clear guidelines for employees on workplace access and appropriate usage as...

    Provided By Rick Vanover

  • Downloads // Apr 2009

    10 seriously annoying default configurations

    Into every life, a little stupidity must fall. And sometimes, you just have to vent about it. Rick Vanover shares a few of the default configurations he finds especially frustrating and idiotic.... What are yours?This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Rick Vanover

  • Downloads // Dec 2008

    10 New Year's resolutions for IT pros

    With 2009 about to roll in, this is a good time to look at ways of making your IT organization better. Specific resolutions will be unique to every environment, but these goals make sense for just about any IT group.This download is also available as an entry in our...

    Provided By Rick Vanover

  • Downloads // Aug 2008

    10 things you should know about networking two buildings

    From choosing the right physical media and conduit size to pulling cable to making long-term infrastructure decisions, networking two buildings is a challenging undertaking. Rick Vanover shares some pointers that will help you effectively plan and execute this type of project. This download is also available as an entry...

    Provided By Rick Vanover

  • Downloads // Jul 2008

    10 things you can do to avoid problems with your Citrix upgrade

    Citrix Presentation Server and XenApp are among the best products in the application delivery space. Rick Vanover explains some of the factors to keep in mind when the time comes to upgrade your environment.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Rick Vanover

  • Downloads // Jun 2008

    10+ priorities for testing critical systems

    Testing is essential to make sure that systems function as expected, but the process can be complex and overwhelming. Rick Vanover looks at some testing strategies that will help you focus on what's important and make your installations and upgrades go smoothly.This download is also available as an entry...

    Provided By Rick Vanover

  • Downloads // Jun 2008

    10 things you should know about transitioning to enterprise storage

    As your organization (and your career) grows, you will inevitably face the issue of enterprise storage. Although local storage on servers is the traditional approach and best for smaller environments, enterprise storage is the next frontier. But what do you need to know in making the switch? Rick Vanover looks...

    Provided By Rick Vanover

  • Downloads // Apr 2008

    10 items for your disaster recovery wish list

    We all have to address disaster recovery (DR) at various levels, but we typically must apply the technology to fit rigid parameters -- such as less cost or functionality -- instead of being able to do it right. But what if you didn't have any limitations to hold you back?...

    Provided By Rick Vanover

  • Downloads // Mar 2008

    10 ways to benchmark your Active Directory environment

    Active Directory Services is the going standard for account provisioning, basic system management, and DNS authority in most environments. But having some accountability to determine what has changed over time can be a challenge. IT pro Rick Vanover offers 10 strategies for achieving accountability in your Active Directory environment. They'll...

    Provided By Rick Vanover

  • Downloads // Feb 2008

    10 cool things you can do with Windows PowerShell

    If PowerShell's learning curve has kept you from embracing it for daily use, "cool" might not be a word you'd associate with it. But PowerShell is here to stay. It's a core part of Exchange 2007, Windows Server 2008, and SQL Server 2008, and it has immense power. IT pro...

    Provided By Rick Vanover

  • Downloads // Dec 2007

    10 small IT projects you can do during holiday slow times

    During the short week before the New Year's holiday, you may get a chance to tackle some tasks that you normally wouldn't have time for. Most organizations have a slower week if the office is open. Instead of having light days, you can slip in some little projects that have...

    Provided By Rick Vanover

  • Downloads // Feb 2008

    10 cool things you can do with Windows PowerShell

    If PowerShell's learning curve has kept you from embracing it for daily use, "cool" might not be a word you'd associate with it. But PowerShell is here to stay. It's a core part of Exchange 2007, Windows Server 2008, and SQL Server 2008, and it has immense power. IT pro...

    Provided By Rick Vanover

  • Tools & Templates // May 2010

    Two PowerShell scripts for retrieving user info from Active Directory

    Obtaining user object information via Active Directory Users And Computers is fine for the one-time use, but it falls short for batch tasks. These two scripts make it easy to pull user information via PowerShell.This download is also available as an entry in our Network Administration blog.

    Provided By Rick Vanover

  • Tools & Templates // Jul 2010

    Three PowerShell queries to obtain critical system information

    When it comes to getting information about Windows clients and servers, administrators are sometimes left in the dark. These simple scripts will help you gather succinct info about a computing environment.This download is also available as an entry in our Network Administrator blog.

    Provided By Rick Vanover

  • Downloads // Apr 2011

    The 10 best ways to visually represent IT data

    The right chart, image, or diagram can be invaluable in clarifying and conveying IT information. The trick is finding the best tool to illustrate the specific concept or type of data you're representing.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog and as a

    Provided By Rick Vanover

  • Downloads // Aug 2008

    10 things you should know about networking two buildings

    From choosing the right physical media and conduit size to pulling cable to making long-term infrastructure decisions, networking two buildings is a challenging undertaking. Rick Vanover shares some pointers that will help you effectively plan and execute this type of project. This download is also available as an entry...

    Provided By Rick Vanover

  • Downloads // Apr 2008

    10 items for your disaster recovery wish list

    We all have to address disaster recovery (DR) at various levels, but we typically must apply the technology to fit rigid parameters -- such as less cost or functionality -- instead of being able to do it right. But what if you didn't have any limitations to hold you back?...

    Provided By Rick Vanover

  • Downloads // Dec 2008

    10 New Year's resolutions for IT pros

    With 2009 about to roll in, this is a good time to look at ways of making your IT organization better. Specific resolutions will be unique to every environment, but these goals make sense for just about any IT group.This download is also available as an entry in our...

    Provided By Rick Vanover

  • Downloads // Apr 2009

    10 seriously annoying default configurations

    Into every life, a little stupidity must fall. And sometimes, you just have to vent about it. Rick Vanover shares a few of the default configurations he finds especially frustrating and idiotic.... What are yours?This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Rick Vanover

  • Tools & Templates // Oct 2009

    Windows 7 installation flowchart

    A successful Windows 7 migration begins with careful planning and decision making. Rick Vanover built a flowchart to guide you through each step.For more information on Windows 7 migration and management issues, be sure to check out our Microsoft Windows blog.

    Provided By Rick Vanover

  • Downloads // Nov 2009

    10 things you should know about bloggers and blogging

    If you're thinking about taking on a blogging gig, Rick Vanover has some pointers and a look at what you can expect.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Rick Vanover

  • Tools & Templates // Jun 2010

    PowerShell scripts: Quickly find space-hogging files

    A key Windows maintenance chore involves determining what data is consuming resources. Here are a couple of scripts that make it easy to get that critical file information.Check out Rick Vanover's entry in our Network Administrator blog for additional details.

    Provided By Rick Vanover

  • Downloads // Dec 2012

    Year-end checklist for network administrators

    With 2012 coming to a close, this is a great time to get things in shape for next year. This checklist will help you stay organized as you tie up loose ends and get ready for 2013.

    Provided By Rick Vanover

  • Downloads // Dec 2010

    10 things you should do to prepare for holiday time off

    The holidays are here, and you may be dealing with limited staff in the office. Here are some tips for getting things squared away so you can take a little time off. This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Rick Vanover

  • Downloads // Aug 2010

    Sample storage service catalog

    This sample Excel worksheet allows administrators to quantify the storage offering for their storage area network (SAN) and data protection infrastructures. The material is an adaptation of the Storage Networking Industry Association's Tiered Services Catalog. Read the related entry in our Servers and Storage blog.

    Provided By Rick Vanover

  • Downloads // Jun 2009

    Sample social networking policy

    IT Pro Rick Vanover has crafted a sample social networking policy that you can customize to fit the needs of your organization. As sites like LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook become more intertwined with business uses, you need to establish clear guidelines for employees on workplace access and appropriate usage as...

    Provided By Rick Vanover

  • Downloads // Dec 2007

    10 small IT projects you can do during holiday slow times

    During the short week before the New Year's holiday, you may get a chance to tackle some tasks that you normally wouldn't have time for. Most organizations have a slower week if the office is open. Instead of having light days, you can slip in some little projects that have...

    Provided By Rick Vanover

  • Downloads // Mar 2008

    10 ways to benchmark your Active Directory environment

    Active Directory Services is the going standard for account provisioning, basic system management, and DNS authority in most environments. But having some accountability to determine what has changed over time can be a challenge. IT pro Rick Vanover offers 10 strategies for achieving accountability in your Active Directory environment. They'll...

    Provided By Rick Vanover

  • Downloads // Jun 2008

    10 things you should know about transitioning to enterprise storage

    As your organization (and your career) grows, you will inevitably face the issue of enterprise storage. Although local storage on servers is the traditional approach and best for smaller environments, enterprise storage is the next frontier. But what do you need to know in making the switch? Rick Vanover looks...

    Provided By Rick Vanover

  • Downloads // Jun 2008

    10+ priorities for testing critical systems

    Testing is essential to make sure that systems function as expected, but the process can be complex and overwhelming. Rick Vanover looks at some testing strategies that will help you focus on what's important and make your installations and upgrades go smoothly.This download is also available as an entry...

    Provided By Rick Vanover

  • Downloads // Jul 2008

    10 things you can do to avoid problems with your Citrix upgrade

    Citrix Presentation Server and XenApp are among the best products in the application delivery space. Rick Vanover explains some of the factors to keep in mind when the time comes to upgrade your environment.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Rick Vanover