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  • 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

  • White Papers // Oct 2010

    Key Methods for Managing Complex Database Environments

    A slow relational database can substantially impact the performance of the applications it supports. Discover the key methods for managing complex database environment, and ensure your database stack is operating at optimal levels of performance and availability. Download the white paper today.

    Provided By Dell Software

  • White Papers // May 2014

    5 Things You Didn’t Know About Cloud Backup

    IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. For example, did you know: That encryption doesn’t guarantee privacy? That you could lose data by choosing the wrong cloud? That cloud backup doesn't have to...

    Provided By Druva Software

  • eBooks // Jan 2013

    Cloud Services for Dummies eBook

    Cloud computing is becoming an integral part of many companies’ business and technology strategies. There are many different delivery models. But two foundational services are essential for cloud computing to become a strategic part of the overall computing infrastructure: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) for access to compute and storage...

    Provided By IBM

  • White Papers // Aug 2010

    Proactive Performance Management for Enterprise Databases

    Don't just react to performance issues in your database. Proactive database management can result in accelerated problem resolution, problem prevention, hardware resource maximization and risk reduction. How can you become more proactive in managing your enterprise database? Download the white paper to find out.

    Provided By Dell Software

  • Downloads // Jun 2006

    IP subnetting made easy

    IP subnetting is a fundamental subject that's critical for any IP network engineer to understand, yet students have traditionally had a difficult time grasping it. After years of watching confused students struggle through school and in practice when dealing with subnetting, TechRepublic's George Ou created a simple, graphical approach that...

    Provided By George Ou

  • White Papers // Jul 2014

    Preparing for IEEE 802.11ac

    This business white paper discusses the history that led to the IEEE 802.11ac standard and the considerations you need to weigh before you decide to deploy it. This new WLAN technology is being introduced in the market in two waves. Topics that will be addressed in this paper are: ...

    Provided By HP US

  • Downloads // Nov 2006

    Use this template to configure QoS on your Cisco router

    Using quality of service (QoS) on Cisco network devices helps provide both bandwidth and priority to certain types of network traffic. Configuring QoS on your Cisco router can be tricky, but this template can help. As a companion download to David Davis' article, "Configure QoS on your Cisco...

    Provided By David Davis

  • White Papers // Feb 2014

    FTP vs MFT: Why it’s time to make the change

    Get the facts you need to make the case for managed file transfer. Read the report to get head-to-head comparisons of cost, reliability, visibility, security & management and get the information you need to make a compelling case for moving to MFT.

    Provided By IBM

  • White Papers // Jul 2013

    2013 Gartner Magic Quadrant for SIEM

    IBM Security QRadar has been positioned again in the Leaders quadrant of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for SIEM. In addition to providing a technology that is a good match to current customer requirements, Leaders also show evidence of superior vision and execution for anticipated requirements. Gartner reveals that customers'...

    Provided By IBM

  • Downloads // May 2002

    Network Administrator skills assessment test

    This series of tests can help IT managers gauge how a job candidate for a net admin position will handle typical IT situations. The tests can also help you determine the skills sets each applicant brings to the table.

    Provided By TechRepublic

  • White Papers // May 2014

    5 Things You Didn’t Know About Cloud Backup

    IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. For example, did you know: That encryption doesn’t guarantee privacy? That you could lose data by choosing the wrong cloud? That cloud backup doesn't have to be slow? Learn...

    Provided By Druva

  • Downloads // Sep 2002

    Network outage report template

    This Microsoft Word template will help you report a network or Web site outage, document the steps taken to resolve the issue, and indicate who was notified of the problem.

    Provided By TechRepublic

  • White Papers // Jul 2014

    Improving Wireless Connectivity For Your Users

    The ubiquity of mobile devices is a boon to productivity and a step forward for flexible work. But the huge influx of laptops, tablets, and smartphones on your business’s wireless LAN (WLAN) is creating new challenges. The move to mobility, propelled by the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) movement, can impact the performance...

    Provided By HP US

  • White Papers // Jul 2014

    Maximize your UC&C Outcomes

    Unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) solutions like Microsoft® Lync® are transforming the workplace. With presence, real-time voice, HD video, and rich collaboration capabilities seamlessly integrated into their office productivity suite, today’s employees can engage customers and connect with colleagues and partners from anywhere, at any time, using any device. Read...

    Provided By HP US

  • eBooks // Feb 2014

    Achieve Deeper Network Security and Application Control (ebook)

    Next-generation firewalls have revolutionized network security. Traditional firewalls that focus on stateful packet inspection and access control rules are ineffective. Learn how to protect your organization from ever-evolving threats with a firewall that delivers a deeper level of network security.

    Provided By Dell Software

  • White Papers // Jan 2014

    Cyber Security Index

    An effective cyber security strategy calls for the latest intelligence on the kinds of attacks that are occurring, who is committing them, and how often they are happening. A new IBM report offers expert insight into a range of security statistics, based on monitoring tens of billions of security events...

    Provided By IBM

  • White Papers // Jul 2008

    Application Retirement: Road Map for Legacy Applications

    As technology becomes obsolete and organizations deploy new applications, many enterprise applications wind up outliving their usefulness and become known as a "Legacy application". Every organization needs to be actively looking at their IT portfolios for applications, systems, and platforms that cost them more to maintain than the value they...

    Provided By Solix Technologies

  • Downloads // Dec 2010

    10 PowerShell commands every Windows admin should know

    PowerShell combines the speed of the command line with the flexibility of a scripting language, making it a valuable Windows administration tool. Here are a few basic commands you'll want to master. This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Thing blog.

    Provided By Brien Posey

  • Downloads // Jan 2011

    10 fundamental concepts for PowerShell scripting

    PowerShell can save you a lot of time on Windows admin tasks -- but to use it effectively, you need to understand how it works. Here's a crash course in PowerShell basics to get you started. This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Brien Posey

  • Downloads // Sep 2006

    Use this template to create your own ready-to-use Cisco 851W or 871W configuration (DHCP or cable modem Internet connections)

    This template goes hand in hand with the second installment in our Cisco tutorial series, "Configuring the Cisco 851W or 871W: Standard IOS." The template makes it easy to document and create CLI configuration files. You just plug in the appropriate values for a list of variables and click...

    Provided By George Ou and Justin James

  • White Papers // Oct 2013

    HP ProLiant DL360p & DL380p Gen8 Servers: Power, Flexibility and Serviceability

    Explore the Power, Flexibility and Serviceability HP ProLiant DL360p and DL380p Gen8 Servers The DL360p and DL380p deliver innovative advances in performance, serviceability and lifecycle automation to address the pressing demands of today’s data-intensive and virtualized IT environments. Based on the HP ProActive Insight architecture, these intelligent servers can...

    Provided By HP & Intel® Xeon® Processor

  • White Papers // Jun 2014

    Whitepaper: Datacom’s Multi-cloud Services

    Each cloud has its pros and cons: private can be too expensive, public often doesn’t fit organisations’ application requirements and hybrid can be too complicated. And each cloud services provider brings different challenges to the table, such as the inability to scale on demand, uncontrollable costs and unreliable security.Find out...

    Provided By EMC

  • Downloads // Feb 2005

    Create a site for e-commerce with PHP, MySQL, and PayPal

    This how-to article offers step-by-step instructions for adding e-commerce capabilities to your existing Web site using PHP, MySQL, and PayPal. The method outlined here lets you add e-business functionality to your corporate portal without a major allocation of scarce development resources.

    Provided By TechRepublic

  • White Papers // Feb 2014

    Managing Data through Replication: Avoiding Errors, Improving Access

    CIOs and IT entities looking to secure data and ensure its availability during times of emergency could benefit from employing a data replication tool. Learn the ins and outs of data replication with this brief from the Center for Digital Government, and gain insight into how it works, what it...

    Provided By Dell Software

  • White Papers // Jun 2014

    The Evolution of MEM Infographic

    Get up to speed quickly about Mobile Enterprise Management (MEM) in this insightful infographic. Find out what’s driving this evolution, and its benefits to end users and IT departments.

    Provided By Dell Software

  • White Papers // Apr 2014

    Enhance and optimize your mobility/BYOD infrastructure

    Wondering how to meet the needs of your growing mobile workforce without increasing security risks or administrative complexity? This new white paper outlines how Dell Mobility Solutions can help you increase mobile performance and capacity for mobility/BYOD initiatives while protecting company resources and streamlining IT management.

    Provided By Dell Software

  • White Papers // Jun 2014

    Transforming Customer Experience in the New Digital World

    In today’s world, new digital communications channels are being continuously introduced. Customers are quickly adopting these new channels – including web, social and mobile – and want to use them to contact the companies with whom they do business. This white paper will show you how taking a holistic...

    Provided By Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories

  • White Papers // Jun 2014

    IBM Server Managed Services Benefit Assessment Tool

    Use IBM's assessment tool to learn how you can increase server efficiency and availability while lowering costs. The IBM Server Managed Services Benefit Assessment helps you identify how an IBM Managed Services solution can: Lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of Server Management Improve Server Resource...

    Provided By IBM

  • White Papers // Aug 2014

    The Total Ecocomic Impact of IBM PureApplication System

    IBM PureApplication System converges computer, storage, networking components, and software into a preconfigured and pretested system. This Forrester Whitepaper will help you to better understand the benefits, costs, and risks associated with the IBM PureApplication System.

    Provided By IBM

  • eBooks // Aug 2014

    What are your VoIP options?

    The versatility of VoIP has made it the leading choice for companies seeking an updated phone system that enables them to do more for less. Coming to the conclusion that you want VoIP is fairly simple; however, the next question you must answer is: which VoIP is best for my...

    Provided By ShoreTel

  • White Papers // Aug 2014

    Foglight Solutions for Cross-Platform Database Performance Management

    Achieving consistent service levels for cross-platform database environments is next to impossible using each platform’s native tools. Foglight database monitoring software simplifies database monitoring and management, enabling you to consolidate and standardize database performance across multiple platforms. Download the white paper to learn how.

    Provided By Dell Software

  • White Papers // Aug 2014

    Maintaining Oracle Database Performance in a Perfect Storm

    The cloud, big data and mobility are three of the most disruptive technologies Oracle DBAs face today. Are you prepared for the perfect storm of increased application complexity and dynamism, as well as explosive growth in database size and data velocity? Download the white paper and discover how Foglight for...

    Provided By Dell Software

  • Downloads // Aug 2008

    10 quick tips to make Linux networking easier

    Linux makes networking simple and secure -- if you know a few tricks. Jack Wallen shares some pointers to help admins knock out various Linux networking tasks with a minimum of effort.This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Jack Wallen

  • Downloads // May 2010

    The 10 best cross-platform applications

    In this cross-platform world, you need apps that can handle whatever systems you're supporting. Jack Wallen lists the cross-platform applications he thinks are indispensable. This download is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

    Provided By Jack Wallen

  • 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

  • Book chapters // Aug 2006

    CCNA 1 Labs and Study Guide: Networking Basics

    Boost your understanding of networking basics and prepare for CCNA 1 course assessments with this chapter from Networking Basics CCNA 1 Labs and Study Guide, the revised and only authorized labs and study guide for the Cisco Networking Academy Program CCNA 1 curriculum. In the study guide section, test...

    Provided By Cisco Press

  • 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 // Oct 2006

    Use this workbook to rapidly configure IPSec tunnels on Cisco IOS devices

    As we discuss in the companion article, "Configuring IPSec VPN on Cisco IOS," site-to-site VPN tunnels offer a cheaper and often faster alternative to frame relay or even MPLS WAN connections. This Excel workbook is designed to make it easy for you to generate an IPSec configuration that you...

    Provided By George Ou

  • Downloads // Apr 2007

    Make your home PCs accessible anywhere with Dynamic DNS for free

    You can access your home network from the public Internet without investing in a pricey broadband account that has a static IP address. The solution is to use a free service from George Ou shows you how to set up your account, configure your router to update the DDNS...

    Provided By George Ou