So today I ran across a tool on posted on the forums at petri.co.il called the Microsoft IT Environment Health Scanner. Now I guess this came out back in August but it is new news to me. This tool kind of takes off from their Best Practices Analyzers and narrows it down to just your… Read More »
Many of you may have noticed the big blue bird in the upper right hand corner of the site. That is the link to the official LazyNetworkAdmin Twitter page. Right now we have it configured to post to Twitter when new content is posted. This way you can always stay up to the moment… Read More »
Several months ago I was searching for a way to add environmental variables to a system via a vbscript because we have a piece of software which requires special paths set in order to run. I was unable to find anything at the time which was able to do what I wanted it to do. Well today while browsing the forums over at http://petri.co.il I stumbled across a script posted by Rems which does exactly what I needed. Since it was so hard to find before, I decided to post it here… hoping the next person doesn’t have to look so hard.
Adobe PhotoShop CS4. The end all be all in graphics editing and design has outraged me this week. I have been working on an issue with ALL of our Mac OSX clients where the users are reporting that saving to the network from PhotoShopCS4 is failing more often than not. After weeks of troubleshooting and… Read More »
Here’s something which I have been meaning to add up here. Since IE7 (I know, this one is old) no longer did running “C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE -E C:\” (or any other drive for that matter) work. You would always get an error message stating the system cannot find the device specified. Here’s how I got around that annoying message
Every now and then you run across a utility that just makes your life easier. Everybody has their tools that they use and has their reasons for using them. Well here are mine. I have compiled a list of my top 10 Network Administration tools. As well, since most IT budgets are tight these days, I tried to limit these to either free or low cost software.
So today I came across something which I think might be useful. By default, Microsoft Windows IIS 6.0 does not have the capibilities out of the box to serve up flash video files (.flv). This is a quick and simple fix that can be taken care of in just about a minute.
This is a continuing on from Part One of my comparison between the “Cloud” service providers Amazon and Rackspace
Recently, the company I work for decided it was time to make a push into the “Cloud”. We host many web services for many of our customers and all the way up until now, we have always done things the old fashion way of having a dedicated server onsite. Last year we thought outside the building and purchased a server out on Rackspace and so far we are nothing but happy with its performance. This year we make the next move and have decided on the virtual cloud. Our choices after looking at a slew of providers was either Amazon EC2 service or Rackspace cloud. The reasons we went with these two were because Rackspace, in my opinion, is the leading corporate hosting provider available and the service we get from them is second to none; and Amazon is seemingly infinite in size and you can just about guarantee a high level of network availability.
After we started working with both Amazon and Rackspace, our developers were worried about the bandwidth and/or network latency on these servers. They didn’t feel it was up to par and was worse than they anticipated. That was where I stepped in and started running various analysis’s. The rest of this article will print out the details of my findings where you can then make a judgment of your own.
Well over the past couple days I have been working on upgrading this site. My intentions are to make this site current with the CMS software I am using as well as offer up new features. By upgrading this site, it will not be easier to post pictures, which in turn I hope will allow… Read More »