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Cheyenne Harden's Blog

Use SpiceWorks to Monitor your Network for Free

By | November 11, 2010

  Click on this link to Download your copy of Spiceworks for Free!   Why use Spiceworks?   Manage Everything IT…for Free! Spiceworks is the complete network management software,helpdesk, PC inventory tools & IT reportingsolution designed to manage everything IT in small & medium businesses. Powered by 1,200,000 IT Pros The Spiceworks IT Community is… Read More »

A Great Tool for a Fortigate or Cisco Firewalls!

By | March 17, 2009

The name of the product is FirePlotter and you can find it at http://www.fireplotter.com/index.php Why choose fireplotter? Well: FirePlotter shows you the traffic that is flowing through your internet connection – in real-time. FirePlotter is a real-time session monitor, bandwidth monitor or connection monitor for your Cisco or FortiNet firewall.   For me it went down… Read More »

Keeping Up The Infrastructure

By | April 25, 2008

Keeping up your network Infrastructure is a difficult task. Especially, when going through red tape. It is hard to get management to buy into new servers and switches when they are out of date and out of warranty. This is because they look at the network as an old car that can be fixed up and run forever. Hello! Your corporate infrastructure is NOT an old car. What can an admin do? Well, for starters you must document all failures and making graphs help. Make sure you have base lines and make a comparison of the issues you are having. When management can see this on paper with pretty graphs, they realize that they must act and then the burden is taken off of your shoulders. Oh, and make sure to get them so sign off on approving measures to improve the infrastructure or not. Keep a copy of this for yourself. As an old boss of mine always said, “CYA insurance”!

 


 

 

Network Management On the Cheap

By | January 18, 2008

Managing a small network is not too difficult, but you can make it easier. I really recommend installing applications from http://www.adventnet.com/.If you have a small network to manage you can use their enterprise class software for free. Each of their suites of management software comes with a free version which has almost all of the… Read More »

Symantec and Veritas CPS Server

By | November 13, 2007

Recently, I had the pleasure to work with a client on a backup issue (coincidently, I love Backup Exec). But their was a problem… When installing Veritas Backup Exec CPS Server 11D make sure that Symantec AV is version 10 or greater before running the upgrade. When SAV 9 is installed the CPS server installation fails… Read More »