Douglas Toombs

Douglas
Toombs

Douglas Toombs is a contributing editor for Windows IT Pro and the author of Keeping Your Business Safe from Attack: Monitoring and Managing Your Network Security (Windows IT Pro eBooks).

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8 More Excellent Free Utilities 5
It's that time of year! Break out your USB stick and download this new collection of free tools that promise to make your job easier.
Review: Lenovo ThinkStation S20 1
Lenovo's powerful ThinkStation S20 is great for compute-intensive tasks, and it's affordably priced for any organization.
Yet Another 8 Absolutely Cool, Totally Free Utilities 4
Once again, we've combed the Web for a new and scintillating collection of free tools that promise to make your job easier. Get $500 worth of tools for nothing—except the time necessary to download them.
Screencasting with Wink 2
Wink doesn't fit into this article’s inventory/monitoring and security categories, but it's simply too good to pass up in an article about great free utilities.
8 More Absolutely Cool, Totally Free Utilities 8
We've combed the Web for a brand-new collection of fantastic, free tools that will make your job easier. Download these lifesavers, add them to your USB toolkit, and be a happy administrator!
Removing Unwanted Code
Try these tools and techniques for ridding a system of viruses, adware, or spyware.
Web Content Filtering with ISA Server 2
Configure ISA Server's application-layer filtering capability to block unwanted content by URL, response string, signature, or file type.
8 Absolutely Cool, Totally Free Utilities 3
We’ve scoured the Internet for the very best free utilities available. Fill your network-troubleshooting toolkit with these great finds, and you’ll never be at a loss.
Deconstructing DNS
DNS is the cornerstone of a properly functioning AD environment, so you must be able to quickly spot and solve DNS problems on your network. Here’s a foundational primer that reveals the intricacies of DNS troubleshooting.
Controlling Positive and Negative Caching

Controlling Positive and Negative Caching
Windows caching occurs according to default time periods, depending on which version of Windows you're using and how it's configured. You can control this caching behavior by manipulating the values of two registry keys. The HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\DNSCache\Parameters subkey holds the values, which let you adjust the length of time that positive and negative responses are stored in the cache. These values are slightly different in Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, and Windows 2000.

An Invaluable DNS-Troubleshooting Resource 2

An Invaluable DNS-Troubleshooting Resource

Let WSUS Ease Your Patch-Deployment Hassles 11
Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) is the latest version of Microsoft's patch-deployment service. Doug Toombs shows you how to configure the WSUS Release Candidate (RC) and explains new features that improve patch distribution.
Chat: WSUS Is Not for Wussies!
Chat about Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) and patch management with Doug Toombs on June 8, 2005 at noon EST.
A Brief History of WSUS 2
Learn about the predecessor of Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)—Microsoft's Software Update Services (SUS).
Analyzing Web Statistics with AWStats 1
If your company doesn’t have the budget for Web analysis software, you can use an open-source package called AWStats.
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