Eric B. Rux

Eric B. Rux is a contributing editor for Windows IT Pro and the manager of technical support services at a large university in eastern Washington.Eric B. Rux is a contributing editor for Windows IT Pro and the manager of technical support services at a large university in eastern Washington.

Articles by Eric B. Rux
Product Review: Goverlan Remote Control
Goverlan Remote Control integrates with Active Directory and Group Policy to provide complete client management, as well as remote-control capabilities.
Review: Paragon Hard Disk Manager 12 Professional
Paragon Software's Hard Disk Manager 12 Professional can help you repair and manage physical and virtual Windows workstations throughout their life cycle.
Buyer's Guide: Network Monitoring on Mobile Devices
If you want to use your smartphone to monitor your company's network devices, here are some network monitoring solutions that include a mobile component.
How Microsoft OneNote Helps Me Organize My Life on the Go
Get a look at how the author uses Microsoft OneNote to stay organized, at work or anywhere.
Review: BeyondTrust PowerBroker Desktops, Windows Edition
If your users' computers are often becoming infected with malware, PowerBroker can help you take back control of their computers.
Product Review: Viewfinity Privilege Management
Letting users operate as local administrators of their computers is risky, yet responding to users' requests in a locked-down computer environment can be time consuming. Here's a solution that can do a lot of the work for you.
Product Review: Acronis Backup & Recovery
If you have a hodgepodge of Windows, Linux, and virtual machines that need to be backed up by one product, Acronis Backup & Recovery delivers.
Comparative Review: Network Management Tools 2
Here's a look at four network management tools that can help ensure that you're the first to know when there's trouble in your network. Two of them are even free.
Buyer's Guide: Deployment Tools
When you need to install client OSs on many machines, manually installing them isn’t a viable option. Using a deployment tool can save a lot of time and hassle.
Comparative Review: Active Directory Auditing Tools 3
Whether you need to track down a rouge user who is testing the limits of your security or prove to an auditor that your systems are in compliance, you can’t go wrong with one of these six Active Directory (AD) auditing tools.
Mass Deploying “iThings”
Just like deploying multiple PCs, deploying multiple iPhones, iPods, or iPads requires some additional planning and steps. Here’s what you need to do.
Comparative Review: Mac-to-AD Integration Solutions
If you want to manage your Apple Macintosh clients like you manage your Windows clients, check out these software solutions.
Comparative Review: Smartphone-Capable Network Monitoring Solutions
Paessler’s iPRTG, GroundWork Open Source’s Brooklyn For Nagios, and ManageEngine’s OpManager Smartphone GUI let you monitor your network’s status from your smartphone.
Review: Ensim Unify Audit Manager
Use Windows Server 2008 functionality to capture and track Active Directory and Group Policy changes.
Review: Blackbird Management Suite
Need to tame the Active Directory beast? Put a little blackbird to work for you. This month, we evaluate the power of Blackbird Management Suite to help you take control of your AD environment.
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