Todd Erickson

Todd
Erickson

Todd Erickson is a former senior editor for Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Pro.

Articles
Fewer Vista Migrations Planned Despite SP1 Release - 13 Aug 2008
The release of Microsoft Vista SP1 hasn't impacted IT administrators' plans to adopt the newest Windows OS, a June 2008 online survey conducted by King Research and commissioned by KACE Networks found. In fact, more IT departments have no Vista-migration plans than a similar November 2007 survey found.
Recently-Released System Center and MOM 2005 Utility Downloads
Microsoft recently released the following systems-administration downloads for System Center and Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005:
LifeHacker.com Top 10 Command-line Tools
We love top 10 lists. They require a very short attention span, and the countdown angle feeds our need for drama. David Letterman turned top 10 lists into a very lucrative career. I'm surprised politicians don't use top 10 lists more often. The candidates can understand them (unless they can't count to 10), and reading them builds to a melodramatic finish.

So when I see a top 10 list in one of my RSS feeds, I usually stop and look.

Fewer Vista Migrations Planned Despite SP1 Release - 25 Jul 2008
The release of Microsoft Vista SP1 hasn't impacted IT administrators' plans to adopt the newest Windows OS, a June 2008 online survey conducted by King Research and commissioned by KACE Networks found.
What Did You Get for System-Administrator Appreciation Day?
Let's see, I got a pet rock from Mike in accounting, a bag of M&Ms from Susan in human resources, and a pile of tangled cords from the CEO (typical).

What, you didn't know today is System Administrator Appreciation Day? SysAdminDay.com proclaimed July 25, 2008, the ninth-annual System Administrator Appreciation Day.

Recent Microsoft Documentation Releases for Small Business Server 2008
In the last month, Microsoft has released a number of preparation, planning, migration, and installation guides for the expected release of Small Business Server (SBS) 2008 on November 12.
CSS Releases a Secure Remote-equipment Management Device for Large Organizations
CSS, a developer and manufacturer of software and hardware secure remote management tools, announced the release of ComView IPw, a multifunction device for remote access, control, and alarm monitoring of networked equipment and sensors for large sites with high I/O requirements.

ComView IPw integrates

Fall Release Planned for John Savill's The Complete Guide to Windows Server 2008
Windows IT Pro Contributing Editor John Savill will release his newest book, The Complete Guide to Windows Server 2008, at the end of September. Savill's book covers Server 2008 deployment planning, implementation, management, and highlights some of its new features, including Server Core and Hyper-V.

The book's material is based on the Server 2008 final released code.

Internet Pioneer Update: Andreessen Joins Facebook Board
Netscape cofounder and Mosaic coauthor Marc Andreessen joined Facebook’s Board of Directors on July 1. Andreessen is currently the chief technology officer of Ning (www.ning.com), a social-network creation platform provider. Ning lets users create their own customizable online social networks.

Netscape Communications was acquired by AOL in 1998 for a reported $4.2 billion.

Recruiting Through Exclusive Online Communities 1
Wednesday I attended a 3t Systems network-security seminar in Denver. The speakers were experienced IT-industry veterans who talked about important security issues, such as intrusion detection and social engineering.

But when I sat down with one of the speakers, Stacey Dumas, 3t Systems' chief information officer, we didn't talk about firewalls and black hats, we talked about the difficulties IT shops face finding and keeping good, young IT professionals.

Red Hat and Novell Update Linux Enterprise OSs - 11 Jun 2008

Open source software vendors Red Hat and Novell released updates to their enterprise Linux OSs. Red Hat released Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.2, and Novell released SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 SP2.

According to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 team blog, the version 5.2 release includes enhancements in the following areas:

1E Updates Power Management Application

Windows system management software provider 1E announced the release of NightWatchman 5.0, the newest version of its power management program. NightWatchman controls IT assets power configuration features to power down IT assets when they are idle, without disrupting workday use.

10 Tips for Evaluating Ediscovery Solutions 2
If your industry exposes you to frequent lawsuits or regulatory review, you need a proactive ediscovery plan and system.

Discovery is a legal term for the process of gathering, submitting, and obtaining information from all parties to a lawsuit or regulatory violation action. Ediscovery is the general term used to describe the discovery process involving electronic communications and information. Ediscovery includes email messages, IM messages, text messages, documents in electronic format, and computer logs, records, and reports.

OS Market Faces Challenges From Linux and Virtualization
A recent Gartner market research study predicts that the worldwide OS market will continue single-digit growth in 2008, but will face disruptions from Linux, virtualization technologies and a faltering U.S. economy.

OS 2008 revenues will reach $26.9 billion, an increase of 7.2 percent from 2007, and revenues could surpass $37 billion by 2012.

Red Hat and Novell Update Linux Enterprise OSs - 22 May 2008

Open source software vendors Red Hat and Novell released updates to their enterprise Linux OSs. Red Hat released Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.2, and Novell released SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 SP2.

According to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 team blog, the version 5.2 release includes enhancements in the following areas:

NEW: John Savill's Microsoft Azure Master Class

A new Master Class with John Savill! Get 12 hours of detailed instruction covering that will make you the Master of Microsoft's Public Cloud!

During this training attendees will learn:

* How and when to use Azure
* How to integrate Azure with existing infrastructure including networking and Active Directory
* How to Implement single pane of glass management for a complete hybrid environment

Thursdays, July 24th through August 14th
 

Upcoming Conferences

Register now to get the best rates available!

Windows Forums

The Windows IT Pro forums are moving to myITforum.com! Get answers to questions, share tips, and engage with the IT professional community.

Sponsored Introduction Continue on to (or wait seconds) ×