Old but frustrating problems all too easy to forget under Windows

April 14, 2008
As Windows ages and evolves, it's sometimes too easy to forget those little gotchas that creep up and become the bane of sysadmins. My scenario is working on the Interop iLabs (technology demonstration areas) on Unified Communication. I'm responsible for bringing up Office Communications Server so that our group can get both voice and presence status to transit a gateway to a Jabber server through a federation i
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Cross-generational Windows/Office preformance: About OfficeBench

April 14, 2008
Designed from the beginning to be a "run anywhere" benchmark, OfficeBench uses OLE automation and a variety of Office tasks to assess system performance
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Ixia opens their iSim-City for business

April 10, 2008
Opened on February 26, 2008, Ixia's iSim-City is a beautifully implemented facility that combines an executive briefing center with a large-scale proof-of-concept lab that can be used alone or with professional services. Located in Santa Clara, this city-scale testing facility is designed to meet corporate overflow testing requirements and will be used for some upcoming InfoWorld shootouts. In my case, I'll be s
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Preview: Sun's two-way eight-way

April 09, 2008
Sun's newest UltraSPARC CPU goes multi-socket in the SPARC Enterprise T5240 server Ever since Sun introduced the eight-core Niagara CPU a few years ago, the company has been the nominal leader in cores per socket. With the introduction of the Niagara 2 (known as the T2), Sun upped the ante, addressing some of the flaws in the Niagara 1, and pushing even more smarts onto the CPU die. Now, with the introduction of
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Take your pick!

April 09, 2008
Be it Symantec  future plans, simplifying  the installation of OSS, sharing the pain of  nasty updates or piercing one of the latest Microsoft apps stack , whatever your pleasure or your inclination you should find worthwhile reading today's Test Center Daily selection.  Enjoy your visit and please come back . Turning the page on Veritas Not a moment too soon, after only two years of saber-ra
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A service-oriented Test Center Tracker

April 08, 2008
It's Tuesday in the Test Center, and there's a wealth of blogging on services of one sort or another. There are services from large to small, internal to external -- it's just a service-oriented world out there. Google leads Salesforce in SaaS: Ephriam Schwartz looks at the SaaS battle between Google and Salesforce.com and sees the advantage in nearly every category going to Google. Google, he says, has the tech
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The SMB Security Parfait

April 07, 2008
I'm here in San Francisco, at the quiet first day of the RSA Conference, listening to a bunch of very smart people talk about computer and network security. There are a few things that pretty much everyone seems to agree on. The first of these is that the likelihood is great that something very, very bad could happen to the Internet and, by extension, a lot of the networks connected to the Internet, in the relat
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Test Center Tracker: Packeteer sizzles at CIFS; RIA development heats up

April 07, 2008
WAN speed record: For several years running, our testing of WAN acceleration appliances has served mainly to chronicle the superiority of the Riverbed Steelhead, whose approach to byte- or segment-level caching and CIFS optimization has made it the perennial performance leader and our annual Technology of the Year Award winner. Only Silver Peak Systems, which inched closer year by year, could give Riverbed a run
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Managing Switches for Policy-Based Networking

April 02, 2008
My recent blog post about Lockdown Networks demise seems to have struck a chord. I've heard from a few enterprise users and product vendors as a result, and NetClarity recently disclosed their patented approach for connecting to switches in existing infrastructures. The point is this: it's not about access control. It's about actually designing an infrastructure that complies with policies that help you protect
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Preview: Globalpex's content certification uniquely verifies physical content in the envelope

April 02, 2008
SaaS offering also certifies and retains e-mail and instant message conversations It’s easy to assume that technology ensures the integrity of our electronic communications. And in most cases that’s true. For example, products such as ReadNotify and RPost offer certified e-mail delivery notification and read receipts. Similarly, IBM Lotus Sametime and Jabber have excellent instant messenger (IM) security. But th
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