Author Archives: rickneff

The 3-2-1 Backup Rule

As we all know, backups are important. But, all too often, when disaster strikes, a backup copy isn’t there. While I certainly didn’t invent the 3-2-1 backup rule, it’s a rule that I strongly believe in. Simply, the rule goes … Continue reading

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Bookmark Syncing

One of the disadvantages of getting a new computer is copying over previous settings. Bookmarks you’ve saved on the previous machines are a good example. Fortunately, a free add-on to the major browsers helps to solve this problem. The name … Continue reading

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40 Most Popular SysAdmin Tools

Sunbelt Software recently compiled a list of 40 very useful tools (with links) to have in your toolkit. Many of these are portable apps, so they can be easily added to a USB drive and run without installation. A very … Continue reading

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HOSTS and DNS

Name resolution is a critical part of Internet access and Web browsing. Without it, we’d all have to remember IP addresses of all the sites we visit, instead of nice, easier-to-use http://www.somewhere.com names. In addition, we can also take advantage … Continue reading

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Using the netsh command

One of the more powerful command-line networking commands since the release of Windows 2000 is the netsh command. With the Windows 2000 version of the command, it is very useful to configure network settings from the command line, or better … Continue reading

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Password Security

Since they are the only method typically used to identify a legitimate user, passwords security is extremely important! Unfortunately, many sites and recommendations focus on what not to do, such as don’t write the password down, don’t use dictionary words, … Continue reading

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Using Notepad as a Log

A cool little known feature of Windows Notepad is that it can be used as a log with the time and date of entries. When Notepad is opened, the time and date will be placed at the end of the … Continue reading

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