George Chetcuti’s Blog

Last Updated on 1 Sept. 2014, Total: 540 Blog Posts

With a career spanning more than 23 years in IT, George Chetcuti has hands-on experience on HP high-end UNIX setups, Windows high-availability clusters and cloud computing. He has overseen various network projects and managed IT departments. The aim of this blog is to address various network related issues and topics from networking concepts to hands-on tasks for the community of network administrators, where your comments and suggestions are always welcome. He also writes about Windows 7 in the little free time he has at www.windows7library.com.

9 Command-line 10 Sept. 2013
152 General 23 June 2014
37 Implementation 10 July 2014
22 Monitoring 26 Aug. 2014
169 News 1 Sept. 2014
94 Products 28 Aug. 2014
36 Security 29 Aug. 2014
5 Troubleshooting 2 May 2012
16 Virtualization 23 June 2014
  1. Windows Firewall Logs

    Troubleshooting network problems can be quite daunting at times and a recommended good practice when troubleshooting Windows Firewalls is to enable the native logs. If you need to verify whether a firewall rule is blocking or allowing traffic, you should enable logging, re-create the problem and then examine the log files. By default, Windows Firewall saves log entries in %SystemRoot%\System32\LogFiles\Firewall\Pfirewall.log... Read More

  2. Windows Live Family Safety 2011

    How many caring parents would like to have the appropriate tools to manage their kids' online activities! With MS Windows Live Family Safety 2011, parents can manage which websites their children are allowed to visit, which programs they can run and for how long they can use the computer. The product records the children online activity and has some cool... Read More

  3. Windows Live Mesh will be retired on February 13

    After February 13, users of Windows Live Mesh would not be able to perform remote desktop and peer-to-peer activities. "Mesh synced storage" or "SkyDrive synced storage," will no longer be available through Mesh or devices.live.com, but copies of files on the local computer will remain unaffected. Microsoft recommends users to save all their cloud-based files to their local computers. However,... Read More

  4. Windows Mobile Update

    Very recently Microsoft released an update to resolve an issue which requires an update to the certificate revocation list on Windows Mobile devices and to keep your systems certificate list up to date. Affected systems are Windows Mobile 6.x, Microsoft Zune HD and Windows Phone 7. Remember that compromised digital certificates could allow spoofing. The fraudulent certificates go back to... Read More

  5. Windows Patch Management Considerations

    There are certain times when organizations decide not to deploy a software update solution and use Windows native functionality – Microsoft Update, as their main solution. This may be the best approach when organizations have dispersed offices around the globe with a small number of standalone computers. It is simpler to enable automatic updates on these clients' computers rather than... Read More

  6. Windows Performance Monitor

    Performance Monitor is a great tool for identifying performance bottlenecks! You can identify the source of performance problems that make your system performs slow or sometimes completely unusable. Performance Monitor is best suited when you are collecting performance statistics over a period of time such as, when users on regular basis report system degradation at specific times. You can set... Read More

  7. Windows Reliability Monitor

    I rarely come across systems administrators that use Windows reliability monitor when troubleshooting server or client platforms! I guess we either completely forget about this tool or the issue at hand is so critical that the tool is unavailable or even inadequate. However, I do recommend administrators to become acquainted with Reliability Monitor and leverage the power of its graphical... Read More

  8. Windows SBS 2011 Trial

    If you are a small organization with limited IT resources and budget, then it is worth giving Windows Small Business Server 2011 a try! SBS 2011 is designed and priced for small businesses with up to 75 users. It's an all-in-one solution which has been updated to the most current Windows 2008 R2 server technology. It includes a new and... Read More

  9. Windows Server 2008 DNS deployments

    DNS implementations in Windows Server 2008 environments can have four types of deployments. The most productive is the dynamic DNS server which is integrated with every DC in the network. Read-write DCs will also contain read-write DNS servers. In remote sites where a DC may be present for availability purposes, read-only DCs will also include read-only DNS servers. External networks... Read More

  10. Windows Server 2008 Printers commands

    Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7 include tools that help you manage printers from the command prompt using Visual Basic scripts. You can find these scripts in the Windows\System32\Printing_Admin_Scripts\en-US\ folder. Since these tools are Visual Basic scripts you need to run the cscript command and pass the full path to the script file as the first parameter. Additional parameters can... Read More

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