George Chetcuti’s Blog

Last Updated on 16 Sept. 2014, Total: 548 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
173 News 12 Sept. 2014
94 Products 28 Aug. 2014
40 Security 16 Sept. 2014
5 Troubleshooting 2 May 2012
16 Virtualization 23 June 2014
  1. Troubleshooting DNS using NMCap

    Network Monitor is a free tool available from Microsoft. You can capture data using either the graphical Network Monitor or the command-line NMCap tool. Analysis of the captured data must be done through the graphical interface. As network traffic is in abundance especially on busy servers, you would need to use filters to reduce the number of packets collected and... Read More

  2. Is Windows Azure feasible?

    The answer to this question is not easy and I reckon that no one should try to answer it for you without having full knowhow and understanding of your present IT infrastructure! Your organization needs to research the Cloud Infrastructure and related costs and finally compare the results against the on-premise setup. The research should include hands-on experience and test... Read More

  3. Network Monitor OneClick

    OneClick version of Network Monitor is a quick solution that allows you to capture network traffic from a Windows computer without the need of installing the complete Network Monitor package. Still, you need Network Monitor installed on a separate computer in order to able to analyze the saved data. This tool is useful for customer support scenarios. The two One... Read More

  4. Using NMCap to capture network data

    The Network Monitor tool is not included with Windows default installations hence, you need to download it from Microsoft Download Center and run the installer on a target machine. The tool installs a network driver with each network adapter in order to be able to collect data. Using the equivalent command line tool NMCap requires you change directory to c:\Program... Read More

  5. 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

  6. Trial run Windows Azure

    Are you an MSDN subscriber? I can imagine that most of you somehow are connected to MSDN and enjoy the benefits it offers, however, Microsoft are now offering free compute hours on their Windows Azure infrastructure if you are an MSDN Premium or Ultimate subscriber. Check with your manager or superiors your subscription level and take advantage of this offer... 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. Quick resource utilization check on Windows 2008 Servers

    There are a number of tools which give you details about resource utilization on Windows based machines. Detailed reports are best used when digging further down into an existing problem or analyzing a complex problem that requires a lot of details but an ad hoc quick performance check would suffice with few details. Actually, routine quick checks would benefit most... Read More

  9. Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1

    Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 Service Pack 1 provides further improvements and hardens these Operating Systems. Although, SP1 includes previous updates which many organizations and users have deployed through Windows Update, Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) or third-party patch management systems, it is quite often the practice to use a Service Pack as a baseline. That is, having... Read More

  10. Microsoft's Lync Licensing

    Microsoft Lync is the latest edition (brand name) of MS Office Communications server products. As most of you may already know, Lync can be deployed locally within an organization (on-premise) or it can be purchased as a service from either Microsoft themselves or a third-party managed service provider (MSP). Briefly, to deploy Lync in your organization you need a license... Read More

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