Category: Litmus

Who is looking at your server?

Have you renamed the Administrator’s account? Best Practice (Litmus Test) Professionals rename the Administrator Account Amateurs as usual, leave security as the default settings Rename your Administrator Account Renaming the Administrator account is the single best practiceyou can do to secure of your system.  It amazes me that companiesspend thousands …

First Impressions

What first impression does your network make?   Guy recommends: Free SolarWinds VM Console  A free desktop tool that monitors, or restarts, your VMware virtual machines.  Download your free VM Console Best Practice (Litmus Test) Professionals would say ‘Here is a diagram of our network’ Amateurs are struggling to fix …

TCP/IP Suite

  Guy recommends: Free SolarWinds VM Console  A free desktop tool that monitors, or restarts, your VMware virtual machines.  Download your free VM Console How many TCP/IP protocols can you name? Best Practice (Litmus Test) Professionals: Can name twenty TCP/IP protocols Amateurs: Believe that there are only 2 protocols in …

DHCP How do you assign IP addresses?

  Guy recommends: Free SolarWinds VM Console  A free desktop tool that monitors, or restarts, your VMware virtual machines.  Download your free VM Console Guy’s Simple Litmus Test: How do you assign a client’s IP address? Professionals automatically assign IP addresses for XP desktops Amateurs manually configure the  IP addresses …

PowerShell Litmus Test

PowerShell Cmdlet Litmus Test Amateurs: Use Get-Help to get an overview of what a cmdlet does.Professionals: Scrutinize Get-Help's information studying a parameter's attributes. Example of Get-Help's Syntax Here we employ Get-Eventlog to discover more about Get-Help. # Needs a LogName Get-Eventlog Result:Cmdlet Get-EventLog at command pipeline position 1Supply values for …

Circular Logging in Disaster Recovery

Best Practice (Litmus Test) Professionals:  Think of disaster recovery, they disable circular logging 99% of the time Amateurs: Think Circular Logging is best practice for database logs Why is Circular Logging NOT Best Practice? During disaster recovery, if you have over-written the transaction logs then you can only restore as …

ReadMe – a mine of information

What does the ReadMe file say?   Guy recommends: Free SolarWinds VM Console  A free desktop tool that monitors, or restarts, your VMware virtual machines.  Download your free VM Console Best Practice (Litmus Test) Professionals: Always check the ReadMe file Amateurs: Always ignore Readme files Always check the ReadMe files …