Monday, May 11, 2009

[TechRepublic] FastScale Stack Manager helps you run in the cloud

May 11, 2009
To the cloud: FastScale Stack Manager now a free download
Getting our heads in the cloud can be a challenge when considering how traditional datacenter components are going to transition to the cloud. In this TechRepublic blog, IT Jedi Rick Vanover puts a product on your radar.

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Understand the pros and cons of using Cisco ASA Multiple Context Mode
Lori Hyde explains the circumstances in which you would and wouldn't want to use multiple security contexts, or Multiple Context Mode, in the Cisco ASA.

When the help desk actually helps
Derek Schauland describes a recent software upgrade that went awry and the positive support experience that changed his attitude about making the call to an external help desk.

Options in the cloud: Amazon Web services
Once understanding what it can do for you, the off-premise cloud is a tough leap for many organizations. In this blog, IT authority Rick Vanover breaks down one cloud in the Amazon offering.

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Get ready for Windows 7 RC with this FAQ
The release candidate version of Windows 7 has been released by Microsoft indicating that the full retail release is imminent. Greg Shultz presents a brief Windows 7 RC FAQ combined with some of his initial experiences.

Back up e-mail clients and Web browsers with a new tool
MailBrowserBackup is an elegant, simple, and reliable open source application designed specifically to meet your mail client and Web browser back up needs.

Will Linux own the cloud?
Many people have strong opinions about the efficacy of cloud computing and what it all means. The battle intensifies along the lines of proprietary vs. open source technology. Will cloud computing finally declare a winner?

10 handy Firefox about:config hacks
If you really want to fine-tune your Firefox functionality, you have to roll up your sleeves and tinker with the about:config page. Jack Wallen shares some simple hacks to make Firefox work the way you want.

10 things that should be on your new-user checklist
Getting new users off on the right foot is good for them and for the organization -- and it will certainly make your support tasks more manageable and less frustrating in the future. Jeff Dray offers 10 checklist items that will help you cover all the bases.

Live Webcast: PCI DSS Compliance In Action: Regis Corporation

Achieving PCI DSS compliance is a challenging task in the best of situations. Wouldn't it be fantastic if you could gather first-hand knowledge from those who have been there before you? Join this TechRepublic Webcast to get tips from Bernie Rominski, IT Security Officer for Regis Corporation, and Steve Dispensa, CTO and co-founder of PhoneFactor. (PhoneFactor)

Video: TR Out Loud - May 8, 2009
TROLOV Sonja Thompson keeps the TechRepublic community up on the weekly happenings by highlighting the top discussions and members on the site. She also counts down the weeks until the community event.

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