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Paperwork or a work around? Hmm, tough choice...

Telecom pilot fish working for this community college gets a work order to put in an extra data cable for a new classroom wireless access point. But when he gets to the classroom, what's the first thing he sees?

How to save money in IT: Broadcast edition

It's the early 1980s, and this pilot fish is working at a TV station as an electrical engineer -- and lightning strikes are a problem in ways they really shouldn't be.

Attention to detail: It's how borders stay secure

This pilot fish's company has sold a system for checking passports at an international airport. But one day fish gets a phone call from the border police: "The server doesn't work."

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7 great open source monitoring tools

Seeking greater visibility into your network? Look no further than these excellent free tools.

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Room to grow: Tips for data center capacity planning

Here are some important points to keep in mind as you plan for growth -- especially for your Internet-based services and applications. Excerpted from the book The Practice of Cloud System Administration: Designing and Operating Large...

Now that you mention it, there IS one more thing...

Help desk pilot fish gets a call from a remote office: Users are having problems getting access to the local server -- and the office manager says no, she can't tell whether the server's power is on.

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How to build a better IT outsourcing benchmarking process

As customers look to take advantage of a competitive IT outsourcing market, benchmarking is more important than ever. Service providers and customers are exploring ways to build a better benchmarking process that will benefit all...

Because data moves slower when the air is thinner?

This local government agency is moving to a new facility that will put users in the same building but on two different floors -- and that has planners worried about phones.

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7 free tools every network needs

From device discovery to visibility into systems, networks, and traffic flows, these free open source monitoring tools have you covered.

There's CAN and then there's SHOULD

This organization has just about maxed out the available storage for its minicomputer. The big question: Can they keep the system running while the electrician installs a new power line?

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Microsoft reveals biggest-ever change in Windows updates

Windows 10 will debut a radical three-track update practice to appease both consumer and enterprise customers; analyst dubs it 'Goldilocks and the Three OS Cadences.'

If you want it done right, find someone who can't?

At this big university hospital, an incompatible piece of switching gear keeps blocking access to an important clinical system. But getting permission to actually fix the underlying problem? Good luck with that.

10 (mostly) free Exchange admin tools

If you're in charge of an Exchange deployment of almost any size, there's something in here for you.

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Half-baked mergers

Many woes await companies that inadequately integrate after a merger.

VMware gives desktop admins more control with Mirage update

A new feature in Mirage 5.1 lets adminstrators control bandwidth use at branch offices.

Unclear on the Y2k concept, but taking no chances

Flashback to 1999, when this IT pilot fish is in the Air Force working as a medical technician, and everything -- that's EVERYTHING -- has to be Y2k-compliant.

Disruption set to force dramatic change in the data center: Gartner

Four disruptive factors are set force dramatic changes in the data center market by year-end 2016.

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Happy Labor Day -- Will a bot take your help desk job?

IT service desks are relying on more automation tools, even as they get more work.

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How to lure tech talent with employee benefits, perks

Flexibility is key as employers try to beef up their benefits packages and attract in-demand workers.

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