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    IT Department Discussions, Tips, Tricks, And All Around Chatter

    I know a lot of geezers out there work in the IT departments and it's occasionally a good idea to bounce ideas off each other to learn new and exciting things to help with any current problems you might have. so I created this thread.. cause i could use some feed back.


    I just ordered a bunch of new win 7 pro computers and it was suggested that we start using something similar to Microsoft ready state software to cut down on what the end users can do to save us a bunch of time of having to fix some stupid stuff. But ready state doesn't work on win 7. So i did some looking around and found this website that offers an alternative. has any heard anything about this or use it and if so any thoughts on it?

    http://www.fortresgrand.com/

    I'm looking at possibly picking up the central control 6.5 version.

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    Sorry CK. I have no public access computers where work. Policies work fine for me.

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    Is anyone considering purchasing a VoIP telephone/UC system?

    We purchased the 3com NBX seven years ago and HP, who bought 3com, is discontinuing the product. Support ends next summer, so it's off to Ebay or other vendor for replacment equipment and the phones are too critical to be subject to that market.

    I'm developing a short-list and will start doing demos. Here's the list so far with preliminary comments:

    Cisco: Very complex, many companies end up paying not only SmartNet fees for hardware, but they also pay their VAR a yearly support contract for simple moves, adds and changes. Very expensive, paricularly the on-going costs.
    Zultys: Russian company. All-in-one UC solution. Never heard of them before.
    ShoreTel: Focus on simplicity, well respected, publically traded. I have a friend who represents them in my area, so I know I'm not being snowed.
    CudaTel: Barracuda Networks telephone/UC offering. Very new. I have another friend representing CudaTel, so I have the inside scoop on these guys too.

    I'm developing a spreadsheet that lists all of my requirements, features, and other items and compares them for each solution. If anyone is interested in seeing the spreadsheet or contributing to it, please PM me. I figure the more input I have, the better. This project is six months to a year out for me.

    Additional comments or suggestions welcomed.

    Additional note: I will not be considering any out-source solution. We do military where I work and must be ITAR compliant. But for that, I consider outsourcing a good way to go for the SMB.

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    Here's a Windows 7 tidbit of info for you:

    Do you think you're losing your mind when you boot up your Windows 7 machine and suddenly everything on your network gets kicked off the network? No - you're not imagining it. Windows 7 has a service that seemingly causes a denial of service attack as it spams the network looking for HomeGroups. Click Start -> Run -> services.msc and disable both the HomeGroup Listener and HomeGroup Provider services and it will solve your problem.

    When I first brought my laptop from my new job (running Windows 7) I thought I was going nuts when I saw my laptop knocking me out of XBox Live and kicking off both mine and my wife's iPhones. Turns out the entire problem was this service. I don't know much about HomeGroups, nor do I know if this is enabled by default or just something on our image. But whatever the case this fixed the problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enteleki View Post
    Is anyone considering purchasing a VoIP telephone/UC system?
    I don't know if it fulfills your needs or is even something you want to get into administering, but we use Asterisk here where I work. It has a fairly large learning curve, but there's great community support. You can use pretty much any IP phone (we use Polycom). I'm not the IT guy, but I'm good friends with him and he loves Asterisk (but he's a huge network geek too).

    We use Barracuda Networks' load balancers for our web traffic. They were like a 10th of the price of the competition, but it was a rocky start. They run great now, but it seems with anything new that Barracuda gets into, they need about 3 years to get the kinks out before it's really good. So, just take that into consideration when you look at CudaTel.

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    We just recently deployed an Alcatel-Lucent VoIP system here. I can't speak of their UC product just yet, but I've been fairly impressed with ALs product thus far.
    A little help at cut please. Never mind. I got it. - AWOL34

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    Wohoo! IT workers represent!

    Sorry, that's all I got. Oh, yeah, my Windows tip is "don't run Windows". :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by StratyMcStrat View Post
    Oh, yeah, my Windows tip is "don't run Windows". :P
    I'm still looking for the "Like" button!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingWulfgar View Post
    I'm still looking for the "Like" button!
    sorry apple doesn't support flash or the "like" button.


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