Free eBook: TCP/IP Fundamentals for Microsoft Windows

This online book is a structured, introductory approach to the basic concepts and principles of the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) protocol suite, how the most important protocols function, and their basic configuration in the Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003 families of operating systems. This book is primarily a discussion of concepts and principles to lay a conceptual foundation for the TCP/IP protocol suite and provides an integrated discussion of both Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) and Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6).

Solarwinds free network monitoring tools

You have to fill out some personal information to get to the download page for each tool, but here’s some tools you may find useful.


Is your ISP’s DNS vulnerable?

Mine is, apparently…

Your name server, at, appears vulnerable to DNS Cache Poisoning.

All requests came from the following source port: 38465
Do not be concerned at this time. IT administrators have only recently been apprised of this issue, and should have some time to safely evaluate and deploy a fix.

Requests seen for TXID=12160 TXID=20751 TXID=65134 TXID=32991 TXID=51073

Jump out here to test yours.  Use the DNS Checker on the right-hand side of the blog.

Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) guides released

The Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) guides are the next version of Windows Server System Reference Architecture. The guides in this series help clarify and streamline design processes for Microsoft infrastructure technologies, with each guide addressing a unique infrastructure technology or scenario.

Here’s the new one’s available:

  • New! System Center Operations Manager 2007
  • New! System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008
  • New! Internet Information Services 7.0
  • New! Selecting the Right NAP Architecture
  • Here’s the one’s already available:

  • Infrastructure Planning and Design Series Introduction
  • Microsoft SoftGrid Application Virtualization
  • Selecting the Right Virtualization Technology
  • Windows Deployment Services
  • Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Domain Services
  • Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services
  • Windows Server Virtualization (for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1)

    Here’s the URL to find all of them: