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Google DNS tool to check your DNS servers name resolution speed

DNS systemIn an earlier article, we talked about Google's public DNS server launch and how to configure your computer to use them. However, should you be switching over to a third party DNS servers from the ones provided by your own ISPs ? Internal name resolution such as the ones for Active Directory environment, privacy concerns as well as resolution speeds are factors that you should consider. In this article we will show you step by step on how to check your DNS name resolution speeds with different DNS providers, using the free utility NameBench DNS tool from Google Labs

The reason behind the BlackBerry outage

The reason behind the large scale outage suffered by BlackBerry usage is being blamed on two new versions of BlackBerry Messengers. According to Bloomberg anyone who had downloaded the upgraded BlackBerry Messenger since Dec 14th would have suffered the outage yesterday. The outage was large scale effecting customers all over North and South America. Blackberry is the largest selling Smart Phone and is manufactured by the Canadian company Research In Motion (RIM). Any such service disruption comes as a major setback in a tightly competed smart phone market with big players such as Apple's iPhone and Google's Android

How to perform initial FreeNAS configuration

As the storage needs grow in todays computing world, a centralized storage solution is a must. It brings many benefits for managing, searching and backing up your files. A NAS (Network Attached Storage) device can help you implement this solution. The FreeNAS appliance is a free open source product that has a great potential. It can be configured to provide many advance features such as redundancy, fault tolerance and advanced reporting. In an earlier article segment we showed you how to prepare a virtual machine where you can setup the FreeNAS server to configure and learn it, in the next step today we will show you how to do the initial configuration of this virtual machine.

How to configure a VMware virtual machine for FreeNAS installation

A NAS (Network Attached Storage) server has the ability to provide a central storage system for all your files in one place. If you are a home user and have thought about having a central repository for all your data needs, then you might want to think about a NAS solution. In this article we will show you how to prepare a virtual machine that can host one such free NAS appliance called FreeNAS. In subsequent articles we will show you how to configure the appliance itself. A Virtual Machine for FreeNAS is a great place to get your feet wet and gain some experience before you implement a full blown NAS box.


How to connect using a VPN in Windows 7

The VPN as most of you might be knowing stands for a Virtual Private Network. It ha gained immense popularity today as it has become a secure way of connecting to a network. Folks who telecommute or work from home must have this. Our article today, discusses how you can configure your Windows 7 machine to connect to a Microsoft based PPTP (Point to Point Tunneling protocol) VPN. The step by step article with screen captures will walk you through in connecting to your work network using the secure VPN.