December 12, 2002
I haven't been driven into an Atkins coma, but instead have been the fortunate benefactor of a "right place at the right time" moment. During my week replacing power supplies, configuring Windows 2000, and salvaging laptops, it came down that my temporary employer is facing an audit in January. That means they need some help fast, collecting policies, hardening servers, and possibly implementing better network monitoring.
Couldn't Frank do some of that? Why, sure, but not at my charitable hourly rate. Why, of course not -- we were going to contract that out at 5 times that rate. Needless to say, I'll be getting my hands on as many of those 5x hours as I can between now and the audit, and learning a lot about one of the great oxymorons to boot: Windows security.
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That means they need some help fast, collecting policies, hardening servers, and possibly implementing better network monitoring.
Are you going to play with SNMP for any of that? It's quite useful and I think windows has pretty good support for it. mrtg and rrdtool make the data collection and graphing easy, too. I should probably update my docs on how rrdtool works.
Posted by: paul at Dec 15, 2002 12:30:53 AM