How I Was Wrong About Kerberos

Microsoft’s Active Directory includes a version of Kerberos that has had a bad reputation. There were problems several years ago, but the criticisms are now outdated. What was the problem, and how has it been fixed? Origins of Active Directory Windows 2000 was originally going to be called Windows NT 5.0. It was released in […]
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Do You Know the New Linux Networking Commands?

Back in April, I explained the new network interface names. Instead of eth0 it’s something like enp0s4 or p7p1. Let’s see how to check the settings. Run these commands on your system and play along! Physical Devices First, what are the network class devices? This system has two Ethernet interfaces: $ ls -l /sys/class/net total […]
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Using the Wifi Analyzer App to Examine Networks

One of my favorite tools on my Kindle and phone is Wifi Analyzer. It is a tool that shows information about Wi-Fi networks in range of the device. I am scheduled to teach Learning Tree’s Introduction to Networking soon, and this is a tool I demonstrate to participants. Of course, neither this post nor my […]
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How to Practice Linux Skills for Free

Colleagues and friends often ask me how they can learn or practice Linux when they only have Windows at work and a single family Windows computer at home, for free. That’s a good question, and there are a couple of different answers. Before we get to the free methods, I want to acknowledge that there […]
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Is Perfect the Enemy of Good Enough in Software-Defined Networking?

Perfect is the enemy of good. That’s an old saying. Confucius (551-479 BC) said, “Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.” Aristotle (384-322 BC) said something similar. Voltaire popularized the phrase in the 1770s. And maybe that’s where we are with SDN WAN. Software-Defined Networking and Wide Area Network Links Software-defined networking, […]
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