About Me

My name is Joe Keohan. I have been been working in Information Technology for the last 10 yrs. My career truly began with my first computer class at Computer Career Center and hasn’t stopped since. My very first job was a tutor at CCC and soon after landed a job as a Service Desk Analyst, then moved onto Desktop Support and am currently an IT Instructor for Ace Computer Training Center located in Forest Hills, Queens teaching the MCSE, Network+ and A+ curriculums. I currently hold an MCSE 2000(Security), MCSE 2003(Security), Network+, Security+, A+, and Linux+. Currently I’m studying for the CCNA and SCNP exams. I’m a firm believer in certifications but even more so regarding experience.  Knowlegde alone provides no experience only facts.  Experience is the marriage of knowlege and action. Certifications are a solid way to demonstrate your understanding of the material but in no way replaces experience.

Although I like almost anything computer related, I always focus my attention on information security. From firewalls & ACL’s to GPO’s & Critical Updates, in every class, no matter what the topic, security related issues will one way or another be discussed. It never ceases to amaze me just how interested people become when they think their safety, real or imagened, is at risk. The Internet has become the core medium for the transfer of information and is always being reinvented to handle this constant stream of data. Security, all the while, putting our minds at ease believing our secrets will remain confidential.

Besides computing, I enjoy several outdoor activities such as surfing, skydiving, biking, hiking or going for long walks with my wife and son, Najda and Sevan. Anyone who truly knows me would say I’d be the first one to join them in doing any activity that involved adventure or thrills. My philosophy is that life is meant to be lived. You have one shot in this world so make the best of it. Don’t live someone else’s life, live your own. In the end you can blame no one but yourself for opportunities lost. Sometimes there is need to negotiate, other times making a stand is the only recourse, but either way you do what needs to be done to live life on your terms, with the one true constant…..always love those around you. You should never get your way at the expense of the ones you love and even though in the end your wants will always come first. Even the act of a martyr, represents someone’s wants and desires. In any instance we do what we want for our own benefit. One of my favorite quotes was by the German philosopher Franz Nietzsche: “He, who has a why, will make do with almost any how”. I believe he means given a purpose any man or women will find a way to overcome adversity and bring to fruition their dreams. Anyway, your life is your own….by all means enjoy it.



Just captured Sevan laughing on my Dad’s webcam.  He got a laugh out of pretending to bite my finger.  There’s nothing like a baby’s laughter.  Listen for yourself…

  1. July 3, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    Hey joe, This is Feruz, your student from ACE computer center.

    I just made my website. Please let me know if you have any suggestion.


  2. joeroc
    July 7, 2008 at 2:41 am

    Nice layout. Good to see you take the step forward.

  3. vinceliewck
    July 18, 2008 at 10:52 pm


    Hi. This is Vincent Liew from your Network+ class at ACE (Forest Hills). Cute kid you have there… I saw the video and it’s great to really hear our children laugh out loud like that. Makes one really forgets the troubles in ones’ life. He looks like your wife. The Chinese believe that if a son looks like her mother, he will enjoy a good life…

    If you have time, do checkout my blog at vinceliewck.wordpress.com. I have yet to upload my resume but I will definitely get it up by this weekend… I’m doing something out of ordinary with the resume. Let me know what you think when we meet up next week.


  4. Jeff Willet
    July 21, 2008 at 9:07 am

    Very informative blog. I had some router issues tonight and here are my notes. Maybe someone will find them useful. See you in class!

    How To Reset Linksys Router BEFSR41
    1. With a pen push and hold reset button on back for 1 minute
    2. While holding the reset pin remove the power plug from the router
    3. Plug power back into router after 1 minute
    4. Release reset button
    5. Remove power cord to router then the modem
    6. Turn computers off
    7. Plug in modem then the router
    8. Turn on computers

    Problem Solved: Could not get Internet connection through router, however, computers in network could communicate.

    Linksys Support (800)326-7114

  5. joeroc
    July 21, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    Thanks for the info on resetting the Linksys router. Most of the routers i have purchased and\or worked with have been linksys and many times i’ve had to perform the above steps to resolve internet connectivity issues. Doing so does however reset the router back to it’s default factory settings i believe. Either way you are still safe as the router is set to protect you from outside attacks and prevent any access in that was not established from within.

  6. August 28, 2008 at 3:51 pm


  7. February 19, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Hey Joe,
    Here is Susie from MCSE class. I love the idea of having a blog. Thanks for your great tips and I look forward seeing you in the next class. Cheers!

  8. chetan
    June 1, 2009 at 1:31 am

    hey joe read the mail in the exchange box

  9. Susan
    June 1, 2009 at 2:12 am

    What a cute baby you have. God bless your family. Hey! Where’s the dog?

  10. kent
    August 19, 2009 at 2:15 am

    Hello Joe,
    This link will take you to where all the docs are. I found this looking on the community boards.


    This is the link that eventually lead me to the above.

    You’ll need the exam blue print to teach yourself and to prepare for the exam. See below link.

    Good Luck

  11. Mel
    December 8, 2009 at 1:11 am

    Hi Joe, you got a beautiful baby and family. You are a very smart guy, i know you will succeed in any field. Have a good holiday. BTW AVG is no longer free, is there another free one you could recommend.

  12. Leslie
    December 12, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Hey Joe:

    How is it going? This is Leslie from your class at ACE.(May-Oct 09). Just having a cup of coffee and checking in your cafe. I liked your article on the importance of Powershell. and I am still working on Exchange and as you know used the Exchange shell, which is scripting based on Powershell.

    All the best to you and your family.

    Have a Blessed day.

    • joeroc
      December 22, 2009 at 6:59 pm

      All is well…Glad to see your still pursuing excahnge. Learning Powershell will most certainly help you in automating Exchange.

  13. Jason Ruiz
    December 24, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Hey Joe this is Jason from Ace just wanted to say the blog site is a great resource of information. The articles are insightful as well as informative.

    • joeroc
      December 28, 2009 at 2:03 am

      Thanks for taking the time to read the blog…Hope to keep you interested going forward…

  14. January 7, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Hi Joe,

    Since our MCITP class will restart this coming Sunday, I am not sure if we will begin WDS. One problem that I faced during my study was the WAIK version compatibility with W2K8 SP1. The ISO (same name as the one used in class) I used for W2K8 installation had SP1 slipstreamed already and I couldn’t get the WSIM to open the install.wim file due to version incompatibility. For our class, we’ll need to double-check this. As per your suggestion, I started a simple blog on wordpress.

    Hope all is well.


    • joeroc
      January 7, 2010 at 7:01 pm

      The only time I wasn’t able to get WDS to open an install.wim file was because it was corrupt. Just read your blog and looks like the issue was due to using an older version of the WAIK. Blog looks great.

  15. Bruno
    November 10, 2010 at 2:43 am

    Hey Joe,

    IDK if you remember me, but I took your Sec+ in NYC, it was only two guys(counting me).Sorry for the delayed update, but i did pass the security+ exam that same friday. I lost the paper where i took down your email, and i just googled wordpress and keohan and your page came up. Well I hope all is well with you and thanks for the advice given during class it definetely helped. Again, I hope you are doing well and maybe i’ll see u again if I decide to go for the CEH class.

    Good luck in all that you do!

    • joeroc
      December 8, 2010 at 3:00 pm

      Good to hear from you…Sorry for responding so late but I’ve been busy…Glad to hear that you passed the Sec+ exam and look forward to catching up with you again in CEH..

  16. November 24, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Hey, this is Baroni from last week’s PowerShell course. Went ahead and started that blog: http://techsugar.wordpress.com. Good class last week and take care.

    • joeroc
      December 8, 2010 at 3:24 pm

      Nice blog…Just read the article on the WDS issue and you certainly know how to methodically troubleshoot an issue. You should take it one step further and figure out how to use powershell to gather logs related to WDS and then based on a particular event ID perhaps restart the services. Just a though…Might not be a mundane task worth automating but certianly would prove challenging…

  17. phill
    February 7, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    hi joe how are you … thanks for having me in your class,, learnt alot,, also for intorducing me to powershell.. ,,, can you send me the link we discussed in class for converting any media file to windows mediaplayer.. did not write it down,,,



    • joeroc
      February 9, 2012 at 5:45 pm

      Video Converter Platinum

  18. April 19, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Oh my goodness! Amazing article dude! Thanks, However I am having problems with your RSS.
    I don’t understand why I am unable to join it. Is there anybody getting similar RSS problems? Anyone who knows the answer will you kindly respond? Thanx!!

    • joeroc
      May 26, 2013 at 3:47 pm

      Thanks for the compliment. Not sure why the RSS isn’t working but I’ll do some testing.

  19. May 25, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    It’s remarkable to pay a visit this site and reading the views of all colleagues regarding this post, while I am also zealous of getting knowledge.

  20. May 31, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    I’m truly enjoying the design and layout of your website. It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it
    much more enjoyable for me to come here and visit more often.
    Did you hire out a designer to create your theme?
    Outstanding work!

    • joeroc
      July 1, 2013 at 6:53 pm

      Thanks. The template is called INov and is provided by WordPress.

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