The Mind Of Root podcast is the product of Rich and Keith, and Steve. A couple of admins and former co-workers that discovered the world of technology podcasts around the same time and felt inspired to give back to the community. We originally concepted the podcast to discuss the life of a mobile system administrator as our jobs had us traveling the country administering systems and networks spread over large geographic regions. Since then, Keith has changed jobs to a small company with no travel requirements, so we decided to go with a more general topic format. Along the way, we picked up Steve as a listener and then as a host of the show.

Here’s a little about us individually….

Keith Albright

Keith Albright

Born and raised in the Philadelphia, PA area and currently residing in the suburbs with his wife and two kids. Keith attended a prestigious university in downtown Philadelphia (No, not that one….think LESS prestigious). Having spent nine years traveling nationwide as the Manager of Network Services for a large company, Keith recently changed jobs and is currently the Director of Information Systems for a small suburban company.

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Rich Niemeier

I was born in Britt, IA. Just a little town in the middle of God’s country. I grew up in Sioux City, IA and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration at Briar Cliff College in Sioux City, IA. I was always interested in computers and gaming in general. I grewup using Apple computers and never imagined that I too would get sucked into Big Blues world and eventual become one of the zombies tripping through a maze designed by Microsoft. How I became an administrator of networks spread acrossed the central US and Canada still amazes me. I guess when you finally listen to your heart and ask what it is you love to do you sometimes find it.

Steve Murawski

I grew up in Milwaukee, WI and have lived in the area since (other than a couple of years at UW-Madison). I have always been technologically inclined, from setting up my grade school computer lab (about 12 Apple IIs) in fourth grade, to my previous job as the IT Specialist for a local police department. I’m currently a Senior Windows Systems Engineer for Edgenet. Keith and Rich were kind enough to allow me to barge in on their show (I snuck on when Ted was on vacation!) and I hope to learn as much (if not more) than I contribute.We would appreciate your feedback on the show and any ideas you may have for topics to cover.

Ted Miller

Ted Miller

Ted is a "sometimes co-host" that likes to come on an throw a monkey wrench into our finely tuned precision delivered show. 

We can be reached collectively via email at Feedback [at] Thanks.


  1. 1
    Brian Malanowsky
    May 12th, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    Question for Keith (Episode 50 – Dancin’ With Myself),

    I was wondering if the checklist for your servers that you listed on the show notes were you complete notes. I work for a computer company who installs servers for medium sized businesses and I would like to compare our checklist with yours.

    Love the podcat!


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    October 28th, 2008 at 8:36 am

    Hi guys – great show!!!
    Quick question. Do you know of an open source alternative to TripWire ( that runs on Windows? TripWire has an opensource version, but it only runs on Linux.


  3. 3
    October 29th, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    hi Guys,
    i think you podcast is great!
    i do have a question for you guys, and was wondering what your e-mail address is so i can e-mail it to you.
    thanks for the podcast.

  4. 4
    November 7th, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    Hey guys… New listener, but I love the podcast. I was listening to Episode 39 of the podcast (Basic Tech Talk), and heard the listener feedback about the podcast. I happen to like the whole podcast – music and all. I agree with you that, if there’s a particularly long part at the beginning of the podcast, I’ll simply forward past it. You want only the program itself? Buy a TiVO, which will allow you to bypass commercials and other things that interfere with your oh so busy day.

    Thanks for the great podcast, and keep em’ coming! Don’t change a thing!

    As to the debate on leaving desktops and laptops running or shutting them down, I have worked in the IT industry for over 14 years. I have never shut down my work desktop, but I do shut down my laptops. At home, my wife and I do shut down our desktop machine every night (and leave it off during extended absences from home). My home laptop gets shut down every night as well. While I don’t shut down my work desktop PC, I do restart the machine each morning, to kind of “cleanse” it of the previous day’s collected junk.

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    Matt Harrington
    March 24th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Hi guys,
    I heard about your podcast today while listening to The Thirsty Developer. I’m looking forwarding to adding you to the list of podcasts I keep up with.

    I’m having trouble figuring out what each show is about though. The RSS reader I use, Google Reader, doesn’t tell me much except the title of the show and an advertisement. Perhaps you could consider including a descriptive summary.


  6. 6
    Martin W.
    May 15th, 2009 at 7:54 am

    Hi Guys,

    First off, keep up the great work, I’ve been listening for a few months and the information provided from your podcast is truly awesome.

    I’ve heard you guys mention your legal concerns about VPN / remote access for staff, it always sounds like a state-law in terms of hours worked,etc – I’m sure I missed a podcast where this may have been talked about. I would appreciate if you could elaborate on this as I am in the same situation with a small business office staff and VPN has always been given out on week 1 of a user starting. I have a huge problem with this but mainly from a security standpoint, can you tell me what legal or state law issues this arises, if any?

  7. 7
    January 4th, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Free Tools I like for doing remote administration of workstations.

    PS-Tools from sysinternals.
    psexec, psinfo and psrestart.

    Enable Remote Desktop with this reg hack.

    WSUS for patch management.

    Active Directory Group Policy for Adobe Reader, Flash and Java updates.


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    June 9th, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Hey guys, what happened to the podcast?

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