We recently submitted a panel, “Virtualization 101: Best Practices on How to Manage Storage and Virtualized Environments,” and breakout session, “Effective Strategies for Managing VMware Environments,” for consideration at VMworld’s upcoming event in San Francisco on August 30 – September 2.
SolarWinds does it again! Download this free tool and in less time than it takes to say “C-L-I”, you can be running config templates that automatically configure both common and advanced network device features.
You have asked for years that we improve the search on thwack... and we have launched the first portion of a project to improve the search in the thwack site. The next portions will help bridge search across the SolarWinds sites. Would love to hear comments on what you think of the new version of search!
Private Forums Search
If you are involved in a private forum (like for product betas) then the search results for those items will appear in the right hand column on the results page.
The December newsletter Solar Ink is out! If you missed it, sign up here and see old versions.
Have you seen the latest of our tips and tidbits? If you want to add "Poll Now" resource to NPM node views or check your IOS level or export and import advanced alerts then check out the great new tips!
Have you seen it? You have asked for more tips from the pros... and the PMs have listened! The new Orion Blog is full of tips, tricks, how-to info and even the occasional PM inspiration story! Here are a couple of recent posts:
SolarWinds has officially released IP SLA Manager, formerly know as VoIP Monitor. This release includes new IP SLA operations to compliment the existing VoIP functionality in the product. If you're an existing VoIP customer, simply download and install the version in your portal over your existing VoIP installation, and apply the new license key. If you're a new customer, download and install the Evaluation version and try it free for 30 days. Below is a complete list of the operations supported in IP SLA Manager. Let us know what you think!
• HTTP – Measure the round-trip time to access a Web page • FTP – Measure the round-trip time to transfer a file • DNS – Measure the DNS look-up time (time to request and receive a reply) • DHCP – Measure the round-trip time to retrieve an IP address • TCP Connect – Measure connection time, which is useful for application and server monitoring • UDP Jitter – Measure round-trip delay, one-way delay, one-way jitter, and one-way packet loss • VoIP UDP Jitter – Measure VoIP call path metrics • ICMP Echo – Measure round-trip delay • UDP Echo – Measure response times between IP SLA nodes using IP
The Orion IP Address Manager v1.5 has officially launched!
To learn more about the new Preventative Alerting and DHCP Scope Monitoring and other highlights of this release look at the release notes.
APM 3.0 is here! Take a look at the direct integration with the thwack content exchange! Saves you time and money! For other recent product updates,check here.
New to Networking and Network Management?
If you are fairly new to the industry and done a few web searches, you have probably found the wealth of information about networking available out there. Some information is recent, some is old, some is very detailed and some very high-level. It can be difficult to find the basics without having to go out and purchase a book that insults your intelligence right in the title! We have started a New to Networking series of papers aimed at boiling down the information to something that is to the point, useful and easy to understand. Check out WMI and Application Monitoring Basics.
SCP in China!
Congrats to our first Chinese SCP Adam Zhou (wuhanzhou)!
All you free tool fans will be excited to know there is a new free tool out! Go download the new WMI Monitor! Make quick and easy work of setting up WMI monitoring for your Windows servers!
Does SolarWinds get your vote?
The 2009 Community Choice Awards (CCA), presented by Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Magazine allow users to decide what IT products should get the glory! They want to hear from the folks who really know what works, the IT pros, DBAs, and developers… So, please take a moment to nominate SolarWinds for the Best Network Management Product here (http://windowsitpro.com/awards/CommunityChoice.html)… And here’s a hint, you have to clink the “next” link to get the Network Management category.
Josh will explain the different types of Quality of Service (QoS), best practices for deploying and monitoring QoS, he will demonstrate monitoring applications and will even answer the tough when and why to deploy questions. To join us, register here.
Kiwi Syslog v9
We launched v9 of the popular Kiwi Syslog software this week. For more info on the release, watch Josh's video here.
Are you an SolarWinds Certified Professional (SCP)?
Why not? Check out this recent review of the program. Go here for info on the certification, test and study guide.
I enjoyed meeting many of you at Cisco Live! If you had your portrait done by Kennon, be sure to post it on thwack. Here are pictures that show several of the drawings and other fun pictures from the event! See the pictures here! For an overview of the whole event, Scott Hogg with Network World came to visit us in the booth and then shared his experiences on his blog.
In the DC area?
Josh is hosting a technical workshop at the Hyatt Dulles on July 15th. If you are in the D.C. area, come join us! Register here.