• Don't forget the DHCP...

    When it comes to managing IP addresses, few of us would forget to track the IPs we assign manually to our WAN interfaces, servers, switches, and etc. However, once we decide to assign a DHCP scope to a subnet we tend ...
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  • Ten technologies every network engineer should know - #8 ICMP

    If you've ever worked as an IT administrator of any kind - network engineer, systems engineer, server admin, VMWare administrator, SAN admin, security engineer, VoIP engineer, webmaster - whatever - you...
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  • Ten Technologies Every IT Engineer Should Know - #9 CLI

    Back in the old days we as engineers used to live and die by the CLI (Command Line Interface). I can remember days when fighting a fire on the network meant having 20 different telnet windows open and alt-tabbing betw...
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  • What Is Your Why?

    Browsing the discussions and resources here in the Thwack community, I can see that you are an incredible bunch of people - passionate and knowledgeable about your own areas of expertise & eager to guide & adv...
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  • Ten Technologies Every Network/Storage/Systems Engineer Should Know - #10 Cisco IP SLA

    Last week I gave several presentations at Cisco Live (Networkers) in Las Vegas. As usual, I preferred to discuss rather than present, and so I ended up in lots of discussions with folks from the IT infrastructure team...
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  • Topology Mapping - Orion's Network Atlas vs. LANsurveyor

    Here lately there has been some confusion as to when to use Orion's Network Atlas for topology mapping and network diagramming vs. using LANsurveyor so I thought I'd take this opportunity to share my thoughts on the s...
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  • How to find your firehose...

    I'm sure you've heard the term "drinking from the firehose" used to describe being fed information at an insane, maybe even overwhelming rate. For most people this is probably a bad thing, but for geeks like us s...
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  • Analyzing Network Traffic thru a Cisco ASA with NetFlow

    A little while back I wrote a Understanding NetFlow and its role in traffic analysis and as a transport protocol on network traffic analysis using NetFlow and talked specifically about NetFlow support on the Csico ASA...
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  • Leveraging Layer 2 Technologies to Solve Layer 3 Problems

    As a best practice, when I'm troubleshooting network issues, I typically start at layer 1 and work my way up the stack. If you've been managing networks for very long you've probably learned that the first three steps...
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  • Network Management - Back to the Basics

    This August we’re going to be hosting a webcast titled “Network Management – Back to the Basics” where we revisit some of the fundamentals of network management. Within that webcast we’ll...
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  • Understanding NetFlow and its role in traffic analysis and as a transport protocol

    Over the last few days I've been writing and talking a lot about NetFlow. This is a smokin' hot topic for network engineers nowadays and so we've created some new videos and webcasts to help explain the technology and...
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  • Just released - IP Address Management from SolarWinds

    Every once and a while I get to do something really, really cool. No, it's not the same kind of cool as when my buddy Chris dated the co-captains of the kvanzant squad (twins no less) while he was in college...
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  • A Game of Shadows with the IT Admin

    "Shadow IT” refers to the IT systems, solutions, and services used by employees in an organization without the approval, knowledge, and support of the IT department. It is also referred to as “Stealth IT.&...
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  • Understanding how UnDP in SolarWinds' Orion NPM works in multi-poller environments

    I was asked a question today about how Orion's Universal Device Poller (UnDP) works within a large, multi-poller environment. Usually I try to keep these blog entries somewhat product agnostic but this is a question I...
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  • Understanding and Leveraging Cisco IP SLA - Part 2

    A few weeks ago I wrote Cisco IP SLA - Cool technology for free... about some cool technologies including NetFlow and Cisco's IP SLA and provided some information on what IP SLA can be used for and how it wo...
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  • Understanding how Trace Route Works

    Tonight I set out to write a quick tutorial on how trace route works but when I went to verify my writings I found that the description at Wikipedia.org was so much better than what I'd written I decided to talk about...
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  • The importance of fundamentals...

    It struck me this morning that one of the few constants in life is the importance of fundamentals. I can well remember my junior high and high school basketball coach drilling the importance of fundamental basketball ...
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  • Cisco IP SLA - Cool technology for free...

    Over the last few years some really cool technology has been introduced to the networking industry. Some of my favorites would include things like: cFlow (NetFlow, JFlow, sFlow, ipFix) WAN acceleration Cisco's IP S...
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  • WAN Optimization - Effective Monitoring of WAN Optimization Devices

    Many of us have now realized that more bandwidth doesn't necessarily mean faster applications. Add that to the fact that bandwidth doesn't come for free and suddenly we're talking about way to optimize our networks......
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  • Traffic generators and load testing...

    There was a discussion last week on one of the forums that I participate in on load testing WANs that got me to pondering the subject so I thought I'd write about it a little. If you've never been tasked with a l...
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