• Back to the basics of network management

    A couple of weeks ago we hosted a webcast called "Back to the Basics of Network Management". Our "back to the basics" webcasts are always a big hit but maybe not for the reasons that you'd think... Yes, many folks th...
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  • Network performance analysis in real time

    This morning I hosted a webcast on network management basics and I polled the audience to find out which of them were network engineers, network administrators, sys admins, infrastructure folks, and etc. The results t...
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  • Getting started as an IT manager...

    I'm often asked for help by new network engineers, network  administrators, system administrators, VMware admins, and general IT  managers who are looking to enhance their skills, knowledge, and  market...
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  • Layer 1 - The Physical Layer

    Most of the time when you start troubleshooting a network problem it's best to start at the bottom - at layer 1 - the physical layer. Recently I took some time to discuss Layer 1 of the OSI Model with the readers of C...
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  • Gearing Up for SysAdmin Day 2015: The Ever-changing Role of System Administrator

    As we go on We remember All the times we...   Managed massive mainframes   Okay, okay, so maybe those aren’t the exact lyrics to Vitamin C’s “Graduation.” But as time has passed a...
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  • How to Enable SNMP on Windows Servers and Windows Workstations

    SNMP. The Simple Network Management Protocol. Effectively, the most common protocol or method used today to monitor health, performance, and availability of devices within your IT infrastructure. And yet, when you ins...
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  • The Value of an IP Address...

    If you've been watching the technology related news lately you've probably learned three things. First, IANA officially issued the last two /8 IPv4 address blocks and exhausted the IPv4 allocations a couple of months ...
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  • Ten Technologies Every Network Engineer and System Administrator Should Know - #2 Layer 2 Networking

    For the last several years a lot of the talk within network engineering has centered around layer 3 technologies. The subjects of WAN optimization, Quality of Service (QoS), WAN acceleration, and routing have con...
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  • Top 10 Technologies Every Network Engineer and System Administrator Should Know - #1 Traffic Analysis

    Network traffic analysis is actually a set of methods and processes and can include a few different key technologies but I can't imagine wrapping up a "Top 10" list on technologies for network administrators without t...
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  • A lean, mean, mapping machine!

    As many of you know, the process of mapping out all of the connections to your Ethernet switches is a tedious and time consuming project. Sure, if you have  a newbie network administrator on your team it’s ...
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  • thwack Monthly Mission - June 2015

    Strap-on your helmet, secure your x-ray goggles, and set phasers to stun. It's time for a scavenger hunt! This month's thwack mission will take you to dangerous and exotic places as you search for security tips, issue...
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  • Ten Technologies Every Network Engineer and System Administrator Should Know - #3 DNS

    About 16 years ago I built my first DNS server. Actually, it was 2 servers as DNS is one of those things that you really need to be working all the time. Up until that time I'd been using an old-school true-Unix machi...
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  • Ten Technologies Every Network Engineer Should Know - #5 VMWare - and BTW, Hello from VM World 2010!!!

    OK, so maybe VMWare isn't a technology. VMWare is a company and the technology is virtualization, but I want to be specific. If you're in IT, anywhere on the infrastructure side - network engineer, system administrato...
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  • Ten Technologies Every Network Engineer & System Administrator Should Know - #4 Log Management

    It might strike you as odd that I'm labeling "log management" as a technology, but that's how I think of it. Yes, technically speaking there are several different technologies that fall underneath the log management u...
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  • Ten Technologies Every Network Engineer Should Know - #6 Traceroute

    Dear Traceroute, Hello my dear friend. It's been a while since we last spoke but I was digging around in a packet trace today and saw you there so I thought I'd drop you a line. Things are great here. Summer is f...
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  • Ten Technologies Every Network Administrator Should Know - #7 SNMP

    SNMP - the Simple Network Management Protocol - is a pretty cool protocol to get to know and no matter how well you know - it there's always a bit more to learn. As a network engineer or system administrator your firs...
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  • Awaken Your IT Force: Generalists Must Secure a Specialty or Venture into Versatility

    The need for disruptive innovation is driving businesses to seek better, faster, and cheaper options to internal IT. This coercive effort to find the best-fit technology is putting the squeeze on IT departments, IT bu...
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  • [Survey] Do You Feel Valued for the Role You Play as an IT Professional?

    You are a lean, mean VM sprawl fighting machine.   You eat network config errors for breakfast.   You laugh in the face of slow SQL queries.   You…are an IT pro.   And as an IT pro, you ...
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  • PCI DSS Requirements and Your SolarWinds Installations

    Several SolarWinds products can help with various areas of the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standards (DSS) requirements. The purpose of the PCI DSS is to set a baseline of minimum security for any vendor...
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  • Network Configuration Manager v7.4 is Now Available!

    I am happy to announce General Availability (GA) of SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) v7.4. This version includes the following new features and improvements:   Cisco IOS and ASA Vulnerability Repor...
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