• Threat Detectives

    In this session, SolarWinds  Product Manager Destiny Bertucci and SolarWinds Head Geek  Thomas LaRock will show you how to detect the existence of threats in your environment using SolarWinds tools. They’ll show you how to identify when changes are being made to your servers, discover devices needing firmware updates, remediate user permissions, and automatically respond to security events in real time. Detectives are often portrayed…

    • 18 Nov 2020
  • Leading-Edge Deployments and Customer Innovations

    One of the hallmarks of SolarWinds customers is their willingness and ability to creatively pair the tools they have at hand into solutions designed to impress and delight both their colleagues and those who depend on them for alerts, reports, and data. In this session, Head Geek  Sascha Giese will talk with SolarWinds  Partner Holger Mundt about some of his favorite enterprise customer deployments. Holger and Sascha will discuss…

    • 18 Nov 2020
  • Reducing Vulnerability and Improving Compliance - Lessons Learned From Federal Customers

    What can we learn from the government about improving security? It comes down to eliminating known vulnerabilities and improving compliance. Join Dave Richards from the National Guard’s Regional Cyber Center as he shares his experience on securing government networks. He’ll discuss compliance, continuous monitoring, and review the SolarWinds  tools they use to help monitor and secure their network.

     

    • 18 Nov 2020
  • Avoiding IT Burnout: I Can != I Should

    Burnout is still stigmatized, but it’s real. Shrinking IT budgets, 100% uptime, and an ever-changing landscape tax everyone. Learn how to deal with the situation before it’s too late and take care of yourself—because no one else will. 

     

    • 18 Nov 2020
  • Call Them “Soft" Skills. One. More. Time.

    Start talking about “soft” skills, and some IT pros will roll their eyes. Maybe because the term “soft” skills can seem insulting. When what we’re really talking about is ESSENTIAL skills. Nobody wants to work with someone who’s brilliant but a jerk. You might be thinking, “I was hired to do a job—and I do it darn well—so who cares about being nice?” Before she was a SolarWinds  Head Geek , Chrystal Taylor worked as a monitoring engineer…

    • 18 Nov 2020
  • How to "People" Better

    When asked which skills would best help IT practitioners uplevel their careers, Keith Townsend's answer was simple and direct: "Learn how to 'people' better." In this session, Keith expands on this advice - offering valuable context, specific skills and techniques, and measurable methods for gauging success. 

     

    • 18 Nov 2020
  • Monitoring for Managers - What You Need to Know to Sound Like a Monitoring Expert

    Those of us who make our living in tech love to hate (or at least poke fun at) managers. But the truth is, it does us no good to dismiss and diminish people who don’t know our discipline like we do. Instead, we should offer to educate and inform. In this session, we'll answer the technical questions managers—those folks who both lead and represent the boots-on-the-ground monitoring engineers—have. These are real questions asked…

    • 18 Nov 2020
  • Infrastructure Monitoring Status? It's Complicated

    Modern infrastructure technology offers truly innovative operations options, but its unintended consequences are becoming a headache for many IT teams. Infrastructure vendors have delivered revolutionary applications and services, but they increasingly dump visibility and manageability gaps into the enigmatic bucket of hybrid IT. Learn how businesses quickly jump from “a little bit of cloud” to complex app interconnections…

    • 18 Nov 2020
  • The Perfect Lab - Cloud and GNS3

    One of the challenges monitoring engineers face is building a lab that's both representative of their environment and not a complete mirror image of production, which is functionally impractical, unsupportable, and impossibly expensive. In this session, Head Geeks Sascha Giese and Leon Adato show you how to build a lab (whether temporary or long-term) in AWS or Azure, using a cloud-based instance of GNS3 to mimic a set of …

    • 18 Nov 2020
  • SD-WAN – What, How, and Why It’s Got Your Number

    Complex, statically defined network device monitoring is increasingly moving from physical to software-defined networks. With the rising adoption of SD-WAN technologies, we're left with more questions than answers. To get to the bottom of our SD-WAN queries, we surveyed hundreds of users to clarify hot topics with which we're all grappling. In this panel, you'll learn from SolarWinds thought leaders and industry expert…

    • 18 Nov 2020
  • CIO 2020 Hot Take: The Year of the IT Pro (Pt.2)

    In part one of our candid discussion with real-world CIOs, you had a chance to learn how the smart work of IT professionals, managers, and executive leadership made 2020 a surprisingly successful year for many IT teams. In part 2, you’ll hear from a different set of CIOs representing teams that each support multiple businesses as solution providers, resellers, and partners. You’ll learn what it took for IT teams to accomplish…

    • 18 Nov 2020
  • CIO 2020 Hot Take: The Year of the IT Pro (Pt. 1)

    If you’re an IT professional, you likely already know 2020 has been a trying—but also potentially outstanding—year for IT departments. But how often do you get a chance to have a casual conversation with your CIO about why your expertise, hustle, and hard work is important to the business overall? Many businesses have been reminded IT is a competitive asset when communication is streamlined, and goals are clear. In part…

    • 18 Nov 2020
  • Handle With Care: The Many Ways Modern Web Applications Can Break

    Web applications have evolved over the years to become more robust, more powerful, and more important to businesses. As part of this evolution, web applications have also increased in complexity, which means they can fail in far more numerous and surprising ways. In this candid technology session, SolarWinds senior product manager Adam Hert and senior technical advisor Mike Morgan take you on a tour of the many ways modern web applications…

    • 18 Nov 2020
  • A Developer’s Perspective on Distributed SaaS Database Monitoring

    This session provides a closer look at SolarWinds  Database Performance Monitor through the eyes of a developer and covers the features that resonate with software developers—and why. Learn how software development practices are shaped by the performance metrics tracked uniquely by DPM.  

     

    • 18 Nov 2020
  • The Changing Face of Database Performance Management

    Database Administrators (DBAs) are no longer the sole owners of database tuning and optimization. At the same time, hybrid IT and cloud-native applications are changing the face of traditional database design, management, and monitoring. How does an old-school DBA wrap their head around a distributed cloud-based system? What does the System Reliability Engineer (SRE) need to know when asked to handle one of the legacy systems…

    • 18 Nov 2020
  • Crafting Alerts that Get Noticed

    We all know alerts tell people what to look at and when to look at it. But the truth is, plain-text alerts get ignored and good-looking alerts get read. Fortunately, all it takes to set up engaging alerts is a little HTML and CSS know-how. Kevin M. Sparenberg shows you the basics of using HTML and CSS in your alerts, including some tips he's gotten from the field. With pretty alerts, you can get a huge return on a small-time…

    • 18 Nov 2020
  • When a Map? Why a Map? How a Map? Why Orion Maps Are for Everyone.

    You may be thinking, “I don’t need a map. I already know how everything’s put together and how it’s doing.” And you might be right. But you know who you make maps for? Not you. They’re for other people so they can look at them INSTEAD of bothering you. “But maps are a pain to build,” you might say. Nope—they’re easier than ever to create in the Orion  Platform. In this session, Technical Content Manager Kevin M. Sparenberg and Product…

    • 18 Nov 2020
  • Intro to APIs for People Who Hate to Program

    If you hear the word API and start looking for the exits (or swiping your phone) this session is for you. We’ll show you exactly how useful APIs can be to network engineers, server admins, and regular non-programming IT professionals. And we’ll even explain what they are, and how you can leverage them in the Orion  Platform along the way. 

     

    • 18 Nov 2020
  • Owning Your Inheritance: An Orion Zero to Hero Journey

    Occasionally, you get to choose your monitoring system, but more often, that decision was made for you by someone else. SolarWinds THWACK  MVP Ben Keen and Technical Content Manager for Community Kevin M. Sparenberg both inherited their setups. They each took a patchwork monitoring solution and made it a critical part of the IT landscape for their organizations. Along the way, difficult discussions and decisions had to be made. They’…

    • 18 Nov 2020
  • Custom Properties – The 2020 Edition

    Custom properties continue to be one of the most powerful features in the Orion  Platform. But once you know them, you know them, right? Of course not! The bright minds at SolarWinds continue to expand, enhance, and improve the things custom properties can do for you. Join SolarWinds Head Geek  Chrystal Taylor on a ride-along with THWACK  MVP Marc Netterfield as he showcases new and creative uses for Orion Platform custom properties. With s…

    • 18 Nov 2020
  • Custom Properties Revisited

    Talk to any SolarWinds aficionado for more than five minutes and you’re sure to hear how amazing custom properties are. If you’re new to SolarWinds, you may be uncertain how to get started. In a fast-paced but comprehensive session, SolarWinds Head Geek  Chrystal Taylor walks through everything you need to know about creating Orion custom properties as well as a few use cases.

     

    • 18 Nov 2020
  • Service Desk Automation: Level Up!

    Service Desk automation doesn’t happen all at once. Wherever you are in your ITSM maturity, this session will give you some ideas to bring automation to the next level. Join SolarWinds Head Geek  Liz Beavers and Aronson’s IT Director, Azunna Anyanwu, for a tutorial on foundational, intermediate, and advanced automation with SolarWinds Service Desk.

     

    • 18 Nov 2020
  • The Top 5 Common Problems With SQL Server (And How to Fix Them)

    Every system administrator knows the four most common resource bottlenecks: memory, CPU, disk, and network. But those resource bottlenecks aren’t the reason for your sudden performance issues. Over the years, SolarWinds Head Geek  Thomas LaRock has compiled a list of common issues with SQL Server. These issues are avoidable but not easy to fix once they've become a problem. In this interactive session, we’ll review the top five…

    • 18 Nov 2020
  • Signal From the Noise: A Career Built by Monitoring

    How does the ability and interest in monitoring affect the career trajectory of the typical IT professional? In this session, we’ll talk to two people who found success in SNMP and stability amongst the syslog messages. Along the way we’ll hear advice they have for people who are now at the beginning (or even in the middle) of their monitoring journey. 

     

    • 18 Nov 2020
  • Upgrades Made Easy

    We get it. Technology upgrades—whether it’s your router firmware, your server OS, or heck, even your phone—can seem risky. Fraught with uncertainty. Downright scary, even. But we’ve been working hard to make Orion  Platform upgrades better, and we’re going to prove it. We're SO sure about it, we’re going to do one right before your eyes. Have you avoided upgrading? Join Chrystal Taylor and Eric Bryant as they complete an upgrade live…

    • 18 Nov 2020