• Going Beyond System Center for Comprehensive Systems Management

    System Center is a great platform to perform application monitoring and management, but it contains a few gaps where native functionality isn’t provided. Fortunately, System Center is an extensible platform and ...
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  • What Do You Do When BYOD Evolves into BYOIT?

    Bring your own device (BYOD) is not new to IT. Most companies are allowing employee-owned devices access on the corporate network. It may lead to cost-savings to the management and a fair deal of employee convenience,...
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  • Increasing Vulnerabilities in Healthcare Cybersecurity: Call to Action

    It comes as no surprise that cyber intrusions and data breaches are increasing in the industry today given the sophistication in the threat landscape. We have seen catastrophic breaches in the recent times with the li...
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  • Engineer to Engineer –Visibility into the Full Application Stack helps Pinpoint Root Cause of Problems

    The following is an actual description of a discussion one of our engineers, Matt Quick, had with a customer as told in his words.   A customer using the product evaluation copy of SolarWinds Server and Applicat...
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  • thwack Monthly Mission - July 2015: Happy SysAdmin Day!

    SysAdmin Day is coming up, but we think you deserve more than one day of recognition. That’s why we’re commemorating the occasion for a full month. After you’ve marched in the parade, posed for a sta...
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  • What is the Difference Between FTP, FTPS & SFTP?

    FTP, FTPS and SFTP are the most widely used file transfer protocols in the industry today. All 3 of them are different in terms of the data exchange process, security provisions and firewall considerations. Let’...
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  • Obstacles of Globally Distributed IT Departments

    Centralizing globally distributed corporate IT departments is a large challenge for enterprises. A distributed system not only taxes enterprise resources, but also threatens to impede the efficiency of the growing com...
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  • The Heartbleed Survey Results are In

    The Heartbleed survey results are in – and the good news is that the vast majority SolarWinds Thwack Users are in the know and on top of it (of course, this comes as no surprise!).   Here are the results &...
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  • BYOD vs. CYOD: The lesser of two evils?

    We know mobile devices are must-have tools for your end users and they’re growing more accustomed to having options when it comes to picking their corporate-connected mobile devices. Two end user mobile enableme...
    Lawrence Garvin
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  • Virtualization Change & Configuration Management: Unquestionably Essential

    Just like how the network admins keep a watch on the configuration changes of networking hardware, it is also important to monitor config changes in a virtual environment. While network configuration errors are defini...
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  • Root Cause Paralysis

    So far this month, we've talked about the difficulty of monitoring complex, interconnected systems; the merging of traditional IT skills; and tool sprawl. You've shared some great insights to these common problems. I'...
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  • A Day in the Life of a DBA

    A database admin has responsibilities to fulfill around the clock. From ensuring the backing up of databases, attending to breakdowns of applications affecting database performance, verifying accuracy of information w...
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  • Network management :How do you spell relief?

    I work at a global automotive manufacturer and they have offices all over the globe, and one of the ways we use our network management for is capacity planning. For example, if I have a plant in Bejing China, I can se...
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  • Patch Manager Managed Computers Node Explained

    One of the questions encountered often by new users of Patch Manager is the purpose and uses of the Managed Computers node in the console. The Managed Computers node is the collection of all Patch Manager servers, ...
    Lawrence Garvin
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  • WHAT WE'RE WORKING ON FOR TOOLSET (updated on 7/24/2015)

    To receive updates on the Engineers Toolset roadmap, JOIN thwack and BOOKMARK this page.   When the v11.0 with new Toolset on the Web was introduced, it brought some fresh air to the Engineer’s must-to-...
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  • What are you doing to manage patches?

    All of us that have had any experience in the IT field have had to deal with patching at some point in time.  It's a necessary evil, why an evil?  Well if you've had to deal with patches then you know it can...
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  • IP Conflicts – All In a Day’s Work for a Network Admin

    Day in day out, network engineers and admins tackle many complex issues. Often, these issues stem directly from an IP conflict. While IP conflicts might seem like one of the simplest problems that occur, they can actu...
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  • Learning Lessons Through Security Struggles

    Note: This post originally appears in Information Week: Network Computing Why do we hear of new security breaches so frequently? Make sure your organization follows these best-practices and considers these important q...
    Lawrence Garvin
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  • Developing Workflows using Help Desk Data

    Now that the IT team has established a help desk and have SLAs defined for various requests and workflows, it was time to get proactive. Perhaps using the data stored in the help desk could further build a sort of ana...
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  • Would You Rather Captain the Queen Mary or the Titanic?

    A Guide to Navigating Around the Deadly Icebergs that Threaten Virtualized Databases When it comes to virtualized workloads, databases can be in a size class all to themselves. This and other factors can lead to se...
    Mike Thompson
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