Commentary

Cisco Live 2017: The the Follow-up

By Steve Occhiogrosso on August 14, 2017

Cisco Live 2017 was a busy week. From the various keynotes and the product announcements there is a fair amount of news to keep an eye out for. New Catalyst 9000 switching range: Cisco announced a new Catalyst 9000 range, not to be confused with the Nexus 9000 range. The new Catalyst 9k range is designed […]

Are you ready for Cisco Live US 2017!

By Steve Occhiogrosso on June 19, 2017

Cisco Live US 2017 is upon us! CLUS itself is the biggest Cisco conference of the year seeing as many as 30,000+ attendees! However, why is it the biggest and what makes it so popular as we all know the biggest may not always be the best. The sheer number of attendees should be a key […]

SolarWinds Orion API & SDK – Scripting with Python (Part 3)

By DAVID VARNUM, CCIE, VCP, MCSE+ on October 2, 2016

This is the third article in a series we’re calling “SolarWinds Orion API & SDK”. The first article covered concepts, purpose and how to get started with the SDK. In the second article we took a look at interaction with the API via cURL and a REST client. By now you should have a taste of what […]

SolarWinds Orion API & SDK – Using SWQL, REST, and CURL (Part 2)

By DAVID VARNUM, CCIE, VCP, MCSE+ on September 19, 2016

In Part 1 of this article series we discussed basics of the SolarWinds Orion API & SDK, why you would use it, and how to get it. We also looked at some general concepts regrading APIs, REST and JSON. By the end of the first article, you should have either installed the pre-compiled MSI, or downloaded/cloned […]

SolarWinds Orion API & SDK – Getting Started (Part 1)

By DAVID VARNUM, CCIE, VCP, MCSE+ on September 12, 2016

Industry consumers are rapidly demanding automation, orchestration and programmability features from vendors, with the goal of making networks and systems more fluid, easy to deploy, and intelligent. Sometimes overlooked, a key component in automation is monitoring and documentation. Sure, you can auto-provision virtual machines and virtual networks, automate branch office connectivity, device policies, and more, but […]

The Top 4 ways to Utilize Wireshark Successfully!

By Steve Occhiogrosso on August 10, 2016

Wireshark can be a very powerful however getting the most out of this tool can be tricky. There are definitely many variables out there that make capturing and analyzing data a very convoluted and difficult. However there are a few quick an easy tricks you can use to ensure you are getting the most out of […]

Recapping Cisco Live 2016: Top 10 favorite moments

By DAVID VARNUM, CCIE, VCP, MCSE+ on July 22, 2016

Cisco Live is an annual event for IT professionals to connect with peers, develop solutions, widen skill-sets, lab scenarios, drink beer and celebrate!  Seven years later and I’m still enthralled by the experience and value this event provides for Networking professionals.  Whether your focus is with routing/switching, wireless, security, computing, storage, automation, IoT, you name it, Cisco Live […]

Review: 3 Reasons You Need SolarWinds NPM v12

By DAVID VARNUM, CCIE, VCP, MCSE+ on June 6, 2016

As a long-time user of SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM), I was quite excited to review the latest 12.0 release of the NPM product. The new features add immense value to the already-robust management suite, validating its recent champion ranking in our 2016 Network Management Software Smackdown. New features and improvements: – Brand new UI – NetPath […]

Wireshark Tool Overview

By NMS Admin on May 5, 2016

Many of us know Wireshark as a free and powerful protocol analyzer, allowing us to capture and analyze traffic when we need to and where we need to. Wireshark is great in the way of flexibility especially with its recent v2.0 release. Newly reformed UI Enhanced correlation with TCP Analysis between protocols, eg. when choosing an ACK Packet we see […]

5 Reasons to test drive SolarWinds NPM on your virtual GNS3 network

By NMS Admin on March 16, 2016

SolarWinds is an industry leader in Network Performance Monitoring (NPM) and continues to prove so with its wide adoption, active communities and consistent evolution.  New features and valuable enhancements are constantly being adding to their flagship NPM product, enabling customers to gain better visibility into their networks, troubleshoot with efficacy, and forecast infrastructure needs. GNS3 is the […]

Top 5 WMI Tool Downloads

By NMS Admin on March 9, 2016

Windows Management Instrumentation, or WMI, is is a technology which enables easier management of Microsoft Windows-based servers and workstations.  It collects and reports on configuration information about the computer using a standard interface.  In addition to viewing configuration information, WMI also can manipulate windows computers by setting configurations of the computer. WMI is not a […]

7 Essentials for Stronger Network Security

By NMS Admin on December 14, 2015

Over a decade ago, when I was an IT consultant to a media and entertainment company, one of their agendas was to protect the data from being stolen. They just cannot afford to lose the data into the public domain as it will severely affect the business relationship with their stakeholders and dent their reputation […]

Getting You and Your Network Ready for Cisco Live!

By NMS Admin on June 5, 2015

It is time to put your network aside and head to San Diego for a week. Why? Because it’s almost time for Cisco Live! From June 7 to 11, all the network gurus, geeks, nerds and experts will be in attendance.  If you are going to be there this year, here are a few tips […]

Cool Custom KPI Feature from SevOne

By NMS Admin on December 30, 2013

While toying around with the SevOne performance management product the other day, I came across a really cool feature that I hadn’t noticed before. This feature allows you to create your own KPIs for monitoring, reporting, and alerting – even when those KPIs don’t exist in the MIB of the monitored device. Let me explain… […]

Product Comparison: SevOne 5.3 vs. Solarwinds Network Performance Monitor 10.5

By NMS Admin on November 8, 2013

Accurately comparing network management platforms is no easy task. Enterprise-class network management solutions often take completely different technical approaches to monitoring the network.  The network admin’s requirements are also broadening year over year as more and varied infrastructure is dropped on their plate, including virtualized infrastructure, storage, line-of-business application performance and uptime. Many environments have multiple monitoring […]