Steve Occhiogrosso


I am currently a sr. network engineer for a large retail company, prior to that I was a sr. network network engineer for a few managed services providers (MSP) designing, configuring, and troubleshooting customer networks, prior to that I spent 4 years as a network analyst for a public safety entity. I’ve got over 7 years of experience in the IT field. I work with everything from Microsoft servers to VMWare ESX/ESXi, from Cisco switches and routers to WLCs and ASA’s. I have my hand in many different cookie jars to ensure everything is working properly as it should, even if that requires me to get in the trenches and filter through event logs, debug logs, packets captures, or RF recordings. If their is a problem I will get to the root cause of it.

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SolarWinds NetPath vs Traceroute – The power of visualizing networks!

By Steve Occhiogrosso on February 14, 2019

Networking technologies never stop advancing, and luckily neither do our troubleshooting tools. With the latest release of SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor version 12 a new tool has been introduced: NetPath. I remember seeing NetPath over a year ago at Cisco Live 2015 in San Diego, back then it wasn’t a finished product but I remember […]

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Building network maps with Intermapper

By Steve Occhiogrosso on January 24, 2019

I will need to admit, when I first the interface for Intermapper I was skeptical about the tool. However, after I spent some time to see what the application can do I have to admit that I was genuinely impressed. Compared to other Network Management Systems Intermapper seems to forgo the flashy exterior for a […]

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WhatsUp Gold® Review – Here’s our Full Overview

By Steve Occhiogrosso on October 25, 2018

Many management suites are dedicated to monitoring only single aspects of your infrastructure. There are a handful of tools out there that can monitor different aspects of your infrastructure, and one of those tools is WhatsUp Gold. This tool is capable of monitoring your network, applications, servers (both physical and virtual), perform netflow traffic analysis, […]

The Top 4 ways to Utilize Wireshark Successfully!

By Steve Occhiogrosso on August 20, 2018

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 […]

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How to Find Connectivity & Network Issues in Your LAN Fast using PerfStack!

By Steve Occhiogrosso on August 13, 2018

Considering the  impressive release of NPMv12 is fresh in everyone’s mind, one would think SolarWinds would lay low for a bit of time before the release of its next impressive feature. Well, you would be wrong, because SolarWinds just released v12.1 which includes yet another great feature: PerfStack. I don’t know about you, but PerfStack is finally […]

2 Multipurpose NetFlow Analysis Tools

By Steve Occhiogrosso on September 6, 2017

Knowing the health of your network devices is important and is a good first step when monitoring for network health. However, sometimes that is not enough and you need to take your monitoring to the next level and monitor the actual traffic flowing through the infrastructure. Analyzing flow data opens up an entirely new level of visibility […]

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 […]

Monitor Your Entire Infrastructure With Paeslers PRTG 17

By Steve Occhiogrosso on March 13, 2017

First thing I am going to admit, is that that PRTG has certainly come a long way. I remember using this monitoring tool years ago a few jobs ago and it was not the same tool it is today. If I had to describe PRTG in one world it would be holistic, this network management […]

Reviewing the Latest OpenNMS Horizon v18 Enhancements.

By Steve Occhiogrosso on December 26, 2016

When I think of OpenNMS, the term ‘Underdog’ comes to mind. If you have done any research on Horizon the first fact you will discover will be that the product is free. Unlike many other network management suites, Horizon follows an OpenSource model with product advancements being driven primarily by its user community, similar to any […]

What’s new in Manage Engine OpManager v12

By Steve Occhiogrosso on November 15, 2016

The most important aspect of network management suite is how complete the solution is, after all network management has evolved to something much more than performance management and simple Up/Down status reporting. This is where OpManager v12 has stepped up its game, with version 12 of OpManager ManageEngine has went ahead and made OpManager v12 […]

Let’s monitor the network with What’s Up Gold 2017

By Steve Occhiogrosso on October 10, 2016

I know it’s not quite 2017 yet, but it’s close enough right? The newest version of WUG has been dubbed What’s Up Gold 2017 which was just released this past June, and it is definitely quite the overhaul from its previous version. To highlight a few of the new features: Native Hyper-V monitoring for virtualized […]