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5 Best Patch Management Tools & Software for Monitoring & Automatically Applying Updates!

By NMS Admin on May 30, 2019

New OS and software vulnerabilities are constantly being identified. Battles with bugs and defects are endless. New features and capabilities mean progress, and progress doesn’t stop. What does this all mean for the common IT Administrator? Patching, patching, patching. With this onslaught of constant patch releases for Operating Systems and Applications, how can you protect […]

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5 WMI Tools and Software for Windows Management Instrumentation Administration!

By NMS Admin on May 9, 2019

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 […]

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Active Directory Tools – Here’s the Best Software for Enterprise AD Management!

By NMS Admin on April 18, 2019

Active Directory is at the heart of most Enterprise networks, and along with that comes the expectation that this heart must beat.  Although the capabilities built-in to Active Directory are supreme, they’re also crude and cumbersome, lacking automation, role-based security and web-based administration, often consuming more time than you have to give.  Auditing an Active […]

Network Security: Surviving a Ransomware Attack

By Brenna Miles on December 20, 2018

It happens. And it happens more often than reported. Ransomware has been a huge threat to businesses for many years. And although the FBI has recently stated that there is a decline in attacks, businesses should remain aware of the possible ransomware attack. It is in times like these we let our guard down, only to […]

Understanding Syslog: Servers, Messages & Security

By Aaron Leskiw, CCDA, CCNA, MCSE, ITILv3, MCSA, A+ on September 13, 2018

Syslog is a way for network devices to send event messages to a logging server – usually known as a Syslog server. The Syslog protocol is supported by a wide range of devices and can be used to log different types of events. For example, a router might send messages about users logging on to […]

3 Network Management Strategies For SMBs

By Brenna Miles on July 9, 2018

Are you a small to medium-sized business? If so, you might understand the struggle of managing your network properly. Small budgets and lack of staff may keep you from reaching your network potential by using a network management strategy. There are many unique challenges SMBs face when dealing with network security including automated viruses, lack […]

What Is Network Software? The Basics You Need to Know

By Brenna Miles on June 7, 2018

Picture a robot, created to perform certain functions such as bringing you hot tea on a cold day. This robot performs many functions on the outside, but even more functions on the inside. Much like the robot, network software facilitates the functions that enable your network to do its daily tasks. From security to maintenance […]

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 […]

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 Recommended Packet Sniffers

By NMS Admin on March 1, 2016

If you have worked in IT as a network administrator for any length of time you know one nearly universal truth: when something is not working the first people to check with is the network team.  As much as we hate to admit it,  we understand it.  The network, as the backbone of every organization, […]

Whitepaper: NetFlow Tips & Tricks

By Aaron Leskiw, CCDA, CCNA, MCSE, ITILv3, MCSA, A+ on August 30, 2013

Network bandwidth usage is one of the biggest contributors to your network performance. By taking advantage of the flow technology that is built into most routers and switches, you can quickly identify bottlenecks and troubleshoot bandwidth related problems. Read this whitepaper for an introduction to NetFlow & other flow technologies, as well as configuring your network to […]

Free Whitepaper: Rightsizing Your Network Management Solution

By Aaron Leskiw, CCDA, CCNA, MCSE, ITILv3, MCSA, A+ on August 30, 2013

This free white paper discusses challenges encountered as organizations search for the most cost-effective network performance management solution for their network. Some of the challenges discussed include: How do I achieve balanced objectives of feature/function capabilities matched with cost effectiveness? How do I find a solution that keeps pace with changes in the managed environment […]

Extreme Visibility: Integrated Network, Application & Server Monitoring

By Brad Hale on August 27, 2013

Whenever there’s an application performance issue, it is not uncommon to start the blame game between network admins and system admins as to where the issue is.  Network admin tend to say there’s an application issue and sys admins should resolve it while system admins ascribe it to a network issue and want the network […]