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There’s A Script for That

If there’s a chance to save time by using scripts or automation tools, I always take it. Over the years I’ve found that there are a set of common themes associated with these scripts, and many that my colleagues and I use on a daily basis.   Here are some of the common categories that my scripts […]

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Designing a Monitoring Solution: Where Are Your Eyes?

Contemporary monitoring solutions are no different from any other distributed application in your environment. Even a small-scale deployment can include multiple components: often, these include a Web server, an application server, and a database server. And as with any distributed application, you need to consider placement for each component. More specifically, when you are charged with designing a monitoring […]

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Tips for Custom Application Monitoring

Custom applications play a vital role in all kinds of organizations, including education, government, healthcare, IT, and more. In order to adapt to the latest technologies, there are many changes businesses must make, especially the method they use to reach out to their customers. Most interactions between the customer/client and the organization takes place via tailor-made […]

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How to Hyper-converge Effectively

Hyper-converged offerings are gaining popularity, and more vendors are entering the arena. Everything is software-defined; therefore, the technology cannot be separated like in a converged offering. This can bring a new challenge when it comes to monitoring. In the case of a converged offering, you still have your separate storage, compute, network, and hypervisor. Hyper-convergence […]

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KMS Server Activation

In a previous article, I wrote about the virtualization administrator’s interest in choosing between the two operating system activation methods Microsoft® offers: Multiple Activation Keys (MAK) and Key Management Service (KMS). Although there are a lot of benefits to using KMS over MAK, one of the standout reasons for selecting MAK over KMS—at least for […]

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Operations vs. Engineering Tools

Whether your IT operation is a small-scale endeavor or a Web-scale enterprise, systems monitoring plays a critical role in the delivery of your services. The ability to quickly and accurately assess the state and health of your infrastructure and applications is no longer a luxury, it’s a categorical requirement. The question is no longer, “Do […]

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