The Ultimate Guide to Active Directory Best Practices in 2020

Security Groups, User Accounts, and Other AD Basics At many enterprises and SMBs that use Windows devices, IT teams are likely to use Active Directory (AD). Essentially, Active Directory is an integral part of the operating system’s architecture, allowing IT more control over access and security. AD is a centralized, standard system that allows system … Read more The Ultimate Guide to Active Directory Best Practices in 2020

What is SOX Compliance?

In 2002, Congress passed the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, named after its sponsors Senator Paul Sabanes (D-MD) and Representative Michael G. Oxley (R-OOH-4). Instituted “to protect investors by improving the accuracy and reliability of corporate disclosures made pursuant to the securities laws,” the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (commonly referred to as SOX) established a stricter protocol for internal controls … Read more What is SOX Compliance?

Ultimate Guide to Network Monitoring

Basics of Network Monitoring General Networking IP Addresses and Subnetting Switching and Routing Domain Name System (DNS) Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) General Windows Monitoring Elements General Monitoring Techniques and Protocols Ping Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) Syslog Leveraging the Power of Scripts Database Basics Relational database design SQL queries Tips and Resources Monitoring 101 … Read more Ultimate Guide to Network Monitoring

Best Active Directory Management Tools in 2020

For administrators managing assets across enterprise networks, Active Directory is one of the most important tools in their toolbox. It doesn’t matter how large or small your operation is—managing assets, users, and authorizations across your network can be a headache. While Microsoft Active Directory (AD) is pretty indispensable when it comes to keeping tabs on … Read more Best Active Directory Management Tools in 2020

Cloud Monitoring Basics: Page Speed, App Performance, Log Analysis

Monitoring user-facing software has always been important, no doubt about it. But with the unrelenting migration of software to the cloud, and the adoption of microservices and serverless architectures such as Function as a Service (FaaS), monitoring is now business-critical. These new ways of building modern software involve many moving parts, and developers need to … Read more Cloud Monitoring Basics: Page Speed, App Performance, Log Analysis

Top 10 Log Sources You Should Monitor

There are literally hundreds of possible types of log sources around your environment and choosing which bubble to the top of your IT consciousness can be difficult. In a job where everything seems to be a top priority, understanding all the log types and sources available for selection can be daunting. In your environment, some logs may be more valuable than others, but having general guidance about logging and what types of logs may be available to monitor can help make you a better technologist.

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Welcome to the new DNSstuff!

Before I worked for SolarWinds, DNSstuff was my go-to place for checking how the rest of the internet saw my domain information. After joining SolarWinds, it’s still my go-to place. Over the years, we have increased the value of the site by adding tool reviews, guides, industry news, tweaking existing tools, and adding entirely new free tools. Realistically, the site hasn’t had many formatting updates over the last five years. That needed to change.

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