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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Centralized Active Directory Management and Clean-Up

Do you regularly clean up your Active Directory® (AD)? Have you set a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly schedule, or do you wait until you receive a change request? If you neglect AD cleanup and maintenance, your environment will get cluttered and increasingly difficult to navigate. Accounts become inactive for a variety of reasons, such as … Read more Centralized Active Directory Management and Clean-Up

Is Syslog Useful?

  <Syslog_output> <server> 192.168.1.1</server> </syslog_output> Many people are familiar with the above commands, which are used for forwarding syslog to the syslog server (192.168.1.1). However, do you know how syslog can be helpful? Read on to find out how and see some different use cases for enabling syslog in your infrastructure. The primary use of … Read more Is Syslog Useful?

Maximizing Database Performance – MySQL Tuning Best Practices

With the added complexity of growing data volumes and ever changing workloads, database performance tuning is now necessary to maximize resource utilizations and system performance. However, performance tuning is often easier said than done. Let’s face it, tuning is difficult for a number of reasons. For one thing, it requires a significant amount of expertise … Read more Maximizing Database Performance – MySQL Tuning Best Practices

How SQL Server DMVs Can Be a Savior in SQL Azure, Too

Be it SQL Server or the improved version of SQL Server on the cloud called as SQL Azure, when it comes to monitoring, there is nothing as powerful as DMVs (Dynamic Management Views). For a primer, Dynamic Management Views (DMVs) are a set of virtual views which expose the internal states of SQL Server deployment. … Read more How SQL Server DMVs Can Be a Savior in SQL Azure, Too