Best Application Monitoring Tools 2019

As monitoring aficionados, our toolbox sports an embarrassment of riches, from configuration management to logging, and from synthetic transaction solutions to application tracing and monitoring. It could be argued that cloud-based application monitoring (or APM) tools are the most plentiful and, to a certain community of IT practitioners, the most essential, providing crucial information to … Read moreBest Application Monitoring Tools 2019

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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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 moreCentralized 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 syslog … Read moreIs Syslog Useful?