Software deployment tools are an IT professional’s best friend. They elevate existing update services, automate deployment tasks, put security best practices in place, and monitor user activity and application functioning. Without these tools, IT teams spend hours manually deploying and tracking rollouts. This takes time and resources away from other important tasks. With so many … Read more 4 Best Software Deployment Tools
Microsoft OneDrive for Business is a cloud-based storage platform designed to help you organize, access, edit, update, and send files across devices. In 2014, Microsoft launched OneDrive, a rebranding of its original storage platform SkyDrive, with a mission to simplify cloud storage for all. Many businesses choose OneDrive because it offers many opportunities to share … Read more Is OneDrive Secure? Microsoft OneDrive for Business Security Risks
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 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?
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
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 … Read more Top 10 Log Sources You Should Monitor
Since the release of SQL Server® 2017 on Linux®, DBAs have been waiting for a native release of SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) on Linux. At this point, Microsoft has stated that they have no plans for a native Linux version of SSMS. However, they have just released a preview version of SQL Operations Studio, … Read more First Look at SQL Operations Studio
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
<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?
The world may run on coffee, but it’s the alarm clock that gets us out of bed. It operates on a simple threshold. You set the time that’s important to you and receive an alert when that variable is true. Like your alarm clock, today’s tooling for web service alerting often operates on simple thresholds, … Read more No Need to Be Alarmed: Crafting an Effective Alert Strategy