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?
With the three pillars of observability considered more or less canon for IT monitoring philosophy these days, and logging being one of those pillars, it’s important to understand the tools, systems, and solutions that help IT practitioners do a good job of aggregating, normalizing, and leveraging logs in all their forms to provide improved insight … Read more 10 Top Log Management Tools
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 2015, we reviewed the must-have free systems and server monitoring tools, but (as everyone knows) the landscape has changed for monitoring, free tools, and IT in general. So, I think it’s time to review and update those old choices and possibly add a few new tool reviews into the mix. Just in Case It’s … Read more Top FREE Server Monitoring 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
<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 network as we know it is being redefined. As more endpoints, applications, and devices are added to the mix, the network is transforming. For IT, the challenge is two-fold: stay on top of the network today, and prepare for what it could look like tomorrow. In an environment where workers expect to be online … Read more How to Tame — and Redefine — Your Network Now
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
These days, even business-critical applications are being virtualized, and with the increasing costs and complexity of data environments, it’s not surprising. Some estimate that large organizations are as much as 70% virtualized already, with no plans to go back to physical servers. Virtualization, however, introduces new challenges for the Oracle DBA, including getting visibility to … Read more Must-know Tips and Tools for Oracle Virtualization