Considerations to Keep in Mind While Deploying SSD in your IT Environment

Solid State Drives (SSD) offer high performance and low latency and for this very reason, storage admins are now evaluating the need to deploy SSD in their IT environment. There are also other reasons why SSDs are better for certain environments – speed, high availability, faster file access, quick to boot up, and so on. Storage admins often fire fight,...

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The Importance of “Role-Based Access control” in a VM Environment

In today’s business world, the need for protecting sensitive data has significantly risen for countless organizations, whether it be a restaurant or a firm that develops software for the military. Moreover, the rapid growth of the Internet has made it easier to access data, which ultimately leads to the misuse of this vital information. Therefore, certain parameters must be set...

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Advanced Exchange Server Monitoring with v6.1 of Server & Application Monitor

SolarWinds® has reached yet another milestone by launching the latest version of Server & Application Monitor (SAM). Before we get in to the details of what comes with the new release, we just want to remind you that SAM has a broad coverage for monitoring over 150+ applications. It also provides monitoring capabilities for select SMEs (DBAs and Exchange admins)...

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The Need for IT Innovation in the Healthcare Sector

Continuous application availability and performance, as well as a secure and compliant infrastructure, are what all IT admins want, so their customers don’t point fingers at IT efficiency and service. Having an application-centric approach for IT staff in hospitals, doctors’ clinics, nursing homes, and other healthcare centers helps ensure critical applications are always available and running optimally to enable the...

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Twitter Army Comes to MEC

If you’ve attended a recent TechEd or MMS, and you follow the event hashtags, you probably saw references to the Twitter Army.  myITforum is a fantastic on-line community for IT pros who are focused on Microsoft technologies.  myITforum has also been very successful in fostering community at live events via the Twitter Army. The Twitter Army is beneficial to everyone...

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Ensure the surety of Microsoft Exchange Mailbox Replication at times of need!

The ‘replication’ feature from Microsoft Exchange Server enables high availability for Exchange Server data. With replication, a duplicate copy of the database is stored at a remote location, and data from this database can be used in the course of planned or unplanned downtime. However, this feature is useful only when it runs without issues. Exchange is one of those...

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Block Level Storage or File Level Storage: Which will Suit you Better?

For those of us looking at the best storage options for our data center – both physical and virtual – we tend to look at options that are viable and cost-effective for our IT setup. In most cases, it’s recommended to adopt either block level or file level storage, and to determine whether these levels support your virtual environment. This...

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6 Tips to Keep in Mind When Configuring DHCP Servers

In today’s corporate networks, DHCP services can be utilized to eliminate time-consuming, error-prone manual IP assignments. As a result, the IT administrator’s day-to-day job becomes much easier. The primary goal of an administrator is to ensure that a DHCP server is properly deployed, maintained, and managed for good performance and availability. When deploying a DHCP solution, administrators must consider several...

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Best Practices for Monitoring IIS Web Server

Typically, if you’re running a Windows environment, chances are you’re using Microsoft IIS as your Web server to run your Web applications. To ensure IIS servers are up to speed and performing exactly how you want them to, you should consider monitoring key metrics. This will help track performance problems, so you can fix issues as they occur. When you...

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Put Your IT Knowledge To The Test & Enter To Win Big!

It’s a new month and a new year so be sure to visit the SolarWinds thwack community for some valuable IT management tips and of course enter to win big in this month’s thwack mission.  What is thwack? It’s an online community that lets you interact with over 130,000 community members to discuss technology, exchange ideas about IT management, and...

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Tips to Monitor SQL Server Query Performance

Tuning your SQL server is important because it can impact overall server performance. Tuning expensive queries is imperative because your database server’s performance can be affected by a slow and unresponsive query. Monitoring the performance of each query in SQL server is key – for example, if a single query is taking time to respond, you’ll know CPU utilization is...

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