Author: SolarWinds Inc

Want efficient asset management? Discover your assets first

Asset management is one of the most common challenges faced in growing IT help desk environments. Organizations that have manual asset management processes in place don’t know the meaning of “asset discovery.” Meanwhile, other organizations manage asset discovery by importing data from external databases—an outdated and inefficient practice. In this arena, help desk staff often struggle with: • In...

Hyper-V Storage Enhancements & What They Mean for Users – Part 3: Cost Comparison of SMBv3 vs SAN Expansion

By Lawrence Garvin, Head Geek, SolarWinds®, Virtualization & Storage Management This is the final part of a three part blog series. Also refer to the earlier blogs: • Part 1: Overview • Part 2: File Services Enhancements Historically, the optimal storage methodology for large-scale virtualization environments has been the Storage Area Network (SAN). Extremely small-scale environments were func...

Hyper-V Storage Enhancements & What They Mean for Users – Part 2: File Services Enhancements

By Lawrence Gavin, Head Geek, SolarWinds®, Virtualization & Storage Management This is part two of a three part blog series. • Also refer to Part 1: Overview •  Part 3: Cost Comparison of SMBv3 vs SAN Expansion As noted in the introductory article, Windows Server® 2012 brings significant improvements to file services. In this article, we’re going to talk a bit more in-depth about each of these...

Hyper-V Storage Enhancements & What they Mean for Users

Part 1: Overview By Lawrence Gavin, Head Geek, SolarWinds®, Virtualization & Storage Management Storage management will likely be the most important near-term consideration for organizations looking to invest in virtualization. The importance here is to select the correct storage methodology for the virtualization environment being built (there are more choices available today than there were ...

Helpdesk stories – can you relate?

End-users can be frightening, patience-draining or just-plain silly. Our video team at SolarWinds can be pretty silly too. Check out these four hilarious helpdesk videos we’ve created based off real stories we have received from IT pros. Vote for your favorite video, and complete the entry form for a chance to win a really big (and scary) wall cling.   Here is my favorite: [youtube http://www...

Understanding the appropriate places to use “Impact” & what “Reboot Behavior” should be set to when “Impact” is not set to Normal

by Lawrence Garvin (@LawrenceGarvin) In Sunday’s MMS presentation I mentioned the two fields Impact and Reboot Behavior, but did not have time in that presentation to talk about these two options in a way that would do them justice. Impact has three possible values “Normal”, “Minor”, and “Requires Exclusive Handling”. The Windows Update Agent responds to these values when used with a standalone WS...

Monitor the Monitor – Alert on Operations Manager Health

About three weeks ago I had a discussion with Cameron Fuller on how SolarWinds can better complement System Center Operations Manager. At that time, SolarWinds recently updated our Management Pack for Operations Manager. Cameron asked if we included out-of-the-box monitoring of SCOM in the Management Pack. According to Mr. Fuller, SCOM MVP, 1 in 3 engagements ask for a solution that monitors the m...

MMS 2013 Diary: LANDesk acquires Shavlik from VMware

by Lawrence Garvin, WSUS MVP Day One of MMS 2013 is now “in the can”. No great shell shockers coming from the first day… well except one. The afternoon session of the Expo Hall had come and gone, and I left the booth a bit late, and as I rounded the corner from our booth I noticed that the LANDesk Software booth – which had been right behind us – was no longer there, and a new booth was being put ...

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager Adds Capacity Management for Microsoft Hyper-V®

For many professionals, Hyper-V 3 is changing the hypervisor game. Advances in VM size and density, storage improvements, etc. are driving consumers to either expand their virtual set-up or try out the latest version of Hyper-V included with Microsoft Server 2012®. Critical to adoption of Hyper-V is use of the associated management tools from Microsoft, especially Virtual Machine Manager. But with...

It has arrived! A More Intelligent Way to Manage IT Alerts

SolarWinds Alert Central consolidates alerts from all your current systems, automates their escalation according to your rules and simplifies on-call scheduling all for FREE! Alert Central is the perfect alert management product for your organization, whether you’re scheduling just a few IT pros or managing a large network operations center. Small shops use alert central as an extension of their t...

MMS 2013 Diary, Post 1: Managing 3rd Party Updates with System Center 2012

by Lawrence Garvin, Microsoft MVP (@LawrenceGarvin)   Yesterday Kent Agerlund and I presented at the Microsoft Management Summit. Kent is the Chief System Management Architect with Coretech A/S in Denmark, and a Configuration Manager MVP. It was wonderful to see all of the MMS attendees at our session, UD-B326 – Managing Third Party Updates with System Center 2012 Configuration Manager ...

DameWare and Microsoft SCCM: Filling in the Gaps

With the 2013 Microsoft Management Summit coming up in a few days, it seems like a good time to talk about how the systems management features of SCCM can be augmented by DameWare Remote Support (DRS). What is DRS? DRS is remote support software with many built-in systems management tools, but unlike SCCM which has a very broad set of applications, it focuses on enhancing the remote control experi...

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