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2017-Jun-22 in IT Insights

I only wanted a GeForce Titan and two curved screens

I’ve been trying it again and again for the last 10 years, but I haven’t been successful [so far]: I wanted a cool gaming machine for my job as a writer and editor at Paessler, giving me a little advantage for our after work gaming sessions. As I was bringing our administrators close to a nervous breakdown with my regular requests, Nina from our IT-team finally came to me and explained our hard- and software deployment processes here at Paessler to me. And I must admit, it sounds somehow reasonable for me, although they don’t offer GeForce Titans and curved screens. Here is what Nina said:

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2017-Jun-21 in Monitoring Insights

Ben’s Story: PRTG Saved My @ss So Often, I Ended Up Working for Paessler!

Ben Day, a Senior Presales Engineer for Paessler in the US, describes his introduction to PRTG and how it saved his @ss quite a few times. He liked PRTG so much that he ended up working for Paessler, promoting a product that he knows he can really stand behind. Here’s Ben’s story, in his own words.

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2017-Jun-20 in PRTG

PRTG 16.4.28/17.1.28: Bitte aktualisieren!

Wenn Sie PRTG in einer Version zwischen 16.4.28.x und betreiben, dann hat Ihre Installation ein kleines Problem: Sie wird Ihnen nicht mitteilen, dass es schon eine neuere Version von PRTG gibt. Und sie kann sich nicht selbst aktualisieren. Unsere Schuld. Wir haben die Auto-Update-Funktionen versehentlich deaktiviert. Das tut uns leid, bitte entschuldigen Sie.

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2017-Jun-19 in Monitoring Insights

8 Out-Of-The-Box Exchange Sensors That Will Save Your @ss

In this, the first in a series of articles looking at how PRTG can help Exchange Admins to manage their systems, we look at the continued popularity of email as a corporate communications tool. We’ll also see how PRTG’s pre-defined Exchange sensors can provide a great overview of system health and performance. In subsequent articles, we’ll see how custom sensors can provide even deeper insight into the many components and sub-systems that make up an Exchange infrastructure.

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Paessler –The Eating Company Celebrating One Year of Our Own Cafeteria

We spend a ridiculous amount of time discussing food at the office. “Is it anyone’s birthday and did they bring cake?”, “Is the chocolate drawer filled up?” (yes, we have an official chocolate drawer) and most importantly “What’s for lunch?”.

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2017-Jun-13 in IT Insights

A Tech Guy at the AWS Summit 2017 in Berlin

A few of us from Paessler got to recently go to the AWS Summit in Berlin and here are a few things that we learned along with some notes from the trip.

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All About All Access: My Trip to Spiceworks’ Unconference

I’m the Senior Technical Evangelist for Paessler and I spend a lot of time in various online communities, discussing PRTG and other monitoring stuff with IT professionals.  Spiceworks is one of the most interesting and valuable forums I’m involved with, and I’ve been active as a “Green Guy” there for about a year.

Spiceworks organizes two SpiceWorld conferences each year, one in Austin, Texas, and one in London, England.  My US colleagues get to go to SpiceWorld Austin, and I was looking forward to going to the one in London this year.

I was very (very!) disappointed to learn that Spiceworks had cancelled the London event.  WHAT!?!  Fortunately, I wasn’t the only one who was disappointed…  So many Spiceheads complained that the Spiceworks organizers relented – and decided to organize an event in London after all.

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2017-Jun- 9 in Admin's Toolbox

Why There Is No Better Browser Than Google Chrome [Bonus: 10 Best Extensions for Admins]

Google Chrome has come a long way from its humble beginnings in 2008. Today, the web browser has over 1 billion users and accounts for 75.1% of global internet usage as of March 2017. This success can be chalked up in part to its highly customizable design, simple yet incredibly handy features, and synchronization capabilities. Let's go over some of the reasons why Chrome outshines the competition.


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2017-Jun- 8 in IT Insights

Do You Know How Many Active VMs You Have?

Using the standard VMware sensors in PRTG, you can integrate information from your VMware setup into your overall IT-monitoring. But, PRTG has no out-of-the-box feature to count the number of active virtual machines running on your servers. So, I wrote a script that works as an EXE/Script sensor in PRTG and that counts your active VMs.

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Your switch doesn't support flow? We show how you can monitor it anyway!

Flow based monitoring (NetFlow, sFlow, jFlow, IPFIX...) is a powerful method to get detailed information about the traffic on your switches and firewalls. It not only delivers data about the sheer amount of traffic, but also what kind of traffic it is, where it comes from and where it goes to. Using flow monitoring you can get top lists of users, connections or protocols. However, not every switch, router, or firewall supports flow protocols. Most flow protocol supporting devices are expensive high-end series, while older devices or budget series don't support it. You can find more information about flow monitoring at the Paessler manual

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