How to Monitor Server Performance

Server performance monitoring can be somewhat of an artform, especially as the server infrastructure and the surrounding network become increasingly dispersed and

Posted on: 25 May 2017 | 8:14 am

VMware – High Availability and Fault Tolerance Cluster Configurations

While virtualizing servers with VMware has the advantage of minimizing hardware monitoring requirements and saving on facilities costs, it does have the disadvantage of introducing a single point of failure for multiple servers:  the ESX host computer.  One hardware failure taking out an ESX host can take out all the Virtual Machines (VMs) on that host, rather than taking out one individual server.

Posted on: 22 May 2017 | 8:31 am

Configuring and Collecting Syslog

What is Syslog? Syslog is the message logging utility used on Unix, Linux and Network Device operating systems (e.g. Cisco, Juniper).  

Posted on: 18 May 2017 | 2:38 pm

Uptime Monitoring –  Calculating cost and ROI

Why: As an Information Technology professional, you have in all likelihood experienced an IT disruption that has affected application and server uptime. Information Technology is very much a metrics driven profession.  

Posted on: 11 May 2017 | 10:42 am

Linux Memory Use

Monitoring memory on Linux can be counter-intuitive if you’re accustomed to monitoring Windows.  On Windows, 95% used memory means that 95% of your memory is assigned to processes, and allocating memory for a new process will slow down performance as memory is swapped out to disk to free up enough memory for the new process.

Posted on: 4 May 2017 | 1:29 pm

Configuring Longitude to Monitor Servers and IT Infrastructure

The monitoring of servers and the network infrastructure need not be a daunting task.As the number of servers and network devices continue proliferate a common theme from many IT professionals is  “How do I best monitor for performance and availability issues and do it in a way that isn’t time consuming?” 

Posted on: 25 April 2017 | 7:46 am

Microsoft Exchange Server Tuning & Monitoring:  3 Keys to Better Results

If your company has standardized on Microsoft® Exchange Server, you know how much everyone in your organization depends on its collaborative messaging services. Exchange Server configurations also have a habit of becoming large and complex as a company’s needs scale up. For the IT professionals that administer Exchange, this leads to a major responsibility that requires both skill and resources.

Posted on: 18 April 2017 | 7:45 am

7 built-in SQL Monitoring Tools

Microsoft SQL Server has been available on Windows for almost as long as Windows has existed, and the tools to monitor both SQL and Windows have become increasingly complex and varied in the three decades since their initial release.  In some respects, monitoring SQL Server can be a more daunting task than monitoring Windows, not necessarily because it is more difficult, but because there are so many different ways to do it. 

Posted on: 11 April 2017 | 11:57 am

5 Methods for Collecting Windows IT Metrics for Operations


Posted on: 4 April 2017 | 8:18 am

5 Tips for Successful Server Monitoring and Alerting

As an IT Infrastructure grows in size and complexity implementing server monitoring and alerting becomes increasingly difficult.  Mixes of different operating systems, network equipment, software versions, along with virtualization and cloud computing make it even more complicated.

Posted on: 3 April 2017 | 1:01 pm