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About acmtix

Infrastructure Monitoring Engineer specialising in monitoring complex environments. Adam has worked at many large organisations and has been instrumental in deploying Solarwinds to the medical research councils UK, SSP worldwide and Docman Ltd. Adam has experience working in hybrid cloud infrastructure environments. If a device has an IP address he can monitor it.

April 2018

How to Monitor Darktrace with SNMPV3

This is a simple guide to enable successful monitoring of the Darktrace master and slave appliances using SNMPV3. Prerequisite : Make sure your devices are connected and configured with IP addresses via the Darktrace interface. Connect via putty onto each device. 2. Login as : Console 3. Enter your SSH password 4. [...]

Implementing Darktrace Artificial Intelligence

Darktrace uses Machine Learning and AI algorithms based upon "patterns of life/normality". At this point in time at my current location we have detected 1.5 million patterns of normal life, these patterns are used by Darktrace to evaluate possible security threats. Darktrace claims not to use rules or signatures but it does use [...]

December 2017

Rebuilding a Solarwinds Monitoring Environment.

Time to rebuild a Solarwinds monitoring  environment for a new customer. This customer currently has a single Solarwinds poller on Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 server with 12CPU Cores, 32GB RAM. They run the Solarwinds Orion SQL database on a shared SQL server with 16CPU Cores and 64GB RAM. There are many custom alerts, reports and [...]

August 2017

What you leave behind.

Today, after five months, i'm finishing another Infrastructure monitoring contract. A successful Solarwinds deployment for a NHS service provider. A few achievements : I have automated alerting based upon custom application monitoring templates and thresholds. I have designed some really clever performance / capacity reports that will be used to report back to NHS Digital [...]

Integrating ServiceNow with Solarwinds

When you integrate SolarWinds Orion and your ServiceNow incident management system you can configure Orion alerts to generate incidents that respond to monitored events in your environment, such as a failed hard drive or a change in server health. Integrating ServiceNow with your Orion platform applications helps ensure that all Orion alerts are addressed in [...]

How to Monitor a MySQL Database with Solarwinds

Download the MySQL ODBC connector Download the ODBC connector from https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/connector/odbc/Install the MSI on the Solarwinds poller that will connect to the database for monitoring. Once the connector is installed add a new SYSTEM DSN connection to the database. Run a test to see if the connector has been setup correctly and to test [...]

Monitoring an Application with Solarwinds

Monitoring an Application (SAM) Log on to your SolarWinds Web Console with an Administrator account. Click the Settings / All Settings Find Product Specific Settings and Click SAM Settings. In the Getting Started with SAM box, Click Manually Assign Application Monitors. Select the Application Monitor template you want to apply, and then click Next. Select the server node [...]

How to put a node into maintenance mode in Solarwinds

Maintenance Mode If you need to deactivate nodes for a period of time, you can do so by unmanaging / putting the node into maintenance mode. Changes you make to the managed or unmanaged status of a node takes affect after the next polling cycle. To unmanage a node : Log on to your [...]

June 2017

Don’t Login!

I encountered a problem yesterday that started when a customer reported a minor application issue. It demonstrated a common logistical problem that happens across many organisations when engineers attempt to fix customer issues and end up creating problems while trying to access servers. Here is the common application server support problem : An engineer builds [...]

WMI or SNMP?

What is WMI? Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) is a set of Microsoft specifications for consolidating the management of devices and applications in a network from Windows computing systems. WMI was first introduced and can be utilised on computers running Windows 95, Windows 98 and NT and later editions of Windows. WMI [...]