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Infrastructure Desk

MSP’s don’t work.

October 16th, 2018|Infrastructure Desk, Monitoring Basics|

"MSP's don't work". That is a pretty bold statement. In my experience the above statement is true and i'll even go further, by suggesting that you should employ an infrastructure monitoring contractor instead of using a managed service provider. Obviously I am a little biased. I have worked for a few managed service providers [...]

Combining Dynamic Groups with Custom Properties in Solarwinds.

October 16th, 2018|Infrastructure Desk, Monitoring Basics|

Custom Properties Custom properties are great for recording information in fields that Solarwinds doesn't provide by default. At my current customer they use custom properties fields to sort nodes into organised categories in the "all nodes box". Every time a new node is added into Solarwinds the engineer doing so completes the custom field information. [...]

Are you a technical social media risk?

August 23rd, 2018|Infrastructure Desk|

Think about the information you post on Linkedin, technical forums and social media outlets. How could that information be used to hack your environment? We give out our information to corporations with the expectation that it is being used responsibly and safely. Information has value and we give it away freely. When a phisher / [...]

The Bad Monitoring System

May 17th, 2018|Infrastructure Desk, Monitoring Basics|

Part of the job of a technical engineer is to design and build new infrastucture. An engineer requires information at their fingertips to be able to perform effectively. As part of an engineers job they are often required to : Research the environments he/she is working with. See and understand the connectivity [...]

SQL Server licensing for Solarwinds Orion

May 17th, 2018|Infrastructure Desk|

SQL Server licensing can be confusing. Here is my guide to help you understand licensing for Solarwinds Orion SQL server, based upon a server with 20 CPU cores. Types of SQL Server licenses There are 4 types of licenses that make up 3 possible licensing combinations for sale via SQL licensing vendors. SQL CPU Core [...]

The Importance of Individuality

May 14th, 2018|Creative|

"Under his eye" - Handmaid, The Handmaids Tale. I love Margaret Atwoods, The Handmaids tale series. It portrays a dismal America that is suffering under a tyrannical theological rule. The main character suffers rape and oppression by her captors based upon a form of christianity. During each episode Offred / June looks a little [...]

The Multitenanted Solarwinds Environment

April 23rd, 2018|Infrastructure Desk, Monitoring Basics|

I have been asked many times, how to make a Solarwinds deployment multitenanted? Managed service providers often wish to run their own instance of Solarwinds and they want to display all their customers inside it for monitoring purposes. They also want to give their customers visibility of their own infrastructure. So here is [...]

How to Monitor Darktrace with SNMPV3

April 18th, 2018|Infrastructure Desk|

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

April 17th, 2018|Infrastructure Desk|

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 [...]

Rebuilding a Solarwinds Monitoring Environment.

December 13th, 2017|Infrastructure Desk|

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 [...]