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Monitoring Basics

May 2017

Automation & The End of the Human Race.

May 18th, 2017|Creative, Monitoring Basics|

I have just had a chat with my fellow workmates, some of them are a little annoyed that I have set Solarwinds SAM up to detect and restart IIS application pools. The engineers get paid overtime rates for working at night and with the application pools now being restarted automatically, Solarwinds has saved the [...]

Component Monitoring Objectivity

May 11th, 2017|Monitoring Basics|

Monitoring applications, servers, and components need to be clearly defined so that better understanding of the technical environment can be gained. When technical and non-technical staff are asked to work within an environment, certified diagrammatical information is critical to the effective support, development and future maintenance of the environment. This diagram is a representation of [...]

Network Operations Centre Dashboard

May 3rd, 2017|Infrastructure Desk, Monitoring Basics|

When creating a network operations centre dashboard, it has to be concise, informational and relevant. custom dashboard A network operating centre dashboard, should contain IP addresses, server hostnames, relevant connection information, server and software status. It could also contain server specifications. For this production environment, I have applied a background image created in [...]

Charts, Charts, Charts

May 3rd, 2017|Infrastructure Desk, Monitoring Basics|

Creating an informative, useful chart is a great way to display data about an environment. When it is a requirement that an environment is monitored, custom views can be generated to display many key aspects of a server. In the charts displayed, I have created views that dynamically update, adding new servers into the chart [...]

March 2017

Alert Analysis – High Packet Loss – How it works?

March 28th, 2017|Infrastructure Desk, Monitoring Basics|

Name of alert: High packet loss Description of alert: This alert examines the percent packet loss over the last few minutes. Packet loss is calculated from the number of ICMP packets that are dropped when polling the node. This alert will write to the SolarWinds event log when packet loss rises above 40% and when [...]

Report Request Form

March 27th, 2017|Infrastructure Desk, Monitoring Basics|

I've had more requests for a report requirement form for Solarwinds, so i've put this together so that a formal process can be adopted. Report requirement form. Basic report requirement statement :       How is the data to be displayed?   Pie Bar Chart Min / Max / Average Chart Radial Dial Table [...]

Alert Request Form

March 26th, 2017|Infrastructure Desk, Monitoring Basics|

Hello Infrastructure Engineers,   Here I have designed a custom alert request form because many individuals were asking me for custom alerts and there was no formal alert request process. So here it is...   Alert Request Form. Name of alert definition : Description of alert definition :   Evalution period (every 1 minute)? : [...]