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Posted on 07.10.18 by Adam Bertram

What is SaltStack?

SaltStack/Salt is a configuration management (CM) and orchestration tool that enables system administrators to automate server provisioning and management tasks. Salt is comparatively a newcomer in the CM segment as it was launched in 2011, at a time when Puppet and Chef...

Posted on 07.02.18 by Kevin Conklin

The Best Reasons for Moving from Basic FTP to Secure File Transfer

In your efforts to secure critical business and personal data, don't forget your file transfer and data sharing systems. One often overlooked area that can leave you vulnerable to cyber attack are outdated or under-managed FTP servers.

Posted on 06.29.18 by Adam Bertram

Understanding PowerShell Scriptblocks

If you're not already familiar with scriptblocks, after reading this article, you'll begin to see them all over the place in PowerShell in the form of an opening and a closing curly brace.

Posted on 06.26.18 by Jeff Edwards

How to Enable and Configure SNMP for Network Monitoring

It doesn’t take a ninja to know that Simple Network Management Protocol allows administrators to monitor network-attached devices. That said, you might actually need to be a ninja to enable and configure SNMP on Windows, Linux/Unix, Cisco, and ESXi.

Posted on 06.25.18 by Kevin Conklin

WhatsUp® Gold Network Configuration Management: “Make Life Simple!”

“Make Life Simple!” Isn’t that the mantra for just about every network infrastructure administrator? They’re constantly fighting fires and responding to urgent calls—not only from end users, but also other members of the IT team that complain about the performance of a...

Posted on 06.25.18 by Jeff Edwards

The Top Six Alternatives to GitHub

Earlier this month, Microsoft announced it's impending $7.5 billion acquisition of GitHub, and developers everywhere have responded with an uproar.   Software professionals  and open-source developers everywhere are ripping the cat stickers off their laptops and seeking...

Posted on 06.19.18 by Alex Jablokow

What is Virtual Infrastructure Management?

Virtualization creates virtual resources that can be used the same way as any physical resource or application. Disk drive partitioning is a familiar form of virtualization. Servers, networks, desktops, applications, and storage can all be virtual.

Posted on 06.18.18 by Kevin Conklin

Using Secure File Transfer to Protect Creative Assets

Network admins and IT engineers at companies that need to update their file transfer processes face a critical mission: making sure digital assets always remain safe and protected against lurking cybercriminals.

Posted on 06.14.18 by Dan Franciscus

How To Use Vagrant Networking

 In this article, I will discuss some of the ways to configure virtual machines using Vagrant networking.

Posted on 06.13.18 by Joe Hewitson

Managing the Stress in IT: A Sysadmin's Perspective

Unfortunately, stress is an inevitable aspect of any job. Deadlines start piling up, resources are stretched thin and before you know it, your cholesterol levels read more like a lopsided basketball game than a healthy screening. For sysadmins, managing the stress in IT...

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