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Posted on 07.11.18 by Dan Franciscus

Auditing Software with Chocolatey

Knowing what software is installed on your desktops and servers is crucial in an organization. This is common sense to sysadmins. We like to know information such as installation date, version and who installed it. By default, in Windows, you can get some of this...

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 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 Nate Lewis

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 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 06.14.18 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...

Posted on 06.12.18 by Adam Bertram

Automation First Thinking: Succeeding at IT Automation

If you’re in IT, chances are you’ve automated some task before. Whether it’s writing a script, building an application yourself or leveraging an off-the-shelf solution from a vendor; you’ve automated.

Posted on 06.08.18 by Jeff Edwards

Breaking Down the GDPR's Data Protection Principles, Part 3: Accuracy and Storage Limitation

May was an interesting month. Google and Facebook were hit with 8.8 billion dollar lawsuits, Kanye West announced his support for Donald Trump, and we were all hit with a glut of “We’ve Updated Our Privacy Statement” emails flooding our inboxes. What does it all mean?...

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