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Clean Your Room! – Addressing NMS Tool Care and Feeding Burdens

Part VI – 7 Habits of Highly Effective Network and Systems AdministratorsI mentioned I get peculiar inspiration for these blog topics, right? Before I sat down to continue our “7 Habits” series I was tucking my daughter in for bed. Predictably, two things happened. First, I stepped on something small, sharp, and plastic, which elicited [...]

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Getting to “Whodunit” Faster

Part V – 7 Habits of Highly Effective Network and Systems Administrators"First thing on the job, you know what I learned? How to spot a murderer. Let’s say you arrest three guys for the same killing. You put them all in jail overnight. The next morning, whoever’s sleeping is your man. You see, if you’re [...]

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Second Verse Same as the First

Part IV – 7 Habits of Highly Effective Network and Systems AdministratorsContinuing with our series, 7 Habits of Highly Effective Network and Systems Administrators, the next "habit" we'll cover is “Template Usage”.  When I think of the word “template,” I’m taken back to 1978 and watching Star Wars for the first time. All those Stormtroopers lined [...]

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The NMS Bone is Connected to the ITSM Bone…

Inspiration for writing these blogs comes from the most unlikely situations. A few days ago I was backing the car out of my garage and my daughter, in her typical fashion, says, “Daddy, can you put my music on please?” I complied and “Dem Bones” broadcasted from the speakers. You may not recognize the name [...]

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To Err is Human; To Automate, Divine?

Part III - 7 Habits of Highly Effective Network and Systems AdministratorsI can usually tell how a day will go before I even get out of bed in the morning.  How? Pick up my smartphone and peruse my inbox. My rule of thumb is that the quantity of emails time-stamped before 8am is indirectly proportional [...]

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There’s an App for That?

On a recent trip to Southern California, I made plans to meet a friend for Happy Hour. I knew the venue would be crowded, but I had no fear. Why? I have a smartphone. He has a smartphone. There are no less than 28,756 ways for us to connect and ultimately enjoy a beer (or [...]

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Deploying a Single Pane of Glass

7 Habits of Highly Effective Network and System Administrators - Part IIIt's no secret that Network and System Administrators are being asked to manage more resources than ever before, including networks, servers, apps, virtual and cloud resources, and more. But what does management mean?Looking at server workload as an example, as a Network or System [...]

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The Oxymoron Attack on Network and Systems Management

Part I – 7 Habits of Highly Effective Network and Systems AdministratorsJumbo Shrimp. Great Depression. Deafening Silence. Virtual Reality. These are all terms known as “Oxymorons”, defined by Webster as “a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction”. Put your mind to it and you can probably come up with several [...]

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Network & Systems Administrators

IntroductionNetwork & Systems Administrators are the backbone of any IT organization.They provide critical monitoring and support for all IT resources—be they networks, SD-WANs, servers, apps, or virtual and cloud resources.After working with hundreds of Network & Sys Admins, we’ve identified 7 crucial habits of the most effective ones.1. Avoid Data DelugeA typical Network or Systems [...]

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Application Monitoring: Covering All Your Angles

Luke Skywalker: Ben! Why didn't you tell me? You told me that Darth Vader betrayed and murdered my father.Obi-Wan Kenobi: Your father was seduced by the Dark Side of the Force. He ceased to be the Jedi Anakin Skywalker and "became" Darth Vader. When that happened, the good man who was your father was destroyed. [...]

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