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2017-Jun-22 in IT Insights

I only wanted a GeForce Titan and two curved screens

I’ve been trying it again and again for the last 10 years, but I haven’t been successful [so far]: I wanted a cool gaming machine for my job as a writer and editor at Paessler, giving me a little advantage for our after work gaming sessions. As I was bringing our administrators close to a nervous breakdown with my regular requests, Nina from our IT-team finally came to me and explained our hard- and software deployment processes here at Paessler to me. And I must admit, it sounds somehow reasonable for me, although they don’t offer GeForce Titans and curved screens. Here is what Nina said:

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2017-Jun-21 in Monitoring Insights

Ben’s Story: PRTG Saved My @ss So Often, I Ended Up Working for Paessler!

Ben Day, a Senior Presales Engineer for Paessler in the US, describes his introduction to PRTG and how it saved his @ss quite a few times. He liked PRTG so much that he ended up working for Paessler, promoting a product that he knows he can really stand behind. Here’s Ben’s story, in his own words.

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2017-Jun-20 in PRTG

PRTG 16.4.28/17.1.28: Please Update!

If you’re running PRTG with a version between 16.4.28.x and your installation has a little problem: It will not tell you that a newer version of PRTG exists. And it cannot update itself. Our fault! We accidentally deactivated the auto update function. We apologize!

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2017-Jun-19 in Monitoring Insights

8 Out-Of-The-Box Exchange Sensors That Will Save Your @ss

In this, the first in a series of articles looking at how PRTG can help Exchange Admins to manage their systems, we look at the continued popularity of email as a corporate communications tool. We’ll also see how PRTG’s pre-defined Exchange sensors can provide a great overview of system health and performance. In subsequent articles, we’ll see how custom sensors can provide even deeper insight into the many components and sub-systems that make up an Exchange infrastructure.

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Paessler –The Eating Company Celebrating One Year of Our Own Cafeteria

We spend a ridiculous amount of time discussing food at the office. “Is it anyone’s birthday and did they bring cake?”, “Is the chocolate drawer filled up?” (yes, we have an official chocolate drawer) and most importantly “What’s for lunch?”.

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Never Lose Sight of the Hardware Infrastructure - and 9 More Tips You Need to Know About IoT Monitoring

It makes no difference whether your boss has only just heard about the Internet of Things and is now on the lookout for new business models, or your customer wants a fully-networked Smart Home with intelligent electrical outlets. At the end of the day, a feature-rich, high-performance Internet of Things will require IT administrators who understand their craft. So, here are ten tips that will help you get to grips with the challenges of network monitoring.

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2017-Jun-13 in IT Insights

A Tech Guy at the AWS Summit 2017 in Berlin

A few of us from Paessler got to recently go to the AWS Summit in Berlin and here are a few things that we learned along with some notes from the trip.

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All About All Access: My Trip to Spiceworks’ Unconference

I’m the Senior Technical Evangelist for Paessler and I spend a lot of time in various online communities, discussing PRTG and other monitoring stuff with IT professionals.  Spiceworks is one of the most interesting and valuable forums I’m involved with, and I’ve been active as a “Green Guy” there for about a year.

Spiceworks organizes two SpiceWorld conferences each year, one in Austin, Texas, and one in London, England.  My US colleagues get to go to SpiceWorld Austin, and I was looking forward to going to the one in London this year.

I was very (very!) disappointed to learn that Spiceworks had cancelled the London event.  WHAT!?!  Fortunately, I wasn’t the only one who was disappointed…  So many Spiceheads complained that the Spiceworks organizers relented – and decided to organize an event in London after all.

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2017-Jun- 9 in Admin's Toolbox

Why There Is No Better Browser Than Google Chrome [Bonus: 10 Best Extensions for Admins]

Google Chrome has come a long way from its humble beginnings in 2008. Today, the web browser has over 1 billion users and accounts for 75.1% of global internet usage as of March 2017. This success can be chalked up in part to its highly customizable design, simple yet incredibly handy features, and synchronization capabilities. Let's go over some of the reasons why Chrome outshines the competition.


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2017-Jun- 8 in IT Insights

Do You Know How Many Active VMs You Have?

Using the standard VMware sensors in PRTG, you can integrate information from your VMware setup into your overall IT-monitoring. But, PRTG has no out-of-the-box feature to count the number of active virtual machines running on your servers. So, I wrote a script that works as an EXE/Script sensor in PRTG and that counts your active VMs.

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