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5 Tips for Sysadmins That Will Improve Appreciation of Your Work (and Your Budget) 

You may feel as if you have come to a dead end in your career as a systems administrator, or maybe you feel like you are stuck in a rut. Sometimes every day can feel like you are Bill Murray in the movie "Groundhog Day", where you are living the same day over and over again. Often, a good day is merely a day when nothing happens. However, while an incident-free day may be ideal from the standpoint of the company, simply maintaining a status quo is more harmful than helpful. Every day must be an opportunity for excellence, but what is excellence and how do you achieve it?

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2017-Mar-29 in IT Insights
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Moving from On-Premises to Hybrid Cloud? Keep These 5 Things in Mind

Hybrid cloud is one of the hottest topics in IT at the moment. The term “hybrid cloud” refers to the use of both a private cloud and a public cloud in parallel, or a connection between the two.  As with many IT trend topics, there’s no standard concept or generally-accepted definition of the term “hybrid cloud”. Rather, this is a concept with multiple interpretations.

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8 Tips to Make Your Virtualization More Scalable and Flexible

Virtualization makes everything in the data center much more straightforward: your systems will become significantly more scalable and flexible when compared with native systems. What are the typical obstacles that are encountered, and what are 2017's trends?

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SNMP Explained: What You Must Know About Monitoring via MIBs and OIDs

Hey there. Have you ever wondered why on earth SNMP stands for Simple Network Management Protocol if its setup reveals to be anything but simple? As a network admin surely you have. Maybe you went gray trying to activate SNMP on your machine? Or you wanted to include a new device in your network monitoring and thought "Perfect, it supports SNMP", but then you stumbled over OIDs and MIBs, ASN.1 and stuff like that? You googled several RFCs, but couldn't find your way around? Well, then read on, I'll try to shed a bit of light on all of that during this SNMP blog series.

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Why a Diverse Team from 30 Countries Is Important for Our International Success

We at Paessler make one product: PRTG Network Monitor. More than 150,000 people all over the world use PRTG to monitor their IT Infrastructure. Let’s zoom into Paessler and find out how this international reach influences our team and our company’s culture. We have over 180 passionate people working for Paessler, about 150 in our headquarters here in Nuremberg, Germany, and about 30 spread over the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe. But even our team here in Nuremberg has a very international background. 40% of our colleagues come from more than 25 countries. How cool is that?

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Find Out How Monitoring Secures and Optimizes a Public Institution's IT Infrastructure

A functional, high-performance IT infrastructure is a must for public institutions. Public authorities and municipalities are faced with specific challenges: in many cases, different locations need to be integrated into a central IT infrastructure. Internet portals provide citizens with services outside of business hours. This mitigates peak hours and relieves the staff, but also requires maximum IT availability - around the clock. And the data is often highly sensitive, requiring maximum security.

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How to Properly Announce Scheduled Network Maintenance to Your Users

Every system administrator, at some point, needs to take an important service offline temporarily, for scheduled maintenance or for upgrades. This article provides guidance on what to include in a downtime announcement and how to communicate upcoming maintenance windows to your users. Our experience as a company with 180 employees spread around the world is that it's critical to communicate very thoroughly to avoid confusion and resulting loss of productivity.

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How To Improve Flow for Increased Motivation at Work

  • You love your job
  • It takes no effort to do your tasks
  • You are in a flow

Congratulations! You've achieved flow!

For all of you who are not in a flow, here are some ideas on how to get there.

 

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2017-Mar-17 in IT Insights
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How to secure company IT with simple password rules

Passwords are annoying. The more complex they are, the greater the effort to memorize and enter them. As an administrator, you are responsible for the IT security in your organization - and secure user passwords are an essential component. This is where you become an "educator": Help your users with a simple strategy to create secure passwords.

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2017-Mar-16 in Admin's Toolbox
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Our Sysadmins' 9 Favorite Apps and Why You Should Try Them

"What's on your phone?" we asked our IT team at Paessler, looking for some inspiration. Of course the PRTG app was on all of their phones. It's what they work with daily to keep our network up and running at all times (thanks, guys!). But what other apps do they use and why do they love them?

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