Many of us get this queasy feeling when we see the small surveillance cameras in a smart home (these devices that super-cautious homeowners install not only outside, but as private CCTVs within their own four walls). And as it turns out, not without reason.
You are a system administrator. You have all the biological functions and needs of a normal human, but you have the added superpower of understanding technology. This sets you apart. It makes you special. It would make your parents proud if only they understood what the heck you did for a living. But because of this superpower, you have to deal with users. And they can be a frustrating bunch.
Hello again! So much has happened since the last summary of Betty's IT Bits.
Despite all the advancements in technology, we still get old-fashioned mail delivered to our (physical) mailboxes by a mailman. It's a process that is completely analog, and it has its drawbacks. For example: what if you can't see your mailbox from your favorite living room sofa? Imagine you have to get up, put on a robe, go outside, and walk a few hundred feet, only to discover the mailman hasn't yet been? Nightmare scenario! We don't like the idea of you standing disappointed beside an empty mailbox in your robe! No one wants that (least of all your neighbors). So, in the latest episode of Maker Monday, Björn shows us how to digitize an analog mailbox to notify you when you get mail.
As promised in the blog post for version 18.3.43, our development team is working diligently on the upcoming releases of PRTG. Since a few days ago, version 18.3.44 is available in the stable channel. In case you don't know about our new HTTP IoT Sensor yet, you can read more here. But let's have a closer look at the enhancements of the 18.3.44 release now.
Keeping IT infrastructure functioning well is the role of any system administrator, and the same applies to healthcare IT infrastructure. We’ve already covered what makes healthcare IT different and what should be monitored. Now, in this post, I’d like to take a closer look at the functionality PRTG Network Monitor offers for monitoring the medical IT environment. Most specifically, it offers out-of-the-box DICOM and HL7 sensors. But what exactly can you monitor with these sensors?
When I came back from lunch yesterday and wanted to prepare for the next meeting, I noticed that I couldn't access my emails, my Microsoft Teams client was unable to connect to the outside world and accessing a website was beyond slow.
Every day you read something about blockchain, about Bitcoin, and how fabulously rich you would be if you had only known in 2008 what you don't know in 2018, namely how this damn blockchain thing works at all. Once you start googling it to become smarter, you realize that there are now an endless number of jokes about the blockchain. One goes like this: “How many bitcoin miners does it take to change a light bulb? A million. One to do it and the rest to verify he did it.” But since you still have no idea about blockchain, you find yourself smiling at such jokes even though you have not really understood them. In short, the situation is desperate.
Bandwidth monitoring? Yawn… SAN capacity checks? ZZzzzzzzz… CRM system health? B-o-r-i-n-g.
Experience PRTG and Sigfox in a very unique LPWAN Case Study.
A firmware upgrade is mostly a wonderful thing: suddenly the device has completely new features, runs faster and is more stable, and maybe the upgrade even fixes some security vulnerabilities. So it is nice if you are informed as quickly as possible when a new firmware is available for your servers, switches, routers, storage systems, printers, etc. and you can install it.
My name is Florian Thiele and I'm an IT Security Architect. I have been working with FortiGate firewalls and PRTG for 10 years, and I want to share some useful information about how to securely publish your PRTG server using a FortiGate firewall.
A few weeks ago, I couldn't sleep at night and watched a YouTube talk about quantum computers. I didn't understand a word and the conversation might as well have been in Swahili. At least I fell asleep quickly. The next morning, I thought to myself, "This can't be right. Why can't the subject of quantum computers be explained in a way that even I understand?" So I read a few things about it. Maybe a few more than a few. I'm still incredibly far from being an expert, but I am confident that I can explain the topic in a way that everyone understands.
Recently we took a first look at our newest sprout, PRTG Desktop. As its name suggests, PRTG Desktop is a desktop client for managing one or more PRTG instances. We will replace the existing PRTG Enterprise Console and will continue to provide you with a native application for PRTG administration.
We all have our own ways of getting things done at work. I don't know about you, but when I need to focus I tune into Spotify. Now, I'm not sure how IT admins feel about streaming music at work, but I haven't had any complaints so far, and I am pretty certain they are doing it too!