SolarWinds releases slew of network management upgrades

SolarWinds has updated its network management portfolio, including adding Network Insight for Palo Alto Networks and changes to SolarWinds Orion Platform, to bring more data visibility and scalability to IT professionals.

The Network Insight features are designed to simplify the management of complicated network devices by providing information for each device’s role, according to SolarWinds. It now also includes support for Palo Alto Networks firewalls to block dangerous traffic.

Additionally, with Network Insight for Palo Alto Networks, users can analyze security policies to see how they’ve changed over time, as well as inspect the traffic flowing through the policies. Users can also monitor site-to-site VPN tunnels.

On Orion Platform, users can utilize PerfStack dashboards to correlate service delivery data with traditional metrics, such as interface, CPU and memory utilization. Network Insight features are also available for Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance firewalls, Cisco Nexus switches and F5 BIG-IP load balancers.

Network Insight for Palo Alto Networks is available in SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM), NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA), Network Configuration Manager (NCM) and User Device Tracker (UDT).

Within its network management software, SolarWinds has also added the following updates:

  • Orion Maps: Orion Maps use data in Orion Platform to build maps that come alive with current status and performance. Now, users can customize these maps and add them to any dashboard.
  • Centralized upgrades: Users can now upgrade a large, distributed environment from a single location.
  • Azure SQL Database: SolarWinds has added Azure SQL Database as a deployment option for users in Orion Platform, expanding deployment options for customers both on premises or in the cloud.
  • NetFlow Traffic Analyzer: This now supports IPv6, which expands visibility into both IPv4 and IPv6 traffic detail.
  • VoIP & Network Quality Manager: VNQM delivers real-time call metrics and Session Initiation Protocol trunk utilization from Cisco Unified Border Element.
  • IP Address Manager: IPAM expands a self-service portal for IP address requests, which improves notifications and enables users to add custom fields and process requests with more control.

The SolarWinds network management portfolio updates are available now.

The prices are as follows:

  • SolarWinds NPM starts at $2,955.
  • NTA starts at $1,945.
  • VNQM starts at $1,695.
  • NCM starts at $2,995.
  • IPAM starts at $1,995.
  • UDT starts at $1,895.

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The Ultimate Hyper-V Host Installation Checklist

Use the following checklist when installing or verifying the installation of a Hyper-V host

Check our complete guide to Hyper-V networking if you need help on the networking components in the following list items

  • Create adapter team(s)
  • Disable VMQ on all physical and logical adapters on gigabit hardware that will host a virtual switch
  • Create an external virtual switch
  • Configure the host’s management adapter:
    • If you will use a virtual network adapter for the host’s management traffic, create it
    • Set IP address, mask, and gateway
    • Set DNS server address(es)
    • Configure optional networking components, such as NetBIOS over TCP/IP
  • Patch to current
  • Join the domain. Perform any additional Active Directory steps, such as moving the account to a special OU
  • Enable PowerShell Remoting
  • Enable Multipath I/O
  • If you will use iSCSI storage:
    • Configure the relevant network adapter(s)
    • Enable the iSCSI initiator
    • Connect to iSCSI target(s)
  • If you will use SMB storage (also applies for using remote tools to connect ISOs to VMs):
    • Enable delegation
    • If using dedicated adapters:
      • Assign IP and netmask to storage adapters
      • Disable DNS registration for storage adapters
  • If you will use Fibre Channel storage:
    • Install the necessary software
    • Configure Fibre Channel hardware adapter(s)
    • Connect to Fibre Channel target(s)
  • Format any volumes as needed
  • Configure Hyper-V Host defaults
    • Default VM location
    • Default storage location
    • Migration policies
    • NUMA spanning
  • If the host will belong to a cluster:
    • Create additional virtual network adapters, if using converged networking
    • Assign IP and netmask to cluster and Live Migration adapters
    • Disable DNS registration for cluster and Live Migration adapters
    • Run the Cluster Validation Wizard
    • Create/join the cluster
    • Verify/configure quorum
    • Verify/configure clustered storage
  • If you will use Hyper-V Replica:
    • Assign a valid certificate from a trusted PKI authority
    • Configure Replica
  • Install and configure backup
  • Configure monitoring system

Note: not all steps will apply to every situation

You can also automate most of these steps using deployment tools, group policy, Desired State Configuration, and your own custom scripts.

Think I’ve missed anything out? Let me know in the comments below!

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For Sale – CUSTOM BUILT BY PC SPECIALISTS 2013. VIDEO EDITING / GAMING DESK TOP PC OUTFIT.

For Sale

CUSTOM BUILT BY PC SPECIALISTS 2013.

VIDEO EDITING / GAMING DESK TOP PC OUTFIT.

This set up has served me well over the last 6 years. It has never been used for gaming, only general computing plus photo & video editing.

The only failure it suffered in that time being the CMOS watch battery that controls the date.

The PC, keyboard & mouse cost £1150.00 from PC Specialists, & the monitor £178.00 from Amazon UK, bills available.

I’m almost 80 years of age & my eyes are not what they were so I’ve decided to sell on my existing set up & go for a new PC with Windows 10 & a 31inch monitor. Everything is in good working order & from a child pet & smoke free home.

I want £500 for the complete outfit, collected from me, or if by carrier, plus carrier & special packing costs (to be determined.)

If wanted I can leave my photo editing software & lots of other useful software on the PC, or I can clear everything off apart from the operating system, for which I have the discs. Just let me know. Inspection is no problem, I will leave it in operation until I receive my new set up, which I will order once a sale is agreed. The delivery time of my new set up will be 2 weeks from ordering, then this PC can be collected or carriers arranged. All bills manuals etc available for inspection. Only components mentioned here included in the sale.

PC Specification

Case BitFenix Prodigy Mini-ITX Case (Black)

Processor (CPU) Intel® Core™i5 Quad Core Processor i5-4570 (3.2GHz) 6MB Cache

Motherboard ASUS® MAXIMUS VI IMPACT: Mini-ITX, LG1150, USB 3.0, SATA 6GBs, WIFI

Memory (RAM) 16GB KINGSTON DUAL-DDR3 1600MHz (2 x 8GB)

Graphics Card 2GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 760 – 2 DVI, HDMI, DP – 3D Vision Ready

1st Storage Drive 1TB WD CAVIAR BLACK WD1002FAEX, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64MB CACHE (7200rpm)

2nd Storage Drive 1TB 3.5″ SATA-III 6GB/s HDD 7200RPM 32MB CACHE

DVD/BLU-RAY Drive 24x DUAL LAYER DVD WRITER ±R/±RW/RAM

Power Supply CORSAIR 650W ENTHUSIAST SERIES™ MODULAR TXM-650 V2-80 PLUS®

Power Cable 1 x 2 Metre UK Power Cable.

Processor Cooling INTEL STANDARD CPU COOLER

Sound Card ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO

Wireless/Wired Networking 10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT

USB/Thunderbolt Options 2 x USB 3.0 & 4 x USB 2.0 PORTS ON BACK PANEL + MIN. 2 FRONT PORTS

Operating System Genuine Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit w/SP1 – inc DVD & Licence

Windows Recovery Media Windows 7 Professional (64-bit) DVD with paper sleeve

Office Software Apache Open Office Org.

Anti-Virus. Microsoft Security Essentials. Malware Bytes.

Keyboard & Mouse LOGITECH® K120 USB KEYBOARD

Mouse LOGITECH® OPTICAL USB MOUSE.

Spare expansion cages/

MONITOR.

BenQ RL2450HT 24 inch Widescreen LED Monitor (1920×1080), 2ms, VGA, DVI-D, HDMI, Headphone Jack, Black eQualizer, Smart Scaling. Height, rotate & tilt adjustable stand.

BenQ RL2450HT Full Specifications

Connectors. DVI-D PORT 1. HDMI PORTS 2. Headphone output 1. VGA (D Sub) 1. Maximum Resolution 1920 x 1080. 16-9 Aspect Ratio. Supported Graphics Resolution. 1920 x 1080. Refresh Rate. 76Hz. Screen Size 24inch. HD TYPE. Full HD. Screen Surface. Matte. Brightness 250 CD/M sq. Display Number Colours 16.78 million. Dynamic Contrast Ratio 12000000:1. Contrast Ratio 1000:1. Display Technology LCD. Backlight W-LED. Panel Type. TN+FILM. Response Time (GtG) 2Ms. Response Time 2Ms. Pixel Size 0.01 inch. Viewing Angle Horizontal 170 degrees. Vertical 160 degrees. Panel Design. Flat. Colour. Black. Height Adjustment. 4.33 inches. Width. 22.8 inches. Weight. 18.41 lbs. Energy Star. TCO Labelling TCO Displays 5.1. Operational Power Consumption. 27w.
Many more pictures, just PM me.

Price and currency: £499.00
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: Cash on Collection or Paypal
Location: Southport Merseyside UK
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Theo Fleury’s greatest goal: The hockey legend turns to tech to help others (like him) heal after trauma | Transform

The Fleury family had three boys, with Theo the oldest. He was small in stature but aggressive in attitude. His father and mother each had withstood their own emotional wounds as kids, leading them both into substance abuse. His dad was an alcoholic and his mother was addicted to prescription pills, he says. (Both are now sober.)

Theo stands between his parents Donna and Wally at a ceremony where he received an honorary doctorate degree. Theo is wearing a red graduation gown and cap.
Fleury with parents Donna and Wally in 2015 as he earned an honorary doctorate from Brandon University.

“I grew up in a home that was violent, chaotic, crazy, insane,” he says. “I watched my parents’ childhood trauma fight with each other every single day.”

But the little town had a hockey rink and Fleury found the game at age 5, blending natural talent with home-grown combativeness, creating a fierce force on the ice.

As a young teen, he attended an elite hockey camp in Manitoba. One of the camp’s instructors was a pro scout, Graham James, who took instant interest in Fleury and told him he had the skills to someday make it to the NHL.

James recruited Fleury, then 15, to play for his junior hockey team in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan during the mid-1980s. In his 2009 memoir, “Playing with Fire,” Fleury revealed that James repeatedly sexually assaulted him during those years.

Fleury kept those attacks a secret because, he later explained, he feared other players would bully him and he believed the stigma would kill his NHL dream.

He reached the NHL in 1988 with the Calgary Flames, blossoming into one of the league’s most dynamic scorers. He was named an NHL All-Star by 1991.

He also was addicted to alcohol, drugs and sex, he says – all to mask the haunting pain of his younger years.

By 1996, at age 28, he was widely considered one of the game’s greats. That same year, Fleury’s junior hockey teammate, Sheldon Kennedy, then playing for the Boston Bruins, publicly revealed that James had sexually abused Kennedy as a teenager. (James later pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting Kennedy, Fleury and other players. He was sentenced to multiple prison terms.)

“When Sheldon came out with his story, I thought I was doing OK. My secret nobody knew. But here it was, in front of my face again, and now I’ve got to take a look at it. I just wasn’t ready to take a look at it,” Fleury recalls.

“Because of that, my addictions became even more prevalent because I didn’t want to think about it. So the drugs, the alcohol, all those addictions, allowed me to numb out.”

They ultimately ended his NHL career. Days before the start of the 2002-2003 season, the NHL suspended Fleury for violating the terms of the league’s substance-abuse program. In April 2003, the league suspended him again for the same reason. He was 34.

Theo Fleury appears with five other hockey players, all smiling and wearing gold medals, at the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Fleury, upper right, helped Team Canada win gold at the 2002 Winter Olympics. (Getty Images.)

His dream was dead.

He became sober on Sept. 18, 2005. But it was nearly 10 more years before Fleury began to map out the contours of his deepest discoveries on healing.

That began as he worked on his second book, “Conversations with a Rattlesnake,” published in 2014 and co-authored by therapist Kim Barthel. The writing provided Fleury with four revelations on trauma that now inform his public talks and drive his own recovery.

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Latest update takes Arcserve RHA to the cloud

The newest version of Arcserve RHA extended its continuous replication capabilities up to the cloud, allowing users to leave the site-to-site failover world behind.

Arcserve RHA (Replication and High Availability) is Arcserve’s business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) software, a replication tool that records I/O changes in a journal and synchronizes it across the primary and secondary targets. A failure at the primary site will trigger an immediate failover to the secondary site.

Up until this update, Arcserve RHA could only replicate from and to on-premises environments. This version not only allows site-to-cloud failover, but also failback to new hardware, a different geographical site, or to another cloud.

Arcserve CTO Oussama El-Hilali said this capability provides more flexibility for organizations building out their DR infrastructure. He pointed out that another use case for Arcserve RHA is for migrating applications to the cloud.

“You can actually turn off the one on prem and the application will failover and start to run on the cloud,” El-Hilali said. “Initially, it was intended to be used for data loss or some kind of disaster, but it can be used just for simple migration.”

Arcserve RHA supports both physical and virtual environments. Windows systems can be replicated to XenServer, VMware or Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisors or to Amazon EC2 or Microsoft Azure clouds.

This update also added Linux support. Linux systems can be replicated to VMware, Hyper-V, KVM, EC2 or Azure.

“The challenge for BC/DR vendors today is addressing the complexity caused by the increasingly hybrid IT ecosystem,” said Steven Hill, senior analyst at 451 Research. “Arcserve’s on the right track with an approach to hybrid high availability that pulls together multiple physical, virtual and cloud production systems with a common model for policy-based workload protection under a single pane of glass.”

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Arcserve RHA’s browser-based console

Sawyers Control Systems Inc., a security and surveillance company based out of Hampton, N.J., uses Arcserve RHA to maintain uptime for the access control systems of one of its clients, a large financial company. Sawyers’ vice president Pat Callahan said the Linux support opens up some doors for him.

However, Callahan said he won’t be able to take advantage of the public cloud support because streaming surveillance footage on demand from an off-site source would take longer and could raise security concerns.

The challenge for BC/DR vendors today is addressing the complexity caused by the increasingly hybrid IT ecosystem.
Steven HillSenior analyst, 451 Research

“The Linux portion I am interested in, because I do have about 400 Linux machines in production in different environments,” Callahan said. “I’m not sure about the cloud. Traffic going out, what’s exposed and what’s not, is the concern.”

Arcserve RHA encrypts data while it’s being replicated, and this latest version added a new security feature. All access activity is now tracked and logged, allowing for authentication and auditing.

El-Hilali couldn’t say for sure what other public clouds or hypervisors will be supported by Arcserve RHA in the next version. Nutanix AHV is the most popular hypervisor that RHA currently doesn’t support, but he noted there was little AHV adoption among RHA users. Still, he acknowledged it’s an entrant in the market, and one to watch closely.

“Next year, though, who is to say?” El-Hilali said.

Hill, though, thinks AHV is worth getting into now.

“AHV and GCP [Google Cloud Platform] are getting a lot of attention right now, because I believe those areas were underserved by the BC/DR market,” Hill said. “Nutanix AHV is based on KVM, which Arcserve already supports, so I would imagine it’s not a huge step to get validated for the Nutanix ecosystem as well.”

El-Hilali said the next stop on the Arcserve RHA road map is cross-hypervisor replication and integrating RHA and Arcserve UDP (Unified Data Protection) data protection recovery software with the Arcserve cloud management console. He also said Arcserve is in early development of AI-powered logic that will determine for the user whether a particular job should be done using RHA or UDP.

Although Arcserve RHA has snapshot capabilities and can do point-in-time restores, it is not meant to replace UDP, or traditional backup in general. Even as companies merge backup and DR, Hill said workload protection and data protection have different backup methods and recovery needs, so the distinction is important.

“Whether through choice or compliance, having a full, reliable, off-site and up-to-date copy of your data remains a business necessity,” Hill said.

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Wanted – DDR3 Desktop ram 4GB or 8GB

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    WHY 1333 speed or better 1 or 2 units
    Inclusive prices please

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    I’ve got 1 x 8GB Samsung 1600MHZ you can have for £20 delivered? Or 2 x for £30?

  3. Only if it turns out @Hughwp is not interested, I would certainly like two of those for £30. (Just to confirm it’s 240 pin DDR3 suitable for a desktop pc?)

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    No worries at all. I’m pretty sure it is, but i’ll check this evening for ya.

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  6. Looks like they are the right modules for my PC.

    Happy to wait a few days to give

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