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Usually, it is the task of the system administrator in the organization to make its network stable and reliable. His effective operation requires him to know all the information on network: number of hosts, where they are situated, quality of connections between them, their operation, and many other aspects. If he does not know every small detail of the company's network, if he does not have the whole picture in front of his eyes when problems arise, he might fight the symptoms of the problems and not the problems themselves. It is not a big deal when the network consists of dozen of hosts. But multiply one host by 100 or even 200. What will happen with the administrator's schedule? How will he manage to cope with all the problems? He will be strapped for time by constant checking all the systems' operation, solving users' problems, and trying to enhance the networ... (more)

Using Network Bandwidth Monitor for Estimating Company Effectiveness

A good company's boss should be always aware of how many resources his company uses, how many funds are spent, what are the current expenses on electricity, telephony, and other resources. In the last 10 or 15 years, one more important expense item was added: a modern company's operation is impossible without a connection to the Internet. To know how much you have to pay for it, firstly you need to know, how much traffic is utilized on your network if your Internet connection is not unlimited. That is why the system administrator should monitor the network bandwidth and traffic u... (more)

Modern Network Inventory Process

Above all, the network inventory allows optimizing the hardware and software expenses that can be rather high. For instance, software licenses can be duplicated by users (this is out of the Copyright Low), some license keys can be expired and the IT manager can forget to renew them. Sometimes, vice versa, expensive software might be never used by employees. Moreover, the information on the antvirus software updates can help to evaluate the network protection. The inventory database analysis allows the system administrator to detect the unlicensed software installation on users' c... (more)

Modern Computer Inventory Process

What's all this in aid of? Computers are the implements in modern business, like lorry or lathe, for instance. As any other machines, all the company's PCs have to be managed. The system administrator has to install and update operating systems, replace the broken or out-of-date hardware with a new one, make decisions on purchasing necessary software and coordinate them with the company's manager and accounts department, audit the license keys availability, and so on. If the system administrator does not pay much attention to all the mentioned problems, this can lead to failures.... (more)

Network Monitoring Helps Improve LAN Reliability

Most network monitoring programs are based on periodic automatic testing of the efficiency of particular services, ports, and protocols. The most widespread method is sending particular ICMP packets to a remote host and waiting for a reply from it (ping). One of the most important device parameter considered from the network monitoring point of view is the device's response time. It allows you to analyze the device operation on the network and detect possible bottlenecks and failures in the data transfer process. There are a lot of network monitoring methods, and the choice dep... (more)