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How to Avoid the Top 5 Hybrid Cloud Pitfalls

If you’re like many engineering managers, IT infrastructure may not be your favorite topic. You think about it when absolutely necessary, but often neglect it or place it behind other capital investments. What's more, there's a good chance your current IT solutions...

Five Reasons to Use SolidWorks PDM in the Cloud

Tired of dealing with in-house PDM issues, unreliable VPN connections, and struggling with remote file access? Perhaps you're looking for a solution that addresses your company's specific needs. Look no further: SPK and Associates SolidWorks PDM in the Cloud presents...
5 Minutes with Windows 8 and Office 2013

5 Minutes with Windows 8 and Office 2013

Dell Latitude ST This is the Dell Latitude ST, which can be had from the Dell Outlet store for about $300. It’s a 10-inch tablet slate running an Atom Z670 and 2GB of RAM – like a Netbook without a keyboard. Instead, it has an N-trig digitizer that supports both...

Distinguishing Between Virtual Teams and IT Outsourcing

Distinguishing Between Virtual Teams and IT Outsourcing

One of the benefits of an IT outsourcing partnership is that it can offer companies the option of working with virtual teams who can help support different types of IT and business operations, regardless of the locations of the workers. Teams and team members who work...

From Out-of-Office to VPN in 15 Minutes

From Out-of-Office to VPN in 15 Minutes

Traditionally, using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to connect to a remote site has been a technical – and oftentimes troublesome – requirement. With the growing popularity of using “remote programmers”, I see requests for purchasing Cisco routers and Windows...

How to Backup an ESXi Server with GhettoVCB

How to Backup an ESXi Server with GhettoVCB

VMWare is wonderful for getting full utilization of scarce resource.  However, if you're on a limited budget, affording ESX clustered hosts for all needs is overkill.  Sometimes a free ESXi server is enough. In the latter, we ran into challenges doing backups. ...

WebInject Scripting to Perform Advanced Monitoring

WebInject Scripting to Perform Advanced Monitoring

Nagios is a wonderful tool. However, there are limits to what you can do with it directly. As my colleague Brad discussed in a recent blog post, using NRPE is a powerful tool for Windows. For complicated web checks that require multi-step operation, we use: WebInject....

How to setup basic Windows monitoring with Nagios

How to setup basic Windows monitoring with Nagios

In my previous blog post, I talked about how to setup NSClient++ for Windows which is very solid Nagios NRPE client. In this post, I'll describe how to setup some basic checks for your Windows server within Nagios and hopefully give you some ideas on what you should...

How to monitor Windows servers using Nagios and NSClient

How to monitor Windows servers using Nagios and NSClient

One of the best monitoring software packages available for system administrators is Nagios. It's free, open source, has a large community of developers and users for support and can be relied upon to provide outstanding monitoring for mission critical devices. As part...

How to Keep Your Linux Servers Up to Date

How to Keep Your Linux Servers Up to Date

One of the most important aspects of our Linux server management service is operating system patching. With Windows, Microsoft has made this trivial by means of the Windows Update utility. Microsoft is the single source of the patches, and assuming that the patches...