Upgrading your Windows computers with WSUS? Here’s a guideline.

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in NetEye | 0 comments

Upgrade_WSUS
Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) is an application developed by Microsoft that enables administrators to manage the distribution of updates for Microsoft products to computers in a corporate environment.

The first version of WSUS was known as Software Update Services (SUS) and was created in 2005. Only after 2008 it was distributed as an installable server role.

WSUS manages the update catalog for Windows components and other Microsoft products, the approval cycle, as well as the distribution of updates on a local network. However, it has no control over when and how such updates are applied to the target computers: even with this limit, WSUS is the ideal solution because it is free and easier to manage than the System Center Configuration Manager, a product that can both force and centrally control the distribution of updates.

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Monitoring Microsoft Exchange Server

Posted by on May 25, 2017 in NetEye | 0 comments

Microsoft Exchange Monitoring

Microsoft Exchange server is one of the most used email server for companies but sometimes it is hard to monitor because usually the monitoring tools only control the availability of the server on the network.

Thanks to the 2013 update, Microsoft offered several URL (Healthcheck URL) to verify the real server availability for clients.

The URL address have the following structure:

https://<External FQDN>/<protocol>/healthcheck.htm

Whereas the <protocol> can be substitute by:

  • OWA Outlook Web App
  • ECP Exchange Control Panel
  • OAB Offline Address Book
  • AutoDiscover Autodiscover process
  • EWS Exchange Web Services (Mailtips, Free/Busy, Lync clients, Outlook for Mac)
  • Microsoft-Server-ActiveSync Exchange ActiveSync
  • RPC Outlook Anywhere
  • MAPI MAPI/HTTPS (da Exchange 2013 SP1)

A recurring control gives the possibility to anyone to monitor the server operations, but it doesn’t help to verify the presence of low performances and adjustments.

For a better control, it is necessary to use an agent set up on the server Exchange that can read periodically the performance data displayed by Exchange (Performance Counters), in order not to overload the server and worsen the service.

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Monitoring of objects in segregated networks

Posted by on Apr 6, 2017 in NetEye | 0 comments

Segregated Networks

In many companies, there are installed SNMP devices on segregated networks, which we cannot directly access. A typical example are backup networks on which the transmission of Jumbo Frames is enabled. Conventionally, there are positioned iSCSI devices and NAS, to reduce overheads and CPU cycles and hence, to increase transmission performance.

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