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13. 09. 2022 Alessandro Romboli NetEye

Installing and Configuring Monitoring Agents in a Windows Domain – Part 2

Scenario In this blog I’ll describe some advanced features of the DSC platform in order to automate the configuration of the monitoring agents. I’ve already described the basic topics in the first part of this blog: Installing and Configuring Monitoring Agents in a Windows Domain – Part 1 But just as a quick reminder, DSC…

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27. 05. 2022 Alessandro Romboli ITOA, NetEye

The Flux Language Inside ITOA

ITOA ITOA is the NetEye component which represents time series data using the Grafana graphics engine. Data is usually collected by Telegraf agents and stored into an InfluxDB specialized non-relational database. Flux In order to manipulate the time series data, Grafana usually adopted a relational language: InfluxQL. The relational approach has had a number of…

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15. 02. 2022 Alessandro Romboli NetEye, Unified Monitoring

Log off an RDP User Session through the NetEye Command Orchestrator

ScenarioIn a Microsoft Remote Desktop environment, it’s a common need to force the logoff of a hanged user session. The NetEye Command Orchestrator (CMDO) can help us perform this task by executing remote commands through the Icinga2 agent API. There’s a security limitation built into the Command Orchestrator which allows only numeric parameters for executed…

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09. 09. 2020 Alessandro Romboli NetEye

Installing and Configuring Monitoring Agents in a Windows Domain – Part 1

Scenario It’s quite typical to have several managed Windows Servers joined to a Windows Active Directory Domain. But how do you handle the automated installation and configuration of the monitoring agents? How do you keep them up to date? DSC Framework: A Potential Native Solution DSC (Desired State Configuration) is a management platform in PowerShell…

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27. 03. 2020 Alessandro Romboli APM, NetEye

Monitoring a JBoss Application Server

Scenario JBoss Application Server (JBoss AS) is an open-source, cross-platform Java application server developed by JBoss, a division of Red Hat, Inc. JBoss AS is an open-source implementation of Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) that is used for implementing Java applications and other Web-based applications. Being a Java web-based application, it’s important to keep it…

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04. 12. 2019 Alessandro Romboli Unified Monitoring

Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Web Client

The Remote Desktop Services Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Services are widely used by companies to let users use applications inside a server farm. Typically the reasons to use Remote Desktop are: Standardized environment and configuration Easy maintenance during application version upgrades Lower resource usage on the clients Better bandwidth usage in case of a slow connection…

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05. 08. 2019 Alessandro Romboli Asset Management, NetEye

Monitoring a Cisco Wireless Controller

Scenario Cisco WLC is widely used by many Enterprise Companies to manage their wireless networks due to its efficiency and advanced features. Its management web console has a wealth of configuration parameters, but it doesn’t offer a clear overview on what’s happening across the wireless network. Fortunately, a lot of real time information is available…

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08. 04. 2019 Alessandro Romboli ITOA, NetEye

Anonymous Access for Wall Dashboards

Scenario A lot of people who have a NetEye monitoring system will set up a Wall Dashboard to display the status of their most important services and vital performance data. If these Dashboards are built using Grafana (in the ITOA menu in NetEye 4), you will encounter the problem that you will need to bypass…

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18. 03. 2019 Alessandro Romboli Unified Monitoring

Monitoring a Ubiquity Unifi Wireless Controller

Scenario Unifi is a well-known wireless solution developed by Ubiquity Networks.  It’s widely used due to its efficiency and low cost. Up until some years ago, the vendor offered just a basic set of access points managed by a software controller.  Year after year, the number and types of wireless controllers grew to include many specialized types…

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21. 11. 2018 Alessandro Romboli NetEye, Unified Monitoring

Microsoft Remote Desktop Services 2016 Issue

Remote Desktop Services 2016: The AppContainer Windows Server 2016 introduced the “AppContainer”, which is created when users connect to the server for the first time. Due to a registry leak, the Windows Server generates registry bloat for firewall rules. This registry bloat can be found in the following registry keys: HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\FirewallRules HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\RestrictedServices\Configurable\System Over time, this…

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25. 09. 2018 Alessandro Romboli NetEye, Unified Monitoring

Microsoft Remote Desktop Services Performance – Part 2

Remote Desktop Services (RDS) Performance In a complex distributed RDS environment, it’s difficult to measure RDS performance: the end user typically notices responsiveness in a different way compared to measuring a single Windows Performance Counter! Overall performance tends to degrade over time: and frequent maintenance is required to keep an RDS Farm efficient. Of course,…

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30. 08. 2018 Alessandro Romboli NetEye, Unified Monitoring

Microsoft Remote Desktop Services: Customization and Performance

A Little History The Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS) architecture is widely used to publish centralized Desktop and Windows Applications to users from remote sites. With RDS, only the software user interfaces are transferred to the client system. All input from the client system is transmitted to the server, where software execution takes place. RDS…

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15. 03. 2018 Alessandro Romboli NetEye, Service Management

Microsoft ADFS service and Non-Claims-Aware applications

Microsoft ADFS service is widely used for integrating Web Applications with Microsoft Active Directory. Since Windows Server 2012 R2, it can also integrate Non-Claims-Aware applications. This configuration is very interesting because ADFS can still be the single point of user authentication, and the whole configuration is much easier as a Claims one. Architecture The whole…

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09. 11. 2017 Alessandro Romboli Uncategorized

Integrazione di Microsoft ADFS con Shibboleth

A partire dalla versione Windows Server 2003 R2, Microsoft ha introdotto il servizio ADFS (Active Directory Federation Services) come lo strumento di gestione del controllo di accesso e di autorizzazione di tipo Claim. ADFS si appoggia ad un dominio Active Directory. All’utente che viene autenticato vengono forniti una serie di Claim relativi alla sua identità…

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09. 11. 2017 Alessandro Romboli Service Management, Unified Monitoring

Microsoft ADFS integration with Shibboleth

Starting with the Windows Server 2003 R2 version, Microsoft introduced the Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS), a software component which provides users with single sign-on access to systems and applications located across organizational boundaries. ADFS is part of the Active Directory Services. The authenticated user is provided with a series of Claims related to his…

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