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04. 12. 2019 Alessandro Romboli Microsoft Management

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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17. 04. 2019 TobiasGoller Capacity Management, Microsoft Management, NetEye

MSSQL Performance Monitoring: The Sequel

Due to the very positive customer feedback on our extended MSSQL performance monitoring article, I would like to briefly highlight this functionality. We have been implementing systems for MSSQL performance monitoring for a long time, offered either as a managed IT service, or on-premise depending on the requirements. Previously, we recorded and evaluated counters such…

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25. 03. 2019 Oreste Attanasio Information Security Operations Center, Log Auditing, Microsoft Management, NetEye

Safed improvements since 1.10.1

The Safed agent keeps track of the events it receives from the Eventlog by keeping the LastEventID in registry. At start time the agent tries to retrieve all events from Windows Eventlog since starting from the LastEventID. When the amount of events since LastEventID is too large or the LastEventID has been removed from the…

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21. 11. 2018 Juergen Vigna Capacity Management, Microsoft Management, NetEye, NetEye ITOA

Manage the Performance of your MSSQL Databases

So you have MSSQL databases and you’d like to keep an eye on the performance of your DB.  Using NetEye this is quite easy.  The  tools you need are already available on your NetEye server:  InfluxDB, the Telegraf agent, and Grafana for visualizing your Dashboards. The SQL Server Input Plugin provides metrics for your SQL…

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21. 11. 2018 Alessandro Romboli Microsoft Management, NetEye

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 Microsoft Management, NetEye

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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18. 09. 2018 MarinovMihail Microsoft Management, NetEye, NetEye ITOA

Telegraf Plugin for VMware Counters from a Windows Guest OS

Telegraf is a plugin-driven agent for collecting metrics from various sources (based on the configured input plugins), preprocessing and aggregating them (based on configured processor and aggregator plugins), and forwarding them to the desired destinations (depending on the configured output plugins). Telegraf is used throughout NetEye to collect performance data, forward them to InfluxDB where…

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30. 08. 2018 Alessandro Romboli Microsoft Management, NetEye

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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20. 08. 2018 Patrick Zambelli Microsoft Management, Nagios-Plugins, NetEye

Microsoft WMI Monitoring – Some troubleshooting advice

In my previous blog I introduced the concepts of agentless monitoring via WMI for Microsoft environments:  from the preparation of suitable authentication credentials to providing some simple monitoring examples.  In this blog I would like to add more details about specific checks, and the possibilities for troubleshooting if you have difficulty fetching the desired data….

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24. 07. 2018 Juergen Vigna Microsoft Management, NetEye

Check Your Exchange Server Status

If you have an Exchange Server and want to check its status, Exchange has a PowerShell API just for this.  Check out this zip file exchange-serverhealth, which includes a powershell script to put on your Exchange Server and a “Monarch” Service Profile that you can import into your NetEye Monarch Monitoring Configuration Application. On your…

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24. 07. 2018 Juergen Vigna Microsoft Management, Nagios, Nagios-Plugins, NetEye

Total Control Over Your Citrix User Connections

Do you have Citrix or Windows RDP servers, and your users keep calling you because of problems?  The first problem is to see which server the user was connected to.  I solved this problem by monitoring the user connections on Windows Terminal Servers (including Citrix Servers), so that you know how many users are connected…

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19. 03. 2018 Patrick Zambelli Microsoft Management, Nagios, Nagios-Plugins, NetEye

WMI-based Microsoft Server Monitoring

Configuring Microsoft Servers: Authentication and Permissions Settings In this blog I will provide you a how-to for configuring agentless monitoring for Microsoft Servers or Workstations via WMI. What is WMI?  Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) is Microsoft’s implementation of an industry-standard approach to accessing management information in an enterprise environment.  WMI uses the industry-standard Common Information…

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09. 11. 2017 Alessandro Romboli Microsoft Management

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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28. 06. 2016 Patrick Zambelli Configuration Management, Microsoft Management, NetEye

IT Orchestration in NetEye: Enable locked user account from Action Launchpad

The IT Orchestration module ( also known as Action Launchpad ) comes with the purpose to simplify IT service operations. Operations can be configured within command calls that can be granted to users of your Service Operations Center. The module Action Launchpad allows to define command configurations to be called on request and job schedule…

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04. 03. 2016 Patrick Zambelli Configuration Management, Microsoft Management, NetEye

Monitoring Agent deployment: NSClient++.MSI

Nsclient++ is a very popular open-source agent for monitoring Microsoft environments ( http://www.nsclient.org/ ). As one of the first agents introduced with the Nagios success story, it has gained many improvements over the last years, becoming a reliable monitoring agent with extreme stability. This is also the reason, why this agent is still a principal…

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