New Services-Oriented View for [x]PM

Today, we’re excited to release Service Directory for LightStep [x]PM. Service Directory provides an intuitive services-oriented view into your application. It makes it easier for administrators to manage [x]PM and for engineers to quickly explore the performance of their respective services. For users new to [x]PM, this feature reduces the learning curve that’s typical for adopting a new tool by presenting information through familiar service and operation names.


Collecting metrics with IIS monitoring tools

In this post, we’ll show you how to use built-in IIS monitoring tools to access and graph performance counters, configure logging in IIS, and query your logs with Microsoft’s Log Parser Studio. We’ll also explain how to use a diagnostic tool to investigate memory leaks and high CPU utilization in your application pools and worker processes.


Key IIS metrics to monitor

Microsoft’s Internet Information Services (IIS) is a web server that has traditionally come bundled with Windows (e.g., versions 5.0, 6.0, and beyond). IIS has numerous extensibility features. Swappable interfaces like ISAPI and FastCGI make it possible to use IIS with a variety of backend technologies, from micro-frameworks like Flask to runtimes like Node.js, along with technologies you’d expect to find within a Windows-based production environment (e.g., ASP.NET).


How Solid Is Your Personal Productivity System? 4 Trello Boards To Try

Productivity is both an art and a science for getting things done, and striking the right balance can be a very personal thing. Just as no two people learn or think the exact same way, there will always be individual factors that play into how each person defines their own productivity routine. Lining up your lists in order of “To-Do,” “Doing,” and “Done” is just the start!


How to convince your boss you need a status page

Every company depends on tools that help them do their jobs. HR tools, CRMs, chat & collaboration tools, business intelligence tools, marketing automation tools… the list goes on. Bringing another tool into the mix involves approval processes, buy-in from execs, and the occasional boss-nudging for her credit card.


Talend and Splunk: Aggregate, Analyze and Get Answers from Your Data Integration Jobs

Log management solutions play a crucial role in an enterprise's layered security framework— without them, firms have little visibility into the actions and events occurring inside their infrastructures that could either lead to data breaches or signify a security compromise in progress. Splunk is the “Google for log files” heavyset enterprise tool that was the first log analysis software and has been the market leader ever since.


Elasticsearch Service: Hot-Warm Architecture, Machine Learning, and More

We are thrilled to announce the next evolution in the Elasticsearch Service on Elastic Cloud, which brings a ton of new features to give you the ability to solve more use cases, operate at a larger scale than ever, and give you even more capabilities to customize your deployments.


Auvik Use Case #9: Troubleshooting Internal Connectivity

There are few office experiences more frustrating than sending a document to the printer and hearing… nothing. No whirring, no thumping, no document. Your client will probably check if the device is plugged in and turned on, if there’s enough ink, and if paper needs restocking. But if these simple fixes don’t uncover the problem, then they’ll likely call you—and in the past, that meant jumping in the car and driving to the client site.