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Everything You Should Know About Windows Event Logs

If you’ve ever seen Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, you might remember the scene where Indy and his dad are in a room replete with the most ornate chalices possible, only to realize that the Holy Grail is the most plain, utilitarian one in the room. Windows event logs are the IT version of the plain-looking clay cup that holds the key to answering your service questions and system issues.

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What You Need to Know About ITIL for Service Management

As the person on the front lines, you know that providing the best service possible can be what makes your ITSM organization succeed. Every day, you work to build the relationships that help your organization create value for end-users. However, when you have inefficient processes, you end up having to be the person responding to an upset user.

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Understanding ITIL 4 Practices

As an IT service manager, you love solving problems and helping your people improve business processes. You thrive on those unexpected moments where your experience adds value, whether providing advice to someone in-house or collaborating with a customer. However, you need to have efficient processes and practices in place. Otherwise, you’re never going to be able to do the things you love the most.

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Time Zones: A Logger's Worst Nightmare

When working with log messages, it’s critical that the timestamp of the log message is accurate. Incorrect timestamps can cause problems when trying to find log messages at a specific date/time or may cause alerts to not function properly. A common cause of incorrect timestamps for log messages is a mismatch of time zones between the log source (device sending the log) and log destination (device receiving the log, such as Graylog).

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Efficient Help Desk Processes with Centralized Log Management

Another day starting up your laptop or workstation, logging into programs, and waiting for that first call to come in. As an IT help desk analyst, you love when you can solve people’s problems, but sometimes the number of calls feels overwhelming. Although each analyst tier responds to different customer or employee concerns, you all share the same basic job functions like answering calls, asking questions, and research answers.

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Metrics For Investigating Network Performance Issues

When the world went remote in March 2020, cloud technologies made work possible. Rapid digital transformation changed everyone’s jobs, whether in-office, remote, or hybrid. Today, your business relies on network speed for everything from productivity to customer service. Keeping your company’s services running means you need to make sure you have low-latency connectivity across data centers, users, and cloud.

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Why Observability Is Important for IT Ops

Everyday when you come into work, you’re bombarded with a constant stream of problems. From service desk calls to network performance monitoring, you’re busy from the moment you login until the moment you click the “shut down” option on your device. Even more frustrating, your IT environment consists of an ever-expanding set of network segments, applications, devices, users, and databases across on-premises and cloud locations.

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What You Need to Know About Log Management Architecture

You’ve made the decision to implement a centralized log management solution because you know that it’s going to save you time and money in the long term. However, to get the most bang for your log management buck, you need to understand how the different parts of your log management deployment work. Once you understand each resource, you can implement a more efficient log management architecture.