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Ask Slashdot: Remote Server Support and Monitoring Solution?

bev_tech_rob Whats Up (137 comments)

Our company uses 'Whats Up' by Ipswitch. Currently monitoring over 2500 devices such as servers, routers, temperature sensors. You can ping devices, monitor for SNMP events, logged events in Windows, AIX, Linux, WMI monitoring, services, tasks.... You can script custom monitors either via VBscript, Powershell, or JavaScript. You can script custom actions for Whats Up to take upon detecting a condition. Can restart services on either *nix or Windows boxes if they go down. Can launch applications if needed if a condition is detected. Can create audio, visual, and email alerts, as well as SMS. They license on a per-device basis as opposed to a per-port basis like SolarWinds. Only thing I don't care for on this software is you can only run Microsoft SQL for a database. Can't use any open source solutions. The default install uses MS-SQL desktop version, but the db size is limited. If you need to go bigger, you have to install a full install of SQL on the server, or connect to a remote SQL server on your network to host your database (as we are). My .02 cents...

about two weeks ago

A Movie of Triton Made From Voyager 2's Fly-by 25 Years Ago

bev_tech_rob Re:Trying to keep up (34 comments)

Sorry....was referencing Justthinkit's questions...

about three weeks ago

A Movie of Triton Made From Voyager 2's Fly-by 25 Years Ago

bev_tech_rob Re:Trying to keep up (34 comments)

So asking questions now equals trolling?

As Mr. Riggs said, yes sometimes.... The way you posed your questions implied that the money could have been better spent elsewhere and was a waste on this effort.

about three weeks ago

A Thousand Kilobots Self-Assemble Into Complex Shapes

bev_tech_rob Reminded me of Reedman... (56 comments)

Kinda reminds me of the Microcons assembling themselves to create ReedMan in "Revenge of the Fallen".. Spooky..

about a month ago

Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

bev_tech_rob Re:Scale? (170 comments)

syphilis kills and cripples more people annually [...] "What's all the hubbub, bub?"

compare slow progressing sexually treatable disease with ~80% mortality fast bleed-out disaster? get back in the womb, critter your brain is not fully developed yet

Or their mother's basement, whichever is more convenient....

about 2 months ago

US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

bev_tech_rob Re:Free market economy (529 comments)

Well, we paid for all that with $17 trillion of debt, and a behavior/thought process that it was ok, starting with Reagan and continuing to this day.

Other countries are just waiting for it all to collapse and pick our bones.

When Reagan took office federal debt was a little over 2T and went up to a little over 4T when he left office. Clinton took it from a around 6 to around 7. The current administration has seen it go from around 9 to around 17. Maybe you haven't kept up on current events but there hasn't been much union busting, new free trade treaties, or deregulation of wall street in the last 6 years.

You skipped a prez, hoss......GWB, the president who ran up that 8 trillion to bail out his Wall Street Buddies.....

about 2 months ago

Cable Companies Duped Community Groups Into Fighting Net Neutrality

bev_tech_rob Re:ooh ive played this game before. (170 comments)

other things that are known to happen in american democracy with seemingly little if any recourse: Oil company dupes community groups into fighting EPA regulations Major food company dupes citizens into fighting a tax on soda Cigarette company dupes consumers into thinking smoking is a right, not a crippling addiction President dupes country into fighting country with no WMD's

No looks like there would be some kind of FRAUD statute being violated with this nonsense (i.e. astroturfing)...

about 3 months ago

Cable Companies Use Astroturfing To Fight Net Neutrality

bev_tech_rob Re:They all do this (142 comments)

Astroturfing should be outlawed as a form of fraud IMO...

about 3 months ago

The Singularity Is Sci-Fi's Faith-Based Initiative

bev_tech_rob Re:Science Fiction is fiction made up by authors (339 comments)

That and there was the episode "Ship in a bottle" where Geordi instructed the holodeck computer to create a Moriarty character capable of defeating Data (not Sherlock Holmes). The program then gave Moriarty sentience.

about 4 months ago

NVIDIA Unveils Next Gen Pascal GPU With Stacked 3D DRAM and GeForce GTX Titan Z

bev_tech_rob Re:Titan-Z Warning label (110 comments)

Adding to that: - If you have an erection lasting longer than 6 hours, contact a physician immediately!

about 6 months ago

Apple Refuses To Unlock Bequeathed iPad

bev_tech_rob Re:Why? (465 comments)

They have all the freaking documentation they need to prove that gramma died!!! QUIT BEING A TROLL!!!! >:(

about 6 months ago

Who's On WhatsApp, and Why?

bev_tech_rob Re:No! (280 comments)

Whatsup is a network monitoring tool.....WhatsAPP is the topic being discussed.....

about 7 months ago

Who's On WhatsApp, and Why?

bev_tech_rob Access to international users mainly..... (280 comments)

I have seen the app in the Google Play store, but since I have unlimited messaging from Verizon, felt no need to use it. The app appears to be more popular overseas than in the States due to the high charges that foreign wireless providers charge for SMS. This app allows users to avoid those charges. It looks like this is a play by FB to tap into the large international user base of this app, imo...

about 7 months ago

Leonard Nimoy: Smoking Is Illogical

bev_tech_rob Re:Seriously - GTFO (401 comments)

I have also seen Leonard Nimoy on the old "Sea Hunt" TV series ( Lloyd Bridges ) and "Highway Patrol" ( Broderick Crawford ). Old black-and-white TV of the 50's and early 60's. I really enjoy those old shows - when it was about acting and not so much special effects. Those old stars are what made Hollywood so special. Even to this day, I enjoy seeing re-runs of *some* of the old 50's shows ( however, I feel most of them were crap - no different from today ). I just kept getting cognitive dissonance, as they usually had Nimoy playing the bad guy... and all the time I kept seeing him as Spock. Star Trek was by far my favorite TV series of all time. My condolences to him and his family. His acting career brought a lot of us into technological interests. The only person that ranked beside Leonard in my book was James Doohan ( Engineer Montgomery Scott ). Both were role models to me.

He doesn't have CANCER. He has COPD. My father has it as well as a few other elderly folks I know. It is painful to watch them struggle to take a breath when that condition flares up....

about 7 months ago

Supreme Court Declines Case On Making Online Retailers Collect Sales Taxes

bev_tech_rob Re:Finally a flat playing ground (293 comments)

I don't think it will help them much. Brick and mortar still has to pay property tax, utilities, etc. They still have to finance high-value real estate. They still have to have a clean, wide-open space which is aesthetically pleasing but economically wasteful. Anyway, I'm not aware of states with 10% sales tax - usually it is about half of that, and the highest seems to be 7.5% in CA. To get to 10%, I have to scroll down the list and find the highest state taxes and combine them with the highest local taxes.

Fort Smith, AR is close.....9.375 % city & state combined.....

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Would You Stop a Debt Collection Scam From Targeting You?

bev_tech_rob Spoof the line as disconnected.. (497 comments)

Didn't some company come out with a device that would send out the tones that you get when you call a disconnected line? That way the auto-dialer that the scammers are using would mark the line as disconnected and stop calling. Or you could setup an answering machine to answer the line with those tones...

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Cheap Second Calculators For Tests?

bev_tech_rob Re:Mod This Up! (328 comments)

There is a jerk just like you at my job. I'll ask coworkers for their opinion on a particular tool, and he has to but in and say, "You can just Google for the tool and find hundreds of them for sale." I don't ask my coworkers because I need a list of names, I ask them because I want their opinion, and usually specific to the type of work we do. Part of "growth" is just not knowing what is the most popular choice, but knowing the criteria people use when selecting a tool. And just like that jerk coworker, guys like you will complain how such requests for opinion and discussion waste your time by making you do other people's work for them, yet you have no problem spending way more time whining about wasting time than you would with actually moving on and doing whatever makes your time so important.

You want people to speak up, and not sugar coat things for the purpose of "inoffensiveness"? Well, the did, by down modding such garbage. You want to value honest expression over phony appearance, yet bitch when it turns out people disagree with you.

Amen! Where are my mod points when I need them?

about 10 months ago

Microsoft Makes an Astonishing $2 Billion Per Year From Android Patent Royalties

bev_tech_rob Re:Nobody will notice. (304 comments)

They are...on Xbox, Skype, and mobile according to TFA.....

about 10 months ago

Fake "Speed Enforced By Drones" Signs On California Freeways

bev_tech_rob Re:"FAKE" (218 comments)

They aren't fake, there are drones, only the video from the drones isn't permissible in court.

So they are working on changing the laws so the drones can open fire on speeders, under the assumption that they are terrorists speeding to their targets.

I wish they could fire on slowpokes in the left hand lane holding up the faster traffic! LOL

about a year ago


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