Top SysAdmin Tools (That Aren’t Software!)

This might not be quite as fun as making things run DOOM, but it’s probably just as important. Here’s my list of non-software tools that live in my admin toolbox, organized by type. Do they live in yours? Let’s see.

Lawrence PopaOct 19, 2021

Virtual CISO Services: A New Revenue Stream for MSPs?

This is a highly specialized job that requires a great deal of attention, focus, and delicacy. A cybersecurity incident or a full-blown…

Alex HoffSep 27, 2022
NVDR Report

What is DHCP?

In the early years of the internet, it was common to simply use a spreadsheet to manually assign and track IP addresses. We’d be given…

Ryan LaFlammeSep 13, 2022

What is Edge Computing?

Data has become an incredibly valuable commodity for most businesses. With so many people connected to the internet, the data we generate…

Ryan LaFlammeSep 6, 2022

7 Ways to Slam Dunk Your Next Network Assessment Using Auvik

Here are 7 network assessment tasks Auvik can help you easily complete. Armed with this information, you’ll land some quick wins with…

Ray PatelSep 1, 2022
O’Reilly Report

Enterprise vs. SMB IT: What’s the Difference?

Enterprises have always had more money to spend on IT than small-and-medium businesses (SMBs). This has traditionally resulted in a…

Rebecca GrassingAug 30, 2022

Network Blind Spots Are Endangering Your Business

Network blind spots are the things you can't see and don't know about — and they can be deadly dangerous. Learn more about the most…

Alex HoffAug 26, 2022

What Does SASE Mean (for VPN)?

The basic idea is great: all your security and network services are on one platform. The problem comes when you get into the specifics.…

Ryan LaFlammeAug 23, 2022

How to Manage a Network: 10 Essential Steps

Managing a new network? Check out this list of 10 easy to follow steps from the experts at Auvik Networks to help you get started and be…

Steve PetryschukAug 18, 2022
Command Center (N-Able)

Getting Started With Syslog in Auvik

Auvik centralizes syslog data for all your network devices, allowing you to search & filter to get to the root cause of network issues.

Enam RabbaniAug 18, 2022

Networking Automation Software: Pros & Cons

As network growth increases—and complexity along with it—we’ll need efficient and scalable ways to handle it. You simply won’t…

Steve PetryschukAug 17, 2022

Sustainable Technology: Can Clouds Save The Planet?

Sustainable technology has become a hot topic in the tech world over the past few years. From the escalating environmental impact of heat…

Ryan LaFlammeAug 16, 2022

What does Cloud Computing Mean, Really?

What is cloud computing? If you’ve been asked this question by a client, you know there isn’t an easy answer. Until now.

Annette HynesAug 15, 2022

The Employee Offboarding Checklist for IT Pros

Somebody leaving? Keep your network & data secure! Use this handy employee offboarding checklist to make sure you disable & disconnect…

Annette HynesAug 15, 2022

Networking 101: What is a VLAN?

Do you really want all of these devices on the same LAN— all having equal access to the same set of resources? Should the IoT devices…

Steve PetryschukAug 4, 2022

5 Reasons to Add Network Monitoring to Your Budget

Allocating money in your IT budget for network monitoring in 2021 may be more important than ever. Here are five reasons why.

Steve PetryschukJul 27, 2022

Using the NIST Cybersecurity Framework to Assess Your Clients’ Network Security

The NIST Cybersecurity Framework was intended to be used by internal IT teams, but its five major themes—identify, protect, detect,…

Ryan LaFlammeJul 27, 2022

Help Desk vs Service Desk: How to Choose the Right One

An IT help desk is meant to be a single point of contact (SPOC) that employees and customers can use to get support from your business.…

Ryan LaFlammeJul 26, 2022

Agent vs Agentless Monitoring: Which is Best?

Agent-based and agentless monitoring are the two main approaches network monitoring tools use to capture and report data from network…

Ryan LaFlammeJul 21, 2022

Proactive Healthcare Network Monitoring: The Importance of Early Detection

Healthcare IT is simultaneously one of the most complex and sensitive networking systems there are. Aside from the wealth of confidential…

Lemna ManoharanJul 12, 2022
Secure IT Ops

Network Redundancy and Why It Matters

Complexity is an enemy to reliability. The more complex something is, the harder it is to understand, the greater the chance of human…

Kevin DooleyJul 11, 2022

Embracing Shadow IT (Video)

Shadow IT. Many IT pros shudder at the term. For those who may not be familiar, shadow IT refers to the devices, systems, and…

Alex HoffJul 7, 2022

Regex 101 for Network Admins

Regex—short for regular expressions—is a way to describe a search pattern. They can be used to find a text pattern or string…

Lawrence PopaJul 5, 2022

Network Basics: What Is SNMP and How Does It Work?

While the SNMP architecture is simple, the data hierarchy the protocol uses can seem complicated if you’re not familiar with it.…

Dana OrosJun 29, 2022

The Auvik Network Device Buyer’s Guide

Buying the right network devices is an essential part of network design, and can have an impact throughout the network lifecycle. Get it…

Ryan LaFlammeJun 28, 2022

Network Configuration Management: The Benefits & Importance

Configuration management is one of those network management topics people often neglect. It’s not very exciting—but it’s incredibly…

Kevin DooleyJun 27, 2022

What is ITAM? Guide to IT Asset Management

In the business world, information technology (IT) is everything. Without it, companies would struggle to keep track of their data and…

Steve PetryschukJun 14, 2022

Network Basics: Spanning Tree Protocol

For new networkers, Spanning Tree Protocol can be intimidating. But don’t worry! In this easy-to-understand intro, Ethan Banks walks…

Ethan BanksJun 9, 2022

Is it Time to Retire Your VPN?

Back to the question at hand: Is it time to move on from VPN? For an enterprise-wide greenfield deployment or network refresh? Sure,…

Ryan LaFlammeJun 7, 2022

How to Draw Effective Network Diagrams (Infographic)

A network diagram is, simply put, a schematic or map of your existing network that illustrates the nodes and their connections. Network…

Kevin DooleyJun 3, 2022

Find and Fix Network Loops

Network loops are one of those things that can have you tearing your hair out for days, burning through billable hours while your client…

Ryan LaFlammeJun 1, 2022
Vendor Diversity Report 2020

Identify Vulnerable Devices From Vendor Recalls and Security Notices

When network hardware vendors issue device recalls, field notices, or security alerts, the implication can be massive for MSPs. But Auvik…

Sarah Cunningham-ScharfJun 1, 2022

How to Troubleshoot a Broadcast Storm

Broadcast storms are a major pain point for network administrators. Learn more about what they are, what causes them, and what steps you…

Ray PatelJun 1, 2022

What is RMM? The Importance of Network Management

Remote monitoring and management (RMM) is software with a pretty simple mission: save IT pros time and effort. How? Instead of waiting…

John CrossMay 31, 2022

How to Troubleshoot Routing Problems

Routing problems tend to emerge when you're first setting up a new piece of network equipment, and when something has failed. Usually…

Kevin DooleyMay 30, 2022

What is ITIL? IT Infrastructure Library Guide

What is ITIL? The Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) is a framework of best practices for providing various information…

Ryan LaFlammeMay 26, 2022

From Baud to Awed: The History of the Modem

While not nearly as sexy as the handset of a rotary phone plugged into an acoustic coupler, it can be argued that there are actually more…

Lawrence PopaMay 24, 2022

When Small Gets Big in a Hurry: How to Manage Fast-Growing Networks

Fast-growing networks need scalable systems or they’ll explode out of your control. Engineer Keith Tokash shares his hard-won tips for…

Keith TokashMay 23, 2022

Financial Networking From the Edge

Networks that power financial services are fast becoming one of the most exciting areas for edge networking. Financial services…

Lemna ManoharanMay 17, 2022

Updates Paused: How are MSPs Navigating Today’s Supply Chain Issues?

In a perfect world, a hardware network would probably look pretty boring. If you’re looking to take advantage of scale for the price,…

Lemna ManoharanMay 10, 2022

Network Basics: What is EIGRP?

There are many different routing protocols to choose from, but folks in a predominantly Cisco network environment often choose Enhanced…

Ethan BanksMay 5, 2022

Introducing SNMP Poller History

Despite everyone’s best efforts, network failures happen. And when downtime means lost productivity, fast troubleshooting becomes an…

Lemna ManoharanApr 26, 2022
Tackle 2021

Network Nickels and Dimes: Government IT on a Budget

So what can IT teams at state and local governments do? Is begging for increases to the government IT budget the only solution? Of…

Lemna ManoharanApr 12, 2022

What Else But SNMP?

Most network engineers have a love/hate relationship with the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP). Ok, maybe it’s more like…

Destiny BertucciApr 7, 2022

What’s next for the Internet of Things?

IoT devices seem to be ubiquitous, but the truth is we’re not nearly there yet. In fact, IoT Analytics continues to predict steady…

Ryan LaFlammeMar 29, 2022

Finding & Fixing Asymmetric Routing Issues

The workstation at the bottom sends a packet to the server along the green path, and it goes through the firewall on the left. But,…

Kevin DooleyMar 22, 2022

Passing Grade: Top 3 Recommendations for School Network Administrators

Peace of mind. There is nothing else like it. And when you’ve planned well, taken decisive action to document, close gaps, review…

John CrossMar 15, 2022

What Does it Take to Run a Smart City?

From smart lighting, to waste management, to air quality, IoT devices and other “smart city technologies” are rapidly changing life…

Ryan LaFlammeMar 8, 2022

Insider Risk: The Call is Coming from Inside the House

[BONUS POINTS IF YOU CAN NAME THE MOVIES THESE GIFS COME FROM IN THE COMMENTS] In IT, we tend to think of threats as external. Hackers,…

Ryan LaFlammeMar 3, 2022

Trends in Education Networking

The EdTech space is evolving at a rapid pace. In addition to a drastic increase in remote learning, a wide range of new technologies and…

Rebecca GrassingMar 1, 2022

Moving in Concert: What is SD-WAN, and Where is it Going?

SD-WAN evolved quickly throughout the last decade, and we expect more evolutions through the 2020s. Conditions around the modern work…

Lawrence PopaFeb 22, 2022

Layer 2 vs Layer 3 Network Switches: What’s the Difference?

What's the difference between Layer 2 and Layer 3 network switches and how critical are they to a properly functioning network?

Steve PetryschukFeb 18, 2022

Defending Your Network Infrastructure Against Attack

Since perfect network security is impossible, your goal is to cover as many of the risk areas as you can with the budget you have. In…

Kevin DooleyFeb 17, 2022
Triple-A Webinar

4 Common VPN Types (And When to Use Them)

Virtual private networks (VPNs) are a straightforward idea. The trick comes in knowing the different VPN types and when to use which.…

Ethan BanksFeb 16, 2022

Cover Your DRaaS: Everything you need to know about Disaster Recovery

Unplanned downtime carries a hefty price tag for enterprises. In 2020, critical server outages cost enterprises on average at least…

Destiny BertucciFeb 15, 2022

What is a Supply Chain Attack (and What Can You Do About It)?

Any cybersecurity breach is damaging to individual companies. But when it becomes a supply chain attack, the results can be chaotic and…

Ryan LaFlammeFeb 8, 2022

What is Network-as-a-Service (NaaS)?

The flexible consumption model (FCM)—or as we know it—the everything-as-a-Service (XaaS) model, has steadily, but modestly, taken a…

Lawrence PopaFeb 3, 2022

The No Sweat Guide to Effective Switch Management

Switches are a critical network link & switch management is an important job. Learn how to choose a good location, design an uplink, &…

Ethan BanksJan 28, 2022

Will Layer 3 Switches Give Routers the Boot?

A Layer 3 switch combines the capabilities of a Layer 2 switch and a router in one device. Does this mean the death of the router is…

Steve PetryschukJan 28, 2022

Network Discovery Tools: Pros & Cons for 2022

You can’t manage what you can’t see—when it comes to the network, you need full visibility & awareness. But you don’t need to…

Steve PetryschukJan 27, 2022

What is a Backplane? A Network Backplane Throughput Primer

Understanding what backplane throughput is, and it’s related concepts, can help you better design and troubleshoot your network.…

Lawrence PopaJan 26, 2022

Preventing Network Configuration Drift

A cynical network engineer might say, “configuration drift happens when you take the day off.” Someone changed something they…

Steve PetryschukJan 25, 2022

What is Wi-Fi 6, and What Does it Mean for MSPs?

Wi-Fi 6 is taking tech world by storm. But should MSPs buy into the hype? We talked with Lee Badman, a wireless network architect and…

Annette HynesJan 24, 2022

Network Management in a Nutshell

If you're looking for a crash course on network management for MSPs, here it is. The experts at Auvik Networks break it down.

Ryan LaFlammeJan 19, 2022