Resources in Network management

Enterprise WLAN 101: The Basics of Big Wi-Fi

There are serious differences between smaller business and enterprise WLAN environments. Now let’s get into the major areas to address when building an enterprise Wi-Fi system.

Lee BadmanDec 4, 2018

BOO! Does Network Management Give You the Shivers?

Just like the goblins, ghouls, and ghosts that’ll be walking down your street on Halloween, network management can be scary. But it…

Sarah Cunningham-ScharfOct 30, 2018

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 PetryschukSep 18, 2018

Zero-Trust Networks: When They Make Sense and When They Don’t

Auvik AVP of product, Patrick Albert, interviews security expert Nick Espinosa to uncover the benefits and risks of implementing a…

Jennifer TribeSep 4, 2018

Auvik Use Case #9: Troubleshooting Internal Connectivity

Manually troubleshooting a device’s internal connections can take hours, demanding you dig into onerous tasks like tracing wires and…

Ray PatelJul 31, 2018

Adding Cybersecurity to a Managed Services Portfolio – FMSP 023

Nick Espinosa of MSSP Security Fanatics discusses some of the pitfalls in layering on security services in an MSP as well as best…

Jennifer TribeJul 26, 2018

Are Your Firewalls Protecting Your Customers’ Networks?

Traditional firewalls don’t provide the insight needed to know how traffic flows through today’s complex networks formed by advanced…

Jennifer TribeJul 5, 2018

Don’t Let These Wi-Fi Pitfalls Trip You Up

When it’s time to add or rework a wireless network for a client, a lot of little things need to line up for the venture to be…

Lee BadmanJun 12, 2018

Why Your Client’s Firewall May Not Be Up to the Task of Network Security

A new Sophos report reveals IT pros can’t identify almost half (45%) of the traffic flowing through their networks. That’s a massive…

Steve PetryschukMay 15, 2018

Cloud Desktops and Quality Networks: How itopia and Auvik Work Together

With the migration to the cloud, bullet-proof network connectivity is a must for your clients. With mission critical SaaS applications,…

Jennifer TribeApr 25, 2018

Not All Hacks Are the Same, Plan Your Network Defenses Accordingly

There’s a vast difference between the incredibly sophisticated long-term attacks against high-profile companies and government…

Kevin DooleyApr 24, 2018

Visibility for Security: You Can’t Protect What You Can’t See

As an MSP, your first line of defense for clients is visibility. You need to know exactly which devices you’re protecting and how those…

Jennifer TribeApr 18, 2018

New WPA3 Security Protocol Holds Promise—But It’s Hard to Know Where It Will Succeed

Lee Badman shares his WPA3 analysis: "As a 20-year veteran of the WLAN industry, I’m not saying WPA3 won’t be good for the greater…

Lee BadmanApr 17, 2018

Why CloudFlare’s Latest Product Launch May Pose a Risk to Your Clients’ Networks

CloudFlare's new DNS service, launched Apr 1, has the potential to cause big network issues for you and your clients. Learn more about…

Ray PatelApr 10, 2018

How to Secure That Small Business WLAN

There are many ways to approach wireless security, and businesses of any size have options. Let’s talk about how I approach my own…

Lee BadmanApr 3, 2018

The Importance of Network Topology Visualization

Network topology visualization can provide instant client context to service techs, speed up training time, expedite troubleshooting,…

Steve PetryschukMar 27, 2018

Legacy Networks Can Hold You and Your Clients Back

Both you and your clients suffer when the network isn't up to snuff. We outline the risks and costs of old gear, and explore how to have…

Sarah Cunningham-ScharfMar 20, 2018

An Introduction to APIs for MSPs

What's an API, what can they do on the network, and why should you care? Our intro guide to APIs for MSPs has the answers.

Ray PatelMar 6, 2018
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Auvik Use Case #8: Troubleshooting Internet Connections

With Auvik’s internet connection check, you can get out in front of internet issues so you’re aware of the problem—and potentially…

Jennifer TribeFeb 27, 2018
[image] 3 Minor Network Alerts You Shouldn’t IgnoreFrankly MSP blog icon

3 Minor Network Alerts You Shouldn’t Ignore

It’s obvious you need to deal with emergency and critical network alerts. But what about simple warning alerts? Your first impulse may…

Steve PetryschukFeb 13, 2018

PSK Wi-Fi Isn’t Going Anywhere

Welcome to the world of PSK Wi-Fi, a place none of us seem able to escape and where many of the devices you need to support are woefully…

Lee BadmanJan 23, 2018
[image] How I Strategically Tune Auvik Alerts to Reduce Noise and Optimize MonitoringFrankly MSP blog icon

How I Strategically Tune Auvik Alerts to Reduce Noise and Optimize Monitoring

Auvik is pre-configured to alert on a list of standard metrics at industry best-practice thresholds. If the thresholds are too low for…

Corey KirkendollJan 16, 2018
[image] 3 Switch Features You Should Never ChangeFrankly MSP blog icon

3 Switch Features You Should Never Change

In a handful of recent incidents, I helped clients troubleshoot network problems. The errors turned out to be switch features that were…

Kevin DooleyJan 9, 2018

What’s in a Wireless Network Name?

Sometimes wireless network names—or SSIDs—are silly. Sometimes they’re cold and stodgy. But regardless of how much personality a…

Lee BadmanDec 12, 2017
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Auvik Use Case #3: Network Configuration Backups

Stuff happens—and not all of it can be predicted or avoided. But no matter what causes network downtime, getting your client back up as…

Jennifer TribeNov 28, 2017
[image] The Why and How of Syncing Clocks on Network DevicesFrankly MSP blog icon

The Why and How of Syncing Clocks on Network Devices

One of the keys to effective network management is syncing clocks on all network devices. There are really two ways to do it.

Kevin DooleyNov 7, 2017
[image] What MSPs Can Learn from the KRACK Wi-Fi VulnerabilityFrankly MSP blog icon

What MSPs Can Learn from the KRACK Wi-Fi Vulnerability

Don’t let the KRACK hysteria fade without at least getting patched far and wide, and assessing what could happen if unpatchable devices…

Lee BadmanOct 24, 2017

Auvik Use Case #1: Automatically Mapping a Client’s Network in Real-Time

Give static, manually drawn network maps the boot in your MSP. Let Auvik handle it all—and watch your efficiency improve.

Jennifer TribeOct 17, 2017
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7 Networking Innovations That Are Changing the Future

The true networking innovations are the ones we call next next-generation technologies. They’re the developing solutions that…

Jennifer TribeSep 19, 2017

Auvik Use Case #7: Finding and Fixing 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…

Jennifer TribeSep 5, 2017
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How to Dig Deeper on the Network When You Don’t Have NetFlow

NetFlow is great for gaining deeper visibility at Layer 3 and beyond—but not everyone has the luxury of putting it to use. Thankfully,…

Ray PatelAug 15, 2017
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Simple Network Redundancy: Creating Maximum Availability With Minimum Complexity

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

Kevin DooleyAug 8, 2017

Stay on Top of Your Client Networks With These 5 Routine Maintenance Tasks

These routine network maintenance tasks can keep you ahead of potential issues. And that generally leads to fewer tickets and greater…

Ray PatelJul 11, 2017
[image] The Benefits of Great Network Configuration ManagementFrankly MSP blog icon

The Benefits of Great Network Configuration Management

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

Kevin DooleyJun 27, 2017

Stop the Insanity! Quit Doing These 7 Manual Network Management Tasks

Finding a way to manage network infrastructure efficiently is critical to scaling your MSP business. Here are 7 tasks to stop doing…

Alex HoffJun 13, 2017

6 Slightly Obscure but Seriously Useful Cisco Commands

There are so many hundreds of Cisco commands that sometimes it's just plain overwhelming. That makes it really easy to miss out on simple…

Keith TokashJun 6, 2017

Auvik Use Case #11: Assessing New Prospects for Managed Services

We encourage MSPs to use Auvik during the proposal phase with new accounts for four key reasons.

Jennifer TribeMay 23, 2017
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How to Troubleshoot High Broadcast Utilization and Broadcast Storms

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

Ray PatelMay 16, 2017

The New DR: What To Do When the Internet Is Down

With the move to cloud, disaster recovery has become a special challenge. You now have to worry about what you’ll do if the Internet…

Kevin DooleyMay 9, 2017
[image] Building Network Redundancy for Small and Mid-Sized BusinessesFrankly MSP blog icon

Building Network Redundancy for Small and Mid-Sized Businesses

Building redundancy into a network requires planning and, ideally, expertise. But a little knowledge and planning can make a tiny network…

Keith TokashApr 25, 2017
[image] How to Adjust TCP Window Size to Improve Network PerformanceFrankly MSP blog icon

How to Adjust TCP Window Size to Improve Network Performance

Are you seeing poor network performance but with link utilization well below 100%? You might have an issue with your TCP window size.…

Kevin DooleyApr 11, 2017
[image] Network Monitoring: How to Handle High CPU Utilization AlertsFrankly MSP blog icon

Network Monitoring: How to Handle High CPU Utilization Alerts

Seeing high CPU utilization on a network device is always an uncomfortable feeling. The harder the device is working, the more likely…

Ray PatelApr 4, 2017

Network Basics: An Introduction to SD-WANs

The basic idea of an SD-WAN is to reduce MPLS or other fixed internal WAN circuit costs by shunting some or all of your traffic over…

Kevin DooleyMar 21, 2017

How to Troubleshoot Network Issues — The Wrong Way

There are innumerable troubleshooting guides floating about the ether, but once in a while it helps to look at how NOT to troubleshoot…

Keith TokashMar 14, 2017
[image] 6+ Awesome Places to Get Network Training OnlineFrankly MSP blog icon

6+ Awesome Places to Get Network Training Online

With so many options to choose from, it’s easy to find online network training that meets your needs. Whether you want to take a…

Dana OrosMar 7, 2017

What to Look for in a Next-Generation Firewall

Considering a next-generation firewall? To help you understand the huge array of available options, engineer Kevin Dooley describes the…

Kevin DooleyFeb 28, 2017

Clock Signal issue: These Are the Vendors and Devices Affected by Intel Atom C2000 Chips

Intel Atom C2000 series chips have a clock signal problem that can cause devices to brick. Check this list of affected vendors and…

Jennifer TribeFeb 21, 2017
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How to Look Up a Custom OID

Is there a network device you want to learn more about or monitor? Being able to look up OIDs (the device’s Object Identifiers) is the…

Dana OrosFeb 7, 2017

8 Days to Better Network Management: Take the MSP Network Challenge

We challenge you to whip a client network into tiptop shape—and improve your team's network management efficiency—in just 8 days.

Jennifer TribeJan 31, 2017

I Can’t Access My Network Device! What Do I Do?

You’re in a time crunch, your clients are demanding an update on when their issue will be fixed, and as you’re digging into the…

Ray PatelJan 24, 2017

Network Basics: What Is Link Aggregation & How Does It Work?

Link aggregation is a way of bundling a bunch of individual Ethernet links together so they act like a single logical link.

Kevin DooleyDec 6, 2016
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Implementing ACLs on Cisco ASA Firewalls

The first line of defense in a network is the access control list (ACL) on the edge firewall. The challenge is that while ACLs can be…

Kevin DooleyNov 1, 2016
[image] 6 Common Spanning Tree Mistakes and How to Avoid ThemFrankly MSP blog icon

6 Common Spanning Tree Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Spanning tree is a Good Thing. It saves you from loops, which will completely shut down your client's network. But it has to be…

Kevin DooleyOct 4, 2016

Network Documentation Best Practices: What to Create & Why

Everybody agrees network documentation is extremely important, but there tends not to be a lot of agreement on what that documentation…

Kevin DooleySep 13, 2016

As Network Value Skyrockets, MSPs Become Increasingly Essential

Networks have become an indispensable part of life in the 21st century. But just how much is a network worth? And how much does that make…

Jennifer TribeSep 6, 2016

Is Your MSP Exposed to Network Risk?

We call it not wearing pants under the desk. On the surface, everything looks great. But down below, you’re exposed and vulnerable.

Alex HoffAug 23, 2016

Rogue IT Almost Cost This MSP’s Client $1 Million. Almost.

At 2 a.m. on a Saturday, California-based MSP ITque got that call: The network had crashed at one of their biggest manufacturing clients.…

Jennifer TribeAug 9, 2016
[image] Network Basics: What Is SNMP and How Does It Work?Frankly MSP blog icon

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

SNMP is a vital tool for effective network management. In this post, you'll learn why it's so important, the various SNMP versions…

Dana OrosJul 26, 2016
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Are Network Blind Spots Killing Your MSP?

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 HoffJul 19, 2016
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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 PatelJul 12, 2016

Setting Up Auvik to Post to Slack

If you’re like us, Slack is a go-to office tool. It’s really handy to collect feeds from a number of different programs and see them…

Jennifer TribeJun 28, 2016

9 Ways to Use Network Audits to Grow Your Business and Reputation

Throughout the lifetime of an account, network audits can help you build and enhance your service reputation, identify upsell…

Jennifer TribeJun 14, 2016
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Using NetFlow & Other Flow Data to Solve Network Problems

Ever wonder why your client's network is "slow"? Or if the network is at fault in the first place? For definitive insights into network…

Jim FreyJun 7, 2016
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