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How to Monitor a Web Application (LAMP) Hosted on AWS EC2 Using Anturis

September 23rd, 2016 - By Shrinivasan Patnaikuni

This article outlines basics of using Anturis in monitoring IT systems running on AWS. With respect to an application running on AWS, Anturis complements AWS’s monitoring service CloudWatch by allowing easy collection not only of OS-specific metrics, but also of metrics related to applications (databases, processes, services, web servers) and business logic (global response time and availability, full page load time, transactions, etc.).

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Stolen CPU Explained and How to Troubleshoot Stolen CPU Issues

January 14th, 2016 - By Emmanuel Stalling

In this article we explain what Stolen CPU is, why it might be a critical issue, what the causes are, and how to troubleshoot Stolen CPU Issues.

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New Features: Network Interface Monitor and SMART Drive Monitor for Windows Servers

December 11th, 2015 - By Alexey Sotnikov

Today we launched an important product update that comprises two new types of monitors: the Network Interface monitor and the SMART Drive monitor. Let’s go through the major features and changes.

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Nagios Alternatives: On-Premise and SaaS Tools

October 29th, 2015 - By Walker Rowe

In this article we look at some alternatives to Nagios, grouping them into proprietary, SaaS, and open source tools.

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New Feature: Windows Event Log Monitoring

October 26th, 2015 - By Alexey Sotnikov

We are pleased to introduce a new feature - Windows Event Log Monitoring. With this monitor you can easily detect system, security and applications problems on your Windows machines.

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Software-Defined Networking Standards and Products

October 9th, 2015 - By Walker Rowe

Here we present an overview of Software-Defined Networking (SDN) standards and products.

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Apache Kafka: an Essential Overview

September 22nd, 2015 - By Walker Rowe

Here we explain how LinkedIn’s open source project Kafka powers stream processing and big data.

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New Anturis UI: an Experimental Preview

September 14th, 2015 - By Alexey Sotnikov

Few days ago we launched an experimental preview of the new Anturis user interface. This is the foundation for further improvements based on your feedback.

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New Feature: Active Directory Monitoring

July 21th, 2015 - By Alexey Sotnikov

Since now you can setup Active Directory monitoring in up to five minutes by creating a new component in the Anturis UI. It allows you to monitor important AD performance indicators and replication status.

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14 Top Load Testing Tools

July 14th, 2015 - By Lani Carroll

Is your system adequate to handle the demands that are going to be placed on it? Are you sure? Really sure? How will it behave under pressure? The only way to really answer these questions is with load testing. Load testing exposes bottlenecks and problem areas. It enables fine-tuning that keeps everything humming along at maximum speed and efficiency. What really works? There are lots of choices.

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OpenStack: the Essential Guide

May 26th, 2015 - By Walker Rowe

In this article, we provide an overview of the OpenStack open source cloud computing environment. It is a modular design that divides user authentication and provisioning, storage, and networking into distinct modules, also known as projects or nodes. We describe each of these and give examples of how the administrator can interact with them using command-line tools, the dashboard, and APIs.

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New Feature: Windows Services Monitoring and a Simpler Windows Server Monitoring Setup

May 18th, 2015 - By Alexey Sotnikov

Now you can quickly set up monitoring of your Windows Services and Windows Server’s hardware resources using the new easy configuration wizard in the Anturis UI.

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10 Must-have Active Directory Tools

April 14th, 2015 - By Walker Rowe

Here we list 10 tools for the AD administrator to make AD tasks easier and to ensure compliance with audit requirements. The list covers the whole spectrum of adding data via LDAP, provisioning users, managing forests and domains, querying data, and complying with audit requirements.

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How to Set up CPU Temperature Monitoring for Linux Servers for Free

March 27th, 2015 - By Alexey Sotnikov

In this article I will guide you through the process of setting up CPU temperature monitoring for Linux Servers using lm-sensors and Anturis software-as-a-service (its custom shell command monitor). As a result we will arrive at free continuous CPU monitoring, with a web graphical interface.

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DNS Servers, Security Issues, and Options for Business

March 16th, 2015 - By Walker Rowe

This document explains some of the technical details of DNS. Specifically, it explains how DNS works; reviews how your ISP assigns you to a DNS server, and which servers they most commonly use; provides examples of third-party DNS providers you can use to protect from DDOS attacks; explains the A, AAAA, and MX DNS records; highlights security issues with DNS open resolvers; and discusses how governments use DNS for censorship.

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A New Feature: Network Channel Quality Monitor

March 6th, 2015 - By Alexey Sotnikov

We are happy to announce the latest Anturis feature - a Network channel quality monitor that allows IT administrators to measure network performance and discover issues on the network as soon as possible.

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How to configure robust monitoring for Plesk servers in less than 5 minutes with Anturis

February 17th, 2015 - By Alexey Sotnikov

It is well-known that monitoring is an essential component of server management. In this article we’ll give a brief review of the few possible monitoring solutions alternatives and we’ll walk through the setup and configuration of Anturis monitoring system via the custom Plesk extension.

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11 Useful Tools for Windows SysAdmins

January 30th, 2015 - By Walker Rowe

Here we look at some of the most important tools for the Windows system administrator.

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Anturis 2.5 Features Multiple Infrastructures and the Final Version of the New cPanel Plugin

November 26th, 2014 - By Ilya Sidorov

We’ve launched Anturis 2.5 – a new version of our monitoring service. The new version introduces three new features: multiple infrastructures; a new monitoring location in Brazil; and the final (RTW) version of the new cPanel/WHM plugin. It also provides improved ssl support for Anturis agent and a couple of minor bug fixes.

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SSD Reliability in 2014

October 30th, 2014 - By Walker Rowe

The topic of solid state drives (SSDs) is important because applications want increased speed. But earlier generations of SSD had some issues with lifespan. This type of storage has limited life due to the physical properties of semiconductors. But the industry pushed ahead, finding technical solutions to resolve the issue. Costs were also driven down, as the price of SSD was at first prohibitive.

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Windows Server Maintenance Checklist

October 15th, 2014 - By Jarrod Farncomb

A few months ago we published the checklist for Linux server maintenance. Now this is a turn for Windows. This checklist contains the necessary steps that should be taken to maintain your Windows servers in order to prevent a disaster.

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Java Virtual Machine: the Essential Guide

October 8th, 2014 - By Alexey Zhebel

You do not need to understand how the JVM works to develop or run Java applications. However, you can avoid many performance problems that are in fact straightforward if you do have some understanding.

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Anturis 2.2 launched – now with Full Page monitor, Maintenance mode and an improved plugin for cPanel

October 1st, 2014 - By Ilya Sidorov

We’ve rolled out Anturis 2.2 – a new version of our monitoring service. The new update includes 3 significant new features: Full Page load monitoring, Maintenance mode, a beta-version of Uptime monitor and widget for cPanel and WHM plugin.

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IPv6 Guide for System Administrators

September 17th, 2014 - By Walker Rowe

The world is running out of IPv4 IP addresses and will soon only issue IPv6 addresses. What does the system administrator need to do to make the transition to this new reality?

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7 Valuable Certifications for Cloud Administrators

September 10th, 2014 - By Lani Carroll

There’s not much certainty in the job market today, but if you want to make an educated guess about where tomorrow’s hot jobs will be… well, the cloud is looking awfully good. Fortunately, many of the cloud giants are offering certifications. Their programs focus on their own products, but they also provide cloud computing architectures basics. And there are some vendor-neutral offerings that have been around long enough to have an established track record.

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Hadoop Basics for System Administrators

September 4th, 2014 - By Walker Rowe

In this article: (1) a very brief overview of Apache Hadoop, (2) how to set up a simple single node cluster, and (3) list some of the items that a system administrator should study so they can work as an Hadoop Systems Administrator.

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How to Check if Computers in Your Network Have Been Hacked

August 18th, 2014 - By Walker Rowe

The best security is knowledge: learn what the signs of an attack are and what you should be doing to detect those, since antivirus software in not in itself sufficient. Here we give your some ideas of how to police your environment and to look for signs of malware.

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Anturis Recognized by CRN as a 2014 Emerging Vendor

July 22nd, 2014 - By Ilya Sidorov

Anturis has been recognized as one of 2014’s hottest emerging technology vendors by CRN, the top news source for solution providers and the IT channel.

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We launched Anturis 2.0 – with Java Application Monitoring and Parallels Plesk Uptime Monitor

July 7th, 2014 - By Ilya Sidorov

Today we released Anturis 2.0. The new version of our IT monitoring and troubleshooting service delivers Java Virtual Machine (JVM) monitoring and Parallels Plesk Uptime monitoring capabilities.

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Anturis helps Ancient Origins achieve optimal server performance and flawless run of their website

June 25th, 2014 - By Ilya Sidorov

Ancient Origins has experienced rapid growth, expanding to become one of the top ‘pop archaeology’ websites in the world, with more than a million views per month. With such rapid growth, Ancient Origins expressed an urgent need in good monitoring and troubleshooting solution.

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Linux Server Maintenance Checklist

June 18th, 2014 - By Jarrod Farncomb

Server maintenance needs to be performed regularly in order to ensure that your server will continue to run smoothly. Without server maintenance you will likely be facing many future time-consuming and potentially costly problems. Here are some steps that should be taken in order to maintain your servers in order to prevent a disaster.

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11 Awesome Tools for Linux SysAdmins

June 6th, 2014 - By Walker Rowe

Here we look at some cool tools that the Linux system administrator will find useful or even indispensable. The tools we’ll discuss in this article are all free.

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How CloudLinux Helps You Handle Noisy Neighbors and Security Problems

May 28th, 2014 - By Walker Rowe and Jarrod Farncomb

CloudLinux solves noisy neighbors problem by preventing one customer from spinning too many processes and thereby dominating the machine. Plus it improves security: one customer cannot see another customer’s processes or file system.

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Nginx vs Apache

May 14th, 2014 - By Walker Rowe

What is the Nginx web and proxy server and how does it compare to Apache? Should you use one of these servers or both? Here we explore some answers to these questions.

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New Anturis Version 1.5 Allows Users to Easily Monitor Printers

May 7th, 2014 - By Ilya Sidorov

Today we have upgraded Anturis to Version 1.5. The new version of our IT monitoring and troubleshooting service features the beta version of our new mobile application - as well as new printer monitoring capabilities.

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Why Monitor Cpu Usage?

April 23rd, 2014 - By Andrew Sytsko

Your processing power – or more specifically, your hardware or host’s processing power - is your ability to do business online. A loss of processing power will leave your customers struggling to successfully complete straightforward interactions with your business online. More often than not, this translates to an impression of sloppy customer service, depending on how rapidly your technical support team is able to troubleshoot the problem.

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Heartbleed Bug: Websites Check, Apache and Nginx, and What to Do

April 16th, 2014 - By Walker Rowe

In this post: how the Heartbeat bug works; how you can check websites if they have the bug; how it affects Apache and Nginx; and what you need to do.

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Anturis Launches Beta Version of Mobile Monitoring Application

April 14th, 2014 - By Ilya Sidorov

Today, we launched the Public Beta version of Anturis Mobile for Android - the new mobile application for our IT infrastructure and web services monitoring solution.

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How to Increase E-commerce Site Uptime

April 9th, 2014 - By Walker Rowe

What additional steps can you take, beyond those that are obvious, to keep your ecommerce site running? Let’s dispel some myths, focus on what is possible and practical, and offer some advice.

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53 Planet SysAdmin Blogs in One Custom Search

April 3rd, 2014 - By Alexey Sotnikov

If you are a sysadmin or your job includes system administration functions, you definitely follow or at least have heard of Planet SysAdmin - one of the most useful rss aggregators for sysadmins and other technical specialists. But if you need to find a particular article or search on a specific topic among these blogs, there is no easy way to do that.

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Could You Be Part of Our Partner Program?

April 2nd, 2014 - By Ilya Sidorov

Anturis’ Partner program enables web hosting providers, software developers and resellers, and even web design studios and bloggers to become affiliates, sales or OEM partners.

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Get Insight into Your Website Performance with Key Apache Statistics

March 26th, 2014 - By Andrew Sytsko

While it is highly efficient and secure, with performance comparable to modern ‘high-performance’ web servers, Apache has extendable modular architecture and is known for its configuration complexity. Incorrect or misaligned Apache configuration may cause a variety of problems for websites it serves such as slow responses or occasional service denial.

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How the Tor Network Works

March 19th, 2014 - By Walker Rowe

Tor hides the sender’s IP address, protecting their identity by bouncing their communications across different nodes in the Tor network, only one of which knows where the data came from.

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End-to-end Versus Component Monitoring

March 12th, 2014 - By Walker Rowe

It is important to note that it is crucial to utilize both end-to-end and component level monitoring, because correlation of both views delivers invaluable support to troubleshooting.

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Hello World

March 12th, 2014 - By Andrew Sytsko

Ok, so we started our own blog. The main purpose of it will be to post various ‘how to’ articles to answer typical questions and address common issues our customers face. This will be mixed in with articles about some cool technologies, Anturis news, and some topics just for fun As for the first post, we’re starting with something serious; a short overview of Anturis: who we are and what we do.

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