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Fine-Grained Password Policy Best Practices

Password and account lockout policies in Active Directory needn’t be all or nothing. In this article, I’ll explain how to set password and account lockout policies for specific groups of users and some best practices you should follow in the process. Active Directory Account Policies Active Directory (AD) domains are configured by default with password and account lockout policies that apply to … [Read more...]

For Larger V-locity Deployments: Getting Up and Running Using V-locity Management Console (VMC)

V-locity® I/O Reduction software is designed to solve and prevent application performance degradation at the source, relieving stress and frustration from user complaints and reliability issues. V-locity eliminates the two big I/O inefficiencies in a virtual environment that generates a minimum of 30-40% I/O traffic chewing up storage IOPS and slowing down your system. Installing V-locity 7 is … [Read more...]

What is UPnP and is it Safe?

Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) is something that all of us have probably come into contact with without even realizing. If you’ve ever bought a new printer and noticed that your computer, phone and tablet are all able to recognize the device automatically, you’ve lived UPnP. If you fancied playing that song from your phone a little louder by broadcasting it to Alexa or some other wireless speaker, … [Read more...]

Undelete Saves Your Bacon, An In-depth Video Series

Undelete® is a lot more than those simple file recovery utilities that just search through free space on Windows machines looking for recoverable data. Undelete does so much more; protecting files in network shared folders and capturing versions of any number of file types. If you've ever had to rely on restoring from backup or a snapshots to get a deleted file back, watch now to find out how … [Read more...]

SysAdmins Discover That Size Really Does Matter

(...to storage transfer speeds...)   I was recently asked what could be done to maximize storage transfer speeds in physical and virtual Windows servers. Not the "sexiest" topic for a blog post, I know, but it should be interesting reading for any SysAdmin who wants to get the most performance from their IT environment, or for those IT Administrators who suffer from user … [Read more...]

Thinking Outside the Box – How to Dramatically Improve SQL Performance, Part 1

If you are reading this article, then most likely you are about to evaluate V-locity® or Diskeeper® on a SQL Server (or already have our software installed on a few servers) and have some questions about why it is a best practice recommendation to place a memory limit on SQL Servers in order to get the best performance from that server once you’ve installed one of our solutions. To … [Read more...]

Active Directory FSMO Roles: What Are They and What Do They Do?

Active Directory (AD) is pretty much the go to domain authentication services for enterprises all over the world and has been since its inception in Windows Server 2000. Back then, AD was pretty unsecured and had some flaws that made it particularly difficult to use. For example, if you had multiple domain controllers (DCs), they would compete over permissions to make changes. This meant that you … [Read more...]

SQL Server Database Performance

How do I get the most performance from my SQL Server? SQL Server applications are typically the most I/O intensive applications for any enterprise and thus are prone to suffer performance degradation. Anything a database administrator can do to reduce the amount of I/O necessary to complete a task will increase the server’s performance of the application. Excess and noisy I/O has typically … [Read more...]

The Challenge of IT Cost vs Performance

In over 30 years in the IT business, I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve heard an IT manager say, “The budget is not a problem. Cost is no object.” It is as true today as it was 30 years ago.  That is, increasing pressure on the IT infrastructure, rising data loads and demands for improved performance are pitted against tight budgets.  Frankly, I’d … [Read more...]

LepideAuditor – a Real Alternative to Varonis

A few questions we get asked on a regular basis are “how do we compare with Varonis?” and “are Lepide a Varonis competitor?” To answer this question, I’ve created this blog and, whilst I’ve tried to be as unbiased as I can, clearly, I have a favorite. It’s also important to know this blog is in many places anecdotal, created from information obtained either from direct customer feedback or … [Read more...]