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Improve Performance Without Getting Stuck with Unnecessary and Expensive Hardware

We recently completed a case study with a top construction company who deployed V-locity® I/O reduction software to improve speed on Citrix and SQL applications and avoided unnecessary hardware costs. Performance on Teichert’s Citrix and SQL servers that were running critical applications was beginning to suffer due to the growth of data, increased number of users, and infrastructure … [Read more...]

Overcoming the I/O Blender Effect with V-locity

You’ve decided that you want to try out V-locity® software – kick the tires so to speak.  You’ll just load it on one of your Virtual Machines and see how it goes.  What kind of benefit will you see? It is true that V-locity will likely provide significant benefit on that one VM.  It may even be extraordinary.  But loading V-locity on just one VM on a host … [Read more...]

Why You Should Consider Sharing the Results of Your Security Audit with Your Employees

According to a recent survey by Syncsort, there are inconsistencies relating to how confident companies are about the strength of their cyber-security posture, and how well they actually fare when it comes to protecting their systems and data. 85% of the respondents expressed confidence in their ability to stave off cyber-security threats, while 41% admitted to suffering a security breach. … [Read more...]

How to Require LDAP Signing in Windows Server

The Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) is an industry-standard application protocol used by Windows Server Active Directory (AD) to maintain directory services. Client devices and applications authenticate with AD using LDAP ‘bind’ operations. LDAP simple binds send user credentials over the network in cleartext. I.e. there is no encryption of the username and password. While AD supports … [Read more...]

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...]