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PRTG Network Monitor was again shortlisted for several categories at the?Network Computing Awards. This time we were able to bring home the award in the category "Bench Tested Product of the Year" which means that PRTG is the favourite of all tested products in 2015.?
One of the most-requested features we get for our mobile clients is push notifications for Windows Phone. It took us a little longer to roll that out than it did for our other platforms, but we're happy to announce that as of PRTG for Windows Phone 15.1.1, if you're connecting to a PRTG 14.x.13?or higher server and using Windows Phone 8.1, you can now enjoy free, nearly instantaneous PRTG notifications in your action center.
A few months ago, we've featured the SSH Script sensor, which allows you to use your own scripts to customize your Linux monitoring. The SSH Script Advanced sensor takes the customization potential even further as it enables you to show values returned by an executable script located on the target system in multiple channels. This really comes in handy if you want to monitor multiple processes and return the result of each process in a separate channel.
When you use HTTPS to log into the web interface of PRTG Network Monitor, you will see an SSL certificate warning in your browser, because the default SSL certificate of PRTG is not signed by a valid authority. If this warning always bothers you, keep on reading as we present a new freeware tool helping you to import trusted SSL certificates into PRTG.
When you are working with Linux/Unix systems in your IT environment, it's a huge advantage to be able to gather all kinds of information regarding your systems in one place. SSH (Secure Shell) monitoring allows you to query data by executing specific commands after PRTG has logged in to your devices. A value that's always good to know is the free disk space.
In today's IT environments it's almost impossible not to incorporate some kind of virtualization in order to face upcoming challenges. Although the initial setup has to be planned very thoroughly, it provides more freedom in terms of scalability and a more flexible working environment for users and admins alike. Like physical hardware also virtual components need to be monitored to guarantee that they are performing as required. Virtual storage is a common area of application which is, for example, provided by Microsoft Hyper-V.
When it comes to reports, most readers prefer their own structure as well as their own look and feel. With the native reporting engine of PRTG Network Monitor it is already possible to customize your reports up to a certain level, so in most cases you're good to go. In some cases, however, you might be required to present your monitoring data in a defined way, for example, if management is used to seeing data reports from other departments created with a certain reporting tool (such as Crystal Reports, or others). Now you have the possibility to convert raw PRTG monitoring data to standardized SQL format, allowing you to customize your reports any way you want!
Our mobile apps have always had requirements for the minimum version of PRTG that they can connect to, with Android and Blackberry requiring 13.1, iOS requiring 12.1, and Windows Phone requiring 13.3. We?re changing those requirements this year, so if you?ve been connecting to an older PRTG release with your smartphone, you should prepare for the change!
What do weather forecasts and predicting trends in IT have in common? There's a lot of talk about clouds. Really a lot. Believe me when I say I'm not a fan of chasing trends. Besides Big Data and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) especially the cloud has been squeezed dry by IT media. No drop of rain left. That being said, I do believe in sensible adoption of technology: At Paessler we are already using a lot of cloud services and even have set up our own cloud to provide push notifications to our users.
Although bandwidth isn't as strictly limited as it was some time ago, the perception of seemingly unlimited bandwidth can trigger problems in productive environments. Bandwidth has to be shared by a group of users who, especially in companies, have to rely on their remote services to run smoothly. Therefore it's important to identify fluctuations in bandwidth usage early and distinctly. There are several possibilities to monitor bandwidth. PRTG Network Monitor offers a wide variety of options for bandwidth monitoring like, for example, via WMI, SNMP, xFlow (NetFlow and IPFIX, sFlow, jFlow), or Packet Sniffer. Depending on the type of network devices, each technology has its advantages and disadvantages. For an overview of the different bandwidth monitoring approaches, please have a look at the PRTG manual.
If you think back and try to remember the events that have been influencing your company's IT over the last few months, how many of them were security-related? After Heartbleed and POODLE it's on everybody's agenda to keep their SSL certificates up-to-date. As a PRTG Network Monitor user, you can now easily check the SSL connectivity to your devices' ports with the new SSL Security Check sensor.
If you're a long-time Paessler customer, you will have noticed that, over the last couple of years, we have streamlined our product portfolio and focused our energy more and more on our flagship product PRTG Network Monitor. During this development, for example, the functionalities of PRTG Router Traffic Grapher and IPCheck Server Monitor have merged into PRTG Network Monitor. This not only helps us as a company to make the most of our resources, it also strongly benefits our customers as they get all the capabilities they need to monitor the individual components of their specific IT infrastructure, virtual or physical, in just one product?without having to purchase any add-ons. Simply put, PRTG is the complete package.
In some jobs reaction time is vital. For paramedics and emergency doctors receiving early notification and reliable information can be a matter of life and death. Although your life as an IT administrator is hopefully not threatened by receiving delayed information, being informed as soon as some component or service in your network behaves in an unusual way at least can save your free evening or your weekend.?With push notifications, PRTG Network Monitor now offers a feature that can alert you in the blink of an eye.
You don't use a database unless you have to store important information that is relevant for your business. Consequently it's vital for the stored data to be accessible at any time with the best performance possible. That's why it's of the utmost importance for you as a system administrator to know the current status of your databases and to be alerted if the status changes.
PRTG Network Monitor offers various possibilities for Linux monitoring. The easiest way is to use one of our native sensors that run on the Local Probe or the Remote Probe of a Windows system, located in your network, and gather data via SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol), WBEM (Web-Based Enterprise Management), or SSH (Secure Shell)?like, for example, monitoring the memory usage of your Linux/Unix system using the SSH Meminfo sensor.