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Latest Blog Posts
  • Foglight for Virtualization and Storage Management

    Taking charge of your Active Directory environment – New lab report and video

    As a virtual admin, just when it seems that your Active Directory environment can’t get any more complex, it does.

    • The variety of users and devices you support continues to grow.
    • The mix of physical and virtual resources – network, server and storage devices – means you have more to monitor.
    • Most of these resources are generating torrents of data for you to analyze.
    • Business process improvement calls for an agile IT environment, meaning new technologies and tools for you to manage.

    And, of course, you’re expected to respond as quickly and effectively as possible. How can you be confident that you’re meeting performance requirements and that your Active Directory is healthy?

    Lab review and video on Dell Foglight for Active Directory

    ESG Labs recently performed hands-on evaluation and testing of Dell Foglight for Active Directory in a heterogeneous environment comprising physical and virtual server, network and storage resources. They wrote a lab review on their findings and followed it up with a video.

    The Foglight architecture provides for “cartridges” that delivery different sets of IT functions. The Active Directory cartridge is virtualization-aware, so it can monitor and present data whether the domain controller is installed in a physical or virtual environment. When Foglight detects problems in the virtual environment, its extensive monitoring capabilities help pinpoint the problem at any level in the infrastructure. That eliminates finger-pointing and the claims of “My layer is running fine – must be someone else’s” that tend to slow problem resolution and hamper user productivity.

    ESG walks you through the areas of Foglight for Active Directory uppermost in the minds of virtual administrators:

    • An end-to-end view of Active Directory dependencies and relationships, regardless of infrastructure vendor and domain
    • Diagnosis and resolution of performance problems in both physical and virtual Active Directory environments
    • Service Level Agreement reporting that shows how the Active Directory infrastructure is supporting the business

    Read the lab review>>

    Watch the video>>

  • Desktop Authority

    Check out two of our most recent Desktop Authority videos on the Server Manager

    Video: Server Manager - Part 1 - What is Server Manager?

    The first in a series of videos regarding the Server Manager tab in Desktop Authority. The video will explain what Server Manager is, what information is displayed and what can be configured in the Service Management, Plugins, Replication Options and Configure Site Map tabs.

    Video: Server Manager - Part 2 - How to configure Server Manager 

    The second in a series of videos regarding the Server Manager tab in Desktop Authority. The video will explain how to configure options in the Service Management, Plugins, Replication Options and Configure Site Map tabs.

    Part 3 in the Sever Manager series is coming soon, covering how to troubleshoot Server Manager.

  • KACE Blog

    K2000 Deployment Appliance version 3.7 – Service Pack 1

    We are pleased to announce the immediate release of Service Pack 1 for the Dell KACE K2000 Deployment Appliance version 3.7. The K2000 Systems Deployment Appliance makes it easy to fulfill all of your organization’s systems provisioning needs with capabilities for inventory assessment, OS and image deployment, user state migration, system configuration, application installation, and recovery. The K2000 improves deployment efficiency and reliability while reducing deployment time and bandwidth consumption with features such as multicasting for Windows and Mac OS X and a powerful task engine that automates pre-installation and post-installation tasks.

    Service Pack 1 comprises the following enhancements:

    • Upgrades the operating system of the appliance to FreeBSD 10 for new appliances and virtual appliances
    • Adds support for hosting a virtual appliance on Hyper-V (RSA is not supported on Hyper-V)
    • Introduces a new strong password policy for the appliance
    • Improves the deployment workbench and the driver feed
    • Additional security, performance and stability improvements

    Service pack 1 is available for immediate download through the Dell Software support portal at:

    Best wishes!

    Lolita Chandra

    About Lolita Chandra

    Lolita is a Product Marketing Manager for Dell KACE. She has over 10 years of product marketing experience with IT software and infrastructure-as-a-service solutions.

    View all posts by Lolita Chandra

  • Foglight for Virtualization and Storage Management

    Support for OpenStack and KVM monitoring using FVE 8.0

    Foglight for Virtualization 8.0, enterprise (FVE) supports monitoring KVM hypervisors when they are managed by the Openstack.

    OpenStack is used to create a private cloud in the data center. More than likely, when customers chose to use OpenStack, they also chose open-source based hypervisor, such as Red Hat’s KVM. Users have their own reasons to adopt whatever hypervisor they chose, but when they consider cost, capabilities, maturity and vendor lock-in, there are only a few practical choices.

    For this release, FVE R&D team set out to build a product that was easy to deploy, configure and manage. The approach chosen was to work with keystone service of OpenStack. FVE connects with KeyStone admin project and collects information about the deployed zones, clusters, hosts and instances as well as all the instances of storage (templates as well as online storage) and networking.

    FVE also captures cloud topology and performance of the services  that are running OpenStack cloud infrastructure.

    Keeping with the theme of ease of deployment, once the hosts are identified with keystone, FVE can push its agents on the KVM hosts. All that is needed is the appropriate access to the machines. Once those are provided, FVE configures itself!

    Once all the information is provided and FVE agents start running on the hosts, it takes less than 30 minutes to start seeing the data on the FVE dashboards.

    The good part of this approach is that FVE can be deployed and configured in less than 2 hours, whether the private cloud is 100 VMs large or 10,000 VMs!

    FVE is used to get crucial performance feedback:

    • Where are my cloud workloads? -  Because OpenStack workloads are deployed by end users based on policies set by IT, it can be very difficult to find the location of your workload. Foglight topology is just the solution you need in order to know where your workloads are?

    • Performance of the workloads/VMs – Once the VMs are deployed, it’s very important to keep track of the performance characteristics of the VMs. IT administrators always need to know if the workload is performing well and whether it has sufficient resources available?

    • Answers to FAQs? – FVE contains a list of questions that IT administrators need to find answers to. The questions are designed to find quick information about the environment without having to find this information through dashboards or custom reports.



  • Information Management

    The Data-Driven Non-Profit — Toad Data Point and the Philadelphia Youth Network

     A database tool that helps find jobs for inner-city youth? Everybody can get behind that.

    Since 1999, The Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) has developed targeted programs that allow early access to educational and employment services for underserved youth in the region. PYN has grown to one of the city’s most successful sources of jobs and career opportunities, helping to connect 126,000 young people since it was founded. It does this by pulling together constantly changing data about jobs, youth programs, service learning, internships, work experience and career exposure from dozens of organizations and hundreds of businesses.

    You can’t make that kind of impact if all you’re using is spreadsheets.

    A data-driven non-profit

    PYN uses Toad Data Point to query and extract data stored in Oracle, SQL Server and MySQL databases. It also uses Toad to do the work of cleaning, formatting and merging data, freeing up staff to focus on the work of helping young people start a career.