Leon Adato is a Head Geek and technical evangelist at SolarWinds, and is a Cisco® Certified Network Associate (CCNA), MCSE and SolarWinds Certified Professional (he was once a customer, after all). His 25 years of network management experience spans financial, healthcare, food and beverage, and other industries.

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Networks

Don’t Shut Your Pi-Hole, Monitor It! (The Sequel)


Back in October, 2019, I shared my love of both Raspberry Pi (https://www.raspberrypi.org/) devices and the Pi-Hole (https://pi-hole.net/) software; and showed how—with a little know-how about Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and scripting (in this case, I used it as an excuse to make my …



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Networks

Unplanned Obsolescence


As we head into the new year, people will once again start quoting a popular list describing the things kids starting college in 2020 will never personally experience. Examples of these are things like “They’re the first generation for whom a ‘phone’ has been …






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Systems

SysAdmin Day 2019: The Secret to Getting Ahead


Looking back across the months since SysAdmin Day 2018, it’s obvious we’re all dealing with a remarkably different (in some ways exciting, in others, horrifying) IT landscape than the one we had a year ago. Sure, all the familiar landmarks are there: routers still …


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Networks

How to Create ACLs


It’s no secret that I have a love affair with all things “monitoring.” I love the tools; I love the basic techniques those tools execute; I love the ways the data can be visualized and used; I love the opportunities for automation that monitoring …