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

Tried and True Tech Tips

October 16, 2020

Anyone who’s worked in IT knows a great deal of the day-to-day work doesn’t come down to one secret trick—the job consists mainly of stringing together hard-won wisdom and convenient Google searches to solve problems. Working in IT is a little like parenting; when …


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SolarFocus

Attitude Adjustment: Accentuate the Positive

September 23, 2020

Experienced IT practitioners know applications and solutions—whether off-the-shelf, customized, or built from scratch—are rarely a perfect fit. Inevitably, something doesn’t work quite the way we want, scale to quite the level we need, or cost exactly what our budget approvers would prefer. However, there’s …


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SolarFocus

2020: The Year IT Pros Were Built For

August 17, 2020

The theme for IT Pro Day 2020 is “You Were Built for This” and, while we knew it could be relevant in almost any minute of any day of any year, it seems exceptionally, especially apropos now. We, who make our lives and earn …


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Networks

It Takes a Village to Fix a Spreadsheet

August 10, 2020

Ben Zoma said: “Who is wise? He who learns from every man, as it is said: ‘From all who taught me have I gained understanding’ (Psalms 119:99)” Pirkei Avot (The Wisdom of Our Fathers) 4:1 This is a meditation on inclusion, inclusiveness, being open-minded, …



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The New Different

Friendship Is Magic. And Harder Than It Looks.

July 17, 2020

Building relationships is no easy feat. It’s been my experience that it’s common for people (especially, but not exclusively, men) to connect with each other through activity-based friendships—you might have a friend named Bob, for example, with whom you’ve played golf every Thursday afternoon …


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The New Different

The Harsh Realities of Working From Home

July 15, 2020

To the companies who’ve practiced remote work for years or are solely online, congrats! You’re probably thriving in this environment. But as IT practitioners we need to acknowledge, while remote work has been a breeze for some, it’s been a challenge for others in …



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The New Different

Hunting and Gathering in the Age of COVID

July 10, 2020

Collecting knowledge is a large part of everyday conversations. Contributing knowledge to a conversation keeps it going and allows individuals to learn new information, debate their current knowledge, and even change their opinions on certain topics. In the IT world, the distribution of new …