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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What is Your IT Legacy?

December 10, 2018

Where are you in your career arc right now? Trusting simple statistics, I can say that the majority of you are either just starting out, or somewhere in the middle. Relatively few of those reading this essay will be at, or near, the end …


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The Cost of (Not) Monitoring

December 5, 2018

What does a wireless thermometer have in common with ping? Both can keep a business from losing cash. One of the ways businesses stay in business is by keeping a tight rein on costs. So, it should come as no surprise that convincing executives …


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If I Was a Grownup, This is the Essay I’d Write

November 12, 2018

Recently, my friend Phoummala Schmitt, aka “ExchangeGoddess” and Microsoft Cloud Operations Advocate, wrote about her struggles with imposter syndrome. It’s a good read that I highly recommend. But one element of it stuck with me, like an itch I couldn’t quite reach. I knew this itch wasn’t …


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Directions

October 29, 2018

My wife called me for the third time, and I could hear that she was working hard to remain calm but was undeniably at the end of her rope. She had missed the freeway exit. For the third time. And was going to be …


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What I Did (and Learned) On My Coding Vacation

October 17, 2018

For THWACKcamp 2018, I had a chance to return to a task/skill I haven’t really done much of in a while: programming. That may be a surprise for some people, so let me explain. I have done a lot in my career, from desktop support to …


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Happy IT Pro Day!

September 18, 2018

As we all know, lists and their thinly-veiled derivatives, listicles, drive social media. Post the “top 5 kinds of belly button lint” and you’ll probably get at least a few clicks from people with 5 minutes and nothing better to read. One of the …


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Finding Strength in Failure

September 17, 2018

Recently a coworker was giving a talk and he just froze up. When I asked him about it later, he said, “What happened yesterday has never happened before. It was like my throat clenched up and I couldn’t get words out. It psyched me …



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The Echo Chamber: Visibility and Mapping Webinar

August 6, 2018

(“The Echo Chamber” is a semi-regular series where I reflect back on a talk, video, or essay I’ve published. More than just a re-hashing of the same topic, I’ll add insights as to what has changed, or what I would say differently if I …


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The Word “Customer” is NSFW

July 13, 2018

A recent conversation on Twitter struck a nerve with me. The person posited that, “If you’re a sysadmin, you’re in customer service. You may not realise it, but you are there TO SERVE THE CUSTOMER. Sure that customer might be internal to your organisation/company, …