Talk To ME Tuesday: Easily Align Your Network Configuration with Business Policies

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ManageEngine continues our weekly blog series called Talk to ME Tuesday. Each week we discuss interesting topics from the world of technology with you, the people that live and breathe it everyday.

“If you just make your policy based on IP addresses and ports, the traditional way, it’s very difficult to see if that’s really aligned with the business objectives,” said Stijn Vanveerdeghem, Technical Marketing Engineer for Intrusion Protection Systems (IPS) for Cisco. “User identity really makes it easier to make your [security and networking] policy in line with your business policy.”

Cisco’s solution for user identity management is Cisco Security Manager (CSM) which is an enterprise…

Talk To ME Tuesday: The Disaster of Managing Service Requests via Email

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We took a quick vacation but TTMT is back! ManageEngine continues our weekly blog series called Talk to ME Tuesday. Each week we discuss interesting topics from the world of technology with you, the people that live and breathe it everyday.

We all make stupid mistakes when we start a business. In the area of IT, the biggest mistake you can make is to manage all service requests via email. Soon you’ll discover that managing the requests becomes your job, not actually filling those requests.

This is exactly the problem Todd Ludwig, Network Administrator for Robins & Morton, faced. The Alabama-based general contractor had an email address on its site where users could send in support requests. A…

Talk To ME Tuesday: No One Appreciates How Tough IT Pros’ Jobs Are

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ManageEngine continues our weekly blog series called Talk to ME Tuesday. Each week we discuss interesting topics from the world of technology with you, the people that live and breathe it everyday. 

Oh, the tough life of an IT pro. For the non-IT person, all they know is when the network isn’t working. They don’t really care what it takes to keep it working or what’s really needed so everyone else can do their work and keep the business running.

At Cisco Live 2012 in San Diego, California, I asked attendees, “What’s the toughest part of your job that others just don’t understand?” Here are their answers.

Talk to ME Tuesday: How IT Pros Would Change Their Users if They Could

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ManageEngine continues our weekly blog series called Talk to ME Tuesday. Each week we discuss interesting topics from the world of technology with you, the people that live and breathe it everyday. 

At the Interop conference this year, I asked attendees what challenges they faced securing their environment. Not surprisingly, many of them repeatedly said, “Users.” Well, users may be a problem, but if it wasn’t for them, IT people wouldn’t have jobs.

To follow up that Interop video, at Cisco Live 2012 in San Diego, California, I asked attendees, “If you could change one thing about your users what would you change?” Here are their answers.

Video traffic: Inevitably intensive!

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The human brain has different levels of stimulus to different media. The visual appeal always has a long-lasting impact on the human brain and that forms the basis of our quest for exploring increasing number of possibilities of bringing in video into the Enterprise network. It also the reason behind why the entire World is on a race to offer supreme levels of user experience particularly for applications that involve video.

With video, communication is much  faster and effective. Not just that, video has several other applications in an Enterprise that boost its productivity a great deal. Organizations are increasingly adopting e-learning, webcasts, webconferencing etc. for the cost-savings associ…

Make Sense of Video Traffic with Cisco Medianet and Mediatrace

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There are many ways to monitor video traffic on a network. Jean-Charles Griviaud, Product Line Manager in Software Division at Cisco in charge of L7 services argues that Medianet has a better way.

Medianet is a framework to simplify video and the operation of networks where video is running. One of the common ways to determine video behavior on a network is to simply look at devices and try to determine the content. Given Medianet’s architecture, they leverage the endpoint itself to understand video traffic, said Grivaud.

They are able to gather this information thanks to an application stack called MSI that sits on the endpoint itself. MSI’s job is to provide simplified autoconfiguration with the netwo…

Improving Network Performance with Medianet Media Awareness

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One of ManageEngine’s key partnerships is with Cisco’s Medianet, which is an architecture for managing your video. At Cisco Live 2012 in San Diego, California, Patricia Costa, Product Manager for Medianet at Cisco showed off Medianet Media Awareness which provides the network awareness of the context and content being handled by each application.

“If the network understands better what the applications are, they can do better decisions. So the network becomes a little smarter,” said Costa in her interview with Rajkumar Vijayarangakannan of ManageEngine.

Using NetFlow Analyzer to Pinpoint the Bandwidth Hogs

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At home I’ve got an Internet connection with an 18 Mbps downstream connection. Not phenomenal, but for home use, it’s plenty good. Conversely, Fred Hassard, a Senior Network Engineer for Adventist Health West, manages a network of twenty hospitals, some of which have incredibly slow connections, as little as 6 Mbps. For that reason, and many others, he has to be incredibly diligent about carefully monitoring his network.

For more than five years, Hassard has been an extremely happy ManageEngine customer, using NetFlow Analyzer to manage all his connections, especially the ones with minimum bandwidth, where a single user downloading a video can eat up 1/3rd of the traffic. He really needs to know what e…

Cisco ASR 1000 NetFlow configuration

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The Cisco ASR 1000 Series router supports NetFlow. It supports both Version 9 and Flexible NetFlow.

Below given are the configuration of Flexible NetFlow for Cisco ASR 1000 Series router

Configuring Exporter
    flow exporter <exporter name>
    destination <ip address of ME NFA>
    transport udp <port number>

Example configuration:

    flow exporter me_nfa_analyzer
    destination 192.168.1.1
    transport udp 9996  

Configuring Flow record

The Flexible NetFlow netflow-original and netflow ipv4 original-input are predefined records and any of these two re…

ManageEngine NetFlow Analyzer: Traffic Analysis and Bandwidth Monitoring

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Are you trying to monitor your network traffic ? Then you will need to consider ManageEngine NetFlow Analyzer as the first solution because it is a solid tool with user friendly UI  and easy to use software. It is also listed in the ‘Products of the week’ listing by Network World

Pre-Requisite:-

The Pre-Requisite is simple. Your routing and switching device should be capable of exporting any compatible flow format which NetFlow Analyzer supports.

NetFlow Analyzer supports wide variety of flow formats like NetFlow, sFlow, jFlow, cFlow, Netstream, AppFlow, IPFIX etc which are vendor dependent. Click here to know your devices are supported.

Discovery:-

NetFlow Analyzer works on Auto Discovery, I