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21.06.2019

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Monitor Your ERP Environment with PRTG

An integral part of every business is business processes that run as smoothly as possible – and one application that promises to automate and facilitate these processes is Enterprise Resource Planning, or ERP for short. But, what happens when these applications themselves are not...

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19.06.2019

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Digital Transformation Still Has a Long Way To Go

While digital transformation might seem like a decade-old buzzword, it actually is changing the world in the present day. And as more processes and solutions become digitized, the complexity of aspects to monitor increases. But what exactly is digital transformation?

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17.06.2019

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Tracking Containers with Sigfox

IBM and IoT service provider Sigfox have jointly implemented a solution for digitizing container tracking in logistics. The project was implemented as part of Groupe PSA. Now the tracking system is to be offered to other manufacturers too.

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12.06.2019

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Our Brand-New Support Resource: The PRTG How-To Guides

When we develop features in PRTG Network Monitor, we emphasize the importance of simple, self-explanatory operation. Our goal is to provide you with software that you can ideally set up and use without the help of the user manual.

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11.06.2019

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Is Your Alarm System Safe from Hackers? Nope.

In the past few months, we have addressed the security-related pitfalls of the Internet of Things. In our article “Why IoT Devices Are the Trojan Horses of Our Time. And Why Nobody Talks About It.“ we showed how IoT devices could become the gateway for various risk scenarios. Ala...

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07.06.2019

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What Mozilla WebThings Has to Offer for the IoT

As it was reported in a blog post on Mozilla Hacks, the Web of Things program "Project Things" has outgrown the experimental stage and is now being renamed Mozilla WebThings. It’s Mozilla’s open source implementation of the Web of Things, including the WebThings Gateway and ...

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03.06.2019

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Video Tutorials for All Things PRTG

Our goal has always been to provide you with PRTG Network Monitor, an easy-to-understand, self-explanatory software tool that doesn't raise questions, but instead provides answers. Both installation and configuration should ideally work without the help of the manual. Therefore, ...

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16.05.2019

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Den Betrieb von Rechenzentren optimal absichern

Viele Rechenzentren werden heimgesucht: nicht nur von externen Gefahren, sondern auch von hauseigenen Geistern. Die Virtualisierung spielt verrückt, das Unified Computing macht sein eigenes Ding, hyperkonvergente Systeme treiben den Admin in den Wahnsinn – alles wie verhext! Was ...

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03.05.2019

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What's the Status of Wi-Fi 6?

You no doubt know about Wi-Fi 6, and how it is a technology that will shape future networks. In fact, alongside 5G, it will have one of the biggest effects on upcoming devices, networks, and consumer expectations over the next few years. But is Wi-Fi 6 already here? What are the ...

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02.05.2019

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How Amazon Go Works

Amazon Go and Apple Pay have a few things in common: they promised a revolution in shopping, they seemed super futuristic and interesting at their first introduction, and people in Europe or similarly remote places in the world have to wait forever to experience them firsthand.

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29.04.2019

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Escape Cupertino, Return to Redmond! A Hands-On Practical Guide

Here's how you get all those cool admin and dev tools like WSL, Chocolatey or OpenSSH running on your Windows 10 machine. Below (after a short introduction) is a hands-on guide of how to customize your Windows 10 settings to make you feel comfortable as a sysadmin or de...

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26.04.2019

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The Future of Monitoring (2/2): The Rise of Observability

In part 1 of our look at the future of infrastructure, I covered how the cloud, containers, and serverless are all shaping IT. I also briefly explained how important observability is becoming. In this post, I'll go into more detail about exactly what it is, and why it is so impor...

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24.04.2019

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Google Simplifies Connection to Cloud IoT Core

A few weeks ago Google released an updated preview version of the Google Cloud IoT Device SDK for Embedded C at GitHub. The open source C library allows developers to better connect even the simplest IoT devices to Google Cloud IoT Core.

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24.04.2019

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Sigfox, LoRA, MIOTY und NB IoT (LTE-M) im Vergleich

Eine wesentliche Voraussetzung für das IoT ist die optimale Verbindung der „Dinge“ mit dem Internet. Dazu stehen auf dem Markt unter­schied­liche Technologien zur Verfügung; von Kabelverbindungen über Bluetooth und WLAN bis hin zu Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN). Die Differen...

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23.04.2019

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PRTG Release 19.2.49 News Roundup – PRTG Desktop, .NET 4.7.2 and More…

For a few days now, the PRTG release 19.2.49 has been available for download on the stable release channel. The current release contains a lot of improvements, including improved performance of the PRTG core server, the PRTG Desktop integration, news about .NET 4.7.2 requirements...

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19.04.2019

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The Future of Monitoring (1/2): We Won't Care About Infrastructure Anymore

Anyone involved with IT knows that new technology is changing the landscape at an incredible rate. It feels like every day there is something new on the horizon that will ‘change the world’, or at least the way we think about the industry. Usually this doesn’t come to pass becaus...

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16.04.2019

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Sigfox, LoRA, MIOTY und NB IoT (LTE-M) im Vergleich

Eine wesentliche Voraussetzung für das IoT ist die optimale Verbindung der „Dinge“ mit dem Internet. Dazu stehen auf dem Markt unter­schied­liche Technologien zur Verfügung; von Kabelverbindungen über Bluetooth und WLAN bis hin zu Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN). Die Differen...

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15.04.2019

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Being On-Call with PRTG and iLert

Every organization that relies on their services being always available needs to respond to incidents fast. How fast really depends on the desired availability level. Response times are constrained by the desired availability targets. An availability target of, for instance, 99.9...

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10.04.2019

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Why Fine Dust Pollution Is so Difficult to Measure. And Why It Must Be Done Anyway. #2

Fine dust is like passive smoking: no one’s comfortable with it, but the exact effects are arguable. In Part 1 of this series, we discussed the results of recent medical studies. For Part 2, we’ll be looking at guidelines the cities of tomorrow should consider. And we’ll be posti...

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08.04.2019

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How to Monitor CCTV Equipment with PRTG

Is your company equipped with a video surveillance solution? In recent times, CCTV solutions are used in more and more areas.  Today I want to introduce you to some value added use cases of video surveillance solutions, and show you how to integrate your CCTV system into you...

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05.04.2019

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Create Notification Triggers With PrtgAPI

In the past few months, we released two blogs about PrtgAPI, a C#/PowerShell library that can be used to manage PRTG: one covered how to add multiple devices or groups programmatically to PRTG, and the other focused on several other examples of use cases. In this final blog post ...

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03.04.2019

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Why Fine Dust Pollution Is so Difficult to Measure. And Why It Must Be Done Anyway. #1

Fine dust is like passive smoking: no one’s comfortable with it, but the exact effects are arguable. New studies, however, show a very clear picture. In the coming weeks, we’ll be taking a closer look at the subject of fine dust. Part 2 of this article will be published next week...

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01.04.2019

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Microsoft Teams Monday Reloaded – How to Get Notified When Wiki Has Been Edited

It's been some time since we introduced the benefits of Microsoft Teams in a multi-part blog series. In one part of the series we dealt with the wiki function of the Microsoft Teams client. You you can add a Wiki tab to a channel. We use the Wiki tab in our department to store ba...

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29.03.2019

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More Uses for PrtgAPI: Create Multiple Sensors, Clean Up Deprecated Sensors, and Configure Sensor Factories

In a previous article, we covered one use case for PrtgAPI, a C#/PowerShell library for managing PRTG: Adding multiple devices. But PrtgAPI has a lot more uses than just that, and it's one of the reasons why we at Paessler are such fans of it. It's one thing to have smart, innova...

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27.03.2019

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Seven Devices between €69 and €500 for Monitoring Environmental Parameters with PRTG

As the founder of “The network monitoring company”, Paessler AG, it was quite natural for me to not only monitor our home network, but also various environmental metrics in our family home. We moved into our new home a year and a half ago, and having temperature data series has b...

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25.03.2019

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Why IoT Devices Are the Trojan Horses of Our Time. And Why Nobody Talks About It.

Let's say the most honest salesman in the world would like to sell IoT solutions to a medium-sized company. Maybe something in the field of Smart Maintenance, or maybe isolated IIoT devices. Whatever it is, the price is king and of course the CEO of the company will be happy if t...

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21.03.2019

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Nobody Likes a Boring Newsletter

For many years we have been sending out a newsletter with our latest blog posts. That's changing in a way now. Instead of a mere overview of our blog posts, in the future you can expect editorial opinions and cross-references on topics that interest a tech audience.

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20.03.2019

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PRTG Desktop App Released as Stable Version

You probably already know about our PRTG Desktop app. If not, we published two articles in September 2018 about it here on our blog:

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15.03.2019

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PRTG On the Road Winners, in Pictures

In November last year, we held a competition where PRTG users could win a PRTG bag or neck warmer. We also had a follow-up: the winners could then win one of five Playstation 4 Pro consoles if they posted a picture of themselves with their prize and used #PRTGontheroad as a hasht...

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13.03.2019

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Work with Our PRTG How-to Guides

If you use PRTG Network Monitor regularly, you will sooner or later come across one of our numerous support resources. We offer many ways to learn more about PRTG:

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11.03.2019

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What IoT Devices from the Trash Reveal about Their Former Owners

Smart, networked devices such as app-controlled surveillance cameras and light bulbs can be easily hacked. Especially with cheap IoT gadgets, the password is often fixed in the firmware and cannot be changed. Here follows a short anecdote about the sheer insanity of IoT uncertain...

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08.03.2019

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Don’t Miss News About PRTG Release 19.1.48

Welcome to the first PRTG Release News on the blog in 2019. I hope you had a fantastic start to the new year and have bravely stuck to your good intentions so far. Our developers are already working hard on the PRTG release 19.1.49. Ideally you are running our latest stable versi...

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06.03.2019

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How IoT Worlds Are Networked from Orbit

Initially, this article would have started with the words "One small step for..." but in every trustworthy team of writers this is a reason for termination. Still, what Sigfox announced in the middle of last year is a giant leap. Sigfox will send satellites into space, and c...

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04.03.2019

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PRTG + Sonoff = Smart Meter

If you’ve been following our Maker Monday YouTube channel, (you HAVE subscribed, haven’t you?) you’ll have seen us describe how to integrate the Sonoff S20 smart socket with Home Assistant software. Here, we describe how you can use the procedure described in the video, to build ...

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01.03.2019

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SLA Reporting Made Easy – with the PRTG SLA Plugin

Continuous monitoring of IT infrastructure is a basic requirement for reliable business processes. Especially when it comes to fulfilling SLAs (Service Level Agreements), it is of crucial importance that the monitoring data is available as granularly as possible – ideally in RAW ...

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28.02.2019

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7 Punkte, die IT-Monitoring für den Handel können muss

Der Retail- bzw. Einzelhandel ist eine der wohl vielfältigsten Branchen. Die Spannweite reicht von der Supermarktkette über Bekleidungs­häuser bis hin zu Online-Computerhändlern. Allen Retailern gemein ist die Abhängigkeit von einer funktionierenden Infrastruktur und der daraus r...

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27.02.2019

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How We Have Implemented Environmental Monitoring in Our Headquarters

Since we moved all to our new headquarters in Nuremberg more than two years ago, we have wanted to implement a facility-wide temperature and humidity monitoring system. In practice, as so often happens, other things took priority, so this topic was not on our agenda until th...

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25.02.2019

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The History of Chess AI

Garry Kasparov is a lot of things. But a modest person is not one of them. In the 1980s, at the height of his career, he claimed that there would never be a chess program capable of defeating him. And indeed, in 1989, he played two games against IBM's computer Deep Thought, both ...

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22.02.2019

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Here's How You Can Monitor Azure Resources with PRTG

The reality of modern IT is that you probably operate with at least a part of your infrastructure running in a cloud somewhere. This leads to an awkward hybrid architecture that's not only complex to manage, but difficult to monitor. In this post we're going to take a look at a p...

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20.02.2019

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Paessler Toolbox Goes Public Beta

We at Paessler always have IT pros at the forefront of what we do. We are always trying to give our customers the best things in PRTG Network Monitor but we thought, is there something more that we can give our customers outside of our software? One of the many answers to this qu...

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