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SpiceWorks review part 3

So what is going on here, there is a report of network interface traffic – top 10 Ports and…. it thinks the heaviest device is a jet direct with 2.8 KB in and 464 bytes out… is this only looking at snmp devices because I know my servers pump in and out way more than that.

I also noticed that it has detected one of my servers twice, once with a FQDN and another without

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Dangers of virtualizing part 2

We started using the free version of VMware server to create some test systems. These were great and a great way to roll out numerous test servers…. (plus as VMware expected we did turn around and buy ESX server which works great)

Whats the catch, the ease of virtualizing makes it lot easier to lose servers. In the real world you don’t often misplace a server but once a ‘server’ become just a file, especially one that is not really being watched after, then sometimes, just sometimes, it might get deleted during a server migration or for any number of reasons.

Be warned, virtualization makes things really easy. Sometimes too easy….

SpiceWorks review part 2 and IP ranges

So SpiceWorks stayed up over the weekend (that’s always a good sign) and I did get a response on how set it to scan for ranges. Its pretty simple but not mentioned in the documentation.

If you want it to scan say 10.1.x.x  then you can feed it a range in place of a number. So your scan would look like (parenthesis added for clarification)

10.1.(1-254).(1-254) (parenthesis added for clarification) I would assume this to mean that you could concoct something evil like

10-11.1.1-5.1-254

Although I don’t know if you can add   10.1.1.1-5 90-100     to get it to scan 1 – 5 and 90 – 100 ??

Anyone? bueller?

I messed around with email alerts and got a whole bunch letting me know that a lot of my workstations have less than 25% diskspace free. I guess we will be having some fun expanding partitions.

I have noticed that SpiceWorks has not yet updated a machine from offline to online even though it has been online for over an hour. I also rescanned it to see if that would kick it in the head, but no joy. At first I thought it might have not followed it across a dhcp renew to a different address but nope same address, and its online but spiceworks thinks its off. Oh well

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