How to Monitor Networks While On Vacation

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Proper Documentation

IT pros should create internal documentation mapping their basic infrastructure with simple descriptions of what their servers do and how to recover from common failures. This should come with a directory of your vendors with email addresses, telephone numbers, and maintenance contract information. This way, a reference guide on how to address network issues is always available even in your absence. There are tools available to help IT pros write this documentation and make it easily accessible throughout their organization. Get yourself a good Wiki software package. Many are free, but Atlassian's Confluence product comes highly recommended.

Today's networks are increasingly complex, as unending waves of new technology, including the cloud, BYOD, virtualization, Internet of Things (IoT) and mobile all compete for bandwidth. Because of this, ensuring the 24/7 availability, reliability and performance of their mission-critical networks, servers and business applications is of the upmost importance – and makes an IT manager's job as demanding as ever. That is why a summer vacation is much deserved for IT professionals – so they can rest and recharge for their next big project.

But just because an IT manager has a day (or more) planned for fun in the sun, it doesn't mean they can ignore their company's networks and servers. In fact, in many cases IT managers may only have limited staff, or even be the only person in charge of network upkeep. That means that even while on vacation, today's IT pros feel the pressure to keep their networks afloat and running seamlessly.

The following tips from Ipswitch Senior Product Manager Jim Cashman are designed to give IT pros a way to ensure that their networks are operating smoothly and securely while they are out of the office – letting them enjoy their summer vacation.


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