Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Simple and Free Windows Network Monitoring Tools

Simple and free (or cheap) Network Monitoring Tools for Microsoft Windows - sounds simple enough, right?

Why would someone want simple and free (or cheap) monitoring tools for Windows? Remotely monitoring CPU, Memory and Hard Drive usage for a test lab of 6+ servers (or for any size network) is important for detecting resource constraints, either before the happen or as an explanation for why something fails.

Some may want flexibility in the resources they monitor. Personally I wanted a tool that is web based, has low (or real-time) refresh, could send alerts, relatively easy to install, is free and works for Windows Server. Nagios, which is one of the most popular (supposedly) network monitoring tools, is overly complex and takes far too much time to setup, however it also provides great flexibility.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Updated pages and using Disqus

Changes are coming to mTF.

The first is an updated About This Blog page, which previously was just a trivial About page. The second change is a link at the top for Software Testing (looks like a page). This link will become more relevant over time as the number of articles I write focusing on Software Testing increases. In the meantime you can see the few things I've written about.

Lastly we are now using Disqus for our commenting system which is a huge addition. Be sure to leave comments! On everything!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Free eBook from Scott Berkun: Mindfire

Scott Berkun's (writer of Myths of Innovation, etc.) new book Mindfire is free to download on his blog for the next 1 day and 22 hours in PDF, ePub and Mobi formats. All you have to do is sign up for his email list and you can download it immediately.

I already pre-ordered his book through Kickstarter and while I wait for my Kindle version to arrive I'll sign up and a copy in ePub format to read on my iPad. I will be mentioned in the book in the Acknowledgments section so take a look!