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Olivier Raynaut

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Get a comprehensive view on how SQL Server is performing?

Posted by Olivier Raynaut on Thu, Jan 28, 2016

We’re pleased to announce that the comprehensive monitoring capabilities of GSX Monitor is now available for Microsoft SQL Server!

SQL is the standard language for relational database management systems. SQL statements are used to perform critical tasks, such as updating or retrieving information from the database. GSX now monitors Microsoft SQL Server, one of the most common relational database management systems based on SQL.

Properly monitoring your SQL Server will allow you to identify performance trends and determine if key changes are necessary to optimize performance.

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Tags: sql server, Connectors, SQL Applications, Monitoring SQL server

Preventing Glitches in between Active Directory and Office 365 using DirSync

Posted by Olivier Raynaut on Wed, Oct 21, 2015

If you have been working with an Office 365 deployment, then you are probably already accustomed to the headaches that accompany Active Directory synchronization. Sure, you have the Directory Synchronization (DirSync), Azure Active Directory Sync (AADSync) or Azure AD Connect but there are complications that can occur while synchronizing users and passwords with your on-premises Active Directory.

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Tags: hybrid cloud, Cloud, Office 365, DirSync Performance, DirSync

Product Tips: How To identify Power User on Exchange Online

Posted by Olivier Raynaut on Wed, Sep 23, 2015

Some users are dropping content into the site willy-nilly. For others, it takes days or weeks to find how to access to anything. The structure is all wrong, making it impossible to find anything. In short, the so-called power user in Office 365, or even on Exchange online, might easily become an IT administrator’s or manager’s worst nightmare.

In a perfect word, a true power user has a near-admin level of access rights, allowing him or her to manage access, add new lists and libraries, and reorganize content. However, the most common mistake made by site admins is misunderstanding permission inheritance and privilege (the concept that rights granted to an object higher up in a hierarchy also apply to the objects below it).

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Tags: Cloud, Office365, Exchange Online, Product tips, Monitoring cloud, Storage

Microsoft unveils new Exchange 2016 features

Posted by Olivier Raynaut on Thu, May 07, 2015

Ignite is happening this week and there are some exciting announcements and demos on the new products suite. With over 1,000 sessions you can imagine how everybody was able to find what they were looking for. One of the things I wanted to check out was the demos around Exchange 2016 and share the latest features with you.

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Tags: Microsoft Exchange, GSX Robot User, Microsoft Ignite Conference, Office 365, Microsoft SharePoint, GSX Monitor & Analyzer, Microsoft Lync

Product Tips #2: Build a unique reporting dashboard for IT executives

Posted by Olivier Raynaut on Tue, Mar 17, 2015

Reporting is often something that Messaging Administrators are asked to provide to upper management and executives. A lot of administrators will work on that manually and send over some reports when they are needed. This can be very time consuming and tedious to provide.

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Tags: GSX Analyzer, Reporting, Service Reporting, Product tips

PowerShell 101 for Exchange administrators

Posted by Olivier Raynaut on Tue, Feb 17, 2015

PowerShell was publically released to the public in 2006 and since then is experiencing a growing interest among the Microsoft World Community IT Pros. The main reason for this success is that it empowers administrators due to its ease of use and powerful scripting capabilities.

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Tags: Powershell, Best practices, tutorial

Keeping track of last modified documents in SharePoint 2013

Posted by Olivier Raynaut on Tue, Dec 02, 2014

Using SharePoint documents library can be quite challenging sometimes. Especially when it comes down to following what is going on. For that there are a few tricks that can be used in order to know what are the new documents published or modified.

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Tags: Microsoft SharePoint, SharePoint 2013, List view, SharePoint Document Library, Best practices

Monitoring SharePoint Web Front-Ends servers

Posted by Olivier Raynaut on Wed, Oct 22, 2014

SharePoint Web Front-Ends (WFEs) can be quite challenging to monitor and troubleshoot. We often hear administrators scheduling IIS restarts, Application pool recycling or even server restart on a daily basis. Therefore it is really important to have monitoring in place so that you can tell when and what is affected in case of service disruption. Apart from parsing the SharePoint diagnosis logs manually or with tools (LogParser, PowerShell, …) it gets really tricky to check the status of individual SharePoint Web Front-Ends.

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Tags: SharePoint web front-ends servers, SharePoint Monitoring, SharePoint Reporting

Top 3 Lync Issues: How to monitor and troubleshoot them?

Posted by Olivier Raynaut on Tue, Sep 16, 2014


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Tags: Lync monitoring, application performance management, GSX Robot User, remote monitoring, performance counters

PowerShell v5 and Tips & Tricks from the experts

Posted by Olivier Raynaut on Tue, Jul 01, 2014

Once again it was with great pleasure that I have attended to some session presented by Jeffrey Snover and Don Jones, two of my favorite PowerShell influencers. The room was packed with IT Pros and developers, ready to hear the latest announcements about PowerShell along with some tips and tricks from these two experts.

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Tags: Microsoft TechEd, Exchange monitoring, Powershell, Best practices, Management Framework