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An introduction to using tcpdump at the Linux command line

In my experience as a sysadmin, I have often found network connectivity issues challenging to troubleshoot. For those situations, tcpdump is a great ally.Tcpdump is a command line utility that allows you to capture and analyze network traffic going through your system. It is often used to help troubleshoot network issues, as well as a security tool.read more Read More »

5 alerting and visualization tools for sysadmins

You probably know (or can guess) what alerting and visualization tools are used for. Why would we discuss them as observability tools, especially since some systems include visualization as a feature?Observability comes from control theory and describes our ability to understand a system based on its inputs and outputs. This article focuses on the output component of observability.read more Read More »