Tools

Alternatives to TeamViewer

You don’t always have to use the market leader – this also applies to remote access. TeamViewer is still the most widely-used solution for remote management and online meetings, but there are numerous alternatives on the market which can be considered. We present some serious alternatives to TeamViewer. [...]  

Nagios plugins: the basic modules of the popular IT monitoring software

Although the software itself doesn’t contain any functions for monitoring hosts, services, or events, Nagios is one of the most in-demand IT monitoring solutions. This task is left up to Nagios’ plugins, which can be installed in addition to the core files. Check out our digital guide and find out more about these indispensable modules and how to use these for your own Nagios installation. [...]  

Archive and compress data using Linux

Archiving and compressing data adds security and stability to systems. For Linux and other Unix-like systems, there are countless free programs that can be used to help create and unpack files via the command line that are unaltered or compressed. One of the classic packing programs for Linux is tar. Even today, the tool is considered to be one of the most important archiving tools, especially for compression tools like bzip2. [...]  

Nagios: the standard server for monitoring IT infrastructure

IT departments are not to be envied: all devices, servers, databases, etc., must not only be integrated into the network, but also work at any time. In order to prevent any problems that might arise in advance, Nagios is the monitoring tool you need in your standard IT repertoire. What makes the open source solution so special and what are the alternatives? [...]  

XAMPP tutorial: installation and first steps

The software packet XAMPP is a collection of popular applications like the web server Apache, a leading database management system (either MySQL or MariaDB), the scripting languages PHP and Perl, and more – all together in a compact test server. Our XAMPP tutorial will take you through the installation and configuration process, with the aid of clear instructions and screenshots, to help you set up XAMPP as a test environment for your online project. [...]  

Cloud storage providers: the best Dropbox alternatives

Dropbox is one of the most famous and most successful cloud storage services available. Its success is largely due to its many functions and ease of use. But when it comes to data protection and maximum free online storage space, this popular app isn’t the pick of the bunch. There are other file hosting services that offer different approaches. Here’s our collection of some of the top alternatives to Dropbox, with a review of their advantages and disadvantages. [...]  

Introduction to netstat

Various computer networks are connected with one another via the internet. In order to build up such connections, both the sending as well as the receiving systems have to provide transfer interfaces, or ports. The command line program netstat allows you to find out which ports are opened by your own system and which active connections exist — all of this helps reduce the risk of undesired access attempts. [...]  

Server Backups with rsync

A server backup is the best method for securing the data of your online projects, thereby preventing any damaging losses. Server environments are especially in need of cleverly devised backup strategies that take every type of device into account. Here, backup programs become essential. Free applications, like rsync, offer reliable and compelling alternatives to their expensive conventional counterparts. [...]  

Traceroute: the simplest way to follow data routes

Whether at home or at your business: network issues can really grind one’s gears. When ensuring that all the cables have been connected and the settings have been checked multiple times is of no help, it may be time to make use of traceroute or tracert. These help users find the source of all their frustration. [...]