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iVision Develops Zenoss PowerShell Module

iVision Develops Zenoss PowerShell Module

Published: May 11, 2016   |   Author: iVision   |   Category: Blog   |   No Comments

Unifying Management Systems via PowerShell In today’s data center, it is quite common for enterprise and SMBs to deploy multiple monitoring products to manage their heterogeneous environments; SQL Foglight for database server monitoring, System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) for Windows Server monitoring and agentless solutions like LogicMonitor and Zenoss for Linux and hardware monitoring, to name […]

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Sleepless and Seattle

Published: Mar 31, 2016   |   Author: Dan Newton   |   Category: Blog   |   No Comments

Much has been reported about the Surface Pro 4 and power management issues …and the Surface Pro 3 and sleep has had similar issues early on.

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Test-Driven Development Tutorial using Visual Studio Unit Tests

Test-Driven Development Tutorial using Visual Studio Unit Tests

Published: Jan 21, 2016   |   Author: David Simmons   |   Category: Blog   |   No Comments

Test-driven development (TDD) is a concept that I have started utilizing when writing code. If you are unfamiliar with this concept, TDD can simply be described as the practice of developing the tests before coding the actual logic. If you are new to this concept, it may seem backwards to write a test before having any code to run it against, but I have found that writing code this way can help eliminate many potential bugs in your code. In this blog post I will describe the basic process of developing code using TDD, and walk through an example of writing code using this strategy to demonstrate how you can use TDD to write code more effectively. (Note: Mocks, Fakes, Dependency Injection and Inversion of Control will not be discussed since the objective of this post is only to demonstrate the TDD process.)

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Communication is the Common Denominator

Communication is the Common Denominator

Published: Jan 12, 2016   |   Author: Seema Camp   |   Category: Blog   |   No Comments

As a Project Manager, the most valuable tool that I have in my tool box is communication. It’s a Swiss Army knife that can bring teams together, solve problems, and ensure client satisfaction. I believe communication is the common denominator when leading successful projects.

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CryptoWall 4.0

CryptoWall 4.0

Published: Jan 6, 2016   |   Author: Simon Cartin   |   Category: Blog   |   No Comments

A new variant of the CryptoWall ransomware is making the rounds, labeled as version 4.0. It behaves in a similar manner, arriving as an attachment to an email that the user clicks to install the malware, which begins encrypting disks and shares.

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Web Performance Testing with Visual Studio Ultimate 2013 Part 2

Web Performance Testing with Visual Studio Ultimate 2013 Part 2

Published: Jan 5, 2016   |   Author: Kevin Tuttle   |   Category: Blog   |   No Comments

In part 2 of this series on Web Performance Testing with Visual Studio 2013, Kevin walks you through creating validation rules, extraction rules and coded web tests for your applications. Part 1 dealt with creating a WebTest using Microsoft Web Test Recorder, which is good for testing the overall process. If you want to setup benchmarking or confirm the application working correctly, then you will need to setup coded web tests, validation rules and extraction rules.

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Angular 2.0: Opinions, Commentary, and a Migration Case Study

Angular 2.0: Opinions, Commentary, and a Migration Case Study

Published: Dec 22, 2015   |   Author: Jeremy Likness   |   Category: Blog   |   4 Comments

Angular is a framework designed to make it easier to build client applications (that is, apps written with JavaScript and HTML that run on various devices, including mobile devices and browsers). Business users often expect a rich user experience and don’t like to compromise on features just because the app is delivered over the web or via a mobile device instead of installed on a desktop. For this reason, an approach to building apps called Single Page Applications (SPA) has evolved. Angular provides built-in support for SPA via templates, components, services, and tools that help developers call web services and manipulate the data that is returned.

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Web Performance Testing with Visual Studio Ultimate 2013

Published: Oct 14, 2015   |   Author: Kevin Tuttle   |   Category: Blog   |   No Comments

Recently, iVision was contracted by a long-term client to conduct performance testing on an intranet application they had acquired from a third-party. The process involved coordinating and integrating technologies such as Microsoft Visual Studio’s Web Performance Testing and Load Testing, Microsoft SQL Server’s SQL Profiler tool, Performance Monitor, and Microsoft Excel. Our client wanted to ensure that the product would respond well while under expected (and greater-than-expected) loads using existing hardware.

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Agile Team Traits

Agile Team Traits

Published: Oct 1, 2015   |   Author: Debby Murphy   |   Category: Blog   |   No Comments

What characteristics make for a good Agile team? The main traits everyone on the team should possess are desire for collaboration and continuous improvement. An Agile team is all about communication (usually daily), teamwork, problem solving, technical development skills, and striving to improve the team’s velocity with each iteration.

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SharePoint – Controlling Your Master Page Content using a SharePoint List

Published: Jul 13, 2015   |   Author: David Simmons   |   Category: Blog   |   One Comment

If you have ever developed a custom master page for SharePoint, you may have been faced with the challenge of trying to add a content editor web part to a master page. You may have researched this and found that it is possible to add a web part directly into your master page, however you would be unable to edit the web part from the browser rendering the content editor web part useless in this scenario. Fortunately, there is a way you can work around this constraint.

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Empower Your IT Staff

Empower Your IT Staff

Published: Jul 1, 2015   |   Author: iVision   |   Category: Blog   |   No Comments

We can’t just point and click our way to answers anymore. The modern IT Infrastructure has more devices, more computers, more phones, more Access Points, Storage Units and Servers than ever before. Virtualized Infrastructure made it easy for us to “just add another VM”, and before we knew it, we all ended up with Infrastructure Sprawl. If we’re trying to manage our systems and get work done using the Next-Next-Next-Finish style of systems administration, we’re all going to have to work through lunch, and the weekend’s not looking too good either.

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The One Super Easy Security Thing You’re Not Doing

The One Super Easy Security Thing You’re Not Doing

Published: Jun 30, 2015   |   Author: Dan Newton   |   Category: Blog   |   No Comments

Securing your network can be a crazy and scary proposition….and it’s one of the IT tasks that is never completed. With the advent of cloud computing, the security landscape has expanded and with it new opportunities. One of these opportunities is to leverage the cloud for “Identity and Access”.

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