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SysAdmins’ Practical Guide to Doing More With Less

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  • 1. FIVE TIPS FOR ADDING EXTRA HANDS WITHOUT HIRING AN EXTRA BODY SysAdmins’ Practical Guide to Doing More With Less
  • 2. SysAdmins’ Practical Guide to Doing More With Less 2 2 The Bad News: SMB hiring of IT staff is at a stand-still with only 26% planning to add head count* The Good News: SMB IT budgets climbed 7% to $162K The Result: You won’t get to pawn off your unwanted projects on the newbie… but you may have some extra cash in the budget to buy software to take some of the work off your hands. When you need to do more with less, follow these 5 easy tips… * Spiceworks™ The State of SMB IT, November 2012 SMBs Aren’t Hiring, so More is Expected from YOU
  • 3. SysAdmins’ Practical Guide to Doing More With Less 3 3 Tired of getting “My email is down!” support calls? Proactively monitor your servers and apps, and make adjustments before end-users come calling with problems. Work smarter, not harder! Use an agentless monitoring tool to stay ahead of the game, so you’re not stuck on the phone. Spend Less Time on the Phone
  • 4. SysAdmins’ Practical Guide to Doing More With Less 4 4 Now that you’ve virtualized, are you maximizing your space… or is clutter abound? VM sprawl can occur in any virtual environment, so eliminate the waste! Postpone new hardware purchases and reduce your costs. Avoid VM sprawl and reclaim your space by taking an inventory of idle, under- and over-sized VMs. Don’t Buy Hardware Until It’s Time
  • 5. SysAdmins’ Practical Guide to Doing More With Less 5 5 How many different devices & platforms do you support in your data center? Simplify your workload by consolidating hardware, OS, and applications—and pick one to support. Streamline your inventory now to save yourself tons of time later when troubleshooting, applying upgrades, and managing patches. Consolidate Your Inventory
  • 6. SysAdmins’ Practical Guide to Doing More With Less 6 6 46% of SysAdmins say it takes 3+ hours to research, script, and test 3rd-party patches* Use your time more wisely! Centralize your patch management process without complicated scripting. Use an automated patch management tool to boost productivity and save yourself hours of work. * SolarWinds survey, SysAdmin Revealed!, November 2012 Automate Patching of 3rd-Party Apps
  • 7. SysAdmins’ Practical Guide to Doing More With Less 7 7 You already know AD tasks can be tedious and time-consuming. Mechanize the process for removing inactive users and computer accounts, adding users in bulk, and researching file permissions. The best part? There are FREE tools that automate boring AD tasks and save you loads of time. Automate Mundane Active Directory® Tasks
  • 8. SysAdmins’ Practical Guide to Doing More With Less 8 8 SolarWinds software helps you do more with less, saves you valuable time, and makes your job easier. Server & Application Monitor delivers agentless monitoring, alerting, and reporting capabilities to keep your servers and applications running at peak performance. FREE 30-DAY TRIAL Patch Manager automates patching of Microsoft® and 3rd-party apps to reduce time from weeks to minutes for patching physical and virtual Windows® machines. FREE 30-DAY TRIAL About SolarWinds® Application & Server Management Software

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