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Not too long ago it was next to impossible to determine a machine’s exact patch state. That changed with Microsoft’s move to the rollup model. Making patches exclusively available as cumulative monthly bundles enforces a linear update sequence, the current state of which can be represented by a single number, the UBR (update build revision).

As a good administrator, of course, you know at what speed your machines run because you have an eye on your CPU usage at any time – but do you? Modern CPUs do not make things easy.

GPUs, just like any other hardware, need to be sized properly. If there is unused capacity, money is being wasted. If, on the other hand, utilization is at maximum, the user experience is poor. Sizing requires information. In this case, about GPU usage, ideally per GPU engine and application. uberAgent delivers.

We are happy to announce the newest version of our user experience and application performance monitoring product. uberAgent 5.0 brings new features and improvements for any kind of device. So many, that we went from version 4.2 directly to 5.0. For a full list of all improvements and bugfixes, please consult the changelog. As always, upgrading is…

In addition to all the fuss around Spectre and Meltdown, there are several other security flaws which are worth mentioning. One of these is RDP session hijacking.

Would you like to find out which applications your users spend most of their time with? Which application versions are being run? How long ago applications were last used? You have come to the right place.

A new hire’s journey into the world of user experience monitoring. Hi, my name is Dominik Britz. I’m from Cologne, Germany and the latest team member of vast limits, the uberAgent company. I’d like to introduce myself, tell you why I’m here and what I’m going to do. I started my career as a consultant…

One of our customers wanted to identify users who launch a specific executable more often than n times in a given time range. That is easy to accomplish, given that uberAgent monitors process starts. This article describes multiple ways to query for that information.

We are happy to announce the newest version of our user experience and application performance monitoring product. uberAgent 4.2 brings new features and improvements for any kind of device. For a full list of all improvements and bugfixes please consult the change log. As always, upgrading is highly recommended (instructions). Splunk 7.0 uberAgent 4.2 adds…

uberAgent is often used in conjunction with Universal Forwarder, Splunk’s generic agent that monitors logs and collects the output from custom scripts. The combination of the two agents is a powerful one, as it allows customers to add any metric they require to uberAgent’s already rich dataset. However, running two agents side by side has…

We are happy to announce the newest version of our user experience and application performance monitoring product. uberAgent 4.1 brings exciting new features and improvements for any kind of device. For a full list of all improvements and bugfixes please consult the change log. As always, upgrading is highly recommended (instructions). Blue Screens, Power Losses,…

I recently noticed a console window pop up for a fraction of a second on my desktop. About an hour later, it happened again. Random windows appearing out of nowhere is not something I like to see on my machines. Read on to learn how I investigated the issue.

uberAgent’s primary backend for data storage, search and visualization is Splunk, the leading big data platform. Some people, especially when they are new to Splunk, are worried about the additional cost. Apparently Splunk is rumored to be expensive. Let me debunk that myth for the uberAgent use case.

One of the many things you come to love once you have used uberAgent for a little while is the fact that it is very application-centric. Applications are what really matters, not the individual processes they are comprised of. I will give you a example of that in this post.

We are happy to announce the newest version of our user experience and application performance monitoring product. uberAgent 4.0 brings many new features and improvements for any kind of device. Physical PCs or laptops benefit from the much improved hardware inventory, whereas Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop admins might like the brand-new Citrix site monitoring capabilities best. And…

Process whitelisting is an effective remedy against many types of malware. By allowing only known-good processes to run, you ensure that potentially malicious applications are blocked no matter where they came from. The difficulty with this approach lies with the creation of the whitelist. If you miss legitimate processes, applications break. Here is how uberAgent…

Citrix XenApp and other multi-user systems based on Remote Desktop Services host dozens or even hundreds of user sessions concurrently. Being able to reliably identify individual sessions and the processes running in them is a necessity for a variety of security, monitoring and capacity planning use cases. That is, however, much more difficult than it…

Securing all communications on the internet becomes increasingly important. We switched all our sites to HTTPS only years ago, but simply enabling HTTPS is not enough, of course. The configuration needs to be carefully fine-tuned in order to really be secure. Qualys Labs SSL Server Test A great way to check a website’s SSL/TLS configuration…

We are happy to announce that uberAgent is now Citrix Ready certified for all versions of Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop, including Citrix Cloud on Azure. As can be seen in the image above the certification encompasses XenApp 6.5 and all versions of XenApp 7.x up to 7.11. On the XenDesktop side it starts at 7.0…

We are happy to announce the newest version of our user experience and application performance monitoring product. uberAgent 3.7 adds full support for brand new Splunk 6.5 and Windows Server 2016. Of course it works happily on Windows 10 version 1607 (anniversary update), too, as well as any relevant older version of Windows. uberAgent 3.7…

Agentless monitoring sounds great, but isn’t. Learn why a small footprint agent is superior. The Agentless Myths Agentless monitoring is the term often used for an architecture where the monitoring software does not require a component on the monitored endpoint. Instead, a centralized monitoring server queries the endpoints over the network. Myth #1: Agentless Exists…

At the recent Game Developers Conference Europe John Romero talked about the early years at id Software where they created groundbreaking games like Doom and Quake with a small team of less than 10 people. After describing how they managed to be so incredibly productive – the team created 28 games in 5.5 years –…

The German IT pro journal IT Administrator reviewed uberAgent in their June 2016 issue. The 5-page article covers all aspects of the product in-depth.

In uberAgent 3.6 we have added experimental support for sending data directly to Elasticsearch. In addition to that, uberAgent now generates unique GUIDs for each process and user session. These can optionally be logged at process start along with the full path and command line. Being able to identify process instances by GUID is relevant…

We are happy to announce that uberAgent is now Splunk certified! What is Splunk App Certification? Splunk describe their app certification program as follows: The Splunk App Certification Program offers apps and add-ons that Splunk has examined and found to conform to best practices for Splunk development. Splunk also performs a review of your source…

The new uberAgent 3.5 brings some fascinating new capabilities for analyzing application UI performance. These go along with even further reduced resource footprint and many dashboard improvements.

One of the many cool things about uberAgent and Splunk is the ease with which you can extend the product and create your own reports. Splunk’s powerful search and report language is up to almost any conceivable task. Session Count per Data Center Many companies distribute their Citrix XenApp servers across two data centers. During…

uberAgent can tell you a lot about applications: performance, resource utilization and where and by whom they have been used. uberAgent’s dashboards show on how many different computers an applications was running, the number of instances per app version and the number of distinct users per app. But even with this wealth of built-in visualizations…

uberAgent for Splunk version 3.1.1 is available. This maintenance release is all about bugfixes and minor improvements. As always upgrading is highly recommended. Please see the changelog for details. The new version can be downloaded here.

Splunk .Conf is less than a week away and we are thrilled about being an exhibitor. It you are attending the conference make sure to visit source=*Pavilion and meet team uberAgent! Another thing not to be missed is Helge Klein’s session Building Your App on an Accelerated Data Model at 4:15 PM on Wednesday in…