SOURCE: SolarWinds

April 22, 2014 20:15 ET

Five IT Scenarios That Can Wreak Havoc on an IT Pro's Easter and ANZAC Day Holiday

SolarWinds® Provides Best Practices for IT Pros Managing IT Environments Remotely

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA--(Marketwired - Apr 22, 2014) - Whether on holiday, working from home or on-the-go, an IT professional's work is rarely ever done. With so many IT Pros looking to enjoy the opportunity of an extended holiday with the Easter and ANZAC Day Long weekends, SolarWinds (NYSE: SWI), a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, today outlined five of the top IT challenges an IT pro may encounter when working remotely and offered practical tips for a real-time resolution.

1. End user has locked their Active Directory account
This scenario plays out every day in organizations across the globe and it's an easy one to manage if you are in the office or at least at home near your computer. However, when an IT pro is enjoying some family time at the local park, this can be a tough one to manage. With the proper remote support tools, this issue is an easy one to fix no matter where they are.

2. End user needs help using a business-critical application
All IT pros receive requests for training disguised as support tickets. It's not uncommon for a Sys Admin or Help Desk Tech to spend a good portion of their day on activities that would be better categorized as training rather than support. Imagine a scenario in which an end user's inability to perform a simple task in a CRM solution is slowing sales. It's an easy one to manage while an IT pro is in the office, but when they're on holidays it can mean training by phone with no visual clues as to what the end user is doing.

3. Email server goes offline
An email server going offline is a serious situation that can be greatly complicated when an IT pro is away from the computer. Being alerted to this problem is hard enough since so many alerting systems rely on email systems to relay alerts, but troubleshooting the issue while away from a computer is next to impossible without the right systems in place.

4. Lost files or folders
This is another common scenario that is easy to resolve while in the office, but can be tricky while away. Imagine one of the organization's C-suite executives lost track of an important file just before an analyst call. With the right remote administration tool, it's a situation that can be swiftly addressed and make an IT pro look like a hero...even when relaxing by a pool.

5. Your entire IT team is Out of the Office
If the IT staff happens to be simultaneously out of the office, let the help desk software be the wingman. Balance the load according to skill sets when IT staffers are on holidays or away at a conference to ensure that the right person is assigned to work on appropriate tickets to minimize downtime, maintain end user satisfaction and to avoid any (unnecessary) holiday interruptions. When choosing help desk software for an organization, look for one that's capable of setting up forwarding rules to get tickets to the right resources based on the type of work expected.

Best Practices for Managing your IT Remotely this Easter

A dreaded part of any IT pro's holiday is the alert, email or phone call from the office that an IT emergency has occurred. An IT pro can make the most of his hard-earned personal time by considering a few Remote IT Management best practices:

  • Have a strong foundation to continuously monitor and manage activity at all times, including new applications, servers and network devices that may be added while IT staff are away.
  • Assign and define rules for automated help desk ticket routing.
  • Establish a notification and prioritizing system, including SMS-enabled alerting to receive messages directly to a mobile device.
  • Invest in IT management tools that provide access and a means to manage systems remotely from a mobile device, including sharing the end user's screen, remote desktop support and troubleshooting.

Remote IT Management Solutions for IT Pros on the Go

SolarWinds delivers easy-to-use, end-to-end Remote IT Management software with the power to notify, assign, escalate and actively manage IT issues remotely. From alert management to help desk and asset management to remote administration, today's IT pro can seamlessly monitor, access and manage systems remotely with solutions including:

About SolarWinds
SolarWinds (NYSE: SWI) provides powerful and affordable IT management software to customers worldwide from Fortune 500 enterprises to small businesses. In all of our market areas, our approach is consistent. We focus exclusively on IT Pros and strive to eliminate the complexity that they have been forced to accept from traditional enterprise software vendors. SolarWinds delivers on this commitment with unexpected simplicity through products that are easy to find, buy, use and maintain while providing the power to address any IT management problem on any scale. Our solutions are rooted in our deep connection to our user base, which interacts in our online community, thwack, to solve problems, share technology and best practices, and directly participate in our product development process. Learn more today at

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