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In most data centers, DCIM rests on a shaky foundation of manual record keeping and scattered documentation. OpManager replaces data center documentation with a single repository for data, QRCodes for asset tracking, accurate 3D mapping of asset locations, and a configuration management database (CMDB). In this webcast, sponsored by ManageEngine, you will see how a real-world datacenter mapping stored in racktables gets imported into OpManager, which then provides a 3D visualization of where assets actually are. You'll also see how the QR Code generator helps you make the link between real assets and the monitoring world, and how the layered CMDB provides a single point of view for all your configuration data.

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Special Top 11 List

Sometimes our twice-monthly Last Mile feature in Network Computing just won't hold all of the great ideas we receive from our readers. In this case, we just couldn't hold onto the following Top 11 List, which harkens back to February's SQL server security problems. We hope you enjoy it. Top 11 excuses overheard at Microsoft's security response help desk.

  1. Windows 2000. XP. NT. SQL. Who can keep all those server thingies straight.
  2. Everyone knows that you have to install the really important patches twice.
  3. It is pronounced "sequel". If you don't pronounce it right, we can't help you.
  4. I'm sorry, you'll have to wait for the sequel to find out if that issue gets resolved.
  5. I already patched it twice before. Isn't that enough? Jody Marc Cohn
  6. I called our internal tech support and they haven't applied any packs, so it must not be a Microsoft issue, must be a customer issue.
  7. Slammer Worm? I'm sorry, we don't respond to calls regarding health problems at correctional facilities. That's more of a hardware issue, anyway.
  8. This wouldn't have happened, if you were using Microsoft's Internet Security and Acceleration server.
  9. S-Q-L server? Can you spell that for me?
  10. We only load the odd-numbered service packs, wasn't that an even number?
  11. Oh no, not another TREMORS movie!
Special thanks to Dave Baldwin, Douglas Lancaster, Paul Godfrey, Linda Anders, Steve Warren, Jerry Reusch, Gary Sterenberg, Robert Pilz and Corinne Kroening for their submissions.

Want more? You can check out our current Top 11 list, or you can submit your list items for an upcoming issue.

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