Spiceworks overview with some examples

So in our last video we have setup installed Spiceworks and configured it in this video we will talk about spikes works features some of the dashboard features and some of the real world calls you can get so let’s get to the lab and open that and right now this is our spice for 2018 B where we installed it on the server number one you can actually access Spiceworks now from the web browser inside the network so let’s say you are from a different machine logged in you can type this address in HTTP colon slash slash and then you can get to the same dashboard by using your username and password you can put the IP address also if you have a VPN connection you can connect from your home to so it’s pretty easy to to access this I’m gonna make this full screen to talk about this dashboard so first when you when you get the spice or everything like this comes with the default so some of the data you may just not even use so let’s say for example this one I can remove it to make it a little cleaner maybe I’m not interested in this manage engine add-on to widget so I’m going to remove that here we get some of the data that basically spice work went out and starts scanning so I can find more data like manufacture who are the manufacturers right here in just one screen antivirus usually you know a new lab we don’t have any antivirus so this basically this could be just the defender antivirus so IP configuration there’s not much data here how do I basically if you have a physical hardware that is getting scanned it gives you will meet Tara the rest is just a different type of charts and if you are using this for a helpdesk then you will see how many tickets are open we’re not doing that right now and on the bottom this is a important one too usually you in one screen you can see how many workstations you have how many servers do you have how many virtual servers or VM you know we virtual machines you are you’re running if you have any network devices connected you can also see that from here domain controller it automatically knows how many domain controllers we have installed dc1 domain controllers are showing right here a timeline is another important one usually you can see this in the morning see what changed it and the rest is just normal widget so you can remove some of it like for example this one and also you can add more like warranty ones you can check the warranty here’s an IP addresses new new devices depending on what type of title you have like less if your system admin then you can come here you may see see some of the things more beneficial to you and as I helped us image you may see some of it beneficial depending on what type of task you’re doing for example for a helpdesk person you may be interested in knowing how many machines are basically you know almost full like you know the C Drive is almost 99% so you can find that visit right here get more widgets and find that widget install it here it will show up on your dashboard that lets say so-and-so machine C Drive is 99% and you may get alert on that you can set that up or you can be more proactive and take action about it for a system admin usually you can also add a sequel you know add-ons like that so it connects to your sequel and it tells you how many connections are on the sequel if there’s a lock transaction it’s very powerful when you’re running a site and that is talking to a sequel server a lot of times you think that the site is slow and you look at it everything is running fine but it’s actually the sequel the database there’s something running on the database that is slowing everything down even though your site servers are fresh and there are good nope issues and that’s where you can see things what this Spiceworks some of the things you can do more in detail let’s say for example you go into this VM and let’s say somebody company is complaining about a server or something like that a desktop so you can actually click here let’s say helpdesk machine I can come here and see more details about that I can see the events that’s happening in that if there’s no end this right now I can see the timeline general information configuration this is where I said that you will you’ll be able to see all the disks inside this machine and if it’s let’s say here I know something is now right I can also see the the Windows Defender is it up up to date are there other antiviruses I can see that I can see the key information who was the last person logged in to this machine I can also see that on the bottom you can see even more detail about network what type of IP addresses using networking stuff the domain it’s connected to all of that from here you can also click on the software and in software you can enter license so it’s a pretty nice management tool let’s say a lot of time you will buy a software and then you don’t know what were to keep all these licenses and stuff like that so you can actually come here and I actually you know add a license so you can manage it network share if it has any it will show up right here cloud services if it has any connected it will show here you can also add some notes for you know maybe future purposes like let’s say you did something very customized to this desktop and another person comes in and they don’t know they can actually go to the north and see if that’s done documents you can add screenshots and things like that inside this also so you can use this of like a full document management system for your in for your desktops and if you want if you’re one of those companies that do these things other things you can do directly to troubleshoot you can actually go to the troubleshoot option and here it will basically open up the CPU and things like that where you can see if things are not good or processes you need to start stop or start or services you need to start you can do directly from here can click here start a service and that should restart that service I can kill a process right from Spiceworks which is pretty cool you get that you know you don’t have to login again you can do already from there too this is another option that I find it useful and you know sometimes and especially when it comes to servers you can have one machine right here let’s say if I click on it I can compare two machine with each other so let’s say I have two servers load balancing and they’re running a site and I need to know now something is happening to the site and I feel like it’s one of the servers but I can come here and actually compare these two and see what changed it could be a hotfix or maybe an update that just ran on this server but not here and that could be causing that issue there could be other issues but this is a very clean way to compare two machines together other things you can do with the tools section you can come back over here and then do you can do like basic things like ping traceroute nslookup you can if your computer are set to you know you know wake up computers or network you can actually do this in you know buy this you can actually wake-on-lan you can send this and they will send out packets and turn that machine on manage software is another cool feature you can actually uninstall software’s right from the Spiceworks so it’s like a really nice management side of it another last feature is the rescan if there’s a problem with a complete profile is like if you want to know everything about this machine then it gives you a full detail a very big detail you can print it out and just take your with you and compare other machines with it so really nice really cool features in here so this is kind of like usually a lot of people will be using it this way to do things like that and also you will be then coming here it’s also very powerful in terms of like quick searching you know you were gonna find here it’s less if I find DC domain controller a machine I can come here and say okay you know what I’m looking for this machine and it will basically find it now they should actually look for that usually it will come up like on the bottom right here but maybe this is running a little slow my mouse is stuck right now so I’m gonna see if I fix this so yeah see it’s not coming up but usually this will just pop up on the bottom but let’s say if I search DC here then that should give me that domain controller anything with a DC option so right now this is what I was looking for but you can see the search is pretty powerful too it will search everything in here okay so that’s kind of like you know a lot of in spice work this is this basically comes with spice world but there’s more than this of course if you go to the settings you can do a lot more in spice works basically connecting Active Directory with spice 4 so there’s Active Directory configuration right here I can actually put my Active Directory user password the admin username and password and then it will start scanning and synchronized directory server so you gotta be careful with this because if you do this you want to make it more probably just one way like just read the information but don’t rewrite it back to activity because someone can do a mistake here and when you do edit edit a name inside the spice where it’s gonna go back and change it in Active Directory so sometimes you just want to keep it just normal don’t turn on the other options where it can go back and change things it can just you can use this information and say okay I just want information so I can look for people and I can attach a computer with the people so this could be a very good inventory system with now you have people with people you can assign a desktop to that that person so this way you can use this for a full-blown inventory system where you know now the people are there you know now okay there’s you know John John has computers John 1w7 or one w10 and that’s his computer you can put notes with him and that’s how you can keep track of who how many people have how many machines in your company so that could be very powerful here other things like inspire you can do is alerts you can come here to monitor and alerts and there there’s some alerts that come by default like for example if any device is offline and that’s more than ten minutes and if there are servers if there’s a server that’s turned off for more than 10 minutes then I need an email on that you can also create an automatic ticket right here if you’re using the helpdesk you can turn it on and off from here you can change the alert settings from if you want to make it 20 minutes you can click on edit here you can also add more alerts and it gives you a lot of different types I mean it’s just you know there’s so powerful you can you can even do events in here you feel like let’s say a new company there’s a specific event that’s happening and after that you do a specific test let’s say 1 0 0 0 1 this means that you need to now go and restart a service you can actually put an alert right here for that 1 0 0 1 if that happens in that computer or any computer then it will send you that email so then you know now in your email that alert happened you don’t have to actually go to the computer and find out so like I said there’s a the possibilities of using the alerts is is probably endless because you can come and do a lot of customization here spice where does give you another feature like you can if you have a remote site that’s not connected in the same network you can actually download an agent and you can install that on that remote site and do some other firewall configuration and then you can manage that also user accounts you can add other people into spikes for sure so if you add right here you can actually add other people they will need to create their own account and then you can give them access to Spiceworks and you can see right here you can even add the social login which I don’t do I mean this is really up to the company if they want to prefer that but I feel like 90% of the time they won’t do this so rest is like attributes you can change the naming in here like I said this is pretty detailed stuff and pretty much like if you want to use spice course at that level you can also turn on and off cloud services like these are all the cloud services that comes with spiced word onedrive Evernote g-suit all that kind of stuff comes with it email settings if you want to change the email you can come here and change the email so in activity you can come here and click on the manage applications so you can turn on and off some of the you know plugins that you install in spikes works there are a bunch of you know plugins in spire that people are creating these are people that can develop this stuff you know so you can go and check for something new inside the you know the applications and new help the extensions and new plugin you can actually do that by going to the spike source community and see the reviews from other people global setting you can come here and change some of the global settings usually I don’t mess around with this but if you see this if I go to my account this takes me to my Spiceworks account so I’m gonna go back right now manage engine is a third-party software that’s also kind of like spikes or they also do inventory management system they have a lot of different things but what they have is they can connect your ad self plus it’s kind of like a plugin type of connection with the manage engine you do need to get their software you see right here says download now and then people can reset their passwords you can reset the pastor for them then that can be used for that but that’s a different software we’re gonna touch on this later on so if you go back to Spiceworks that just comes by default you get this type of things by default in the spice four so if we go back so let’s go to back to the dashboard you can see right now you can go to the my network and these are the things that you can see in that quirk map these are different tools that then you can use people software devices same thing but it just gives you a little bit different features in this other ones too so other powerful feature in spice work is reports if you click on reports this could be that one of the questions like someone may need that report in like you know in a PDF format or something like that or maybe you’re doing like a like a meeting and you want to show this data to your higher management so you can actually come here say okay I want to know how many closed tickets are there in spice course you can just run that report you can also edit these reports if you know how to use them you can create your own reports you can see okay how many computers our summary of the disk by any device if I run this report then it’s gonna run this report and tell me okay these are the servers and the report seems to be like this so if you go scroll this way like I said you know you have to play around with these reports to get the better reports but it’s very you know user friendly reports and you can also make it more advanced if you would like to know how to you also can go to to find new reports in the community people have actually you know made more cool reports or something that may also you know may benefit you in your company and if you go down you see right here you can install these other reports that people have actually created outdated software out of their software if exchange info and more and more okay so okay so this this comes with application like that that stuff comes with application but you can actually go and find more application in Spiceworks which is like let’s say Network Monitor this is a one application that just do more detail and also kind of like live monitoring of systems this is actually very powerful software that I use for servers and also routers and if the server is down then it’s gonna give you alert right away you can change the the CPU RAM things like that if it goes above this Ram let’s say 80% send me alert if it goes above 99% then you know send multiple alerts or something like that you can do that also you can reset or restart services right from this application you can use multiple servers to see in one screen like if you want to add more servers into one screen and you want to monitor all them together then you can do that with this software but we are going to do this later on right now we just want to stick to the Spiceworks normal application the one that we use is that will be more beneficial for desktop like I said this is more of a networking eyes and system admin guys they will be using this but who knows I hope this may be doing this too so another feature in spice work usually it’s kind of like online tools that they provide so let’s go and go to Google and if you type Spiceworks tools you will come to this page right here and says network management tools if you click on that you can see that it will take you to the same page but if you come on the top right here you will see more to see all tools and apps if you click on that this is gonna give you more tools from Spiceworks like first is the help that you need to install that inventory we did that one connectivity dashboard this is another software from spice rack which is pretty cool though this works in a way let’s say for example you install this on your you added yourself to this dashboard then they will give you like an agent and a software right a small software where you can install it in one office another office and another office and other office and in one dashboard you can see which office is having ish – the way it works is that let’s say for example show you a diagram and I erase this so this is the dashboard right here and let’s say you’re managing three sites so you’re gonna have one site right here second site and third site okay what you need to do is let’s say in reality these are the three sites you will log into that dashboard install get that software agent MSI or exe file you install it one of the machines right here right here and right here now through this machine here you’re going to see that okay this site is working oh okay this site is not working so two things one this machine could be down or if you have multiple set up like this and none of them are responding this means the whole site is down so you automatically know from this one dashboard that there’s a varying issue now you can also just cross all this out and you can also manage just one site and see in one building if there’s an issue with one of the router you can actually use that for that purpose so let’s say this router has connected to connection to this machine this machine and this machine you have it connected right here and let’s say for example all of this went down but these are working you know that this router is down so see how easy you can make your life by using these type of tools and that’s what spice work is known for and why I would recommend you guys to get into this so if you wanna learn about all other stuff then of course you’re gonna be taking the spikes for course because we don’t want to spend too much time here contracts is their new feature you can actually open contracts register yourself to the contracts you know in this and and you can actually add contracts like for example I added one right here jobs could share just two for demo purposes yeah and you can you can add more and you can set alerts that which contract is getting there this this would be mostly useful for managers or people who are running businesses and stuff like that so network monitor is the same one that I discussed before that you need to if you install this on your one of you can manage multiple servers and rafters from here let’s click on and see if they have any image in this here’s how it looks so this how it looks basic there’s like servers you see all the data discs memories and things like that on the right side you have a networking monitoring tool and then you get all this stuff right here so you can actually look into this also that’s another tool from Spiceworks and that’s a separate tool then they have online tools so you can see IP lookup let’s say for example you want to know about this IP address is it a good idea as bad IP address you can look into here subnet calculator if you want to do a subnetting you’re into networking and you want to build that first network this would be a nice place to come website down checker you can actually type the website and then see if the website is actually down or not because a lot of people start troubleshooting they can just do the simple step right here saves them some time a lot of admins usually will start from this right here if somebody call them that there’s a site down one of our client side is down they will actually start from this area first then we have other things like to like you know port scanners and testers you can install this one up scan and they all tell you the port’s that are open in that computer blacklist check and IP repetition if you want to know about that piece this is a good IP address it’s a really bad IP address you can actually run that and then third party software is usually tells you the scoring on that IP address which is pretty cool SSL checker you can actually come here and type you know the the address name here and check if this site it has a valid certificate SSL so you want to make sure that whichever side you’re you’re going to they have a they have a site let’s say for example I sell for type jobs to share org and we do add let’s see if we get the data from here so you see that first was 2017 so I had to just refresh the cache right here and now it tells you that it’s going to expire in November 22nd 2019 everything looks good I can even drill down a little bit more certificate or spy in this domain name is correct all of that information can be achieved from here depending on where your certificate authority is you can see everything from here which is really cool other tools will discuss that so overall this is what you can do with Spiceworks now my suggestion to you would be to actually if you are using this lab you can actually take the other spice or course that we’re developing and and use it on this lab on this same server even if we don’t have that course ready you can actually go to the tools and start downloading it look at their documentation it’s very soft it’s very easy to use like listen network monitoring you’re just gonna go to network monitoring and just you know download the network monitor and add the domain controller server to it so I’m just downloading it right now so let’s just do this one part and this would be a good you know additional learning for you if your if you think that this may benefit you in your in your job so if I you see how easily I downloaded in this lab I can actually use the same server I opened the spice-rubbed monitor you do need a at least two virtual CPUs for this to run this is very extensive on the server’s so you’re gonna make sure I gain the warning that you need to know you need to talk to your managers that you’re doing this because it’s a scanning tool it does a lot of scanning so you need to make sure you know and you talk to people so these are the port’s that it’s going to use remember in this server we use port 80 so we cannot use eighty again but it’s automatically pick a DAT good we’re going to say next you can do HTTP but we’re not gonna do that and we’ll just install the software and just I’ll show you right now how easy it is to add server and start monitoring it and make your life easy so once it’s done it will automatically start opening up but remember we won’t do I want use ie for this application or spice work application so you have to just copy this and you can also use this the server name port 8080 and then that should work but I’m going to minimize this and let’s go and open this in a Firefox so right now what I’m going to just open this in Firefox you see how fast this is because in IE a was restricted now it’s just gonna open and ask you for the username and password you will use a spice username and password and then i’ll show you how to add your first machine to start monitoring it in a life system so your spice work is also monitoring it but this is more live you know it just looks for everything very instantly every few seconds it’s gonna look for things so it comes with this little tutorial I’m gonna skip this and straight right now I can on the left side see server watch Network watch an online watch list you can put a site in here to see if the site is up and down let’s go ahead and add a server which server would you like to add I am going to add our domain controller so 2 dot 108 if that IP is correct and here you will need that username and password where you have admin rights right so you’re gonna use that and we’re gonna do add device so there you go it just went out there and now it’s gonna basically get connected see how it picked up the name automatically I can even click on it and see more details but let me show you how in one screen you can have multiple servers right here this is extremely powerful and very very beneficial as for our system admins or anyone I mean you can have a sequel server here you can have let’s say three load-balancing servers and right from one page you will know which server is having an issue if the site of the call is that site is down or site is slow or something is happening and you don’t know what’s going you can easily come here and check which server is kind of like you know not normal and then when you find that out you can actually click on it and then see more details so right now if I can see come here CPU utilization I can come down to memory page everything in more detail unfortunately they came with a new version that didn’t worked out well for them and they had to revert it back to this version because the new version also had a really cool feature called it has a historical data so if you click on the history it will record everything and you can see actually for past 30 days how the CPU was working and I felt like that was one of the best options and I wish they bring that back because that was really really powerful and I had to just somebody would call me and say there’s a shoe with the sequel and now I can see ok there’s the issue on Saturday since why is it always Saturdays and that lead me to more finding out something that I couldn’t find you know easily so on the right side you can actually add a router or a switch and you can see how many packets are running and loss of the packets you can actually click on that router and it will show you everything in detail each and every port will show its own bandwidth which is really really cool here you can add a website or maybe you want to see if it’s up or down if it’s down then I want to alert on that so you can you can have a nice monitoring tool right on the bottom but you can see how powerful the season you can also come here and change alerts based on your preferences so if I come here and say ok you know what I want to change let’s say some of the settings in here I can go on the right side and you see I can stop services I can start services right from here or I can go to action and edit device monitor so if I click on edit device monitor then I can see I want to I want to alert when it’s offline I want alert when the CPU is load is this much or that much I want to learn on this I want a lot of application I want alert on network memory I mean this is what networking and you know monitoring is about and that’s what makes your life easy as an IDP over and the more you get into this stuff the more you get better with this stuff the more you are gonna love IT and you will want to become more and you only want to go to more advanced careers because at the end you’re just doing this type of work so you can manage things very easily so that was the networking tool and the rest is like I said you can go in there just like what I did go to the tools download it and use your HQ account because that’s gonna be important and then just run it play around with it and learn about it spikes works and at the end you when you combine all these tools you already got the skills you already got the junior system admin level skills right from spice forerunner right from learning the whole spice where you can you can consider that you have done half of the the the junior admin level stuff the rest is some experience stuff more things you will learn from our platform once you combine all that 80% you’re done with IT you know you’re already you’re already an active professional and at the other 20% is just at work you’re you’re becoming your own expert then we want you to come back and teach here thank you for this video we’ll see you in the next 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