NetEqualizer News: February 2013


February 2013

Greetings!

Enjoy another issue of NetEqualizer News! This month, we discuss AD integration into NetEqualizer, our upcoming Educause conference, the new NetEqualizer Dashboard feature, and the history of P2P blocking. As always, feel free to pass this along to others who might be interested in NetEqualizer News.

A message from Art…
Art Reisman, CTO – APconnections

art_smallIn February, our thoughts turn to love and friendship. Valentine’s Day is coming up this week, a great day to celebrate those in your life that you love. So this month we celebrate you, our customers!

This Newsletter is our valentine to you! As candy is fattening, we are instead fattening up your mind. Our gifts to you include an opportunity to participate in our AD Beta Test, a chance to learn more about the history of P2P, and the opportunity to pick up some bling at Educause!

We love it when we hear back from you – so if you have a story you would like to share with us of how we have helped you, let us know. Email me directly at art@apconnections.net. I would love to hear from you!

AD Integration Update and Beta Testing

We are well underway with beta testing our new and exciting NetEqualizer feature – Active Directory integration. The feature is being broken down into two release phases:

In the first phase, we’ll allow administrators to see the Active Directory username associated with the IP Address in the connection table (assuming the user used Active Directory to authenticate). We’ll also allow you to sort the table by username and IP for quick analysis of a specific username.

This screenshot shows how usernames will be displayed in the connection table:

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In the second phase, which will be released in the summer of 2013, we’ll allow administrators to set rate limits by username as well as give priority to certain users. This way, users don’t have to be part of a certain subnet to gain priority access.

If your organization uses Active Directory for user authentication, you have had a NetEqualizer for at least one year, and you’d be willing to assist us in our testing, let us know by sending an email to:

sales@apconnections.net

Stay tuned to NetEqualizer News for more updates and GA release details!


See You at Educause!

And get a cool NetEqualizer pen!

We are conducting a Poster Session on Wednesday, 2/13 at the West/Southwest Educause Regional Conference in Austin, Texas.educause logo

If you are at the conference, stop by to see us!  If you do, and mention this Newsletter, we will give you a fabulous NetEqualizer pen!

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Here is our abstract for the conference:

Maximizing Your Internet Resource: Why Behavior-Based QoS Is the Future of Bandwidth Shaping

Higher education is tasked to do more with less, particularly when managing a scarce resource like bandwidth. Behavior-based QoS, an affordable bandwidth shaping technology, is coming to the forefront. It’s also gaining mindshare as a superior bandwidth shaping technology, as encrypted traffic thwarts deep packet inspection. This poster will delve into the differences between DPI and behavior-based QoS, explaining where each is best suited for networks. Learn how to reduce P2P and HEOA/RIAA requests on your campus and see behavior-based QoS in action.

We will offer a live online demonstration of our affordable NetEqualizer:

(www.netequalizer.com).

We hope to see you there!


Don’t Forget to Upgrade to 6.0!

With a brief tutorial on our Dashboard

If you have not already upgraded your NetEqualizer to Software Update 6.0, now is the perfect time! We have discussed the new upgrade in depth in previous newsletters and blog posts, so this month we thought we’d show you how to take advantage of our new Dashboard features!

If you have not explored it, here is what you can expect to see:

– You can immediately tell which key processes are running, through our green (on)/red (off) icons. This helps you to make sure that everything is running as expected.
– You can Run Diagnostics directly by clicking on the icon at the top right of the Dashboard.
– You can see how much bandwidth is being consumed both from the Internet (% Bandwidth Down) and to the Internet (% Bandwidth Up). One great side affect of this is that you can tell if your cables are set-up correctly too. Typically, Bandwidth Down is much higher than Bandwidth Up.  If you see the opposite, you should consider reversing your cables. Contact our Support Team if you have questions.
– You can quickly see what version you are running, which will help you to determine if you need to upgrade.  You can always see what is available in each software update on our blog by clicking on the Software Updates page.
– If you are using Pools to limit bandwidth, you can select which Pool to view the Pool Traffic Up and Pool Traffic Down.To keep the Dashboard relevant and clean, we limit what we show there. However, we are open to suggestions! If there are other key items that you think warrant Dashboard status, let us know. Just send an email with your ideas to:

sales@apconnections.net.

Remember, new software updates (including all the features described above) are available for free to customers with valid NetEqualizer Software & Support (NSS).

If you are not current with NSS, contact us today!

sales@apconnections.net

-or-

toll-free U.S. (888-287-2492),

worldwide (303) 997-1300 x. 103


Best Of The Blog

A Brief History of Peer to Peer File Sharing and the Attempts to Block It

By Art Reisman – CTO – APconnections

The following history is based on my notes and observations as both a user of peer to peer, and as a network engineer tasked with cleaning it up.

Round One, Napster, Centralized Server, Circa 2002

Napster was a centralized service, unlike the peer to peer behemoths of today there was never any question of where the copyrighted material was being stored and pirated from. Even though Napster did not condone pirated music and movies on their site, the courts decided by allowing copyrighted material to exist on their servers, they were in violation of copyright law. Napster’s days of free love were soon over…

Photo Of The Month

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Photo by Casey Sanders

A Slower Pace

When people picture the state of Texas, most think of vast ranches, cattle, and cactus. While much of the state does resemble this type of landscape, the northeastern part is actually heavily wooded and contains many lakes. Life in this rural area of the country moves a bit slower than our high-speed, high-tech lives in Metro Denver, Colorado. Sometimes it is cathartic to put all the work aside for a bit and just stare off into the woods.

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