RMM Admin

Here’s why you need an RMM Admin to make life easy

Perks of outsourcing an RMM Admin 

These are times that we see many jobs getting scarce, many going back to working from the office, many shifting to permanent WFH and many trying the hybrid working model. But an MSP (Managed IT Services Provider) has been serving through the remote working model since inception. Remotely managing their client’s IT Network from the very beginning. These are companies that broke the stereotype of a break-fix model (fixing equipment after it is damaged) and moved to a proactive approach (monitoring and managing the device so that issues don’t arise).  

MSPs do this by using a tool – RMM. 

RMM is a tool that MSPs (Managed Service Providers) use to access and safeguard their client’s IT Network. 

RMM stands for Remote Monitoring and Management, it is a tool that helps MSPs remotely monitor and manage their client’s IT Network. The one who manages it is an RMM Admin. 

Wondering who an RMM Admin (RMM Administrator) is? 

Getting an RMM Admin in developed countries like the USA, UK, and ANZ can often prove to be too costly when compared to equally skilled engineers in developing countries. 

All the tasks that an RMM engineer would do sitting in the office, are done by an RMM Engineer sitting remotely anywhere else in the world.

What does an RMM Admin do? What can they help you with? 

It may seem like a simple task which involves monitoring and managing but within that, the following services are included: 

  • An RMM Admin will help in onboarding new clients
  • They’ll help manage and configure alerts 
  • They’ll do Patch Management 
  • Schedule and Automate Tasks to save time and improve efficiency 
  • Monitor devices and network performance 
  • They would monitor system core services 
  • An Admin would manage third-party integrated plugins & solutions 
  • They will patch and upgrade RMM tools 
  • They’ll also enable Scripting & Automation 
  • An Admin would take care of any vendor liaison 
  • Create/Customize Client Reports and schedule them so that the clients get their reports from time to time. 

Why do you need an RMM Admin? 

  • The MSP doesn’t need to source and hire engineers 
  • As there is no in-house engineer, the cost and time of training them reduces
  • Overall cost savings as you don’t have to spend much money on training an already trained engineer 
  • Time Savings when you consider the time saved in resource planning, training etc.

Cost Savings 

According to salary.com, the annual cost you’d incur for an L1 and L2 engineer in the USA ranges from $63,887 to $80,635 and $69,000 to $106,000 respectively. 

But at the same time when you outsource the same to a Master MSP in India, the total cost you’ll incur for an L1 and L2 engineer both would be 1/3rd of the price you pay there.  

Vendors we support

All RMMs are more or less the same or have similar basic functionalities. Our skilled engineers have expertise working on Platforms like ConnectWise Automate, N-able N-central, NinjaOne, Atera, Kaseya, Datto etc. Here’s an RMM Tool Comparison for you to decide which tool you want to finalize.

RMM Audit: 

You must have surely invested a lot in your RMM Tool but are you getting the maximum return of investment from it? How would you optimize it to its full capacity? An Audit of your RMM will give you a detailed RMM Audit report which will show the loopholes it has and what areas need rectification. 

The step following would be to rectify the loopholes that were found. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an RMM and a PSA?

RMM stands for Remote Monitoring and Management Tool and PSA is a Professional Service Automation Tool. You can manage an entire IT Network with an RMM whereas a PSA lets you manage tickets, and invoices and does time-tracking etc.

What is RMM Automation?

When you use an RMM tool to automate any feature like automating sending daily reports, automation to clean up the disk drive when it is 80% full or trigger notifications when a certain activity takes place etc.

What is SolarWinds RMM?

Earlier known as Solarwinds, now known as N-able N-central. N-central is the RMM Platform owned by N-able.

Is Intune an RMM?

No. Intune is a Mobile Device Management and a Mobile Application Management Software. It lets you manage apps on the device and the device on a whole but you cannot remotely perform the functions that an RMM would perform for the client. Intune lacks the ability to centrally monitor, manage and automate across multiple clients, which an RMM tool can.

What are the top RMM tools and PSA platforms for MSP?

The market leaders in the RMM Platforms are ConnectWise Automate, N-able N-central, Datto (now owned by Kaseya), Kaseya etc. Market leaders of PSA Platforms are OpenAir, Dynamics365, Autotask, ConnectWise Manage etc.

Conclusion

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Fix Clock Drift Monitoring error on N able N central

Clock Drift monitoring service on N able N central, monitors if the clock is running at the correct time on the server or not. It basically matches the time on the server with an authoritative time such as a public NTP server or one of your choice.

However, sometimes the monitoring service comes up with errors when there is a problem with the configuration. This blog post is about one such error.

201 Cannot convert value “rror: 0x800705B” to type “System.Double”. Error: “Input string was not in a correct format.” At line:158 char:1 + $global:resultoffset = [double]$stat; + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ + CategoryInfo : InvalidArgument: (:) [], RuntimeException + FullyQualifiedErrorId : InvalidCastFromStringToDoubleOrSingle

Here is how you can fix the error on N able N central:

  1. Open the Monitoring service on N Central and check the NTP server that it uses as its Authoritative server. By default it will be pool.ntp.org unless configured otherwise.
  2. Try to ping the NTP server in Step 1 from the server. Most likely, there will be no response to the ping requests from the server.
  3. This is caused by a connection issue to the NTP server. Because the N Central Agent is unable to connect to the NTP server, it is not able to pull the time data because of which the monitoring service shows up with a misconfigured error.

This is most probably because the firewall is blocking the connection from the device/ N Central Agent to the NTP server. In order to fix this, we need to allow this connection on the firewall.

Once the connection is allowed, you should be able to receive a ping response from the NTP server which means that the connection is working now.

In a few minutes, depending on the service scan interval, the service should be back to normal with the correct status as per the time on the device.

Also, if you find that RDP connections are not working on your N able N central platform, you can find its resolution here in this blog.

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N-central RDP Connections

Is your N-Central, Take Control RDP Connection not working?

N-Central, Take Control RDP Connections not working

N‑able™ Take Control is a remote support solution which has troubleshooting tools designed to help you resolve issues quickly and effectively.

The Take Control tool on N-Able is the default and preferred (mostly) tool to connect to any server or workstation. But sometimes, there are problems quite frequently wherein the Take Control does not work for various reasons.

The alternative in such cases is using RDP to connect to the device. However, in such cases, we need RDP to be enabled on the device before we can use this option. In some cases, because we don’t have access to the server, it is not possible to enable RDP.

To work around this issue, we can add a registry key via the N-Able Tools command line. This is done to enable RDP remotely on the server without having to access the server. However, please note that the device needs to have N-central Professional License and “Direct Support” enabled under N-Able Device settings.

 

In the device view on N-central, Navigate to Tools > Command prompt

Paste the below mentioned key to ensure RDP connections are accepted:
reg add “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server” /vfDenyTSConnections /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

 

In some cases, after entering the login credentials the server returns the error: “An authentication error has occurred. The function requested is not supported. Remote computer: <computer name or IP>. This could be due to CredSSP encryption oracle remediation.

 

What is CredSSP?

CredSSP stands for Credential Security Support Provider protocol. As the name itself suggests, CredSSP is a Security Support Provider and it is implemented by using the SSPI – Security Support Provider Interface.

 

Why does a CredSSP error occur?

It occurs if you are trying to establish an unsecured RDP connection and if the connection is blocked by an Encryption Oracle Remediation policy setting on the server or client. This setting defines how to build an RDP session by using CredSSP, and whether an unsecured RDP is allowed.

This error usually is caused when CredSSP updates are not installed on the client or the server, or when the Windows updates on the server are not up to date. Ideally, to resolve the issue, CredSSP updates need to be installed for both client and server so that RDP can be established in a secure manner.

However, if this error still comes up, even after installing the updates, or for some reason, you are unable to install the updates and need to access the server, the error can be bypassed via another registry key. Again, the N-central license requirements need to be in place for the Tools to work.

If presented with a credSSP issue, paste the following key:
REG ADD “HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\CredSSP\Parameters” /v AllowEncryptionOracle /t REG_DWORD /d 2

and the issue should be resolved.

 

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N-Central N-able Take Control Heartbeat expired

If you are using N-central N-able as your RMM Tool and the tool is working fine, read further if the take control heartbeat has expired or is not working.

 

Take Control heartbeat expired as per below screenshot or Take Control does not work, but N-central agent is working perfectly otherwise

 

  1. Try restarting the service “SolarWinds N-able MSP Anywhere Updater Service (N-central)” and “SolarWinds Take Control Agent (N-central)”(if present – otherwise proceed to the next step) and wait for a few seconds. If still does not work, please proceed to the next step

 

  1. Open the device on N-central and go to Settings -> Properties and disable the check box – “Install Take Control”

n-central take control heart beat

 

  1. After a few seconds, go to the folder C:\Program Files (x86) and rename “BeAnywhere Support Express” as “BeAnywhere Support Express.old”. Please note that this can also be done remotely via NCentral File System Tool if the machine is assigned a Professional License

 

  1. Once that is done go back to Settings -> Properties and enable the check box to Install Take Control.

Once the above steps are completed, it will take a few minutes to download and install the Take Control service after which it should be working.

 

 

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How to re-install N-Central agent without reconfiguration

Sometimes the N-central Agent gets corrupted, or the agent does not update after the N-central upgrade. This blog will teach you how you can re-install N-central agents on Servers and Workstations without having to reconfigure. The reasons why the agent stops communication could be because of technical issues or because it got accidentally uninstalled. You can choose to either reinstall it from the device on N-central-  works only if there is a probe set up for that site or if the IP address that N-central shows is the correct IP address for that device. Or you can go for the second option which is to re-install the agent using an activation key.

Solarwinds MSP renamed itself to N-able and N-central is their RMM tool.

Activation Key Method to reinstall N-central RMM agent

Open the device on N-central and go to Settings -> Local Agent
Download the Generic Agent installer from the path (circled in red below)

 

Run the downloaded installer and click on Next which will take you to the Agent Configuration. You will find the option for “Activation Key” on that page.

The Activation Key can be found on the same page from where the agent installer was downloaded. Click on the “Copy Activation Key” button and then copy the activation key from there.

 

Paste the copied activation key into the installer window (as shown below).

 

Once you do this, proceed with the further steps of the installer, as instructed.

The agent should be fixed on N-central as soon as the installation is done. It’ll be in the same configuration and setup as the original.

 

How can Infrassist help?

Infrassist is a Master MSP that provides monitoring and management support to its clients using RMM tools of vendors like ConnectWise, Solarwinds, Kaseya, Atera, NinjaRMM, Datto etc. Apart from that we also provide audit services for your RMM & Firewall along with ad-hoc projects surrounding M365.