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I am looking for monitoring software. I was looking at GFI's solution, but wanted to see what you guys would suggest.
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Question by:JoshDale
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by:fatlad
ID: 11953762
To monitor what?
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by:JoshDale
ID: 11953779
Our servers, firewall, exchange... stuff like that.
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by:BNettles73
ID: 11953893
What kind of environment are you in ... small business, medium, large enterprise?

Monitoring software is pretty generalized ... if you are in a small-medium type business I'd just use Performance Monitor and configure alerting ... Exchange has some fairly decent built in utils for general monitoring ...

What kind of firewall are you running?
What kind of budget?

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by:JoshDale
ID: 11953943
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Let me get my notes together and I'll get back to you. I would like something like GFI Languard, but would also like some other options, so let me get back to you on specifics.
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by:JoshDale
ID: 11953955
Oh, an price range can be up to $2,000 depending on what it offers.
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liddler earned 66 total points
ID: 11953963
Big Brother (www.bb4.com) monitors alsorts, with lots of plug-ins, very extenable with scripting and cheap
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by:fatlad
ID: 11953965
also what kind of thing are you looking to monitor for? Intrusion attempts, failded logins, cpu capacity, server temperature, web content?
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by:JoshDale
ID: 11953979
Right now I am not exactly sure what I am looking for, I am just getting options and putting together comparisons. Any suggestions (within reason) help.
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by:JoshDale
ID: 11954069
But basically, I am looking for central monitoring of our systems.

Reporting and graphing would be nice.
Security monitoring.
Intrusion Detection.
Basically everything here http://gfi.com/languard/

I am just looking for options, you give me solutions and I will compare them.
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by:BNettles73
BNettles73 earned 62 total points
ID: 11954090
ISS has quite a few security products - http://www.iss.net/products_services/products.php

Honestly you can probably use the native utilities to do almost everything you want ... if you are looking for a centralized resource for all of those types of monitoring, you'll be hard pressed to find one util that does everything well ...

I'd try to setup performance monitor and alerts for your general resource monitoring and then look at purchasing a good utility for security ... GFI Languard is a pretty decent util ...

NetIQ has some decent monitoring products for resource and security monitoring ... it might be a little bit more than what you are looking to spend though ...
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by:JoshDale
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That is ok, if I can justify the price vs feature. My boss wants a centralized monitoring solutions so that is what I am going to give him.
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by:JoshDale
ID: 11954169
Or if you can find a comparison sheet for a couple, that would help also.
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by:scampgb
ID: 11954371
Hi JoshDale,

Take a look at Nagios - http://www.nagios.org
It's an open source system, and allows you to monitor all manner of things.

It takes a little while to set up, but most of that is planning time - that you'll need to go through anyway.

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by:JoshDale
ID: 11954473
Great, I am working on a spreadsheet to compare features so keep sending them.
Are there any you guys are familiar with?
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by:scampgb
scampgb earned 62 total points
ID: 11954694
I've used Nagios to great effect - monitoring a load of sites, and sending emails or text messages.
I've done some tests with the Windows monitoring environment -in my case, making sure that the Messenger service is running on my machine and that I have enough disk space :-)
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by:lrmoore
lrmoore earned 62 total points
ID: 11954956
I am a big fan of Solar Winds Orion
http://www.solarwinds.net

It is extremely simple to setup and manage, and the reports, charts and graphs just can't be beat.
Price is not bad, either..

For the security part, take a look at Lockdown auditor appliance:

http://www.lockdownnetworks.com
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by:mikebernhardt
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ID: 11955129
As far as IDS, I would stay away from ISS. Their product is OK, but the annual licensing fees will kill you. And you can't get any product or signature updates without it.
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by:liddler
ID: 11955238
Agree with the ISS comment {11955129} , RealSecure is no fun, there are plenty of Open Source tools.  Have a read of Andrew Lockhart's Network Security Hacks (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0596006438/qid=1094058401/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl14/002-4742245-6619262?v=glance&s=books&n=507846)
an excellent book with a good section on IDS.
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by:lrmoore
ID: 11955297
One thing I don't like about Nagios is that it is not SNMP standards based, and there a several files that have to be hand-edited to add any host to be monitored.

If you want information on data traffic and web browsing, you can't beat NTOP combined with Cisco Netflow:

http://www.ntop.org

Bottom line is that there are many tools out there, and not one will give you all the information that you need, so your toolset should have multiple products in it.

AppliedWatch has a new event coorelation engine that is cost effective:

http://www.appliedwatch.com
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by:xscousr
xscousr earned 62 total points
ID: 11957555
OSSIM
OSSIM aims to unify network monitoring, security, correlation and qualification in one single tool. Using Snort, Acid, mrtg, NTOP, OpenNMS, nmap, nessus and rrdtool we want the user to have full control over every network or security aspect.

www.ossim.net

ahem - web page is down at the moment but details can be found at sourceforge http://sourceforge.net/projects/os-sim/
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by:xscousr
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by:JRaster
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by:maunded
maunded earned 62 total points
ID: 11962248
Sitescope
www.mercury.com/sitescope 
Has worked well for a few organisations I have been in.
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by:xscousr
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no complaint here
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