Looking for a simulation/management software

Hey all ,

I would like to install some kind of management software to manage a CISCO and 5 Adtran routers on our private network.

I have a CISCO 3660 Router and we connect that to 5 different Adtran Netvanta 3205 routers at different locations ..
The Netvanta routers are connected to a linksys 8 port switch and there is a polycom video system + a computer connected to that switch.

From NEAR location , I can telnet to the CISCO router (NEAR location) and from there I can ping or telnet to all Adtran routers. Adtran routers donot have the latest OS so I cannot web management them. Well, I can upgrade them but what I am actually looking for is some kind of software package that I install in the NEAR location which can tell if all the T1 lines are up , what is the status of the Adtran routers etc..

Any info on this would be fine.

Thanks
SR
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lrmooreCommented:
Two products that I use and really like:
  http://www.solarwinds.net
Orion is awsome product. Long-term trending analysys, bandwidth monitoring, error control, etc. Also monitors servers at the same time. All SNMP based.

 NetCrunch - pretty neat tool...
http://www.adremsoft.com/netcrunch/index.php

Free:
MRTG:  http://www.mrtg.org
NTOP:  http://www.ntop.org

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sunray_2003Author Commented:
I am yet to look at these tools but I wanted to add one more pt ..

I would like to know if these products/softwares can give me a map something like a topology showing the connections between what to what.. Can it show IP addresses of each nodes. I am sure these softwares would be more sophisticated than what I think but this is just a basic idea.

Can all these work with CISCO 3660.. Just curious to know ..

Thanks
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lrmooreCommented:
SolarWinds and NetCrunch both:
Yes - maps, fully customizable
Yes - devices, links, Connections, IP addresses, status..
Yes - any Cisco or Adtran or anything else SNMP standard..

MRTG - bandwidth utilization, CPU/memory utilization any SNMP device, but that's about it.
NTOP -no maps or anything else, but works well with Cisco Netflow on your 3660 to show details of network traffic that you cannot get with any of the above products. Perfect companion product to us in addition to SolarWinds.

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sunray_2003Author Commented:
This looks really promising.. I am going to try some of the free tools tomm and convince my boss to get the sharewares..

Thanks a lot for once again explaining what each one can do.

SR
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lrmooreCommented:
You can get 30-day eval of SolarWinds for free, but it ain't shareware.
I think you can find older version 2.x of NetCrunch for free... 30 day eval version of 3.x is not shareware.

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sunray_2003Author Commented:
What happens to solarwind after 30 days evaluation.. I can buy that software afterwards., can't i..

that will be a shareware then , right ?
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lrmooreCommented:
Yes, you can purchase a license to continue running SolarWinds after the 30 day eval.. Else it quits working completely.

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sunray_2003Author Commented:
I really like NetCrunch. Looks a very sophisticated tool.. I have just got a router at home and only one machine connected which it showed cleanly .. Would go to office and check that and see how it maps everything..

One more info about my setup in office..

Adtran Routers <--------T1 lines ----> CISCO 3660  <---- Ethernet port  0/1----> SMC Switch  (12 port)  <----------> Control PC (XP machine)

So the basic setup the adtran routers are connected to the T1 port of CISCO.One of the Ethernet port of 3660 connected to one of the 12 ports of the SMC Switch and the Control PC (in which I am going to install these network management tools) is connected to another port in that same Switch..

Just giving you the setup so that you can suggest any other products that might  help me..



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sunray_2003Author Commented:
Lrmoore,
I saw one of your latest comments about Netcrunch 2.0 for free. Do you have access to that. I searched but could not find that ..

Also regarding orion , do you use this one
http://solarwinds.net/Orion/Index.htm

SR
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lrmooreCommented:
Yes, that's the Orion that I use..  I love it!
I must have mis-read the 2.0 "free download" - it's a free 30-day eval ...  
File named nc2srv.exe is exact same as nc3prem.
This was a bit misleading:

http://freedownloadswindows.com/695715/adremnetcrunch_30.html


oops... egg on my face...
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sunray_2003Author Commented:
Thanks

SR
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sunray_2003Author Commented:
Lrmoore,

I need your advise asusual

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Routers/Q_21198877.html

Should be simple to you . I wanted to give as much info as possible but let me know if you need more ..

SR
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