Network monitoring

Hi I work for VOIP company we provide Hosted   contact center solutions .Iam interested in finding the best network monitoring tool for our remote servers .Currently we use multiping and ethereal.Iam looking for a tool which integrates all these features
vasanthkumar15Asked:
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grbladesCommented:
What sort of thing do you wish to monitor?

Nagios may be another tool to have a look at. It can monitor processes etc.. and perform ping tests. It has extensive alerting features.
vasanthkumar15Author Commented:
The things I wish to monitor are
To ping all the servers in the VOIP network and get alerted when things go wrong ,should alo have logs etc,
To  be able to  integarte all the functions etheral  can do
grbladesCommented:
Nagios will certenly monitor all the server and report any problems. It has built in logs and can also show reports detailing any downtime including percentages. See http://www.nagios.org/about/screenshots.php for some screenshots.

Ethereal is a network analysis tool and doesn't really do any reporting. Since it is so different I cant see how the functions could be integrated. You might aswell have ethereal running at the same time. Unless there are specific things ethereal does that you wish to monitor?
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vasanthkumar15Author Commented:
I understand Nagios is used for Unix platforms, but we use windows paltforms
lrmooreCommented:
Here's my favorites list of network monitoring tools. BTW, Nagios may run on Linux, but it will monitor Windows machines.

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NETWORK MONITORING TOOLS
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I'm very partial to Solarwinds Orion and the Engineer's Toolsets
http://www.solarwinds.net

Neon Software to diagram/document/monitor your network
http://www.neon.com/map.shtml

What's up gold:
http://www.ipswitch.com

I like the interface of Netcrunch:
http://www.adremsoft.com/netcrunch/index.php

Argus Sofware (looks just like What's UP Gold, only for Linux - and free)
http://argus.tcp4me.com/shots.html

Cacti for all you Linux gurus:
http://www.cacti.net/

If you have unlimited budget - Fluke Supervision products are expensive, but good
http://www.flukenetworks.com/us/LAN/default.htm

Then there's the "Gold Standard" Sniffer Pro (couple of good whitepapers here)
http://www.networkgeneral.com/Solutions_Network.aspx

Check out the new Infinistream from Sniffer
http://www.networkgeneral.com/product_demos_infinistream.aspx

Here's a link for free Win32 ports of NTOP, MRTG, Net-SNMP, Windump and NMAP
http://www.openxtra.co.uk/products/freestuff.php

Packet Sniffers/Analyzers:
http://www.statscout.com/lanstat.shtml
http://www.etherreal.com

LANHOUND:
http://www.sunbelt-software.com/product.cfm?id=925

Another good listing of yet more choices:
http://netsecurity.about.com/cs/hackertools/a/aafreepacsniff.htm

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lrmooreCommented:
Forgot one on my list: Manage Engine by OpManager
http://manageengine.adventnet.com/products/opmanager/index.html?tb
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