Network monitoring

Posted on 2006-04-27
Last Modified: 2013-11-15
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
Question by:vasanthkumar15
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    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.

    Author Comment

    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
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    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 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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    I understand Nagios is used for Unix platforms, but we use windows paltforms
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    Here's my favorites list of network monitoring tools. BTW, Nagios may run on Linux, but it will monitor Windows machines.

    I'm very partial to Solarwinds Orion and the Engineer's Toolsets

    Neon Software to diagram/document/monitor your network

    What's up gold:

    I like the interface of Netcrunch:

    Argus Sofware (looks just like What's UP Gold, only for Linux - and free)

    Cacti for all you Linux gurus:

    If you have unlimited budget - Fluke Supervision products are expensive, but good

    Then there's the "Gold Standard" Sniffer Pro (couple of good whitepapers here)

    Check out the new Infinistream from Sniffer

    Here's a link for free Win32 ports of NTOP, MRTG, Net-SNMP, Windump and NMAP

    Packet Sniffers/Analyzers:


    Another good listing of yet more choices:
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    Forgot one on my list: Manage Engine by OpManager

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