network discovery

Hi Everyone,

Is there any cool network discovery software that finds everything, documents and diagrams it, and identifies securty holes, bottlenecks, etc that you'd recommend?

Also, any security concerns with running this type of software on a network?

Thanks,
Theo
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Joseph DalyCommented:
Well the dude is a good network mapper. Its free and will tell you what machines are up and what services are running on them.

I know you can use the MBSA from microsoft to scan networks for vulnerabilities within their products.
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Kamran ArshadIT AssociateCommented:
Hi,

It is difficult to find a software which can do all of the mentioned tasks. Though there are a few options which you can consider;

Spiceworks                      www.spiceworks.com             Open-Source
GLPI                                      glpi-project.org                     Open-Source
SOSOS                              home.hot.rr.com                     Open-Source
Autotask                              www.autotask.com                     Propriety
Alloy                                      www.alloy-software.com             Propriety
Assyst                               www.axiossystems.com             Propriety
DEKSI Network Inventory www.deksoftware.com         Propriety
Steel Inventory                      www.steelsonic.com      Propriety
Dude      mikrotik.com/thedude.php                            Propriety
SysAID      www.ilient.com                                             Propriety
Solarwinds     Lansurveyor  www.solarwinds.com

Personal recommendation is Spiceworks.
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