Solar winds IP monitor and network device monitor

I am tring to get more than just up and down time on the hosts. For instance I have cisco switch that I would like to monitor. how do i setup each side for this because I have never done it before
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Kamran ArshadIT AssociateCommented:

The IP monitor is a very basic monitor.You need something advanced for VLAN monitoring or other port level details. Solar Winds has Orion which is enterprise grade application. Other options are;


SolarWinds Orion      Propriety
WhatsupGold      Propriety
Observer      Propriety
Adventnet OP Manager      Propriety
CommView      Propriety
AirMagnet      Propriety
CiscoWorks      Propriety

Open-Source NMS            

Bandwidthd      LAMP based NMS
JFFNMS      LAMP based NMS
Etherape      LAMP based NMS
Cacti      RRDTool

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jonnydollarAuthor Commented:
But the our office already has the software for one, and two the demo at the vendor site shows it has the ability to monitor things like hard drive space, ram, temp etc in addition to up down of the host itself.
Kamran ArshadIT AssociateCommented:
You may check out the comparison of Orion and IP Monitor;

Just to answer your original question-- anthing that does the kind of monitoring you are talking about uses snmp. On your switch, you configure a snmp community string like this
snmp community expert ro

Where "expert" is the string and ro means "read-only." This means software can poll but not make changes. A read-write string (rw) will let anyone using snmp actually change your configuration, which requires control for obvious reasons.

So on the software side, you tell it the address of the device, give it the read-only string expert, and it will poll for whatever you ask.
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