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Can Nagios or PacketTrap monitor servers at different locations?

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Hey Everyone,

I've been trying to find this answer but it's been hard to dig up a clear yes/no answer. Can Nagios (free edition) or PacketTrap ($99 edition) be setup to monitor servers outside of the local network? I would like to be able to setup some type of monitoring when as soon as a server goes offline I am notified.

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Yes. Either can probe any reachable IP address, whether that be a public address on the Internet or a remote private LAN address via VPN tunnel. Nagios, being open source, has no restrictions at all. PacketTrap licenses its products by the number of nodes monitored, with 50 being the lowest number. Those nodes, however, can have any IP address anywhere reachable from the PacketTrap machine. You might also check out Intermapper (Intermapper.com) and PRTG (Paessler.com), both of which have free versions limited to a small number of devices. I find these much easier to use than either Nagios, which I used for years but gave up on, or PacketTrap, which I tried but has much too limited for what they charge. Intermapper and PRTG compliment each other, even though the do somewhat compete.
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@packetguy - thanks for the other web sites. I'm going to check into them some more.
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