Network/Server Monitoring

Posted on 2010-09-03
Last Modified: 2012-06-22

I wanted to pick your extremely intellegent brains!
I am looking for a Network and Server Monitor appliance or software that will enable me to do the following and be agentless and not have to keep paying for add-ons to do what it should do out of the box
I would like it to do....

SNMP Monitoring
WMI Monitoring
Active Directory Monitoring
Exchange 2007 monitoring
Monitor Firewalls/Routers/Loadbalancers/Switches etc..
Is pretty

I have looked at SCOM but it appears you have to buy anything additional to be able to monitor anything that isn't Microsoft!

All suggestions are welcome!

Thanks for your help!
Question by:CRI-ITDept

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Greg Jacknow earned 84 total points
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I use IPmonitor by solarwinds.  It is a bit less expensive than many solutions out there.

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by:Gianpiero Rossi
Gianpiero Rossi earned 83 total points
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I use the following quite simple a not expensive

there is also a free tool that i'm evaluating 
have a look at it, it is quite nice!


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solvedata earned 83 total points
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i have used the eG Enterprise solution in several of my projects -

Does all you want and is particularly good for VMware, Citrix and other virtualization technologies.
Netscaler Common Configuration How To guides

If you use NetScaler you will want to see these guides. The NetScaler How To Guides show administrators how to get NetScaler up and configured by providing instructions for common scenarios and some not so common ones.


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vaughan74 earned 83 total points
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If you are not afraid of Linux, then Nagios as your monitoring tool will be your best friend.
To make it look "pretty" and make configuration a lot easier, have a look at the Centreon GUI for Nagios - Centreon

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AC_Nova earned 83 total points
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we use whatsupgold, which is pretty, you can monitor all servers, switches, routers, etc and email alerts..
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wwwally earned 84 total points
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I still should go for SCOM 2007 R2.
There is a big catalog of not microsoft prodcuts free for download from various vendor and from the community like the download section of System Center Central.
Non of the abouve tools will cover every thing you mention in you post so you should look for the tool that will cover the most of you needs and will give you the infromation most valeu to you.
Like is a server availible(up or not) or do you want to know if a server is delevering it's servcices.
Good luck finding your tooling.


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Thanks for all of your suggestions and advice.

I will do a bit of testing with each.

Muchly appreciated


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