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Posted on 2010-09-03
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All,

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
Netflow
SQL
VMWare
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!
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I use IPmonitor by solarwinds.  It is a bit less expensive than many solutions out there.
http://www.solarwinds.com/products/ipmonitor/
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I use the following quite simple a not expensive
http://www.whatsupgold.com/

there is also a free tool that i'm evaluating
http://www.spiceworks.com/ 
have a look at it, it is quite nice!

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i have used the eG Enterprise solution in several of my projects - http://www.eginnovations.com/web/products.htm

Does all you want and is particularly good for VMware, Citrix and other virtualization technologies.

http://www.eginnovations.com/web/vmware.htm
http://www.eginnovations.com/web/egcitrix.htm
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by:vaughan74
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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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by:AC_Nova
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we use whatsupgold, which is pretty, you can monitor all servers, switches, routers, etc and email alerts..

http://www.whatsupgold.com/
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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.
Regards,
Walter


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Thanks for all of your suggestions and advice.

I will do a bit of testing with each.

Muchly appreciated

James
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