Network/Server Monitoring


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!
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Greg JacknowConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I use IPmonitor by solarwinds.  It is a bit less expensive than many solutions out there.
Gianpiero RossiConnect With a Mentor System AdministratorCommented:
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!

solvedataConnect With a Mentor Commented:
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.
Creating Active Directory Users from a Text File

If your organization has a need to mass-create AD user accounts, watch this video to see how its done without the need for scripting or other unnecessary complexities.

vaughan74Connect With a Mentor Commented:
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
AC_NovaConnect With a Mentor Commented:
we use whatsupgold, which is pretty, you can monitor all servers, switches, routers, etc and email alerts..
wwwallyConnect With a Mentor Commented:
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.

CRI-ITDeptAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all of your suggestions and advice.

I will do a bit of testing with each.

Muchly appreciated

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