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spiceworks and dynamic ips

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I just set up spiceworks so that I could play around with it and I noticed that it inventories the machines based off of their ip addresses. The machines on my network have dynamically assigned ips so I'm thinking this could be a problem.

Do any of the network monitoring tools out there gracefully handle dynamic ips?
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I use Pandora FMS. It's an amazing network monitoring tool that uses an agent. There's a windows, linux & unix agent. They report back to the server you setup. It's not very well documented and can be a little difficult to set up, but I've gotten it working and would be more than willing to help you. If you want I'll give you my personal e-mail address. Here's a link to the program.

http://pandorafms.org/

Anyways, you setup the server and install the agents on anything you want to monitor. You can manually add other devices to be monitored without installing an agent on them, but for computers the agent is actually better. It doesn't matter what the IP address is since the computer reports to the server. There are a lot of modules and other stuff that it can do. I highly recommend it.
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Here's a demo you should check out.

Go to http://farscape.artica.es/pandora/

Log in with user: demo  pass: demo

Then on the left click view agents, then select network map. Then on the map for group select workstations and update. Their demo is a little bit glitchy but it works amazingly. It can be setup to send e-mails, SMS, play sounds, etc. etc.

Anyways, my e-mail is keith[at]opswat[dot]com if you would like some help setting it up. They have a version that you can download that is a pre-setup Virtual Machine so you actually don't have to do anything at all. However, I recommend building it from source yourself on linux. However, if you don't know much about linux either I can help you through it, or like I said you can just install VMServer for free on your computer and run it that way.

I'm feeling really generous so I also could setup a linux computer with the server setup and ready to go, then capture an  image of it and upload it online. That way you can just take the image and image a computer with it and I'd tell you how to change the IP address and passwords and you would have a working server that way. Just let me know.
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by:opike
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Thanks for your suggestions. I will do some research on pandorafms but I need to set aside some time for it. If I run into any issues I will let you know.
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I went with your suggestion and today installed pandora fms on an ubuntu machine. I'm running into a configuration issue (can't login with the default account) that I created a thread for on the pandora fms forums but maybe you can help. Here's a link to the thread:

http://openideas.info/smf/index.php/topic,2217.0.html
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I have pandora up and running and so far, it looks pretty slick.
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