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I am in the middle of putting up a bunch of new hardware at the office.  This includes new Cisco 3560s, new HP Servers and a new EMC SAN.

I want to build some kind of server or computer that will take in traps from Microsoft Windows events to errors on my Cisco switches.  

I'd like to go open source or pretty cheap as my budget has dwindled down to next to nothing.

What recommendations do you have for network monitoring tools and gathering this type of information?

Thanks for your help.

Bryan Homrighous
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Am confused about what actually you need.

1) For windows there are windows events log exporters which will export the events to MYSQL/SQL/oracle databases,aggregate them and even make reports for you. But for Cisco switches you will need syslog to get the same functionality. Install any free syslog server (kiwi syslog server) and enable syslog in the switches to see/receive error messages from console.

2) If you are looking for monitoring tools, it's hard to answer because good monitoring tools are not free. We will be able to answer properly if you actually specify what type of monitoring you are looking for or to be precise what do you want to monitor. I am not sure if this will suit you but Nagios is the best free tool in the market and combining it with scripting will give you anything...... you want to monitor. But you need scripting guys for that. I know companies running million dollar monitoring business with Nagios modifications.

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Thanks for the information.  

Some clarification on #2.

I didn't word that very well, nor did I think it through.  If I wanted to take the error messages and make sure I was the first to know when an error has happened.  I get the complaint all the time, the CEO is always the first to know when email is down.  I want to be the first to know that it is down.  

So when I am talking about monitoring, I am thinking taking the error messages and doing something with them based on the issue.  

Thanks for your time,

Bryan
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Ok, then point #1 holds true.

You need something like http://www.diskmonitor.com/nev/Event-Log-Monitor.aspx for windows, that will email you right away for issues. I am not a windows guy, so cannot help much with free tools.

For Cisco and network gears supporting syslog, the free syslog servers will do. You can have the automatic email feature in some free version like KIWI. But that will be limited. In licensed versions you can avail sms/email settings which are configurable. In linux, we use a script to grep from the /var/logs/messages and mail it to recipients. (free of cost)

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