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is there a good, free SNMP monitoring program out there?

i'd like to monitor a few of my devices (firewalls) from my PC.

i tried the free version of PRTG Network Monitor but it seems that there are too many options for me.

is there a basic/simple program out there?

thanks.

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by:giltjr
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SNMP can see a LOT of things. What specifically do you want to monitor?  

Interface utlization
CPU usage
memory usage
disk usage
uptime

More .... ?



MRTG will monitor the network utilization on interface by default.  You can modify it to monitor anything else that you can see with SNMP.

OpManager (http://www.manageengine.com/network-monitoring/) is free for a small number of devices.  But I doubt that it is really any simpler than PRTG.
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by:tomdlgns
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Sorry, forgot all about that, you are right.

I just want to monitor bandwidth.

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by:Rick_O_Shay
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I don't use it myself but only because I have been fortunate enough to have good vendor tools but I believe Nagios will do what you want.

Nagios      www.nagios.org
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by:giltjr
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Nagios will do it, so will MRTG (http://oss.oetiker.ch/mrtg/).

I have not used Nagios, but I have heard a lot of good things about it.

MRTG is real simple and easy to setup.

The issue with both of these is they are assuming that they are running on Linux.   They can monitoring anything, but they do expect to be running on Linux.

I have seen Nagios doc on how to setup on Windows, however it has you install Cygwin (a Linux type enviroment on Windows).

I have also seen MRTG binaries for Windows.
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by:tomdlgns
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this is a windows 7 box.

not sure how i feel about installing a linux type environment within windows.
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by:giltjr
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Well you can go here:

     http://oss.oetiker.ch/mrtg/3party.en.html

And the 1st two links under "Setup Instructions and Installer" are to MRTG for Windows servers.

You can also go here:

     http://oss.oetiker.ch/mrtg/doc/mrtg-nt-guide.en.html

And it has the steps to get MRTG up and running under Windows.
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by:tomdlgns
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i'd rather have something that was designed for windows.

thanks, though.
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by:giltjr
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PRTG or OpManage from ManageEngine (http://www.manageengine.com)

However they are designed to go beyond just monitoring bandwith utilization (actully Nagios does too and MRTG can but MRTG requires more customization to do that).
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by:tomdlgns
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hmm, they dont seem to be free?
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I don't know about PRTG, but OpManage has a free version for up to 10 devices.

You will need to read the agreement, as it could have changed since I last used it.  Some of the "free" downloads are now only free for home users, business users are supposed to pay no matter how many devices you monitor.

Here is the free link: http://www.manageengine.com/network-monitoring/download-free.html
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