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hi,

i was wondering if anybody knew any good network monitoring tools (freeware) that would show me maps of my network, would send alarms etc?
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thats not really what i am looking for, i am looking for something that will monitor ip based machines and and if any of them go offline it will alert me?
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It really depends on what sort of monitoring your wanting to do .... service monitoring, performance monitoring, responce times, bandwidth, what sort of hardware you've got available, are you monitoring remote or local systems etc
If 'all of the above' the Nagios is excellant but, really needs dedicated server (especially monitoring lots of nodes). If you want 'simple' bandwidth monitoring of snmp enabled devices then something like MRTG is pretty simple to set up (I use it quite a bit to monitor switch bandwidth useage and just create simple webpages to view the data)
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Try PRTG (a favourite of mine) http://www.paessler.com/prtg
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Or really simple: a scripted ping?

Like dave says, depands on what you want. If you only want to know if a machine is on/offline, you could keep it really simple.
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yep, as erniebeek says, PRTG is great for simple up/down time and will email status changes if you want. They used to have a 'freebie' version that monitors upto 5 systems (or sensors as they call them). It can also do snmp,  service monitoring  as well as simple ping statistics. Has a builtin web server as well as application to control setup and view monitoring results.
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by:Ernie Beek
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Even better, if you put their logo on 'a' website ;) you can get additional sensors......
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something similar to this would be ideal, for some reason this doesnt work too well

http://www.mikrotik.com/thedude.php
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And still PRTG (I know, I'm prejudice :)

Or: http://sourceforge.net/projects/zenoss/
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