Need Suggestion best Network Monitoring tool(all-in one which helps to track point to point)

Hi,

I am looking for top and best Network Monitoring tool which covers all the infrastructure along with the LAN and Employee monitoring facility which should provide all the traces.

FYI..
I have gone through GFI and Manage Engine op manager which are good enough, but I need to purchase different licences which would cost me more and also tried opensource tools after using opensource tools I am not much satisfied and user friendly.

http://www.gfi.com/
http://www.manageengine.com/network-monitoring/

 If any one suggest me any awesome tool for monitoring infrastructure apart from above tools will be much appreciated.

Thanks  all!

Best regards,
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xpert_aliAsked:
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iamsamCommented:
So is this monitoring and administration for mostly server environments or workstation / desktop/ laptops and the LAN?

If your need is for administration and/or remote control of the LAN devices, have you checked out LogMeIn, TeamViewer or UltraVNC? (sites  below)

www.logmein.com
www.teamviewer.com
www.uvnc.com

For monitoring, devices see:

munin-monitoring.org
www.cacti.net
www.nagios.org
www.whatsupgold.com  - (as suggested by dr_shivan)
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dr_shivanCommented:
xpert_ali,

have a look at this nifty tool
www.whatsupgold.com
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xpert_aliAuthor Commented:
@dr_shivam,

Thank you!

I had tried that tool its good for infrastructure monitoring but not much helpful for Emp monitoring etc.

Thx again! :)
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iamsamCommented:
I would recommend Full Control Internet by Bardon Data Systems. They also develop a product called WinU that can be easily setup for a Internet-cafe/kiosk kind-of setup.

Check out http://www.bardon.com/fcinet.php for the Full Control software.
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xpert_aliAuthor Commented:
@iamsam

Looks like it only works with the Windows PCs not with all operating system.Tool should support almost all OS with features which  I have explained already. Thanks Sam for comments. :)

Question for all:

And also can some tell how to know the exact bandwidth utilized by each user in a LAN or office network. Thanks!
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madunixCommented:
My vote goes for Nagios, Awarded Platform ..winner of numerous awards and highly recognized, Nagios is the leader in Open Source IT infrastructure monitoring....look @ http://www.nagios.org/
use nagios(OpenSource) on linux, i done it for multiple sites .... it works great to watch out multiple OS and services, it just works  
http://exchange.nagios.org/
http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/6767
http://www.nagioswiki.com/wiki/index.php/Main_Page
http://m.linuxjournal.com/files/linuxjournal.com/ufiles/LJ191_UsingSMSforNagios.pdf

Nagios is the leader in Open Source IT infrastructure monitoring....but you can find other multiple monitoring tools:
http://www.groundworkopensource.com GroundWork Monitor Enterprise
http://www.hyperic.com Hyperic HQ
http://www.icinga.org Icinga
http://oss.oetiker.ch/mrtg/  mrtg
http://www.nagios.com Nagios
http://www.n-able.com N-central
http://www.op5.com op5 Monitor
http://www.open-itcockpit.com openITCockpit
http://www.opennms.org OpenNMS
http://www.hp.com/de/bto HP OpenView
http://www.bmc.com BMC PATROL ProactiveNet Performance Management
http://www.shinken-monitoring.org Shinken
http://www.ibm.com/software/de/tivoli IBM Tivoli
http://www.ca.com/de CA Unicenter
http://www.whatsupgold.com WhatsUp Gold
http://www.zabbix.com Zabbix
http://www.zenoss.com Zenoss Enterprise

My recommendation for a useful solution for syslog  and data correlation solutions:
Splunk http://www.splunk.com/ 
Cisco CS-MARS http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps6241/index.html
Sawmill:  http://www.sawmill.net
Paglo:  http://paglo.com
Q1 Labs (offers free VM version):  http://www.q1labs.com/qradar-slim-fe
Manage Engine with OpManager:  http://www.manageengine.com

Also OpenNMS does a good job with making both SNMP Traps and syslog messages. Zenoss has syslog and snmp traps, but If you are looking for something more standalone, Splunk (i use it) is good as mentioned above by erniebeek look @ http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/5476 and
http://blogs.splunk.com/2008/11/13/syslog-syslog-ng-and-splunk-forwarders/
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