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syslog vs snmp - Cisco monitoring

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Hi Experts,

A couple of years ago, I got a report on my switches which told me which had the most errors, such as duplex and speed port mismatches, etc.  It was concise and easy to quickly ascertain where issues were.

I don't know what program this was, as the engineer left the company without turning over these keys to kingdom.

I think this is a syslog server or an snmp server.

Looking to find a tool (hopefully free).  Hoping this runs on a windows box, although with good documentation, I could run it on a linux distro. (linux nOOb)

Thank you for your suggestions.

Scott.....
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by:Anuroopsundd
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you can download opmanger which is very nice monitoring tool. it is free for 10 devices.
http://www.manageengine.com/network-monitoring/opmanager-editions.html
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No thank you.  I have more than 10 devices.
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by:newmath
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Have you checked out the tools by SpiceWorks? http://www.spiceworks.com/
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by:Netty
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Try to look at Cisco Configuration Assistance http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps7287/index.html and Cisco Configuration Professional http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps9422/index.html.
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what kind of reports can the solarwinds provide?  I keep hearing about it, but even after looking at the videos I am not too sure about what I will be getting... I know I can scroll through all the events captured, but that's not the goal.

Thanks for the responses, all.
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With syslog you'll get anything pushed from the switches that is logged onto a centralised server, nothing more. If you don't find what you need now in the switches logs, you won't find it with a syslog-server. With snmp you can actively querry the switches for different informations. To get this informations graphed for you, take a look at cacti. Also Icinga for monitoring can use snmp. Both will run on a linux-box and provide a webinterface. There are howtos for both on the official sites:
http://www.cacti.net/
https://www.icinga.org/
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by:Khandakar Ashfaqur Rahman
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Use Syslog server (Open source tool) for windows:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/syslog-server/
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I will have to get back to you soon on this.
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Thank you for the solutions.  I will look at them.
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