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Posted on 2012-12-27
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Hello All,

i'm searching for a while now a software that can "monitor" our customers server.
I search a solution with central management console and remote agent that will be widely installed. I should be free or a cheap (max 2000€ one shoot for 100/150 servers)
We already test some solution (Pandora FMS, Nagios) but the problem is that the communication is made from server to client and not from client to server.
This mean that we have to open port on router or install some kind of "proxy" on remote location.
WE DON'T want that and we still searching for a solution where that is the client who initiate the communication to the servers (htts, ssh or something else)

We need to monitor simple things like:
HDD free space
CPU CHarge
Free memory
TCP listening port
Event Log reading (wmi)

We would be happy if it could check some more things:
hdd smart monitoring
specific service check (hyper-v, DNS, Remote Desktop Service,...)

We prefer not us this technology:
snmp (all nodes can diagnose himself without it and report himself its state)
server to client communication (involving opening port on client side)
server to proxy to client

So with all this informations, does somone know a good solution free or paid?

Thanks for help!
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Thanks, but it seems that it work only on windows event?

Any other solution with hardware probe?
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Good luck finding this.  You're asking for software that MANY, MANY Managed Service Providers (MSPs) use... But that is NOT free and not necessarily cheap either - usually billed monthly.  Now, the MSPs usually don't pay for it - the CLIENT pays for it.  They're the ones that need the servers running as reliably as possible.  For example, I use GFI Max.  Each server is about $12 per month.  I bill the my clients $50-250 per month (depending on client and monitoring config) to monitor their systems.

Spiceworks recently added an Agent, but I haven't looked into it yet.  But in general, your options are LIMITED because most people recognize how important this is and accept/agree to pay a reasonable fee.
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Leew, thanks for advice. I have heard about Spicework but many people say that it add some Ads on screen meaning it's generate unusefull network traffic...

I currently try GFI Cloud that seems to be good on the paper, but its test check seems very limited...
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GFI is constantly adding features and allows for extensive scripts.

Spiceworks Ads are on the console - not the client systems.  And they're not terribly intrusive.

And there are many other tools you can try - but GFI's is the cheapest I've found.  Just google RMM.  (I'm an active participant in my local consultant user group and in the worldwide SMB Managed Services Mailing list and there isn't a product like the one you want (free/cheap) other than the ones I've mentioned and you already know about... and they have certain limitations - there is no perfect product - in general, you either spend thousands or tens of thousands building your own... or you buy someone elses and conform your business to it.  It stinks, but that's reality as I've found it.
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Thanks Leew, I agree with you. If you say that Spicework ADS are only ont the console, I will try it...
For GFI, i have installed it on a HP Proliant ML350 G5 and I found it very sad because I have remove on it a HDD from the RAID0+1 and get any notifications from GFI Cloud!

I will also try googling RMM
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Lee W, MVP earned 500 total points
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RMM = Remote and Monitoring and Management
I just googled RMM and apparently it's not a popular computer term unless you clarify it as rmm remote monitoring and management.  Products include Labtech, Logmein, GFI, and others.

If you didn't spend some time configuring the agent, I'm not surprised you didn't get notifications from GFI.  It doesn't know what you want to monitor unless you tell it.

Yes, the SpiceWorks Ads do not appear on machines monitored - that would be a deal breaker for many.
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by:Sebastian Talmon
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You can use nagios with check_mk as Agent on the windows Servers

Have this here running with passive submit over http post (needs some extra work, but runs very good)
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Finaly choosen Spiceworks and work flawlessly
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