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Network Monitoring/Hardware Tools

Good day everyone. So I just found out today that we have some money left over in our IT budget and was informed if there were any monitoring tools I would like to purchase before the fiscal year ends for us.

I have been looking for a robust tool that I could manage up-time of our websites, manage our servers (both VM and host), how the network is doing, have reporting functionality, intrusion detection, etc.

What would you guys recommend or what do you use?

We are a small shop but have about 12 physical servers, 15 VMs, 3 web applications, 12 desktops/laptops, a few switches and routers. We currently don't manage any network hardware/software as it is managed by our IT department.
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Levi GwynCommented:
Not sure of there is one tool to do everything you need but look at Manage Engine.  It does patch management, help desk, asset management and network inventory as well as server health and a ton of other cool stuff.

http://www.manageengine.com/
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mig1980Author Commented:
I would preferably like a tool that has a web interface that we could load on a server and access it from our desktops.

Not specifically looking for one tool that does it all but more on the best tool for each function (if there is one tool that combines a few of these...great).

Also, would like input on other areas left out of my initial post that I should be monitoring and what tool to use for monitoring.
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Rick_O_ShayCommented:
Check out Solarwinds products.
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mig1980Author Commented:
Thanks. Anything else? I would be interested in software that whomever posts has had experience with and can recommend.
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Aaron TomoskyTechnology ConsultantCommented:
I personally use solarwinds free stuff, spiceworks (also free), and monitor.us (free). Looking at nagios and cactus (free).
Most of these tools also have paid versions with increase functionality. I'd suggest looking at the free stuff and narrow down the ones that help you the most and get those. For vmware if you don't have vcenterserver get that, or look at convirture.

Look at it not as monitoring stuff, but finding the answer to a problem: who is using the Internet bandwidth, why can't I connect to that server file share, are my websites up, etc...
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
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Khandakar Ashfaqur RahmanExpert/ConsultantCommented:
Might be only one product/software won't give you all facilities.I can give you name of some products that you need to look:

For Network Monitoring:

1. PRTG
2. Nagios
3. Solar Winds

For graph/utilization:

Cacti or MRTG

Moreover you can check the Spiceworks that can
http://www.spiceworks.com/
http://www.foxguardsolutions.com/company/intro-video
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btanExec ConsultantCommented:
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I was thinking initially of SIEMS type but monitoring and having it to be incident response may be beyond your needs - but worth considering as another scope. Splunk is one good option if you have those device pumping in syslog for SPlunk to generate and create alerts...

Some use cases
- http://blogs.splunk.com/2012/10/29/splunk-5-%e2%80%93-what-it-means-for-security-and-compliance-use-cases/
- http://blogs.splunk.com/2012/06/18/security-and-the-splunk-for-vmware-app/

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Else SNMP monitor using PRTG is not a bad idea unless you want specific MIB OID. Nonetheless PRTG has great flexibility to get more than just SNMP, e.g. WMI, netflow, network sniffs, application type etc. There is customised sensor (scripted). It is the adapability that gain its popularity and probably the access via mobile is interesting extension ....their free version has 10 sensor and for perm basis...

See it use case - http://www.paessler.com/prtg/features

browser based and more UI enhancement - http://www.paessler.com/blog/2013/01/22/prtg/improving_prtg_user_interface_again_and_again

sensor list-
http://www.paessler.com/support/kb/prtg7/features_networkmonitoring
http://www.paessler.com/manuals/prtg9/available_sensor_types
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mig1980Author Commented:
Thank you all for your input. I realize that most open source applications run on OS' other than Windows. Are there any available that are intuitive (setting up) and run on Windows?
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Aaron TomoskyTechnology ConsultantCommented:
All the ones I mentioned are windows.
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mig1980Author Commented:
aarontomosky...I took a look at Solar Winds and they seem to have a lot of tools available. I can't tell but do all of their tools have a web interface to access?
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Aaron TomoskyTechnology ConsultantCommented:
i made a vm, and put the solar tools on it and just rdp or vmware console into it. The free tools are all standalone, I think the for $$ version gets you a web console but I'm not sure as I don't have it.
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Dirk KotteSECommented:
PRTG is windows based an a good monitoring an reporting tool
( seen within companies with only a handfull servers and also within realy big lan (20000+)user)

also check your firewall ... there are devices with realy good reporting and ips included
i liKe sophos utm
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mig1980Author Commented:
I have PRTG already installed as the freeware version monitoring a few servers and I like it. I think I am going to pay for the full version and use this to monitor all my devices.
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btanExec ConsultantCommented:
good that you like it - it is free for 10 sensor and for long term. if need more then will need to buy :)
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Aaron TomoskyTechnology ConsultantCommented:
10 sensors go fast
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mig1980Author Commented:
10 sensors do go fast. They went on two servers. I plan to start off with the 100 sensor pack and go from there. Has anyone experienced any known issues with PRTG?

I also wanted to ask, what intrusion detection software would be good to purchase? I want to mention that I don't have management access to the network hardware on our structure. That is managed by our company-wide IT department.
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