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Is CISCO MARS a network inventory device that can make reports and alerts in case of changes in network?

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yes, kind of inventory, plus all recommendation for any device discovered and managed.
here is the link:
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps6241/index.html

but this product has been dismissed for long (2008)
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/vpndevc/ps5739/ps6241/end_of_life_notice_c51-470242.html

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Is their any replacable device that is compatible with most of the network devices, servers, pc,printers, etc

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There is no CS-MARS replacement product offered by Cisco directly. What they do instead is publish a list of "Technology Partners" that offer SIEM solutions recommended for use in Cisco environments.

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/solutions/ns340/ns414/ns742/ns744/ns1090/landing_siem.html

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Will you please advice for top programs that can detect all network equipments, draw network, make reports of network activities and inform administrator in case of emergency.

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I don't have direct experience of the products mentioned on cisco site: i decided to use, after testing it deeply, PRTG by Paessler (www.paessler.com/PRTG) for my customers and i'm really satisfied.
It does all you asked but draw networks. Don't know how important is that feature for you.
You may want to download a trial version and see if you like it

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The original MARS concept was a Monitoring-Analysis-and-Response System, but based on the reliability of the device, I don't think anyone used it for Response.

The primary functionality as a log collection and correlation tool is fairly common, you can use any free or commercial SIEM system, like syslog-ng, Splunk, etc.
As for response, your are better off with a proper IDS/IPS system, either Cisco or from any other vendor.

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Thanks, the replacement product is OK
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