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High-Availability LAN monitoring

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This is a bit of an odd question.  We have designed for our client a high-availability LAN environment.  With cold standby switches for their network in the MDF and IDF cabinets.  Most of the switches are Cisco 2960's, although a couple are 3560's.

What is the best tool to use to monitor those switches with to alert of impending problems?  

Thank you,
Jeff
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Can't say for sure on "impending" problems, but PRTG and Orion Solarwinds will give you good monitoring capabilities. The impending failure warnings are really just based on what messages the switch will give you, and the only type of warning that comes to mind for that are fan failures and power supply failures when you have dual power supplies.
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Thanks rauenpc.
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Thank you rauenpc.  This helps give me a direction at least.
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No problem. There are a lot of monitoring tools, but the impending failures part will be the toughest. When you monitor something like a hard drive, the SMART tool will see errors increasing which then spits out a warning that the drive is going to fail, but with a switch it's usually an up or a down situation (assuming no configuration issues, poor cable quality, etc.). Every now and again I'll see a switch have a single port or ASIC group of ports go bad, but for the most part it's an up or down situation with no way to be warned. Good luck with your search.
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