Best Network Management/Monitoring/Assessment/Documentation Software?

Hi there,

I am looking for a good software application for doing in-depth and detailed Network Assessment/Evaluations to find issues, etc. on a network.  I would also like it to be able to be used as a monitoring tool and for updated documentation purposes as well.  Ones I've looked at are Netbrain and Intermapper, but I have to believe there is a "best" one that does all of kinds of function.

Ideally, I would like to find a tool that can generate an impressive report on the overall network that doesn’t require a lot of hands on man hours.  For example if it can set it up in say an hour … let it run however long and then get a thorough result, that would be great.

Thanks in advance for your insight!
James FryEnterprise Solutions ArchitectAsked:
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Fadi SODAH (aka madunix)Connect With a Mentor Chief Information Security Officer, CISA, CISSP, CFR, ICATE, MCSE, CCNA, CCNP and CCIPCommented:
I do nagios; I think Nagios XI 
is the most powerful IT infrastructure monitoring solution on the market;Nagios XI is a commercial product provides an easier interface and many additional features

Nagios is the leader in Open Source IT infrastructure monitoring....but you can find other multiple monitoring tools: GroundWork Monitor Enterprise Hyperic HQ Icinga  mrtg Nagios N-central op5 Monitor openITCockpit OpenNMS HP OpenView BMC PATROL ProactiveNet Performance Management Shinken IBM Tivoli CA Unicenter WhatsUp Gold Zabbix Zenoss Enterprise

My recommendation for a useful solution for syslog  and data correlation solutions:
Q1 Labs (offers free VM version):
Manage Engine with OpManager: and

Network  Assessment: Nmap , Nessus , Hydra , Metasploit , Superscan , KALI

Vulnerability assessment: Nessus (Free edition), Nexpose - commercial product from rapid7
Bryant SchaperConnect With a Mentor Commented:
ManageEngine OpManager and Solarwinds Orion are both solid
James FryEnterprise Solutions ArchitectAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the feedback.
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