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server monitoring and reporting

Hi EE,

I run a small IT company and am looking at the various server and network monitoring and reporting tools.  Ideally i'd have one system that monitored all my clients.  Main things i am concerned with is Internet connection is up, server disk space, event log, mem usage, etc, etc. and to be able to pull a report on a weekly, monthly basis on all those items monitored would be great.

i am familiar with opmanager and passesar software and have looked into solarwinds.  These are all expensive solutions for a company of my size and need a fair bit of configuration to work effectively.

interested to hear what other IT providers use.  

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Thomas GrassiSystems AdministratorCommented:
rick81Author Commented:
Yeh thats OpManager, ive looked into that one.  do you know if it can do multiple sites at once?
Rakesh Madupu JNCIE-SP #02079 CCIE-SP#47613Network Development EngineerCommented:

I have deployed OPENNMS for one of my customers and for other i have deployed a PRTG system which had free support for limited devices, OPENNMS might be time consuming but definitely effective.


Any queries on OPENNMS, just let me know. You also have an option of installing PRTG on a vmware client and use it for longer time if you understand what i mean :)

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rick81Author Commented:
thanks for the tips.
Michael RojekCommented:
If you don't have a budget, Nagios is the go to tool, it just takes time and talent to get it configured and running the way you want it to. NetCrunch 8 is a great all-in-one option with many automated features and out-of-the-box monitoring.
Leon AdatoHead GeekCommented:
I've set up monitoring-as-a-service for 2 different companies, using SolarWinds both times. Short of free tools it's the cheapest you're going to find and one of the few that runs completely agent-less-ly so you just need a VPN into the customer site to get things working.

Having used Nagios, Zenoss, Shinken, BMC Patrol, OpenView, and Tivoli I can also say it's the easiest install and setup of the bunch.

Licensing is flexible, meaning you can start with a small license to get going, and as your revenue grows you up your license to accomodate more devices without having to re-install anything.
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