Network monitoring -- Windows 2012 Standard Server ?

1. What network monitoring software/etc
     do you recommend for DELL servers ?
 2. Maybe something like the below ?

http://www.dell.com/us/business/p/dell-openmanage-network-manager/pd
http://www.gfi.com/blog/the-top-20-free-network-monitoring-and-analysis-tools-for-sys-admins
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Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
Depends on what you want to monitor:
Hosts/services? Go with Nagios/OPManager/etc
Port traffic? Cacti/Munin/etc
Capture network traffic? Wireshark, but you need a lot of storage for continuous monitoring.

HTH,
Dan

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Zephyr ICTCloud ArchitectCommented:
If you're an all Microsoft shop and it fits the budget, you can look at Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) and use a Dell management pack to monitor your Dell hardware ...

If it doesn't fit the budget, the recommendations from Dan are mostly cheaper, Nagios for example...

But also, like Dan said, what is it exactly you want to monitor?
Michael RojekDigital Marketing and WebDevCommented:
There's a great deal of options out there, depending on your needs and budget. The link provided gave a choice of free options. Nagios is the go to option, if you have the time for setup and maintenance.

If you do have a budget, you should try NetCrunch. Especially for a Windows network, it's a great option. It runs on Windows Server, and only needs 4GB RAM and 4 cores, which can be on a VM. It's agentless, and for Windows and Dell (among other things) it's completely out of the box ready. NetCrunch 8

The best bet would be to install some options as a POC and select the one that best fits your needs and is the most comfortable to use.
Bryant SchaperCommented:
look at manageengine.com and the opmanager product.  Very nice and at a reasonable price.
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