What is the best network monitoring and management tool

We are looking for a good network monitoring and management system that would give us notifications when a server or network is down, agent monitoring, and also allow unlocking AD accounts remotely. We had an issue 2 weeks ago with a virus that locked all AD accounts, and luckily we were able to get them unlocked by a soon to be former IT consulting firm. We would rather do it ourselves since we are establishing an internal IT department. Any suggestions for a product that is good and won't break the bank?
Robert GroverNetwork Systems AdministratorAsked:
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James BunchSystems EngineerCommented:
Connectwise has a systems "Automate" that used to be Labtech that is a good system for your entire network monitoring, crm, scheduled tasks etc. There are quite a few others out there like Kaseya and maybe even a few free ones but you are going to need someone that is dedicated to learning and maintaining those setups for a while then able to cross train. Once you set up your rules/settings for workstations/groups/servers etc, its self sufficient and proactive. At least with Connectwise Automate. It also allows a ton of plugins to work like malwarebtes/spyware/virus protection etc. A good starting point for you to look into.

Connectwise also has a university for each of its products so the team can learn the system and become proficient with it.
Fred MarshallPrincipalCommented:
I like and use PRTG.
Jose Gabriel Ortega CastroEE Rookie/Solution Guide/Topic Advisor and CEO Faru Bonon ITCommented:
I'd propose System Center Security Management.
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Dmitri FarafontovLinux Systems AdminCommented:
Dameware, Nagios come to mind.
E ATech LeadCommented:
Few more you can check:
Robert GroverNetwork Systems AdministratorAuthor Commented:
I'm going to check all of these out starting with Nagios. I do appreciate all of the suggestions. Thanks everyone!!!
Dmitri FarafontovLinux Systems AdminCommented:
Nagios Core is free and should get you started.
Robert GroverNetwork Systems AdministratorAuthor Commented:
That's the one I'm testing today... thx
Fred MarshallPrincipalCommented:
PRTG is also free for a reasonable number of sensors / things monitored.

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