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Hey guys I am looking for some recommendations for network monitoring tool. At work our east coast servers are going down at random times and we are not quite sure of the cause. With a lacking support from our Network team , my department needs to step in and try to help the network team figure out the problem. I don't deal with networks often so I am not quite sure whats available out there I have tried couple tools but they just aren't providing all the info. So if you could suggest tools or advice to solve the issue it would be awesome.

Requirements for TOOL:
Pings
Packet loss
Bandwidth usage
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Couldn't you use Untangle?
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Solarwinds always worked good for me.
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Solarwinds always worked good for me.
Yah in the process of installing solar winds.
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Originally Posted by wtomlinson View Post
Solarwinds always worked good for me.
I second this suggestion,they have a variety of (free) tools to help you monitor your network.

http://www.solarwinds.com/products/s...ds_free_tools/
 
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post #6 of 11
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Im having some issues using NetFlow Analyzer. At the authentication Type.Im putting the ip as the Server but i should be putting the router ip correct?
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post #7 of 11
You should be able to get the same SNMP information regardless of utility.
Something like the one from Solarwinds or Splunk should do what you require.

We use OpsView occasionally and it's pretty decent.
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post #8 of 11
If you have someone that knows Linux, take a look at these.

-- Free Open Source Tools --
Cacti - Bandwidth Monitoring.
Nagios - UP down with aludiable alerts, and email alerts.
Nedi - Multiple types of alerts.

Windows Paid programs.
WhatsUP Gold - It will do up / down and bandwidth.

You will need access to snmp community strings to do bandwidth monitoring, and I bet the network team will not give them to you. I know I will not give out out community strings to anyone outside our network team.

You are going to have a hard time getting packet loss. The reason I say this is most network monitoring applications poll in minutes. This means you will be polling every 2 to 5 minutes. The programs will either be looking for up / down status or doing SNMP pulls for bandwidth. You can have the programs fire other programs such as a ping batch file to see if you are dropping packets. The problem with running a continuous ping is the entries are not time stamped so you will not have any idea when packets drop.
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To use netflow, the layer 3 switches or routers have to be configured to send netflow packets to a collector. You would be running the collector.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Thorn-Blade View Post
You will need access to snmp community strings to do bandwidth monitoring, and I bet the network team will not give them to you.
If they will not even give you a read only string, escalate to management.
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