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New Network Admin; Monitoring suggestions?

Wed May 14, 2014 11:15 am

Hello everyone,

I recently landed a job as a network Admin, and I am trying to make a self sustaining "NOC" for our small business. I am searching for a free software that is pretty easy to use, that will do the following:

1) Give me a simple interface that shows red or green for device up/down
2) Allow me to monitor traffic usage per switch port of my switches via SNMP
3) Email and/or text me on given conditions.
4) Installable on Windows OR as a Virtual Appliance

It would be nice if it also monitored server CPU utilization/disk space etc.

I am toying with SpiceWorks, but not sure if its quite what I'm looking for.

I really like Paessler PRTG but thats not free.

Does what I'm looking for exist?

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Re: New Network Admin; Monitoring suggestions?

Wed May 14, 2014 1:26 pm

I think the best bet for you would be to enable syslog on all of your devices and use Kiwi Syslog. The free version may have some stipulations. I forget what they are. I talked my last job into purchasing the full version which was about $300. It worked great for me though.

If you enable SNMP traps correctly on your devices then they will trap to the Kiwi and the Kiwi will alert you via email or text. Try out the free version first.
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Re: New Network Admin; Monitoring suggestions?

Wed May 14, 2014 1:45 pm

SpiceWorks can do a lot for you... including filling up your inbox. :)

But, seriously, it will give you information that the SNMP alone won't give you. It's quite handy to employ in a small network environment of less than 50-75 machines.
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Re: New Network Admin; Monitoring suggestions?

Wed May 14, 2014 2:28 pm

I agree with deanwebb on spiceworks. For a small sub 100 node network spiceworks is quite good. I have also had good luck with PRTG monitor as well but as you said that one is not free.

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Re: New Network Admin; Monitoring suggestions?

Thu May 15, 2014 8:04 am

I tried spiceworks, and its just not "it" for me. I'm even fine with having several programs to accomplish my goal. I want to create a simple up/down monitor I can post in my office that shows green or red for all devices.

From there, I would really like to have a way to look at a physical switch port and see how much bandwidth is going through it at a glance or over a period of time (like PRTG shows)

I do not have as much field experience as this community as my prior jobs have been call center help desks, and a NOC which had proprietary in house tools.

So I'm trying to get a grasp on what you guys use on a daily basis that could be beneficial in my situation.

Thank you as always for any advice you can share.

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Re: New Network Admin; Monitoring suggestions?

Thu May 15, 2014 10:27 am

Nagios + Cacti

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Re: New Network Admin; Monitoring suggestions?

Thu May 15, 2014 12:02 pm

I would recommend investigating open source products (nagios, cacti, opennms, zabbix) that are pre-built as virtual appliances. There is a decent community for these things, but also companies that provide them as a service. Check out TurnKey Linux (free) and JumpBox (not free).

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Re: New Network Admin; Monitoring suggestions?

Tue May 20, 2014 1:20 pm

Hello again everyone,

Just following up on this post out of curiousity;

What would you recommend as a best option for a paid solution? Any pointers that you all use in your day to day dealings?

Thanks again!

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Re: New Network Admin; Monitoring suggestions?

Tue May 20, 2014 1:43 pm

PRTG works very well.

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Wed May 21, 2014 7:47 am

check out Xymon for a free solution,
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Wed May 21, 2014 10:09 am

SolarWinds!

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Re: New Network Admin; Monitoring suggestions?

Tue Jun 24, 2014 10:35 pm

I was looking for some free stuff as well. Kiwi has free stuff, but only for 30 days. I have not had any luck getting anything from Solar Winds to work. I am not using this for business, just for home network monitoring.

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Wed Jun 25, 2014 7:15 am

what kind of monitoring do you want to do?
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Re: New Network Admin; Monitoring suggestions?

Wed Jun 25, 2014 8:27 am

ristau5741 wrote:what kind of monitoring do you want to do?



Just basic home networking monitoring. Bandwidth usage, any issues on connections, etc. Nothing elaborate. As my boys get older, I will probably want to add some web pages that arent able to be viewed, but that will be in my firewall,not the monitoring tools.

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Re: New Network Admin; Monitoring suggestions?

Wed Jun 25, 2014 11:03 am

MRTG/PTRG is good for bandwidth monitoring,
build up a Linux server and run syslogd, point your logs to the syslogger
should take care of most of what you want.
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Re: New Network Admin; Monitoring suggestions?

Sun Oct 19, 2014 12:14 pm

We searched a lot a and tried many of the mentioned tools. For example, we tried PRTG - it was really expensive for unlimited number of probes. Finally we found CloudView NMS http://www.cloudviewnms.com . It can monitor/manage anything via standard protocols:
SNMP, sysLog, TL1, services, applications. Network autodiscovery and inventory tool, maps, multi-user with configurable profiles, accessible from any web browser remotely (including mobile devices) Alerts logging and forwarding via many protocols (including e-mail) . Can manage/monitor huge networks from simple PC and they do not charge per number of nodes/switching ports.

Now about your requirements:

1) Give me a simple interface that shows red or green for device up/down - yes
2) Allow me to monitor traffic usage per switch port of my switches via SNMP - yes
3) Email and/or text me on given conditions. - yes
4) Installable on Windows OR as a Virtual Appliance - yes

Hope this helps

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Re: New Network Admin; Monitoring suggestions?

Mon Nov 03, 2014 1:10 am

We use CloudView NMS http://www.cloudviewnms.com for all the functions you described. We could not use PRTG because it is too expensive with unlimited number of probes. Also we found CloudView is easier to use than all the alternatives we tried.
Now in details about your requirements:
> 1) Give me a simple interface that shows red or green for device up/down
Yes
>2) Allow me to monitor traffic usage per switch port of my switches via SNMP
Yes
> 3) Email and/or text me on given conditions.
Yes
> 4) Installable on Windows OR as a Virtual Appliance
Yes
>It would be nice if it also monitored server CPU utilization/disk space etc.
Yes, it does, but only if the standard SNMP host mIB is supported by the device. (For eaxample, windows servers all support HOST MIB)

>I am toying with SpiceWorks, but not sure if its quite what I'm looking for.
We tried this one as well - not bad , but expensive as well. CloudView suited us better with the same functions

>I really like Paessler PRTG but thats not free.
Yes, and as I said it is very expensive: 13000 Euro with unlimited probes.

>Does what I'm looking for exist?
Yes, CloudView NMS

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Re: New Network Admin; Monitoring suggestions?

Thu Nov 05, 2015 10:05 am

Reviving an old topic. I'm also looking for something that for network monitoring, but not just simple Up/Down and alerting. I need something that tracks bandwidth usage and will keep data and generate historical reports (or export that data to something else so I can work with the data to get the report I want).

I've been using ManageEngine OpUtils and it has worked fine until now. But now I'm being asked to provide more detailed historical bandwidth data than it will provide. The bandwidth report it generates is not very granular the further you go back. It provides 5 minute interval data over the past hour, 15 minute interval data over the past day, one hour interval data over the past month, and one day interval data over the past year.

I need to retain that 5 or 15 minute interval data over a whole year. And to be able to compare any given point in time over the past year to any other given point in time over the past year (including now).

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Re: New Network Admin; Monitoring suggestions?

Sun Nov 08, 2015 5:08 am

Try OMD (omdistro.org or go for a repo to labs.consol.de/repo/), this is a bundle of applications for free.

You could set up netflow as well as a other solution.


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