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Old 04-20-2011, 04:22 PM   #1
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Default Which best monitoring tool?

I need to monitor more than 150 servers and storage box, network devices. Most of them suggesting the open source monitor tool is "nagios".

Any one using HP enterprise monitoring tools are "sitescope" or "HPOM"?
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Old 04-26-2011, 11:12 AM   #2
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We use Zabbix here. It works fairly well if you want to pair a little bit for it.
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Old 04-26-2011, 03:52 PM   #3
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nagios looks like a good tool.

I use Orion at my work Network Monitoring Software - Free Trial | SolarWinds a very powerful monitor software with lots of addons and there support is excerlent
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Old 04-29-2011, 12:22 AM   #4
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Here in our office we use WhatsUp Gold, It agreat tools for monitoring, too bad it is not free
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Old 04-29-2011, 05:51 PM   #5
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I have tried zabbix once but it is more complex to set up and error escalation is a bit strange.

I will try the monitor tool which is suggested by JCB and let me decide to choose the best one.
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Old 05-11-2011, 11:55 PM   #6
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Nagios and Whats Up gold both are good. Though Whats Up Gold served better.
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Old 05-12-2011, 05:32 AM   #7
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I've heard good things about nagios,

and also Cactus.

At my work we have our own custom written monitoring software (monitoring thousands of devices). (Using SNMP and WMI as well as some custom script for pulling and parsing stuff from non-standard displays)...


depending on the brand of server or device you might want to try something like IBM director or HPs lights out manager, this works with non-IBM/HP devices too. but makes it a lot easier to monitor. (so rather than having to go an find (either by MIB inspection or SNMP walk) the mib that you're trying to monitor it loads mib files and you just select from a tree the stuff that you want to monitor... that might be CPU temp or chassis fan speeds). -which you can get using SNMP from ilo/RSA/imm/DRAC connections (assuming you have these plugged in and setup).
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Thanks for your suggestion.

I haven' hear about Cactus. is it able to monitor infrastructure and devices as well as application.
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If I could ask, what specifically are you wanting to monitor? The event log? Service status? AD changes? AD Health? etc. etc. Monitoring tends to be a broad subject.
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Old 06-21-2011, 01:29 PM   #10
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Mostly we are using file system and uptime monitoring........
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Old 06-21-2011, 02:53 PM   #11
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We use Cactus and Nagios together on some 250 servers in 4 different datacenters. Along with a series of alert services (like the one offered by alertsite.com).
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Old 06-22-2011, 08:18 AM   #12
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Check out Spotlight on Active Directory if you're already doing file system monitoring. It's a pretty neat tool.
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I run Munin on my home server, but if I had multiple servers, or was doing something "mission critical", then I would probably use Cacti or Nagios, because of the ability to send alerts.
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Old 07-08-2011, 02:18 AM   #14
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Check out spiceworx! Free application that's as professional as solarwinds. Extremely good with a very professional UI and execution. After you setup all of your netbios's you'll be able to see the entire network in it's network map option. Much betetr than just ip's everywhere.
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Old 07-20-2011, 07:15 AM   #15
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You may check out 100pulse.com, as they seem to be good on comparing the other monitoring service providers.. Their monitoring service is outstanding with immediate alerts once your site experiences the down time.. You may try this free website monitoring service provider...
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Old 07-26-2011, 12:18 AM   #16
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I have tried only online monitoring services, from which the best has been hyperspin.com

You can try a single website for free, for a network of sites price varies, but having 150 servers to monitor, I would better run my own monitoring solution among those already suggested.
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We use SolarWinds, which is a great tool, but also very pricey. For smaller applications, I've used SysAid which is not bad. I've also used Nagios in a med clinic I was working in, and it's also pretty good. Mind you, setting up the free servers, there's always going to be a lot of initial setup, so do your homework and be prepared to spend some time getting everything up and running.
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