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    Hi all

    I'm after a nice piece of software that will monitor servers and send alerts for low disk space, unavailability, service failure etc.. Servers are 2003 (some R2) but all at least SP1. We looked at a nice solution called HostMonitor but was wondering if there was anything cheaper (or even free!).

    Thanks in advance

    Chris
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  • #2
    Re: System Monitoring Software

    When I received the MVM, one of the awards I got was GFI's GFI Network Server Monitor. Not free, but a great tool !

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    • #3
      Re: System Monitoring Software

      Would prefer something cheaper... host monitor looks 50% cheaper than GFI. I'm starting to think about writing my own and releasing it as open source.
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      • #4
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        cacti, munin?
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        • #5
          Re: System Monitoring Software

          Hobbit - Open Source

          You will need a linux server to collect data, but can monitor both linux and windows. (desktops and servers)

          Can be customized to monitor anything but all the essentials are there.
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          • #6
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            I've heard good things about Nagios for an open source point of view. Linux based again.
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            • #7
              Re: System Monitoring Software

              No Linux skills in house to get this going let alone manage a linux server. We need it to run on Windows.
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              • #8
                Re: System Monitoring Software

                HP OpenView/Dell IT Assistant/IBM Netcool-Omnibus/Altiris


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                Last edited by DYasny; 6th March 2011, 19:12.
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                • #9
                  Re: System Monitoring Software

                  What is the manufacturer of our servers?
                  I am working with HPSIM, that's a nice, free toy. It works with servers that aren't HP, but with less options (DELL it's OK, don't know about others).

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                  • #10
                    Re: System Monitoring Software

                    Have a look into Intellipool. I used the trial for a little while and it seemed rather intuative. It runs on Windows, which you'll like. To my eyes, the price doesn't seem to be a bank breaker... but then again your mileage may vary. If I understand their pricing scheme correctly, it is measured per monitored device.

                    There's also The Dude from MicroTik. It's free, but feels just a little bit 'hacky' (at least version 2 does... version 3 is in beta at the moment). It does have quite a few features.

                    How many devices are you trying to monitor?
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                    • #11
                      Re: System Monitoring Software

                      Monitoring about 20 - 25 Windows 2003 Servers. I just want simple alerts for when there are any issues that the Network Admin should be aware of (low disk space, errors in the event log, high memory usage etc...). I'm starting to think that writing myself will be easier!
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                      • #12
                        Re: System Monitoring Software

                        First Alert Service Monitor 08.07.01?
                        Haven't tried it yet.
                        The tools we oftenly use are HPSIM, Hostmon, MOM and Altiris.
                        Offcourse only the basic features of HPSIM are free.
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                        • #13
                          Re: System Monitoring Software

                          Found one more, http://www.spiceworks.com/. (free?)
                          Checking it out now.....will post my findings.
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                          • #14
                            Re: System Monitoring Software

                            A lot of things can be done simply with perfmon
                            write a simple batch which sends you an email or net send when for example low diskspace has been detected or high cpu or high memory load.

                            A other great tool which i've used is concord ehealth, now from ca.
                            http://www.ca.com/us/content/campaign.aspx?cid=132286
                            I don't know what the pricing is, but it can be really interesting.
                            We used it to monitor Windows 2000/2003 servers (you need agents for it), networks (eg cisco) firewalls etc.

                            Some reviews:
                            http://www.networkworld.com/reviews/2003/1006rev.html
                            http://whitepapers.zdnet.co.uk/0,100...138900p,00.htm (you need an account which I don't have but maybe you have)
                            http://support.concord.com/support/d...lick_Value.pdf (spam from concord itself )
                            http://www.ameinfo.com/21846.html (some rollout by a bank.. but you find a small image how it looks like when you manage it )
                            Last edited by Dumber; 29th July 2008, 23:05.
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                            • #15
                              Re: System Monitoring Software

                              In my experience with Spiceworks it is too resource intensive on the NMS and doesn't poll often enough (this might be configurable).

                              I've used ServersAlive, AlchemyEye, Tembria Server Monitor, and several others. The 3 that I've listed here do a pretty good job and are relatively inexpensive.

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