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RE: Monitoring high traffic utilization
From: "C. Thomas @ ACS" <cthomas () ashleycyber com>
Date: Mon, 13 Dec 2010 16:50:32 -0500


  Spiceworks is really nice for simple SNMP monitoring of
workstations/servers, it has a lot of nice features for being a free
application.  They are continually updating it.  It primarily uses SNMP/WMI,
but it is possible to deploy it as an agent that reports into your central
Spiceworks server.  You can also setup 'collectors' at multiple sites and
have them report information to a central server.

  We also use PacketTrap MSP as Spiceworks does not provide the ability to
remotely access devices; PacketTrap was originally in the business of
network monitoring and analysis, they turned around and added the ability to
monitor a number of metrics via an Agent or SNMP/WMI ..  It also has a
built-in remote access utility call Expert Assist (by script logic) which
connects to devices through a tunnel initiated by the agent.

  I believe ManageEngine has a free edition of their network monitoring
which allows monitoring of less than 10 nodes via an Agent.


Christopher L. Thomas, MCP/A+

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