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    Monitoring software

    What software do those of you that offer managed servers use for monitoring?
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    Steven,

    We use a mixture of Nagios and IPcheck complimented by a few in-house scripts that check nearly every thinkable possible service

    Nagios (linux) is nice and there are some great web-based config tools out there if you are not farmiliar with the format.

    IPcheck (windows) is good to. Much easier to setup - but comes with a price tag.

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    I just found JFFNMS and it seems interesting.
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    Steven;

    http://www.ossim.net/ - More security related.

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    Hybodus and home made scripts.
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    Mainly nagios, currently it operates seperate from all our other systems - but in near future we will be integrating. Works quite well for our needs, and if you run it on a MySQL backend makes it easy to make a frontend interface.
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    Definitely Nagios. We also back that up with SiteUptime.com and our own little status script.

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    We use ipMonitor (www.ipmonitor.com). It costs some money, but works very nicely.
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  9. +1 for Nagios. Great and handy tool.
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    I use to use Nagios because it was free and a good piece of software but we are now trying out OpManager from Manage Engine and are quite impressed with it. You could check them out http://www.manageengine.com
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    nagios

    I too would recommend Nagios..

    It allows you to plug in a numerous amount of modules and can be custom tailored to fit exactly what your looking for.
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    if you just want a quick and easy utility to test any port, you can look at sysmon - http://sysmon.org/

    If you need to follow trends, though, nagios is a better solution
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    I am not an MSP, but I think Nagios is the best monitoring service around these days, its really good.
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    you know - after looking over ipmonitor - it sort of looks like they utilize nagios in the background. look at their flash demostration and tell me if those pics dont resemble Nagios.
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    Nagios is good if you're primarily on *nix platforms. We use a combination of Mercury SiteScope and Solarwinds Orion in house here. But we're a diverse mixed bag of various *nix flavors and Windows platforms, which puts Nagios at a disadvantage.

    -Roger
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    We Use IPCheck and PRTG Grapher from www.paessler.com. Very good software, allows you to monitor extensive parameters. Allows you to check actual webpages, test the email servers by sending/receiving sample email, query the database servers, generate reports, etc. The grapher allows you to see live and historical performance of your servers (CPU, Network, etc).

    The best part of IPCheck is that it has a windows client. You can install this client on the workstations of your technical staff so they are alerted immediately on any issues
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    hybodus do a pretty good job for us
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    We use Nagios. It has a nice web interface with many features.

    Cheers,
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    I wouldn't exactly say Nagios has a nice web interface but it has a ton of features!
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    Nagios

    well what I found Nagios lacks in a pretty GUI is makes up in huge honking features.


    One neat thing I have Nagios doing right now is Paging my blackberry for critical events. Its save me some serious time on a few occasions.
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    http://www.bb4.org/
    Customized to our needs, works well, has 100's of plugins, monitors what we need.

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    I have 2 monkeys (1 extra monkey for redundancy) tied up in the cage. When the little red lights stop flickering, they page me.
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    But....doesn't GREEN mean all is well???

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    I think I'm going to have to discontinue using the (MMM) monkey monitoring method. Barry (the 2nd monkey) is currently in the midst of a steamy SMS relationship with another monkey, working in the Equinex datacenter.

    I don't mind it so much, but Barry's clumsy fingers sometimes send his SMS messages accidently to me. I don't know about you, but it's no fun being woken up at 3:00am, with steamy SMS messages between 2 monkeys.

    Ok, I'll look at Nagios instead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie Bob
    I don't mind it so much, but Barry's clumsy fingers sometimes send his SMS messages accidently to me. I don't know about you, but it's no fun being woken up at 3:00am, with steamy SMS messages between 2 monkeys.
    One word, Bob....MonkeyCam.

    I see a whole new business venture in your future!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie Bob
    I have 2 monkeys (1 extra monkey for redundancy) tied up in the cage. When the little red lights stop flickering, they page me.
    Can i have your monitoring monkies?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AH-Tina
    One word, Bob....MonkeyCam.

    I see a whole new business venture in your future!

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    Monkey Business?
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    Quote Originally Posted by efarmer
    Monkey Business?

    Monkey Found!!! http://nocmonkey.psoft.net/

    Nothing to do with this thread...but it looks cool!

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    Yes, It looks cool!
    Thanks for the link

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xpress Networks
    Can i have your monitoring monkies?
    I kicked them out on the street. I can give you Barry's SMS details if you like.
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    any others , am looking for a software which a can install on my pc to remotly monitor my server ? whch would auto tell me if the server dosent respnd to ping and etc etc ?
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    Nagios is great on Linux but if you want to run you’re monitoring from a windows server you might look at IPSwich’s WhatsUp Gold. It’s been around for ever and offers all the tools you need at a reasonable price. A good tool for graphing is Cacti It’s based on RRdtools and has a nice web interface that runs on LAMP. Kiwi Syslog is a nice windows syslog program to checkout. And definitely don’t overlook the free tools that come with the hardware you purchase. HP SIM, is a very capable monitoring tool. In my opinion it’s better to use a hybrid approach and use a combination of tools.
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    OMG that Nagios 3d screen is nice.
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    Nagios is a good company! I recommend them
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    The company I work for uses Nagios.
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    any good monitoring program like nagios, but easy configuration and installation?
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    We use our own custom stuff as well as Woodstone's "ServersAlive".

    We find ServersAlive to be pretty well featured, not that expensive, and was installed and running within 15 minutes.

    http://www.woodstone.nu/salive/index.asp

    Warning: you must have a Windows machine to run it on. That's great for some folks, rubs others the wrong way. For us, it's not about a debate, it's just about finding the right tool for the job.
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    Using Nagios, it has many features. Recommend it!
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    have been using Nagios since 2 months now, and it's superb!

    Nagios <-- highly recommended!
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    If you have alot of servers and network devices jffnms is the way to go. I have it monitoring over a hundred servers along with routers, switches, load balancers, firewalls etc. Its also pretty easy to customize to monitor just about anything you can imagine. I have it monitoring and graphing iostat figures, postfix mail queues etc.
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