Proactive Server Monitoring Software

Hi all,

First off i would just like to say that i understand that what im asking for may not be possible.

I work in a small unit of a large organisation offering different types of 'IT services'

I have been asked to take a project from an ex employee regarding proactive server monitoring software. The ex employee was creating this in VB however after having a breif look the code isnt up to shape and i do not have the time to continue with the project.

We are now after software off the market that will meet our needs.

-Event Log Monitoring
-Service Monitoring
-Backup Monitoring (most of our customers are using backup exec)
-Windows Update Monitoring
-Performance Monitoring
-Anti Virus Monitoring (most of our customers are using Mcafee)
-Disk monitoring
-Inventory Monitoring

As far as i can see we will need a piece of software for 'Windows' and then two other ways (emailing results through backup exec for example) for Backup exec and Mcafee.

How would you go about facing this? Is there a product on the market you have experience with?

Thanking in advanced,

Regards,

Steve
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  1. This topic has been moved from the section Applications to section Business Computing by Jpishgar
  2. I was faced with a similar problem, we needed to monitor all our servers, workstations, switches, printers and bandwidth. There were a few programs that did some but not all of the above, they were expensive too. Then, out of nowhere............I found out about Spiceworks! It's great! I was expecting simple monitoring but this gave me everything, even how much ink was left in my printers.

    I Spiceworks could do just that so I thought I'd try it out and right away my workload was reduced by at least 80%! I was able to track all events of every single server and workstation. Security logs, newly installed/removed software, remaining warranty, rogue devices, status of local and network printers, available/recent updates......just too much to list!

    Other features include stuff like network mapping, a helpdesk, detailed charts and more. It good a really big user base so support is not a problem. If your manager resists "free" software, you can justify it by paying a fee to remove the ads.

    http://www.spiceworks.com/
  3. I've never heard of spiceworks. Where I work, we use solarwinds to monitor servers, switches and routers. We use the solarwinds SAN Profiler to monitor the SANs, and Event Sentry to log the server log files.
  4. Solarwinds/Orion
    Spiceworks

    I've used Solarwinds. I've heard good things about Spiceworks. Vast majority of companies I know use Solarwinds though. That'll be a route to investigate.
  5. retellect said:
    I was faced with a similar problem, we needed to monitor all our servers, workstations, switches, printers and bandwidth. There were a few programs that did some but not all of the above, they were expensive too. Then, out of nowhere............I found out about Spiceworks! It's great! I was expecting simple monitoring but this gave me everything, even how much ink was left in my printers.

    I Spiceworks could do just that so I thought I'd try it out and right away my workload was reduced by at least 80%! I was able to track all events of every single server and workstation. Security logs, newly installed/removed software, remaining warranty, rogue devices, status of local and network printers, available/recent updates......just too much to list!

    Other features include stuff like network mapping, a helpdesk, detailed charts and more. It good a really big user base so support is not a problem. If your manager resists "free" software, you can justify it by paying a fee to remove the ads.

    http://www.spiceworks.com/


    This is very worth checking out. Thanks a lot. Have given you a thumbsup. Should vote for Best Answer.
  6. At XZBackup we use Nagios to manage our servers. It seems to be the easiest one to modify to suit the needs of your business (this is an open source program)

    I hope that helps :-)
  7. I have heard that Spiceworks is good but I haven’t used it. Last month we downloaded a trial of Praetorian guard. Our pcs are running on Windows 7. It has event log monitoring, backup manager, inventory monitoring and other modules to choose from. I like its reporting system, it is very detailed.

    http://www.praetorianguard.net
  8. You can also use SCOM - System Center Operations Manager.
  9. we wanted to centrally monitor server & application performance and also wanted real-time event log alert. We tried mindarray (http://www.mindarraysystems.com) and seems pretty good so far. For desktop management we use spice works.

    Thanks
  10. What about Splunk? I never used it but saw it won best new product at the Networld INTEROP show in Las Vegas in 2009. Cool stuff and you should have seen the girls....Oh nevermind..
  11. Splunk is great but i'm almost positive it will be overkill for your environment. Plus it isn't cheap, so you'll need to make sure you know what your getting into and why you need Splunk if you going that route.
    +1 for spiceworks
    +1 for nagios
  12. These are really useful for me. It give me clear idea about Proactive Server Monitoring Software . Thank you
  13. Take a look at FactFinder Express. There’s a free download/30 day trial direct from the site: http://bluestripe.com/express/server-monitoring.html
  14. I'm setting something like this up right now in my lab. We're using Nagios Core. It's hard to work with, but it does what you're asking for, and it's free.
  15. Kaseya
  16. Hello All, I am joining too late….really nice and helpful post, even A very well briefly written post. People have look on http://www.woodstone.nu/salive this is also a very handy tool for server monitoring software and monitoring tools. Hope you like that.
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