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Network Monitoring Software?

by lyng / February 19, 2007 9:37 AM PST

Hi. I have been asked to research some network monitoring tools for the organisation I work for. e.g. Network traffic, what users are accessing on the net, emails that come in etc. "Big Brother" stuff I guess. As this is well out of my usual area, I'm not sure where to begin researching on what is available. I only know there would be software out there to do all/some of these tasks.

The network has about 60 computer users and has been growing rapidly. Currently it is "free for all" regarding net usage and emails.

There has recently been a server upgrade and this organisation now has 3 servers, one for files, one for applications and Exchange Server and another for a specific database. The windows on the servers are two with Server 2003 and one with Exchange Server 2003. Any help/ideas would be greatly appreciated on where I could start looking and researching the benefits of different software.


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Have you looked at Unicenter by CA?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 20, 2007 12:22 AM PST
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Already developed solution
by alexbz / March 4, 2007 8:42 PM PST

Lyn, we have developed such solution and have it for sale now. The solution includes a kernel mode driver for Win2K/WinXP and user mode module. Our solution is suitable to building firewalls, traffic analyzer/monitoring tools, traffic counters etc. On this solution we have done several products.

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Network Monitoring Software
by yoorix / April 17, 2007 11:13 PM PDT

I would recommend Advanced Host Monitor
Really usefull monitoring tool with simple interface, flexible alert profiles and customizable reporting engine. I have been monitoring over 2000 servers in several networks using HostMonitor and I am fully satisfied with it.

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Wouldn't go near them. Here's why.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 17, 2007 11:20 PM PDT

Look over that web site and you can't tell what country they are in. No street address, city, country, phone number.

This omission reeks of what a scam site would omit.

Maybe they need to rethink that.


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Almost found it...
by entrecon / September 25, 2007 1:35 AM PDT

If you look at the Phone/Mail order page you see the customer service information:

A quick look would make you think that these are the locations for the software company, but instead it is an outsourced customer service center.

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One suggestion
by outlines / September 17, 2007 7:50 AM PDT


I've run across a number of network monitoring solutions out there. One of the resources that I've come across is the SolarWinds products.

They were very effective for network discovery, management and monitoring.

The "Orion" product looks good, and it comes with a number of addons as well.

Hope your search goes well.

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Network Perfomance Monitor Software
by mohanpri / March 6, 2009 8:18 PM PST
In reply to: One suggestion

yeah, solarwinds products doing good. They are now offering free 30 days trial for their software. Check it out

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Start with web content filtering and a email/spam filter
by jonsnetwork / March 7, 2009 11:54 AM PST

Part of your solution requires a web content filter. For organizations your size, I would recommend St. Bernard's iPrism or The Sophos WS1000, but there are many others. You also need an email filter and that is really hard to prescribe without knowing your preference of time vs money and also how much monitoring of email you need to do. You can get an appliance to manage in your own rack. e.g. Ironport or Sophos ES or you can do a managed service with someone like MXLogic.

Feel free to contact me if you have other questions.

Jon Robinson

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