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Network Monitoring vendors MP's for SCOM RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello,

                 Wanted to find out which vendors MP's (Quest, Jalasoft, EMC Smarts, OpsLogix, Veeam) woud folks recommend and why  to do network monitoring of a very large network.

    Thanks.

    Tuesday, February 1, 2011 3:59 AM

Answers

  • Hi

    To be honest, in OpsMgr 2007 R2, I'd be cautious about using it network monitoring of a large number of devices. It isn't really designed as a network monitoring tool.

    The Quest toolset is mostly the old eXc modules .. it isn't the route that I would choose.

    Jalasoft is mature and does a good job if they cover the devices you want. But it isn't cheap.

    OpsLogix keeps things simple but is good at what it does. Scalability can be an issue though.

    Veeam - think they only do VMWare monitoring via the nWorks module. Very good but can be noisy and isn't cheap.

    Bridgeways are another to consider for XPlatform.

    What level of monitoring are you looking at? Just up \ down metrics or more in depth monitoring?

    What do you use at present for network monitoring? Is there a connector into OpsMgr? That might be a better solution.

    Cheers

    Graham


    View OpsMgr tips and tricks at http://systemcentersolutions.wordpress.com/
    • Proposed as answer by Nicholas Li Wednesday, February 2, 2011 7:47 AM
    • Marked as answer by Nicholas Li Monday, February 14, 2011 2:13 AM
    Tuesday, February 1, 2011 9:00 AM
  • Hi,

     

    I think this also depends on which vendor’s products you are using; and you can use more than one MPs to monitor the network.

     

    If you found they could not fit your needs, you can also author your own management pack. For management authoring, I would like to share the following with you for your reference:

     

    Authoring in Operations Manager 2007 R2

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd347527.aspx

     

    Hope this helps.

     

    Thanks.


    Nicholas Li - MSFT
    Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.
    • Marked as answer by Nicholas Li Monday, February 14, 2011 2:13 AM
    Thursday, February 3, 2011 6:25 AM
  • Try xSNMP - a free native SCOM MP for monitoring of several SNMP devices such as Cisco, Juniper, Brocade, Dell, HP, NetApp, etc..
    We're using it with SCOM 2007R2 for monitoring >500 switches using 2 low-end virtual machines (1 core / 2Gb RAM each) and it works like a charm (in combination with a SCOM powershell network devices import script).. Don't know how it scales for very large environments but it's easy to scale up with more virtual machines..

    http://xsnmp.codeplex.com/
    http://www.manage-x.net/default.aspx

     

    • Marked as answer by Graham Davies Tuesday, March 15, 2011 5:02 PM
    Monday, March 14, 2011 11:53 AM

All replies

  • Hi

    To be honest, in OpsMgr 2007 R2, I'd be cautious about using it network monitoring of a large number of devices. It isn't really designed as a network monitoring tool.

    The Quest toolset is mostly the old eXc modules .. it isn't the route that I would choose.

    Jalasoft is mature and does a good job if they cover the devices you want. But it isn't cheap.

    OpsLogix keeps things simple but is good at what it does. Scalability can be an issue though.

    Veeam - think they only do VMWare monitoring via the nWorks module. Very good but can be noisy and isn't cheap.

    Bridgeways are another to consider for XPlatform.

    What level of monitoring are you looking at? Just up \ down metrics or more in depth monitoring?

    What do you use at present for network monitoring? Is there a connector into OpsMgr? That might be a better solution.

    Cheers

    Graham


    View OpsMgr tips and tricks at http://systemcentersolutions.wordpress.com/
    • Proposed as answer by Nicholas Li Wednesday, February 2, 2011 7:47 AM
    • Marked as answer by Nicholas Li Monday, February 14, 2011 2:13 AM
    Tuesday, February 1, 2011 9:00 AM
  • They want to monitor to a great level of detail like  Latency; Duplicate MAC's / IP’; Broadcast Rate; Error Rates; Utilization; Uptime ... etc..

    Currently they are using all sorts of tools ... and would like to go to a one tool

    Tuesday, February 1, 2011 4:34 PM
  • Hi,

     

    I think this also depends on which vendor’s products you are using; and you can use more than one MPs to monitor the network.

     

    If you found they could not fit your needs, you can also author your own management pack. For management authoring, I would like to share the following with you for your reference:

     

    Authoring in Operations Manager 2007 R2

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd347527.aspx

     

    Hope this helps.

     

    Thanks.


    Nicholas Li - MSFT
    Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.
    • Marked as answer by Nicholas Li Monday, February 14, 2011 2:13 AM
    Thursday, February 3, 2011 6:25 AM
  • Try xSNMP - a free native SCOM MP for monitoring of several SNMP devices such as Cisco, Juniper, Brocade, Dell, HP, NetApp, etc..
    We're using it with SCOM 2007R2 for monitoring >500 switches using 2 low-end virtual machines (1 core / 2Gb RAM each) and it works like a charm (in combination with a SCOM powershell network devices import script).. Don't know how it scales for very large environments but it's easy to scale up with more virtual machines..

    http://xsnmp.codeplex.com/
    http://www.manage-x.net/default.aspx

     

    • Marked as answer by Graham Davies Tuesday, March 15, 2011 5:02 PM
    Monday, March 14, 2011 11:53 AM
  • Hopefully more information will come out at next week's MMS2011 event about what SCOM 2012's going to have in the way of native network device monitoring support.

    Monday, March 14, 2011 12:12 PM