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  • Hi Everyone,
    I have been looking at various monitoring tools to give me the best picture of the network and server environment.

    I have looked at Solarwinds, but it's very costly.

    I have looked at Nagios and Cacti, which seem great, but can be difficult to configure for someone who is new to it (and doesn't know Linux.)

    I manage a mid-level enterprise with approximately 30 servers and 10 sites. I have 2 servers dedicated to network management and monitoring (ready for.)

    What product is best to let me know at 2 in the morning, if a server hard drive fails, if a WAN connection fails, if the information store crashes etc.

    We have discussed MOM but don't know where to start and I don't want to write a business case for new purchases before we know what other people are doing.

    Ideally I would like to get the alert sent by email to a smart phone (Nokia or Windows Mobile.)

    Love to hear your ideas and experiences.

    Cheers.
    Aussie Tech
    Friday, October 16, 2009 2:40 PM

Answers

  • If you want application specific alerts, System Center Operations Manager is what I'd recommend. It's a bit complicated but for they types of alerts you can get it would be worth it. Also depending on the type of servers, IBM has IBM director to monitor hardware type failures.

    Mark Morowczynski|MCT| MCSE 2003:Messaging, Security|MCITP:ES, SA,EA|MCTS:Windows Mobile Admin|Security+|http://almostdailytech.com
    Friday, October 16, 2009 3:36 PM
  • Hi Aussie Tech,

    SCOM is a very good tool for application specific monitoring. Its very deep in its analysis and has packs for most MS applications.  If you are looking for a tool that blends monitoring of network devices and servers, I suggest you try dopplerVUE. dopplerVUE uses SNMP for Cisco and Dell devices (and WMI polling templates for application data on servers). Its very easy to use and reasonably priced.  

    Wikipedia has a very deep list of other product choices http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_network_monitoring_systems

    Good Luck,
    Friday, October 16, 2009 7:06 PM
  • Currently using Dell Servers and Cisco Networking equipment. Tried OpenManage and it picked up the servers but couldn't get it to email us if there was a hardware fault. It's a shame they're not as intuitive as you'd hope.
    Aussie Tech

    Hi,

    We need to configure notification in SCOM if any alert occur,it will send email to administrator.

    How to test notification settings after you configure e-mail notifications for a recipient or for a subscription in Operations Manager 2007
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/934756

    If need more help on SCOM, I recommend you to use newsgroup for Operation Managers to get relevant help.
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/opsmgr/bb839593.aspx

    Regards,
    Xiu
    • Proposed as answer by Xiu Zhang Monday, October 19, 2009 7:14 AM
    • Marked as answer by Ian - Australia Tuesday, October 20, 2009 1:13 PM
    Monday, October 19, 2009 7:13 AM

All replies

  • If you want application specific alerts, System Center Operations Manager is what I'd recommend. It's a bit complicated but for they types of alerts you can get it would be worth it. Also depending on the type of servers, IBM has IBM director to monitor hardware type failures.

    Mark Morowczynski|MCT| MCSE 2003:Messaging, Security|MCITP:ES, SA,EA|MCTS:Windows Mobile Admin|Security+|http://almostdailytech.com
    Friday, October 16, 2009 3:36 PM
  • Currently using Dell Servers and Cisco Networking equipment. Tried OpenManage and it picked up the servers but couldn't get it to email us if there was a hardware fault. It's a shame they're not as intuitive as you'd hope.
    Aussie Tech
    • Proposed as answer by KenHeller Friday, October 16, 2009 6:37 PM
    Friday, October 16, 2009 4:19 PM
  • Hi Aussie Tech,

    SCOM is a very good tool for application specific monitoring. Its very deep in its analysis and has packs for most MS applications.  If you are looking for a tool that blends monitoring of network devices and servers, I suggest you try dopplerVUE. dopplerVUE uses SNMP for Cisco and Dell devices (and WMI polling templates for application data on servers). Its very easy to use and reasonably priced.  

    Wikipedia has a very deep list of other product choices http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_network_monitoring_systems

    Good Luck,
    Friday, October 16, 2009 7:06 PM
  • Currently using Dell Servers and Cisco Networking equipment. Tried OpenManage and it picked up the servers but couldn't get it to email us if there was a hardware fault. It's a shame they're not as intuitive as you'd hope.
    Aussie Tech

    Hi,

    We need to configure notification in SCOM if any alert occur,it will send email to administrator.

    How to test notification settings after you configure e-mail notifications for a recipient or for a subscription in Operations Manager 2007
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/934756

    If need more help on SCOM, I recommend you to use newsgroup for Operation Managers to get relevant help.
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/opsmgr/bb839593.aspx

    Regards,
    Xiu
    • Proposed as answer by Xiu Zhang Monday, October 19, 2009 7:14 AM
    • Marked as answer by Ian - Australia Tuesday, October 20, 2009 1:13 PM
    Monday, October 19, 2009 7:13 AM