Reviews

Reviewing the Latest OpenNMS Horizon v18 Enhancements.

By Steve Occhiogrosso on December 26, 2016

When I think of OpenNMS, the term ‘Underdog’ comes to mind. If you have done any research on Horizon the first fact you will discover will be that the product is free. Unlike many other network management suites, Horizon follows an OpenSource model with product advancements being driven primarily by its user community, similar to any […]

What’s new in Manage Engine OpManager v12

By Steve Occhiogrosso on November 15, 2016

The most important aspect of network management suite is how complete the solution is, after all network management has evolved to something much more than performance management and simple Up/Down status reporting. This is where OpManager v12 has stepped up its game, with version 12 of OpManager ManageEngine has went ahead and made OpManager v12 […]

Building network maps with Intermapper

By Steve Occhiogrosso on October 24, 2016

I will need to admit, when I first the interface for Intermapper I was skeptical about the tool. However, after I spent some time to see what the application can do I have to admit that I was genuinely impressed. Compared to other Network Management Systems Intermapper seems to forgo the flashy exterior for a […]

Let’s monitor the network with What’s Up Gold 2017

By Steve Occhiogrosso on October 10, 2016

I know it’s not quite 2017 yet, but it’s close enough right? The newest version of WUG has been dubbed What’s Up Gold 2017 which was just released this past June, and it is definitely quite the overhaul from its previous version. To highlight a few of the new features: Native Hyper-V monitoring for virtualized […]

SolarWinds NetPath vs Traceroute – The power of visualizing networks!

By Steve Occhiogrosso on August 24, 2016

Networking technologies never stop advancing, and luckily neither do our troubleshooting tools. With the latest release of SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor version 12 a new tool has been introduced: NetPath. I remember seeing NetPath over a year ago at Cisco Live 2015 in San Diego, back then it wasn’t a finished product but I remember […]

Review: 3 Reasons You Need SolarWinds NPM v12

By DAVID VARNUM, CCIE, VCP, MCSE+ on June 6, 2016

As a long-time user of SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM), I was quite excited to review the latest 12.0 release of the NPM product. The new features add immense value to the already-robust management suite, validating its recent champion ranking in our 2016 Network Management Software Smackdown. New features and improvements: – Brand new UI – NetPath […]

Wireshark Tool Overview

By NMS Admin on May 5, 2016

Many of us know Wireshark as a free and powerful protocol analyzer, allowing us to capture and analyze traffic when we need to and where we need to. Wireshark is great in the way of flexibility especially with its recent v2.0 release. Newly reformed UI Enhanced correlation with TCP Analysis between protocols, eg. when choosing an ACK Packet we see […]

Five Great Patch Management Tools

By NMS Admin on April 26, 2016

New OS and software vulnerabilities are constantly being identified. Battles with bugs and defects are endless. New features and capabilities mean progress, and progress doesn’t stop. What does this all mean for the common IT Administrator? Patching, patching, patching. With this onslaught of constant patch releases for Operating Systems and Applications, how can you protect […]

Top 10 Enterprise Active Directory Tools

By NMS Admin on April 19, 2016

Active Directory is at the heart of most Enterprise networks, and along with that comes the expectation that this heart must beat.  Although the capabilities built-in to Active Directory are supreme, they’re also crude and cumbersome, lacking automation, role-based security and web-based administration, often consuming more time than you have to give.  Auditing an Active […]

Top 5 Recommended Packet Sniffers

By NMS Admin on March 1, 2016

If you have worked in IT as a network administrator for any length of time you know one nearly universal truth: when something is not working the first people to check with is the network team.  As much as we hate to admit it,  we understand it.  The network, as the backbone of every organization, […]

Review: HP Intelligent Management Center (IMC)

By David Davis, CCIE, VMware vExpert on May 29, 2014

  Enterprises of all size need quality, dependable, flexible, powerful, and extensible network management software but, over the years, most enterprises have struggled to find it. Traditional network management software offered only element management for the network and typically managed only a specific vendor’s hardware, with more advanced network troubleshooting being left to advanced tools […]

Network Management Software Buyer’s Guide

By Aaron Leskiw, CCDA, CCNA, MCSE, ITILv3, MCSA, A+ on August 30, 2013

Network management systems range from free, open‐source tools, to complex and pricey applications. Balancing the trade‐offs between price, features, and user preference can be challenging. To help with this challenge, Networkmanagementsoftware.com conducted a comparative study. Six different solutions were reviewed: Open NMS®, SolarWinds, WhatsUpGold, Dartware, ManageEngine®, and Apparent Networks Pathview Cloud. Download the Network Management Buyer’s […]

Review: SolarWinds Network Topology Mapper

By Aaron Leskiw, CCDA, CCNA, MCSE, ITILv3, MCSA, A+ on April 8, 2013

LANSurveyor diagrams and maps your entire network automatically. But does it really work? Check out our full LANSurveyor review…

Three Free Network Tools Every Admin Needs

By Aaron Leskiw, CCDA, CCNA, MCSE, ITILv3, MCSA, A+ on November 5, 2012

If you’re like most admins, sometimes you need a specialized tool to troubleshoot a tough problem. But what if you don’t have full NMS systems and application management suites at your business? Some companies, like SolarWinds for example, offer mini-versions of their network management systems for free. Free apps let you test-drive the technology behind […]

Review: SolarWinds VOIP and Network Quality Manager 4.0

By Aaron Leskiw, CCDA, CCNA, MCSE, ITILv3, MCSA, A+ on November 5, 2012

IT departments deploying Voice-over-IP (VOIP) are faced with a problem: How do they deliver traditional telephone quality and reliability, over a mixed, IP-based network with many applications competing for bandwidth? Quality of Service (QOS) can help manage bandwidth, and traditional network management tools can provide performance metrics. But, wouldn’t it be nice to have the […]