Reviews

2 Multipurpose NetFlow Analysis Tools

By Steve Occhiogrosso on September 6, 2017

Knowing the health of your network devices is important and is a good first step when monitoring for network health. However, sometimes that is not enough and you need to take your monitoring to the next level and monitor the actual traffic flowing through the infrastructure. Analyzing flow data opens up an entirely new level of visibility […]

Monitor Your Entire Infrastructure With Paeslers PRTG 17

By Steve Occhiogrosso on March 13, 2017

First thing I am going to admit, is that that PRTG has certainly come a long way. I remember using this monitoring tool years ago a few jobs ago and it was not the same tool it is today. If I had to describe PRTG in one world it would be holistic, this network management […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Review: SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer 3.10.0

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

As networks get busier, they also tend to get slower. Trends like increased use of cloud services, bring-your-own-device (BYOD), video and VOIP all create incremental stress and pressure on the network. BYOD can also introduce challenges like increased use of photo and video sharing, and peer-to-peer traffic. Upgrading networks can be very costly, and usually […]

DameWare – So Good it Should be Mandatory

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

There are a small number of tools out there that, once used, become so indispensible that you can’t live without them. DameWare makes such a tool. Yes, it’s that good – read on and you’ll see why. What is DameWare? DameWare (part of the SolarWinds family of products) built their reputation on two products: NT Utilities, and […]

IP Address Management Bake-Off: Infoblox, Bluecat & SolarWinds

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

Most network admins still manage IP addresses the old way – using spreadsheets that are stored on shared drives, and updated if everyone remembers when they should. The Excel spreadsheet method is rife with hassles: small mistakes compound over time, duplicate IP addresses get assigned, machines are retired and IP space is wasted. It’s such […]