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What are the best tools for monitoring and troubleshooting my network?

See what monitoring and troubleshooting tools are best for your Exchange server, Windows 2003 servers and network, in this Q&A with security expert Puneet Mehta.

What are the best tools for monitoring and troubleshooting the Exchange server, Windows 2003 servers and the network?

A good network monitoring tool performs three basic jobs: monitor how things are going, alert administrators when things go wrong, and automatically correct problems whenever possible. Depending on the size of your network infrastructure, there are different monitoring tools available. Some enterprise-level management products available are the following:

  • Computer Associates Unicenter
  • HP OpenView
  • IBM Tivoli
  • Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM)
Other suites available in this category are as follows:
  • The Argent Guardian
  • NetIQ AppManager Suite
  • Heroix eQ Management Suite
  • OpManager
If you are looking for an Open Source solution for network monitoring, try Nagios or Hobbit.

This was first published in March 2007

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