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Whats the best Network Management software (NMS)?

By gavinjinks ·
Hi guys,
Im a 3rd year degree student and for my thesis (dissertation) I'm investigating whether open source NMS software is suitable for most networks, or better than proprietary alternatives...

I have so far studied exactly what a NMS is, and what is expected of a good NMS.

I have downloaded and used SpiceWorks which seems great, but wondered if any body out there has used any other NMS's (open source or proprietary) and are willing to give me a brief review of your experiences?

I am most interested in hearing from people who have used openNMS, Nagios, Zenoss and other multi-platform solutions. I am also interested to find reviews on proprietary solutions as it seems this area is dominated by open source software.

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network management

by njcsamuels In reply to Whats the best Network Ma ...

i've tried spiceworks, but have had less luck. many scan errors appear during scheduled scans. however, scans ok on manual scans. bah! also its web ui is bloated and slow.

I guess we've mainly used Active Directory for most network management. Group policy, login scripts, remote access, dhcp.

I'm trying to get to trying service desk plus soon. manageengine com

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Used many tools, there is no 'best' as it's all about what you need

by robo_dev In reply to Whats the best Network Ma ...

It also depends on who is supporting the stuff, as some tools need a Unix guru, and some do not. Some tools cost a fortune, and some do not.

I have used generic NMS systems such as Splunk, EMC Smarts, and some excellent ones like ManageEngine NetFlow with good success, keep in mind that there is ALWAYS the need to also have the vendor-specific tools such as CiscoWorks, HP OpenView, IBM Tivoli, etc.

Part of the confusion is that there are soooo many of these systems:
http://www.slac.stanford.edu/xorg/nmtf/nmtf-tools.html

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fit for purpose

by gavinjinks In reply to Whats the best Network Ma ...

Thanks guys, it seems that alot of the software or tools created are fit for purpose, as njcsamuels says it depens what is needed.

Am I right in saying, that SNMP is the predominant protocol used accross most tools, other than ping of course?

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