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ServersCheck 7.0: The Right Tool for the Job?

ServersCheck 7.0 Welcome Screen

ServersCheck is a powerful monitoring product that allows IT administrators to keep tabs on server and overall infrastructure health.

To get started, click on the Start Configuration wizard option.

You can download a free, 15-day trial of ServersCheck from TechRepublic's Software Library.

By Scott Lowe

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Since 1994, Scott Lowe has been providing technology solutions to a variety of organizations. After spending 10 years in multiple CIO roles, Scott is now an independent consultant, blogger, author, owner of The 1610 Group, and a Senior IT Executive w...

17 comments
femijumo
femijumo

I need to know more of this.It will be a relevant tool for me. Thank for keeping me informed.

tsgthenrik
tsgthenrik

I did a lot of research and tried a lot of products before selecting Tembria Server Monitor for our company. We are very satisfied with it, and it monitors not only servers, but workstations too. Came in very handy when I had to find out who did and did not have the time zone update!

hodgese
hodgese

While people are making product suggestions... I like PA Server Monitor. It's great for Windows servers (I can't speak for other OS's or devices), and is the simplest to set up that I could find. http://www.poweradmin.com/servermonitor/

bgeorge
bgeorge

Enterpise version gives you upto 5000 checks on any equipement snmp enabled. Nix checks and just about any Windows check you can think of. Customizable web based reporting system. Unbelievible product and community support. Product Additions and bugs fixed in hours not weeks. Can checks local and remote locations. Price - a few hundred bucks for Enterpise - not thousand. www.woodstone.nu/salive - I've been using it for about 3 years now. Wouldn't move to anything else.

dbryce
dbryce

In relation to monitoring workstations: what are the limitation in regards to the Operating system? Many of these monitoring application have a problem with XP home systems. (Debating whether XP Home has a place in the business environment is a different topic). Is there a central dashboard that will allow you to manage several unique locations?

sylvain.drapeau
sylvain.drapeau

We use Tembria Server Monitor also and are very happy with it. It's a lot of work to set up at first but the possibilities are limitless. The problem is it seems to slow our network to a crawl when it's working. Don't you have that problem also? On what kind of hardware did you install it? Thanks!

jwmaddox3
jwmaddox3

After a long search I finally found ipMonitor (http://www.ipmonitor.com) for my company. We monitor several hundred servers and network switches with ease. The NOC view is one of the best features I have seen to get a visual status of your systems. ipMonitor is all web 2.0 based (no fat clients anywhere!), very fast, completely stable after adding in 2,000+ monitors(which really helped sell the product to us), and priced well within range of our IT Group. I called support several times during testing and after implementation and always spoke immediately to a live person (no recordings) in North America, and had my question(s) answered each call.

mhorlandi
mhorlandi

I am using PRTG Traffic Grapher and we have very good results monitoring traffic between LANs . Also I have IP Check Server Monitor to check devices such as routers, servers and printers. Marcelo

alan.meeks
alan.meeks

If you want something that will work in both a Windows and Unix environment, take a look at Nimbus from NimSoft. It will handle everything that IPMonitor will and includes fully configurable single and rolling thresholds (calculated statistical values), excellent alert and service reporting, and a calendar feature that lets you set filters for alerts even months in advance for scheduled testing or maintenance.

namhwng
namhwng

look good but I still prefer NetOpManager 6.0 with free version can monitor up to 20 nodes (based on SMNP & WMIC)

MarvinH
MarvinH

Overall, the product appears to have quite a few good features. However, I was disappointed to see that remote management uses a standard (http) connection rather than a secure connection (https). While not every user has a network analyzer (e.g. Wireshark) capturing network traffic, there is some security risk. This might be an issue for highly secure environments....

Double DeBo
Double DeBo

I am looking for more monitoring capabilities though. Specifically: 5 Servers 120 Workstations without having to install client software. Do scheduled audits of hardware and software on the network.

christopher.ramey
christopher.ramey

This is probably a stupid question, but where can I get NetOp Manager 6.0? I can't find it on their website.

flrice
flrice

NetOp version 6.0 was originally released in 2000 and is no longer available. NetOp currently is at version 9.0 and includes a lot of more enhancements and improvements then version 6.0 which was the first 32bit version released by NetOp.