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Anyone use a Linux box to monitor Windows?

By TomSal ·
I was asked to find a Linux utility (hopefully VERY cheap or FREE) that will monitor our Windows network -- mem usage, uptime reporting, disk caching, etc.

Does such a thing exist? If so where do I get it and how much?


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by jmgarvin In reply to Anyone use a Linux box to ...

Are you asking for a network monitor, a client monitor, or a server monitor.

It sounds like you want monitors on the clients????

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Server Monitor

by TomSal In reply to Clarify

"They" (our pseudo CIO and another tech) are looking for a Linux box with a good solid low cost to free app for monitoring Windows servers.

Why do you ask, don't we just use a Windows app to monitor Windows servers -- we've looked at several and we get "too expensive" as the reply to anything over $500 basically (I know its sad).

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Not free but Netware will do that....DOH!

by Oz_Media In reply to Anyone use a Linux box to ...

Sorry, I think you are referrng to a MS network aren't you.

Novell Linux does that out of the box, monitor, update, manage as many MS servers, Windows desktops, Linux desktops, XD2 desktops etc. as you can cable.

You know I simply couldn't resist.

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LOL...Thanks bro

by TomSal In reply to Not free but Netware will ...

UGH there's that evil Novell word

Actually it was funny I mentioned Novell to the group here and the lead developer (the biggest Microsoft fanboy I ever met in my entire none, this includes folks I read about in trade looked like his eyes were gonna pop out his skull.

ahhh...the things that amuse me....

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Glad you saw the humour

by Oz_Media In reply to LOL...Thanks bro

Many times with issues like this, people get frustrated before even posting about it. I was wondering how you'd take it, then realized...hey it's TomSal!

"Another Prophet of Disaster
Who says the ship is lost,
Another Prophet of Disaster
Leaving you to count the cost.
Taunting us with Visions,
Afflicting us with fear,
Predicting War for millions,
In the hope that one appears.

No point asking when it is,
No point asking who's to go,
No point asking what's the game,
No point asking who's to blame."

Die with your boots on Tom!

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More info pls.

by rapt0r In reply to Anyone use a Linux box to ...

I'll recommend Big Brother and Nagios. Both are excellent packages for server monitoring.

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by apotheon In reply to More info pls.

Nagios is great. It's definitely worth looking into for your organization. There are also a number of command-line utilities that are tied into any number of different graphical front-ends that can be used to monitor specific aspects of network activity.

Look into utilities like netcat, snort, and nmap, for instance. Nagios will definitely appeal to the GUI-centric Windows crowd, and can be monitored through a browser, but there's nothing like the cool factor of using a utility (nmap) that Trinity was seen using in the Matrix. Heh.

You might also look into ettercap, ethereal, mrtg, netstat (great for quick initial diagnostics), nettop, netwatch, ntop, sniffit, tcpdump (particularly effective if run on a Linux-based proxy server, gateway, or firewall, through which all other system traffic must pass to reach the outside world), psad, and tripwire.

There's entirely too much to say about all these different applications and application suites to go into it in any detail here, but with quick Google searches you can get the details you need to make a reasonably intelligent decision about what to learn and use. All of these should be freely available with any major Linux distribution.

For your purposes, in your circumstances (speaking to the original poster here), I definitely recommend Nagios, as rapt0r suggests. It can make use of a fair number of plugins to expand functionality, and is pretty straightforward to use when you've got it running on your network.

Best o' luck.

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I third Nagios

by jmgarvin In reply to agreed

You'll have the best of all worlds with it and it is pretty beefy.

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More tools

by rapt0r In reply to agreed

If you decide to use nagios, add on snort, netcat, nmap, nessus, ethereal, and mrtg to the box to get a real "toolbox" for your network. These are excellent apps for peeking into the etherworld.

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just a tiny thought

by vitamind In reply to More tools

why not use something along the lines of backtrack? or one of the many other very simple yet very effective pre-built Linux-Based OSes?

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