Two weeks ago, a reader asked:
I would very much like to hear from other tool users and read an appraisal of current monitoring/management tools. I have used what was Patrol, Ecotools/Server Vantage and Oracle's Enterprise Manager whilst another internal area uses HP Openview. None of these seem to be quite the tool.
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Any input from others would assist with decision making as to a path or paths to take.
Russell Gairns, a Systems Administrator at D'Orsogna Ltd, replied:
You could try OSSIM, ( http://www.ossim.net/ ) an open source IDS and network monitoring system based on Debian Etch and custom a bunch of self developed tools. Ok, so maybe you need to do a bit of work setting it up ( doing the configs for the apps) and it does run under Linux (fine by me, not sure about the point and click brigade) but a bit of work and tinkering can lead to a system that is highly customisable to your needs. There is also a Vmware version that has a base setup and works pretty much well out of the box. I've been playing with it for about a month now and am getting some pretty good results.
Thanks for that Russel!
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