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GFI launches "affordable" SME Network Server Monitor

  • 04 December, 2003 15:05

<p>Leading European messaging and content security specialist GFI has launched a simple to use, low cost Network Server Monitor aimed directly at the Asia Pacific SME market.</p>
<p>GFI Network Server Monitor automatically monitors the network and servers for failures, and allows administrators to identify and fix issues before users report them. Unlike competing products, however, it is simple to use, enabling administrators to monitor their networks within an hour of installing it.</p>
<p>It is also inexpensive: a license for unlimited monitoring of all workstations and servers in a network costs just $A1190 while a five-server monitoring license costs just $A640.</p>
<p>SYDNEY: 4 December 2003 - GFI has introduced GFI Network Server Monitor, a tool that automatically monitors the network and servers for failures, and allows administrators to identify and fix issues before users report them. Alerts can be sent by email, pager or SMS. Actions, such as rebooting a machine, restarting a service or running a script, can be done automatically. GFI Network Server Monitor is easy to set up and use, and is competitively priced.</p>
<p>Easier to use than traditional network monitoring products
Although there are several network monitoring tools on the market, GFI Network Server Monitor stands out because of its ease of use; its intuitive rules interface makes monitoring a network child's play. With GFI Network Server Monitor, administrators can monitor their network within an hour of installing it. By comparison, conventional network monitoring programs are complex to install and have a steep learning curve.</p>
<p>Automatically sends alerts via email/pager/SMS and takes corrective action
When it detects a failure, GFI Network Server Monitor can send alerts via SMS, pager, email or a network message. After an unexpected condition has occurred, GFI Network Server Monitor can automatically correct the problem by restarting a service (or multiple services) upon failure; rebooting a server; or launching an executable, batch job or VBScript.</p>
<p>Includes out-of-the-box checks to monitor all aspects of a network
GFI Network Server Monitor includes checks for:</p>
<p>Exchange Server 2000/2003 - Checks the status of an Exchange Server by monitoring critical Exchange services and performance counters (Information Store, mailboxes, SMTP service, etc)
All popular database servers (SQL/ORACLE/ODBC) - Natively checks the availability of all leading database applications, including Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle and others via OBDC
HTTP, FTP, SMTP, POP3, IMAP servers - Checks for availability and ensures that the servers are responding correctly
Windows servers and workstations, UNIX/Linux and Novell - Monitors Windows, UNIX/Linux and Novell platforms
Processes, services and CPU usage - Enables the checking of critical processes, services and CPU usage on local and remote computers
Users, groups and other Active Directory information - Monitors Active Directory information such as group membership of the domain admins group, and the addition of new members; also checks user accounts (locked out, disabled, etc), computer accounts and so on
Remote event logs - Scans Windows event logs on local or remote computers and looks for specific event sources, categories and IDs, as well as for patterns in the event description
SNMP devices - Monitors all devices that support SNMP, such as routers, switches and wireless access points
Disk and file - Performs directory size and disk space monitoring, checks physical hard disk status and authenticates file size and file existence.
Custom monitor functions using VBscript and RCH
Although GFI Network Server Monitor includes an extensive set of default monitoring functions, custom checks can be added by writing a VBscript (Windows) or a RCH shell script (UNIX). From VBscript, WMI and ADSI functions can be used. WMI is an interface to a broad range of hardware/software/OS-related properties of a computer, allowing users to perform almost any check. ADSI is an interface to Active Directory. The GFI Network Server Monitor website lists a number of sample scripts, and others are continuously added to the site (more information is available at</p>

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