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Spiceworks Network Monitor

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Spiceworks has become a staple in the world of many IT professionals. A free network inventory, help desk and management tool, its evolution has progressed to become a serious contender to even the best of paid solutions. But Spiceworks has a new tool out there, the Spiceworks Network Monitor.

The Spiceworks Network Monitor allows network administrators to have a very simple, near real-time overview of their networks. What I like the best ? The setup and configuration is SIMPLE. You install the application, log into it and add your devices. For Windows servers and operating systems, all you need to provide are login credentials. For switches and other networking devices, all you need to input into the Spiceworks Network Monitor is the SNMP information.

I’ve personally used various different network monitoring tools. PRTG, SolarWinds, Nagios, etc. Many of them are great tools, but to be honest, for an IT professional that is responsible for multiple different networks (I’m an MSP / IT Services Provider, not an IT department of a large corporation), just about all of these other options are time consuming to implement, and are mostly too costly for my clients. With that in mind, the Spiceworks Network Monitor is the best of all worlds. It’s easy to setup, easy to configure, and is completely free, at least in a monetary sense.

Spiceworks continues to set the bar very high for other software solution providers. Anyone who needs to have visibility into their networks and doesn’t have the time / budget to setup a complex system, I highly recommend giving Spiceworks Network Monitor a try.

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Martin Lehner

Martin Lehner is an technology professional working for an IT services firm in Whitehorse, Yukon (Canada). He has been working in the technology field for over a decade. With a degree in Business Admin and numerous industry certifications, Martin leads a team of IT professionals that provide third party support for clients. Originally starting a company to offer web development services, Martin quickly realized that clients wanted the entire spectrum of technology services. When Martin is not at work (which is not often, since his company offers 24/7 support), he is busy at home spending time with his family.

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