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The kronos video contest heats up!

With less than a month to go a couple of new creative videos have just gone up! Of course I want everyone to vote for mine 🙂 http://videocontest.kronos.com/kickapps/_Kronsters-Inc/video/258026/34016.html

But I must say that I like this frog one http://videocontest.kronos.com/kickapps/_KRONOS-FROGS/video/276297/34016.html?b=

and this caveman one http://videocontest.kronos.com/kickapps/_Life-Before-Kronos/video/285971/34016.html?b=

What do you think? Does kronsters inc. still stand up to the competition! Get out and vote! 🙂

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This scares me

http://www.iloveegg.com/egg_english.htm

The Dude is awesome! (Network Monitoring)

This review does such a good job I don’t have anything to add!

http://4sysops.com/archives/review-the-dude-30-the-best-free-network-monitoring-tool-i-have-ever-tried/

The dude …. get it here http://www.mikrotik.com/thedude.php

The dangers of virtualizing part 3 (I think)

So we virtualized our exchange 2003 server and let me tell you it has been great! Being able to vmotion that sucker anywhere we want is the greatest thing ever since sliced bread with a cherry on top! During the virtualization though, we had to decide on how much of our very expensive SAN we wanted to dedicate to our lame o email server. We looked at our DB and decided to give it quite a bit of room to grow and then called it good. The moral of the story though… now that I’m trying to restore some accidentally deleted emails I fire up my nifty Recovery Storage Group (Man it is much nicer than trying to restore exchange 5.5) anyways…. yeah you guessed it… we didn’t leave enough space  😦 so now I get to add another virtual harddrive to our exchange server so we can do a restore…

This game is EVIL

http://fantasticcontraption.com/

Network monitoring: Zenoss, SpiceWorks, Nagios, and Hyperic

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I’m back on my monitoring comparison kick 🙂 This time around I’m going to compare

  • zenoss 2.2.3
  • hyperic 3.2.3
  • SpiceWorks 3.0.2
  • and Nagios 2.3.1 IT Groundwork Monitor Architect 1.0

(All of them except for SpiceWorks are VMware versions.)

Ok starting with SpiceWorks:

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Installation: Super Easy!     It doesn’t get any easier than this! Click next, next, done.

Platform: Server runs on windows only, can monitor Windows, Linux, Unix, OSx

What do I like about it? The whole system is geared to getting you up to speed as absolutely quickly as possible. It has a really nice looking presentation layer. The SpiceWorks community is growing and very helpful. I really like not having to install any clients on anything! Spiceworks does everything through WMI so if you have an account that can access the remote computer, you can monitor it. Software inventory, Anti-virus status, and more it really keeps tabs on a lot of stuff. Event view consolidation is very cool! And knowing how much ink is my printers! This is great stuff! I’m corny but I even dig the spicemeter! The reporting is also very flexible and very useful!

A day in the life of a SpiceWorks Install: Download it, create my user (What if I don’t want to be a member of the community??? hmmm, plus I start recieveing SpiceWorks digests of the ‘community’ luckily I have found the info useful or I would call foul!) It auto detects the local subnet for my first scan. With my first scan done on my ‘My Spiceworks’ page I am pleasantly surprised with this graph (Names hidden to protect the guilty 🙂

That was pretty useful.

What I don’t like: It reminds me of Vista…. sometimes the graphics, although very pretty, start to get in my way. What do I mean? If I go to my inventory, and then click on my ‘Workstations’ I get

What you might notice is that I have really pretty pictures… but I can’t see the full name of the computer without hovering over it. This just irritates me. I want a plain and simple list view of my comptuters. I know I can click on the ‘view in browse mode’ but then I have to dial down. When I’m in the inventory, I want to see and be able to get to a computer as quick as possible!

I can live without knowing what manufacturer made my stuff, and the trouble ticket system is OK. I am irritated by duplicate entries for a single computer that are showing up in the inventory! I see people talking about how this is supposedly going to be fixed in a service pack so I am patiently waiting!

One thing that I would like to see is some uptime graphs. All of the other NM software pretty much eats, breathes and sleeps uptime graphs.

I wanted to make a simple rule to email me if a server is down… so in order to do this I need to create a group, then add the machine to the group, and then create the rule. I was able to easily create a group, but then finding where to add a machine to the group was difficult. Why can’t I click on a group and add devices to it from that screen? Anyways I finally found that if you click on a device and then click the edit button on the lower pane that you can change the group. (At first it didn’t work so I had to close the browser and open it again)

Stability: So far seems pretty stable, I have had to close and restart the browser a couple of times and also had to restart the computer it was on once.

Overall: SpiceWorks isn’t really a NMS per se… so a compairson to the others maybe somewhat apples to oranges. What SpiceWorks does, for the most part it does excellently! To get real time monitoring and alerts you we need to implement something else though. For everything else, there’s SpiceWorks 🙂 (I have started investigating The Dude in combination with http://www.softstack.com/freesmtp.html as a backup email pathway)

I have really gotten sidetracked with ‘The Dude’ but up next Zenoss!