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Mission accomplished! Thank you for joining us for the first ever SolarWinds Free Tool Brack-IT-Ology.

Win or lose you are all a part of our dream team!

thwack Monthly Mission - February 2016

 

Mission recap survey & questions:

 

Free trials & Free tools:

Manage IT from top to bottom with SolarWinds free trials & tools.

Free Trials

Fully Functional, 30-Day Trial

Free Tools

Limited Functions, 100% Forever Free

Bandwidth Analyzer Pack (BAP)

 

                       

Network Analyzer & Bandwidth Monitoring Bundle (NABMB)

 

                      

Server & Application Monitor (SAM)

 

                      

SolarWinds Admin Bundle for Active Directory

 

                      

Database Performance Analyzer (DPA)

 

                      

Database Performance Analyzer Free (DPAF)

 

                      

Log & Event Manager (LEM)

 

                      

Event Log Consolidator (ELC)

 

                      

 

Mission accomplished!  Don’t forget to join us for our next mission starting March 7th!

thwack Monthly Mission - March 2016

This round had us all on the edge of our seats as we hovered around our monitors waiting for the winner to be declared.

It was down to the wire, almost too close to call! The mission clock ticked down the final seconds.. "Do you believe in miracles?! YES!"

 

The champion of our Free tool Brack-IT-Ology is... Network Analyzer & Bandwidth Monitoring Bundle (NABMB)!

 

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See below for the championship round highlights & read the more in-depth explanation below.

 

 

NABMB V SW Admin Bundle for Active Directory

Winner of Champion Round: NABMB

SW Admin Bundle for Active Directory held its own throughout the entire battle but in the end its inability to monitor Active Directory and related applications caused for it to come up short against the champion NABMB!

 

Need a powerful tool to monitor Active Directory and a whole lot more?

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor (SAM), can proactively monitor Active Directory performance and related application components like SQL, Microsoft® Exchange, and the underlying hardware health.

Download a free 30-day trial of SAM today!

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Championship winner – Network Analyzer & Bandwidth Monitoring Bundle wins the championship!

We think no free tool really had a chance, given that this free tool is actually a bundle of two of our most popular networking free tools: Real-time Bandwidth Monitor and Real-time Netflow Analyzer.Our NABMB free tool combines the power of both to monitor interface bandwidth utilization for a single device, and capture and record up to 60 minutes of NetFlow in a single flow enabled router.

 

Power Up for Comprehensive Network Bandwidth Analysis & Performance Monitoring! Need to monitor traffic on more than one device or capture flow data for greater than 60 minutes? Bandwidth Analyzer Pack (BAP) combines SolarWinds award-winning Network Performance Monitor and NetFlow Traffic Analyzer in a single download to give you side-by-side network fault, performance and traffic monitoring in a single pane of glass.

Download a BAP free trial today!

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These videos apply to Orion Platform v2015, including NPM 11.5 and SAM 6.2.3.When playing the video, click the CC button on the bottom right of the video screen, and select your language of choice.

 

Video NameLink
Installing Network Performance Monitorhttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/XmeNs9uUgCnG9up8F8jcwT
Navigating the Web Consolehttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/1wFbQEEujrHSSoG3RHvXxC 
Managing Discovery Jobs and Performancehttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/DvVX4AcGQU1wuR498SbBaY
Adding Nodes Manuallyhttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/yE8suXsiG2fjdqmmhpLndu
Creating a new viewhttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/TjG79mED6253sovaq6cLdh
Adding and Customizing Resourceshttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/hfPc37T9DXtUokj2io3qXB
Adding Maps to a Viewhttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/BHSvjFq5ww6KdX6b2WRE8C
Adding View Limitationshttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/LcqtLxxAwg7ewbuRKwUYpi
Adding a New User Accounthttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/xyWYsAFnXW3hVdJHX46Enh
Account Permissions and Limitationshttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/kH259y1cLvkbZvTJCg8y35
Managing Existing Alertshttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/nVm1rcnNSEVsSAP5Ebv7WG
Adding a New Alerthttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/ewtJR6vBDwxNbRNsfq1hQY
Understanding Trigger Logic Conditionhttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/SekKNJZDooa3x7ccDXBtpn
Configuring Advanced Alert Optionshttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/XTcZ9uazS6i2hVWQGWkNnE
Understanding Reset Logic Conditionhttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/SutfazBKGRPvgCQUZFeqJj
Alert Scheduleshttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/HDxByuGJpdFjD1H69vFmJ9
Introduction to Object Discoveryhttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/KxZAKiNmx9EQG8gebST5xJ
Running a Network Discoveryhttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/ct6xf6Uk6n2A42NijxeGwL
Scheduled Discovery Resultshttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/ebvARFx3CH58oN72mwzS3o
Creating and Modifying Menu Barshttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/nbbHk1tg8XWrSAFF61uWqq
Creating a NOC Viewhttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/p6Uf5wt3eWVWf91cYYu7RS

These videos apply to Orion Platform v2015, including NPM 11.5 and SAM 6.2.3.When playing the video, click the CC button on the bottom right of the video screen, and select your language of choice.

  

Video NameLink
Installing Network Performance Monitor http://embed.vidyard.com/share/XmeNs9uUgCnG9up8F8jcwT
Navigating the Web Consolehttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/1wFbQEEujrHSSoG3RHvXxC 
Managing Discovery Jobs and Performancehttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/DvVX4AcGQU1wuR498SbBaY
Adding Nodes Manuallyhttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/yE8suXsiG2fjdqmmhpLndu
Creating a new viewhttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/TjG79mED6253sovaq6cLdh
Adding and Customizing Resourceshttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/hfPc37T9DXtUokj2io3qXB
Adding Maps to a Viewhttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/BHSvjFq5ww6KdX6b2WRE8C
Adding View Limitationshttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/LcqtLxxAwg7ewbuRKwUYpi
Adding a New User Accounthttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/xyWYsAFnXW3hVdJHX46Enh
Account Permissions and Limitationshttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/kH259y1cLvkbZvTJCg8y35
Managing Existing Alertshttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/nVm1rcnNSEVsSAP5Ebv7WG
Adding a New Alerthttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/ewtJR6vBDwxNbRNsfq1hQY
Understanding Trigger Logic Conditionhttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/SekKNJZDooa3x7ccDXBtpn
Configuring Advanced Alert Optionshttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/XTcZ9uazS6i2hVWQGWkNnE
Understanding Reset Logic Conditionhttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/SutfazBKGRPvgCQUZFeqJj
Alert Scheduleshttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/HDxByuGJpdFjD1H69vFmJ9
Introduction to Object Discoveryhttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/KxZAKiNmx9EQG8gebST5xJ
Running a Network Discoveryhttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/ct6xf6Uk6n2A42NijxeGwL
Scheduled Discovery Resultshttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/ebvARFx3CH58oN72mwzS3o
Creating and Modifying Menu Barshttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/nbbHk1tg8XWrSAFF61uWqq
Creating a NOC Viewhttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/p6Uf5wt3eWVWf91cYYu7RS

These videos apply to Orion Platform v2015, including NPM 11.5 and SAM 6.2.3.When playing the video, click the CC button on the bottom right of the video screen, and select your language of choice.

 

Video NameLink
Installing Network Performance Monitorhttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/XmeNs9uUgCnG9up8F8jcwT
Navigating the Web Consolehttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/1wFbQEEujrHSSoG3RHvXxC 
Managing Discovery Jobs and Performancehttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/DvVX4AcGQU1wuR498SbBaY
Adding Nodes Manuallyhttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/yE8suXsiG2fjdqmmhpLndu
Creating a new viewhttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/TjG79mED6253sovaq6cLdh
Adding and Customizing Resourceshttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/hfPc37T9DXtUokj2io3qXB
Adding Maps to a Viewhttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/BHSvjFq5ww6KdX6b2WRE8C
Adding View Limitationshttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/LcqtLxxAwg7ewbuRKwUYpi
Adding a New User Accounthttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/xyWYsAFnXW3hVdJHX46Enh
Account Permissions and Limitationshttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/kH259y1cLvkbZvTJCg8y35
Managing Existing Alertshttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/nVm1rcnNSEVsSAP5Ebv7WG
Adding a New Alerthttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/ewtJR6vBDwxNbRNsfq1hQY
Understanding Trigger Logic Conditionhttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/SekKNJZDooa3x7ccDXBtpn
Configuring Advanced Alert Optionshttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/XTcZ9uazS6i2hVWQGWkNnE
Understanding Reset Logic Conditionhttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/SutfazBKGRPvgCQUZFeqJj
Alert Scheduleshttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/HDxByuGJpdFjD1H69vFmJ9
Introduction to Object Discoveryhttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/KxZAKiNmx9EQG8gebST5xJ
Running a Network Discoveryhttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/ct6xf6Uk6n2A42NijxeGwL
Scheduled Discovery Resultshttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/ebvARFx3CH58oN72mwzS3o
Creating and Modifying Menu Barshttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/nbbHk1tg8XWrSAFF61uWqq
Creating a NOC Viewhttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/p6Uf5wt3eWVWf91cYYu7RS

These videos apply to Orion Platform v2015, including NPM 11.5 and SAM 6.2.3.When playing the video, click the CC button on the bottom right of the video screen, and select your language of choice.

 

Video NameLink
Installing Network Performance Monitor http://embed.vidyard.com/share/XmeNs9uUgCnG9up8F8jcwT
Navigating the Web Consolehttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/1wFbQEEujrHSSoG3RHvXxC 
Managing Discovery Jobs and Performancehttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/DvVX4AcGQU1wuR498SbBaY
Adding Nodes Manuallyhttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/yE8suXsiG2fjdqmmhpLndu
Creating a new viewhttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/TjG79mED6253sovaq6cLdh
Adding and Customizing Resourceshttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/hfPc37T9DXtUokj2io3qXB
Adding Maps to a Viewhttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/BHSvjFq5ww6KdX6b2WRE8C
Adding View Limitationshttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/LcqtLxxAwg7ewbuRKwUYpi
Adding a New User Accounthttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/xyWYsAFnXW3hVdJHX46Enh
Account Permissions and Limitationshttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/kH259y1cLvkbZvTJCg8y35
Managing Existing Alertshttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/nVm1rcnNSEVsSAP5Ebv7WG
Adding a New Alerthttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/ewtJR6vBDwxNbRNsfq1hQY
Understanding Trigger Logic Conditionhttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/SekKNJZDooa3x7ccDXBtpn
Configuring Advanced Alert Optionshttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/XTcZ9uazS6i2hVWQGWkNnE
Understanding Reset Logic Conditionhttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/SutfazBKGRPvgCQUZFeqJj
Alert Scheduleshttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/HDxByuGJpdFjD1H69vFmJ9
Introduction to Object Discoveryhttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/KxZAKiNmx9EQG8gebST5xJ
Running a Network Discoveryhttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/ct6xf6Uk6n2A42NijxeGwL
Scheduled Discovery Resultshttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/ebvARFx3CH58oN72mwzS3o
Creating and Modifying Menu Barshttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/nbbHk1tg8XWrSAFF61uWqq
Creating a NOC Viewhttp://embed.vidyard.com/share/p6Uf5wt3eWVWf91cYYu7RS

 

Welcome back again, and thanks for joining us for the round three highlights of the SolarWinds Free Tool Brack-IT-Ology!

The competition was fierce as our final four battled it out to make it to the championship round!

To see why your picks won or lost watch the video and read the more in-depth explanations below.

 

 

NABMB V VMM

Winner: NABMB

VM Monitor is great as a simple virtual monitoring tool but since it only monitors one single VM Host and its VM’s – NABMB easily had it beat!

 

Monitor More VMware and Hyper-V Hosts, with SolarWinds Virtualization Manager which delivers integrated capacity planning, VM sprawl control, performance monitoring, configuration management, and chargeback automation. Download a free 30-day trial of VM today!

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SW Admin Bundle for Active Directory V DPAF

Winner: SW Admin Bundle for Active Directory

Although DPA Free looked promising being the ONLY Free real time database response time monitoring tool – it could only monitor 2 instances and SW Admin Bundle for Active Directory took advantage of this weakness and went home with a win.

 

Get unlimited instance registration to monitor your ENTIRE environment, with SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer (DPA). Solve your toughest database problems with deep visibility and historical analysis. Download a free 30-day trial of DPA today!

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Don't forget to submit your picks for the final round>> thwack Monthly Mission - February 2016

Who do you think will win the Championship Round?!

 

Check your votes for Round 3 here:

We are super excited to provide a SNEAK PEEK to Thwack Members for two upcoming SDN courses on GNS3 Academy. Building off the success of our A practical SDN and OpenFlow introduction course (which has over 1,000 students enrolled) these two courses are major building blocks for those interesting in two of the upcoming and leading SDN providers in the market.

Mark sure to check out GNS3 Academy in the coming days as we get ready to release these courses [plus we will offering 50% OFF to Thwack Members for the first two weeks] 

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is course explains and demonstrates white box switching technology using Pica8's operating system and physical white box switches.

Modules included:

  • Overview of Pica8 architecture
  • Configure BGP on Pica8 switches
  • Configure OpenFlow without a controller (add flows manually to Open vSwitch)
  • Integrate Pica8 switches with multiple controllers:
    • OpenDaylight
    • Floodlight
    • HP VAN

 

Learn how to configure Pica8 PicOS in both Layer2/Layer3 mode and OpenFlow mode:

PicOS is the Pica8 network operating system software used on white box switches.

PicOS eliminates vendor lock-in by delivering open, hardware-agnostic networking. Built on Linux, PicOS incorporates a full Layer-2 and Layer-3 feature set with support for OpenFlow, OVSDB, and other key SDN protocols. PicOS enables customers to deliver differentiated network applications and services on white box switches.

The course includes hands on demonstrations on real equipment. And you can practice using GNS3 and Cumulus VX locally on your laptop!

Cumulus Linux combines the power of Open Networking with a network operating system that runs on top of industry standard networking hardware from vendors such as Dell, HP, Quanta and others.

Founded by veteran networking engineers from Cisco and VMware, Cumulus Networks makes the first Linux operating system for networking hardware and fills a critical gap in realizing the true promise of the software-defined data center. Just as Linux completely transformed the economics and innovation on the server side of the data center, Cumulus Linux is doing the same for the network. It is radically reducing the costs and complexities of operating modern data center networks for service providers and businesses of all sizes.

By providing a software-only solution, Cumulus Linux is enabling disaggregation of data center switches akin to the x86 server hardware/software disaggregation. Data-center networking is rapidly standardizing on merchant silicon and with Cumulus Linux, networking is adopting the principals of Linux and disaggregation of the compute world.

FREE: SDN and OpenFlow Introduction >> Start NOW

 

This is an introductory course explaining different visions of what SDN actually is. The course also shows you real world implementations of SDN in very large networks as well as high security networks.

You will also learn about how OpenFlow separates the control and data planes of networking devices.

You will then see a practical demonstration of an application communicating with an SDN controller and Open vSwitch devices.

And we're back! Thanks for joining us for the round two highlights of the SolarWinds Free Tool Brack-IT-Ology!

This round was a real nail-biter as the Elite 8 fought for a spot in the final four!

To see why your picks won or lost watch the video and read the more in-depth explanations below.

 

 

 

NABMB V TFTP

Winner: NABMB

TFTP Server is the most popular SolarWinds free tool, with close to 800,000 downloads of this free tool to date.

However, its inability to perform remote firmware and IOS transfers left it behind in the match up against the almighty Network Analyzer & Bandwidth Monitoring Bundle free tool.

 

Stop wasting valuable time with error-prone, manual configuration processes!

Streamline and effectively scale network configuration management with SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM).

NCM takes the hassle out of network configuration tasks and takes change management to the next level with powerful automation and validation.

Download NCM today!

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SW Admin Bundle for Active Directory V ELC

Winner: SW Admin Bundle for Active Directory

Event Log Consolidator never stood a chance against our popular Active Directory Admin Tools Bundle free tool.

While ELC is useful for viewing and filtering logs, its inability to store historical data or correlate log data from network and security devices, led to its defeat.

 

If you’re looking for more comprehensive Log and Event Management, consider SolarWinds Log & Event Manager (LEM), which combines real-time log analysis, event correlation, and a powerful search to deliver the visibility, security, and control you need to overcome everyday IT challenges.

Download a free 30-day trial of LEM today!

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DPAF V SAN Monitor

Winner: DPAF

Our free SAN Monitor delivers the visibility you need to stay a step ahead of potential performance problems lurking in your storage array but that step wasn’t enough to beat the only free response-time-based analysis monitoring tool for your databases – DPA Free – which won by a long shot!

 

Need More Comprehensive Storage Monitoring? SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor will help you keep a sharp eye on the performance and capacity of your entire storage infrastructure.

Download a free 30-day trial of Storage Resource Monitor now!

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VMM V PA

Winner: VMM

Permissions analyzer is great for managing user permissions and access rights but it falls short when it comes to actually troubleshooting Active Directory issues like: Domain controller issues, Replication failure, and User account lockouts.

VM Monitor was able to bring home the WIN this time!

 

If you’re looking to power up your active directory performance and keep your applications at high availability, check out SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor (SAM) to find and fix performance problems before end-users can pick up the phone.

Download a free 30-day trial of SAM today!

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Don't forget to submit your picks for Round 3>> thwack Monthly Mission - February 2016

Who do you think will make it to the Championship Round?!

 

Check your votes for Round 2 here:

Dear Network,

St. Patrick’s Day is approaching and it’s got me to thinking about all that luck of the Irish business. After all, have you ever considered just how lucky you are to have me as your admin? Between taking the heat for your slow connection speeds and trying to keep tabs on your packet loss, it hasn’t exactly been all sunshine and rainbows for me, you know. Yet here I am, day in and day out, caring for you as if you’re my own wee lass. So, while we continue to reach together for that networking pot o’ gold, all I really want is for you to understand just why you’re so lucky to have me. Let me count the ways…

Sincerely,

Your NetAdmin

 

Back in October, we asked you to share with us what words of advice and comfort you had for your network heading into the New Year. Well, we’re at it again, except this time, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we want you to tell us why your network is so darn lucky to have you as its admin.

Yeah, we know it’s all a little quirky, but you gotta admit, it’s kinda fun, too. And while none of us actually pen such letters to our networks—well, there may be a few of us who do—how often do thoughts like this cross our minds throughout the day? After all, networks can get a little unruly from time to time, and it’s a difficult job bringing them back in check.

So, while it might bring back painful memories, please think back to some your most trying times with your network and tell us (and your network) using the comments section below why it’s lucky to have such a responsible, attentive admin such as yourself (this will probably be a good exercise in self-appreciation as well).

 

Do so by February 29 and you’ll receive 250 lucky charms, er, thwack points in return.

 

The annual IT budget has just been released and you’ve hit the jackpot! Now that it’s time to think big and not count the bitcoins, what would you buy?

You can invest in anything you want to help you do your job – what would you buy? Unlimited backup storage? High-spec servers with 1TB RAM? Wearable watches which send you alerts? SAS SSD arrays? Robot assistants?

 

What would you invest in to make your job easier? Please use the comments section below to tell us how you’d spend your unlimited IT budget. We want to hear, in as many or as few words as you’d like, what you’d dream up if money was no object. Share your thoughts with us by Monday, February 22 and we’ll give you 250 thwack points in return (sorry, it’s a bit too early for chocolate Easter eggs).

Hello everyone, and thank you for joining us for the round one highlights of the SolarWinds Free Tool Brack-IT-Ology!

If there's one thing we learned from this first round, it's that nothing's guaranteed and upsets are inevitable.

To see why your picks won or lost watch the video and read the more in-depth explanations below.

 

 

 

NABMB V. IPAT

Winner: NABMB

IP Address Tracker may be a popular SolarWinds free tool, with more than 330,000 downloads, but it’s not popular enough to beat NABMB. IPAT’s biggest weakness – that it limits IP addresses under management to 254 or less – ultimately led to its downfall.

 

If you’re looking for more comprehensive IP Address Management, consider SolarWinds IPAM, which allows up to two million IP addresses under management.

Download a free 30-day trial of IPAM today!

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RTNFA V TFTP

Winner: TFTP

RTNFA never really had a chance against TFTP Server – the most popular SolarWinds free tool.

RTNFA’s limitations – capturing only 60 minutes of NetFlow data and Flow support limited to NetFlow, J-Flow, and sFlow data – were no match against TFTP.

 

Need to monitor interface-level network bandwidth and traffic patterns with up to one-minute granularity?

Try our Bandwidth Analyzer Pack (BAP), free for 30 days. Download now!

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SW Admin Bundle for Active Directory V Subnet Calc

Winner: SW Admin Bundle for Active Directory

While we love the SolarWinds Advanced IP Subnet Calculator free tool, free IP subnet calculator tools are widely available.

The trio of AD Admin Tools available for free with SolarWinds AD Trio offers much more unique and powerful free tools.

 

If you’re looking for more comprehensive IP Address Management, consider SolarWinds IPAM, which prevents IP conflicts and saves you time managing DHCP, DNS and IP addresses.

Download a free 30-day trial of IPAM today!

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ELC V Netflow Config

Winner: ELC

NetFlow Configurator was a powerful free tool several years back, but today’s IT Pros are looking for NetFlow v9 support.

Event Log Consolidator wins this round due to its popularity with those looking to organize their event logs.

 

If you’re looking for more comprehensive network bandwidth analysis and performance monitoring, consider SolarWinds Bandwidth Analyzer Pack (BAP), free for 30 days.

Download now!

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DPAF V NDM

Winner: DPAF

While Network Device Monitor is among the most popular SolarWinds free tools, it only monitors a single device at a time.

Not very useful for IT Pros trying to monitor multiple devices simultaneously!

 

Need to monitor multiple devices simultaneously?

If you need to monitor the performance and availability of all of the devices on your network, check out a free 30-day trial of SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor.

Download today!

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SAN Monitor V NCG

Winner: SAN Monitor

Our NCG free tool is a helpful configuration tool.

But, its lack of configuration change approval or detection and ability to bulk deploy config templates were its ultimate downfall.

 

Need more comprehensive network change and configuration management features like: automated device configuration backups, bulk change deployment, real-time alerts, detailed inventory lists, and out-of-the-box compliance reporting?

Try a free 30-day trial of SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager.

Download today!

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VMM V REEPS

Winner: VMM

This free tool is a favorite among our SolarWinds Head Geeks.

However, that favoritism wasn’t enough to win this exciting matchup against our VM Monitor free tool.

 

If you’re looking to save even more time, try Server & Application Monitor to monitor apps using pre-built PowerShell Scripts.

Download a free 30-day trial of SAM today!

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PA V IPSLA

Winner: PA

Our IP SLA Monitor free tool has lost its luster.

Today’s IT Pros need more than just IP SLA Monitoring.

This free tool lost because of its inability to monitor VoIP Quality, WAN Performance, or VoIP Gateway.

 

If you’re looking to monitor IP SLA trends on more than one router, try SolarWinds VoIP & Network Quality Manager to harness additional WAN monitoring capabilities.

Download a free 30-day trial of VNQM today!

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Don't forget to submit your picks for Round 2>> thwack Monthly Mission - February 2016

Who do you think will make it to the Final 4?!

We don't always do upgrades, but when we do, it takes a lot of sleepless hours and error messages. But in the end, it's worth it, because, lets face it, who doesn't like a not-so-new, but improved and better looking thwack? So, to cut the long story short, here are a few of the changes and improvements you can now enjoy. And, as usual, feel free to share your feedback, questions, and concerns in the comments section.

 

New Community Capabilities

  • Helpful answers: helpful answers are now cumulative. Once a comment receives a configurable number of helpful votes, it will automatically become the correct answer.
  • Same question: if you come across an open question you too struggle with, you can now mark 'I have the same question' and be notified once an answer has been found.

  • Targeted news streams:
  • News stream view: you'll get a prioritized and tailored summary view of relevant news, along with the streams you choose to follow.

 

 

 

New Collaboration Features

  • Your view: personalize your view however you like. Group and categorize information the way it makes sense to you by using new tiles, like Expanding Sections, or use auto-populating tiles such as Frequently Viewed, Recently Viewed, and more.
  • Your stuff, consolidated: your Inbox, Actions, and the new Your View are now accessible from everywhere in the community via a drop-down menu in the main menu bar, just to the left of your avatar.

 

New and Enhanced Community Capabilities

  • Search content: search more effectively with top recommended results. We ensure specific content items appear at the top of search results when you search using specific keywords or phrases. No more sifting through results to find what you are looking for!
  • Skills and endorsements: profiles have been extended to include user configurable skills. You can endorse your peers for their specific qualities. Skills are searchable with those users with higher endorsements ranking higher in the result relevance.

 

Where did my stuff go?

  • Content Creation: the content creation bar under Activity was removed, but you can easily create any type of content from the menu under Create.

  • People: if you want to invite friends or co-workers to thwack, you can still do that by going to Browse -> People. You’ll find the Send Invites button the left side of the screen.

  • Email preferences: with the new profile changes, the email preferences were set to default, so you might need to go and change them according to your needs. To do that, you just need to go to your Profile -> Preferences -> General Preferences.

Mission Accomplished! Well done, you have successfully formed an alliance with two powerhouses in the alliance of network management supremacy: Network Performance Monitor (NPM) & GNS3 and used your virtual powers for good.

thwack Monthly Mission - January 2016

 

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