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?!