Are you still crawling around your wiring closet trying to trace a rogue network device or user to a switch port?

 

Regardless of whether your tracking users and devices in a wiring closet that looks like this…

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or like this....

 

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the process can be tedious and maddening without the right tools.  Almost all network admins and system engineers are posed with three crucial questions when attempting to track devices and endpoints that may be potential security threats.

  • How do I track the device just by knowing its MAC address, IP address or hostname without manually searching for the connecting wires and cables?
  • How do I find the user that uses the device?
  • How do I find the historical data on when and where a device was connected and which user was using it?

 

Let’s explore how you can answer these three questions with SolarWinds User Device Tracker (UDT).

 

When you first login to UDT, you will be provided with UDT’s Device Tracker Summary, giving you an at-a-glance view of your monitored nodes and their status.  Within this view, you have the ability to search for a user or device quickly and easily (see highlighted box).

 

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Searching for a device is as simple as entering the Endpoint hostname, Endpoint IP Address, or Endpoint MAC Address.  Once the device is located, you can see the node port, node name, connection duration and connection type as well as detailed information about the device.

 

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You can drill down into the node port to see the history of devices that have been connected.

 

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To search for a user, you simply enter their username in the search box and you will be presented with User Detail.

 

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Additionally, with UDT you can create a device watch list so that you are notified immediately when a watched user or device connects to the network.

 

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On top of tracking users and devices, UDT maps, monitors and reports on your switch ports for utilization.  Having a report on the switch capacity and port utilization can be just the load balancing thing that you need to implement optimal use of ports and switches. Leveraging UDT’s switch port monitoring functionality, we can:

  • Find available network ports
  • View individual ports per switch, reclaiming unused ports
  • Discover switches operating near full capacity
  • Display switch capacities by ports used, CPU loads, memory used to justify purchase of new equipment

 

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With UDT, we can drill down into any added node to find all available ports and the status of the port – whether it’s up, down, used or unused. The port details shown by UDT include port name, number, VLAN and duplex along with a complete history of devices that have been attached to the port.

 

SolarWinds UDT’s real-time network discovery feature initiates automated network scans producing comprehensive network switch/port lists saving time by eliminating manual database entries.

 

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You can test drive our live demo or try out a free fully functional 30-day trial of SolarWinds User Device Tracker, an affordable yet tremendously powerful product that will answer all your calls of tracking rogue network devices.

 

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