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What tools do you use in addition to SolarWinds? Take us on a tour and get 2000 thwack points

Community Manager

The SolarWinds UX (User Experience) team is interested in learning more about other tools you use in addition to/to supplement SolarWinds. Do you use other monitoring products in addition to SolarWinds? We want to see how you use those and understand use cases!  Do you use other IT products you wish integrated better with SolarWinds? We want to see that, too! Please comment below or email Kellie Mecham directly at kellie.mecham@solarwinds.com for more details.

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Level 11

LogicMonitor (Will be replacing everything below, except Splunk.)

Monitis

ThousandEyes

Nagios & Check_mk

Splunk

Level 13

In addition to Solarwinds products, we use:

Nagios and check_mk

Traverse (NetVigil)

Splunk

We're migrating from our Nagios and Traverse monitoring to Solarwinds. Like Jfrazier , one of the things I like about Nagios that Solarwinds doesn't provide is timeperiods. I can apply a timeperiod to a host, a service check, or an alert action and Nagios will handle the logic of making sure things happen (or not) during the appropriate windows. Something like this would be immensely valuable in Solarwinds. As it is now, I have to create multiple alerts to handle this logic (and I do need to handle it, because my users get really cranky if they get woken up by an alert on a non-production system).

ETA: Here's a link to the origional comment by Jfrazier​ :

https://thwack.solarwinds.com/community/solarwinds-community/announcements/blog/2015/10/06/what-tool...

MVP
MVP

look at and vote up https://thwack.solarwinds.com/ideas/2655 !

cobrien​ and others should also look at the timeperiods post I made earlier in this thread.

It would help to make the reference to the idea above easier to figure out.

Level 12

DanielleH​, is this blog post still eligible for the 2000 points?  I don't think I ever received my points for posting our environment

Level 16

Compuware Agentless (Renamed Dynatrace Data Center Real User Monitoring), Gomez, (another Compuware Spinnoff), Dynatrace Client Vantage, HP Openview, Microsoft SCOM, Splunk, Savvius, Wireshark, Network Instruments, Gigamon

Level 8

Solarwinds

     NPM

     SAM

     VNQM

     WPM

     Engineers Toolset

     Kiwi

Splunk

Compuware Agentless

Gomez

SCOM

Savvius

Wireshark

Gigamon

Network Instruments

Level 16

HP Openview, Microsoft SCOM, Wildpackets(Savvius), Compuware(Dynatrace), Gomez, Wireshark, Ignite, Splunk,

Level 20

It would be great to see better connection between Orion and Remedy!!!  My guess is a LOT of people use Remedy.

MVP
MVP

we got away from remedy....the forklift upgrade process if you have a lot of customizations is brutal.

Level 10

Remedy & Splunk, along with a couple of homebrews.

Level 16

While we never were %100 connected up with Remedy we were able to auto create tickets through Solarwinds into Remedy via email.

It just required the use of an email template that had the CI, Group, and alert message text along with a few other items.

Remedy ran a script once a minute that scraped an Exchange mailbox and created tickets if all of the template conditions were correct.

This was a simple approach that allowed auto ticket creation, however it wasn't used to update or close tickets if the alert condition state changed.

It was just an easy way to automate some of the work the NOC needed to do.

MVP
MVP

We had basically done the same things....but reliance on email to generate tickets should be avoided.  If it is down...then no tickets. 

When it comes back up you can get a flood of tickets.  But to help with that...include some timestamp in the ticket itself to indicate what time the event happened otherwise you'll get a bunch of "why did I get this ?  There's nothing wrong"  type of responses.

Level 11

We use MRTG and Riverbed Appresponse Expert.

We use MRTG to measure load on our most important network interface

Appresponse Expert allows use to drill down to find root causes of issues related to websites, servers, and networks.

Level 11

The most used tool would be servicenow that does have an integration with NPM 12. We also used secureCRT for console and splunk for communication. I would think if you are looking for integration and tools we use a lot I would say some kind of way to communicate with each other within Solarwinds.

Level 7

Wireshark

Snort

Splunk

Microsoft Network Analyzer (Just kidding)

Level 10

ScreenConnect for anywhere connectivity to client sites and computers.

Kaspersky Security Center for patch management and Anti-virus.

SpaceSniffer to tell us what is eating all of our space on our Drives when we get a Drive Full Alert

LEPIDE Auditing suite for Better serviceability and readability for Logs and Events on our servers. We also use Log and Event Manager from you but trying to find a what user modified something with it is horrendous this software needs a severe updating to its usability ESP with it being flash based and everything removing flash permanently.

Microsoft CRM for case management. As horrible as this is it does certain things we are not able to do with your service desk program

Manage Engine Password manager Pro for solving our password saving needs for share appliance account.

Level 7

Splunk

gigamon

wireshark

Server teams have a few other tools

Level 14

WinPcap

WireShark

MVP Systems JAMS for remote scheduling of process

Some home grown Powershell scripts for disk space management, password reminders,

Level 11

SecureCRT

Wireshark

Spluck

Snort

WinPcap

Level 9

PRTG

WSUS (don't judge me)

LiveAction

Cisco Prime (and gobs of other vendor-specific tools)

VNC

Level 9

Splunk

WhatsUPGold

IBM Tivoli Netcool Omnibus

IBM Tivoli ITNM & ITNCM

IBM Tivoli Storage Manager

Wireshark

Level 8
  • ELK for log management and NetFlow for devices that don't work in NTA due to NetFlow and SNMP port ID mismatches.
  • Docuwiki with LOTS of links to Solarwinds (maps especially) for documentation.
  • Cisco Prime for Cisco specific WiFi planning, reporting and heatmaps.  Sometimes templatized WLC configuration but usually it isn't worth it.
    • Everything else we've tried in Prime has been terrible.
  • Aruba AirWave for HP/Aruba specific WiFi planning, reporting and heatmaps.
  • LibreNMS for realtime port statistics and collecting info for ports not important enough to justify Solarwinds licensing (sorry).
  • OpenVoPT for alerting on IP phone moves.  (GitHub - slashdoom/openvopt: OpenVoPT - Track Cisco phone movement on Cisco networks )
    • We wanted to and tried to use Device Tracker for this but it required a lot of customization and was never reliable.
Level 13

Hi everyone, please be aware this was a limited time offer which has since expired.  However, whose to say we won't resurrect this at some point in the future?  To be sure, sign up to participate in future UX feedback sessions here and on the last page, feel free to note those additional tools you use to do your job.   Sign Up to Participate in SolarWinds Feedback Sessions

Meech

Sent direct email.  

Level 9

Sent Direct Email

Level 7

We use:

SCOM

Foglight

Spotlight for SQL

SCOM is only in-house because it was presented to us as being "free". The other packages were purchased by separate departments. With SCOM really being our primary tool at this point, we use it for alerting on event ID's, file and folder watching, monitoring windows services, and some website monitoring. We use Solarwinds for monitoring the entire network, the overall health of the servers, and reporting. SCOM reporting is TERRIBLE unless you are willing to learn SSRS.

One other system we do use is Siemens Talon for monitoring the data center environmental. Not sure if Solarwinds wants to get into this arena, but if you developed a module that supported BACnet, we could eliminate another system. We are hoping to get the SNMP license for Talon to display the pertinent data on our Solarwinds data center map.

Level 11

Hello All. Now that we are part of the Solarwinds organization I would love to get your thoughts (honest feedback) on GNS3. We are in the heart of developing our long-term roadmap and would love to get some feedback on things you guys think we might be able to improve.

Level 8

GFI

Angry IP

Air Crack

wireshark

Whatsupp

Level 9

For our PCI-DSS/SSAE16 Type II compliance, we use Netwrix Auditor (ADS/File Server/Windows Server modules) for full workstation/server log monitoring/gathering because of the price-point compared to LEM.  If we could afford LEM, I would have probably gone that route.  We also use Wireshark for pcaps, and Spiceworks for Helpdesk/Asset Mgmt.  I wish I had so many more of me to get everything done so I could test every tool that Solarwinds offers.  We have religiously been using Serv-U from when it was Rhinosoft before Solarwinds bought them, and recently started using KIWI Syslog Server (past few months) for monitoring those network devices that we could not get logging in Netwrix.

Level 10

Dell OpenManage

SPLUNK

WireShark

iDRAC

Level 9

Along with SolarWinds, my organization uses

HP SIM

Wire Shark

HP ILO

Qualys

Level 9

We use SolarWinds as our main monitoring tool.

We also use:

Zenoss to doublecheck what are getting from SolarWinds

Viavi Observer

Wireshark

FireSIGHT

Looking at going back to Tripwire for some compliance issues...

As for GNS3, we have a lonely server with it installed.  Moved mainly to VIRL for labs.

Level 9

SolarWinds is our primary monitoring tool

Tools also utilized:

Wireshark

Putty

Fluke TruView (hopefully switching to NTA soon! )

Dell Open Manage

Service Now

Just to name a few..

Level 7

some tools my department uses with SolarWinds are:

Space Sniffer

CPU-Z

Putty

Process Monitor - SysInternals

Wireshark

Level 12

I don't use anything else at the moment.

Level 9

Hi, Jfrazier

We are presently looking at the following vendors:

HP OMi

SaaS Solutions:

MoogSoft

Big Panda

What MoM did you finally decide to use?

Level 7

Solarwinds products:

- Log & Event Manager

- Orion Netflow Traffic Analyzer

- Orion Network Performance Monitor

- Server & Application Monitor

- Web Performance Monitor

Non-Solarwinds monitoring/management products:

- Rapid7 Nexpose (vulnerability management & workflow)

- Bro Network Security Monitor (http://bro.org)

- LanDesk

- WSUS

- Wireshark

MVP
MVP

Looks like we are going with HP OMi.

Level 7

We utilise a wide toolset.

Network Management is covered by Solarwinds with NPM and NCM and Enterprise Console to hook our instances together.

We also use IBM Omnibus Netcool as our primary event manager which takes feeds from Solarwinds and Network devices, Linux and Windows devices which have BMC Patrol installed.

Also the following

Checkpoint Provider-1

Cisco CSM and SourceFire for IDS devices

HP Insight Manager for HP tin

to name just a few,  we have loads

Level 8

we use:

Idera

ping assist

wireshark

are some of our non solarwinds tools

Level 7

In addition to Solarwinds NPM, NTA, SAM, vMAN, and DPA, we use:

System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2 for hardware and software inventory, application and software updates deployment, system configuration management and remediation, and software metering.

System Center Operations Manager 2012 R2 for Windows Server health monitoring, historical performance and trend analysis, .Net and Java application performance monitoring, and as our primary alert notification platform.

System Center Orchestrator in conjunction with Configuration Manager, Operations Manager, Active Directory, and VMware vSphere to automate the remediation of certain unhealthy system states, and also to automate certain administrative tasks.

WhatsUp Gold for up/down detection of all network nodes/interfaces and for quick notification of unreachable nodes via text messaging to the appropriate admins.

Dell Kace as a support ticket/ help desk management tool, and to a lesser extent as a knowledge base.

Change Auditor for file access monitoring but we are in the process of migrating to IBM's Guardium FAM for file access monitoring.  We are also deploying IBM's Guardium DAM for database access monitoring.

Qradar as a syslog server and SIEM.

Plus many other lesser and more specialized monitoring utilities.

MVP
MVP

The tool depends on the department.  Those that I can think of / know about.

HP Openview

HP Insight Manager

Lancope

Virtual Configuration Manager

SCOM

Dynatrace

The DBAs have their customized tools.  Other groups have self created monitoring tools.  We have monitoring tools to monitor our monitoring tools.

Level 10

Helooo

Wireshark

Avamar

Sophos

Microsoft Network Monitor

Level 11

Hi,

Other products which we are using:

Service Deskplus

ADManager Plus

Desktop Central

Wireshark

SCOM

Level 12

This is for mblackwe We are a small shop here, but we have used GNS3 a few times. We have our two core switches, and 3 routers in total. One of the routers is not even in service yet and will be replacing a switch that is doing some layer 3 routing. The most recent use of it was to test out some EIGRP changes we wanted to apply. It was a pretty big change and we wanted to see just what effects it was going to have, and to see if we missed anything that might change as a result of it. We did find a few gotcha's that could have caused some problems, so it did save us some trouble. I use it occasionally to mess around with some new feature for a switch or router to see what would happen. We do not have the room/budget/equipment for a test lab to do these kinds of things, so GNS3 is perfect. We have a mockup of our routed network built and we just add in what ever changes we are looking at and sit back and watch the circus unfold

GNS3 has been a great learning tool, and an excellent "holodeck" testbed for changes we want to make to our network.

The one thing I wish it had better implementation of, but I fully understand why it does not, is actual switch devices. It would be nice to be able to simulate the entire network down to the switches to see what kind of a change a setting would have on the entire network, and not just the routed network. Again I understand the reason switches are not really in GNS3, but it would be an incredible addition to it in the future.

Level 12

how did you get on with netbrain?  we are running a POC right now

Level 9

We are using in addition to Solarwinds products: I Direct Suite idx3 , Satmanage, Whatsup, Angry IP, and SCOM.

Level 12

We use Solarwinds NPM, SAM, WPM, NCM, VNQM, and NTA as our primary tools.

Secondary:

Fusion Reactor

atlas.pdc.org for weather and other significant events around the world.

SCOM has finally been officially decommissioned at our shop!

Level 8

We use Solarwinds NCM, IPManager and IPMonitor for our main tools. 

We use GNS3 and Packet tracer to test things out. 

Wireshark

Sophos AV

Symantec Endpoint Encryption

Level 20

Mostly all SW tools now... moving a merged company over from WUG now into Orion.  Remedy for trouble tickets... not a huge fan.  SEP, SCOM.