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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 9

We use the following:

Solarwinds products:

- Log & Event Manager

- Orion Netflow Traffic Analyzer

- Orion Network Performance Monitor

- Server & Application Monitor

- Web Performance Monitor

- Engineers Toolkit

- More that I don't have time to list...

Wireshark

SCOM

Foglight

Angry IP

Air Crack

Putty

WSUS

UniSphere

Avamar

Microsoft Network Monitor

vCenter - VMWare

Some Idera tools

Hyena

WINSCP

PDQ Inventory

Primal Script

PowerShell WMI Explorer

PowerShell Profile Editor

As a monitoring tool, Solarwinds is widely acceptable in the IT market because of its durability and trust.  In other words, it has been tested over time by many IT Pros and organizations.

In addition to this, we also make us of System Center Operations Manager (SCOM).  This product monitors devices within the network and also shows when they devices are up or when they go down.

Level 12

I use WHD and DameWare

Level 10

We are using

NPM, NCM, NTA, IPAM, UDT, VOIP and SAM.

Solarwinds is a very complete product. The most important one that’s missing, is the switch port mapper integration into NPM, so for this our old separate system is still up.

We have still systems on

Nagios

SCOM

Level 9

Currently we use (besides our Solarwinds products):

-Idera for non-infrastructure monitoring (not my area but I knew the name at least)

-Syslog

-CAT tools

-Logwatch

-Some sort of vendor specific tool for the SAN

-Custom Cron scripts for digging things out of log files

and in the lab I have/had:

-PRTG

-BigPanda

-ThousandEyes

-Nagios

Level 9

Solarwinds Tools

NPM

SAM

WPM

NCM

VMAN

NTA

Other tools

Eventsentry

vROPS

Level 12

In addition to NPM, SAM, UDT, NCM, IPAM, NTM and the Engineer's Toolset,

we use:

Logrythm

Rancid (linux based config manager)

Wireshark

VCenter

Airwave

Airtight

Level 11

So here is the SolarWinds List:

LEM

NTA

NPM

NCM

SAM

We also use:

Cisco Routers/Switches

CheckPoint

FirePower IDS/IPS

Logrythm

NetScout

BlueCoat

ForeScout NAC

Wireshark

MetaSploit

WSUS

BigFix

VMWare

Level 9

Monitoring products we use netsight suite which can also poll information through SNMP or simply ICMP to see basic connectivity which is very much alike to Solarwinds. Also, we use Cisco Prime and Infrastructure that assists us in monitoring particular Cisco devices in a more proprietary sense.

Level 8

For all sites :

- SOLARWINDS (NCM, NPM and UDT)

- Arcsight Logger

Locally, network team has one standalone PC by site with :

- Wireshark

- CNA (Cisco Network Assistant)

Each Network Engineer has on this laptop :

- Wireshark

- CNA

- 3CDaemon

- Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector

- HyperTerminal

- SuperScan3

- Kitty

Level 13

We've only had Solarwinds about a year and like it a lot - very complete and powerful product
Solarwinds products:

NCM

SAM

NPM

IPAM

IVIM

UDT

DPA

NTA

We also use:

Checkpoint

Bluecoat

Netscaler

vCenter

Cacti

BigBrother

IP Sentry

Custom scripts

Oracle Grid Control

MRTG

Nessus

Splunk

Logwatch

Toad

SCOM

syslog

Level 12

Apart from Solarwinds products we use the following:

Wireshark

InSSIDer

Subnet Mask Calc

Putty

Angry IP

Acrylic Wifi

Level 7

Solarwinds:

NPM

NCM

Toolset

IPAM

IVIM

VNQM

NetPath

Other:

SecureCRT

Various Cisco tools

ExtraHop

Qradar

LiveAction

Wireshark

Level 9

Solarwinds:

NPM

NCM
SAM

VMAN

DPA

Engineer's Toolset

Kiwi Syslog

Other Tools:

Cisco PRIME - For a little deeper wireless insight. NPM will give decent overview of wireless health, but PRIME gives us more tools to dig deeper into historical data for troubleshooting.

Level 8

SolarWinds products in use:

Dameware

Network Traffic Analyzer

Network Performance Monitor

Network Configuration Manager

Patch Manager

Other products:

LogRhythm - SEIM

Nessus - vulnerability scans

Putty/SuperPutty - ssh into network eqiupment

RoyalTS - remote desktop manager

Microsoft Ops Manager - used for server monitoring.  We are looking to replace this with SolarWinds SAM, however, it is difficult to justify the cost as SCOM is part of our Enterprise Agreement with Microsoft

PRTG - We've used this product for several years and just find the interface better for immediate monitoring of several network devices.  I'm slowly weening the team off this product in favor of NPM.

Idera SQL Diagnostic Manager - Used by our SQL/Dev team, so I don't have personal experience with this one.

Wireshark - network captures

Microsoft Virtual Machine Manager - VM management

Microsoft Configuration Manager - image and application deployment

Level 9

Besides SW products, we use BBN (prior to implementing SW NPM), and a home grown WAN monitor, Wireshark.  Also use Cisco Prime for wireless lan mgmt. PuTTY for SSH access.

Level 10

-vCOPS

- NetApp On-Command Insight

- Splunk

Level 7

We've are slowly moving most our tools to SolarWinds since its very scalable and robust software.

Solarwinds products:

SAM

NPM

We also use:

Barracuda

Custom ps scripts

Cisco Prime

Ipmon

Nessus

Uptime

SCOM

syslog

Wireshark

We use the following:

Solarwinds products:

- Orion Netflow Traffic Analyzer

- Orion Network Performance Monitor

- Server & Application Monitor

- Engineers Toolkit

- NCM

Wireshark

Putty

TeraTerm

UniSphere

DELL Compellent Enterprise Manager

Avamar

vCenter - VMWare

SAPIEN Powershell Tools

PowerCLI for VMWare and EMC

HTTPWatch

Level 9

SolarWinds:

NPM & SAM

KIWI

Looking to upgrade to the newer Solarwinds 12.0 shortly.

Other:

SPLUNK

SCCM

WireShark

Oracle Tools

Level 10

We use the following Solarwinds products:

- NPM

- NTA

- NCM

- UDT

- LEM

- Kiwi Syslog Server

- IP Address Tracker (freeware)

- Solarwinds TFTP Server (freeware)

We use the following non-Solarwinds products:

- PUTTY

- Wireshark

- Shavlik patch management

- VMware vCenter

- Cisco Firepower IDS/IPS with Firepower Management Center

- Assured Compliance Assessment Solution (ACAS) Center with Nessus scanner from DISA

- Host Based Security System (HBSS) from DISA

Level 13

Solarwinds:

Patch Manager

Other:

Whats Up Gold

The Dude

Icinga

Wireshark

From Solarwinds

NPM

NCM

SAM

NTA

VMAN

Patch Manager

Dameware

WHD

Others:

Wireshark

Putty

Spiceworks

vCenter

WinSCP

Cisco UCS Console

Cisco Network Assistant

Cisco Configuration Assistant

RSAT Windows 10 - Microsoft add-in and custom Management Console

Level 10

We use:

From SolarWinds:

NPM

SAM

NCM

IPAM

WPM

Others:

Computer Associates - Unified Infrastructure Management - Used as MOM (Mother of all monitors) to monitor the core Epic servers and to create tickets into ServiceNow.  We also use the E2E probe that is similiar to WPM, but handles .exe based applications.  I'm not a fan of this tool.  I only like the E2E probe.

System Pulse - Monitors our Epic application which includes Citrix and Network performance elements.  This tool does a very good job of monitoring the Epic application and the user experience. 

Fluke  - We're still building this environment.

FogLight - the dashboards are pretty nice.  It monitors a little more than the AppInsight for SQL

SCOM - Not configured.  We were going to use it as a back up MOM in case UIM goes down

WebSense - Email and Web filtering

Palo Alto

SCCM - for patching

VROPS

Level 12

UIM

FogLight

Fluke

Level 8

Solarwinds

NPM

NTA

SAM

NCM

VNQM

Platforms

Cisco Routers/Switches

Cisco Wireless

Cisco Prime

H3C switches

Checkpoint Firewalls

Fortinet Firewalls

IPAM - Linux based IP manager

Logzilla - Linux based syslog server

VMware

Tools

RoyalTS - SSH/RDP manager

Zenmap

Wireshark

Level 10

Solarwinds

SAM

NPM

Servicetrace for E2E

Level 9

Solarwinds Suite....

Engineer Suite

LEM

NTA

NPM

SAM

SRM

VMan

WPM

IPAM

We also use:

BlueCoat

ForeScout NAC

Wireshark

Galilieo

BigFix

VMWare

PaloAlto

Cisco Prime

Level 12

Working with SolarWInds NPM, NCM, NTA, SAM, LEM, UDT, WPM, IPAM, SRM, VMAN, VNQM, NTM, FOE, MA, ETS, Kiwi Syslog and APE

Using Telalert for alert processing.   SolarWinds would execute an external program and pass the information to Telalert for ticket generation.

Level 7

Solarwinds

NPM

NTA

SAM

NCM

IPManager

Tools:

AD Manager from ManageEngine

Wireshark

Oracle Enterprise Manager

VMware Vrealize Operations Manager

HP OneView

Sysinternals Suite (File,Process, Remote Execution)

BMC Assetcore

McAfee EPolicy Orchestrator

Level 8

SolarWinds

NPM

NQVM

NCM

Tools:

Cisco Prime

Wireshark

Savvius OmniPeek

Easy-IP

SNMPc

Level 11

SolarWinds:

NPM

SAM

NCM

UDT

Tools:

New Relic

Aternity

Sitescope

CA APM

Site24x7

Manage Engine Applications Manager

CellTraq

HP BSM

CEM

SCOM

OMS

Splunk

There are probably more.  We have a sprawl issue as you can tell....

Level 10

Solarwinds:

NPM

NTA

Tools:

Wireshark

Powershell

Used Wireshark with NPM a lot to analyze packets from suspect traffic or a troublesome device.

I have used Powershell and Active Directory Group Policy to configure new systems SNMP and WMI settings for use with NPM monitoring.

It would be cool if you could drill down into a packet in NPM like you can with wireshark.

A built in script to enable/configure SNMP and WMI in Windows and/or Linux computers would be a plus in my opinion.

Level 8

Solarwinds

NPM

NCM

Juniper Switches

Cisco Switches and Routers

Cisco Wireless

Cisco Prime

Stat Seeker

Net Disco