Two tools help keep an eye on your network
Alchemy Lab's Network Administrator's Toolkit consists of two tools that help you centrally manage your small network. Both tools set up quickly and provide easy-to-use monitoring and systems inventory at a very low price.
Creating and managing server groups is straightforward. You can sort the list of monitored servers by server name, monitored protocol or service, or status to find problems quickly. Hovering your mouse over the summary of a problem in the UI's bottom pane provides details.
Asset Tracker for Networks collects and reports system inventory data and configuration information, such as shared folders and user accounts. A wizard simplifies setup, and the UI is largely intuitive. You can view the collected information through the UI or one of 17 customizable reports.
Asset Tracker's software license tool is relatively cumbersome. Additionally, the Help files for both Asset Tracker and Alchemy Eye point out the obvious but don't offer details for how to perform a configuration. Neither Asset Tracker nor Alchemy Eye requires a remote agent.
Network Administrator's Toolkit's low price and accessibility make it a good addition to a network administrator's toolbox. Managers of small networks will find these tools easier to use than open-source monitoring packages and much less expensive than other commercial tools. Managers of large networks or networks with more sophisticated needs might want the customizability of open-source monitoring tools or the features of larger commercial tools.
PROS: Quick deployment to small networks; easily customized monitoring and alerting