Amongst the list of network administration tasks, monitoring each connected device, including hubs, routers, switches, clients, member and main servers is probably the most complicated task, as it requires system administrators to manually check each devices in a deployed network architecture. There are certainly a wide range of network-related tools available for server editions of Windows that allow monitoring a set of network devices like hubs, switches and routers, but If you don’t want to install multiple network monitoring applications to keep an eye on all connected devices, have a look at IT Service View. It’s a simple, yet robust, Network Devices monitoring utility that supports client and server editions of Windows, allowing system administrators to monitor both small scale and large-scale network architecture without having to deploy a complex monitoring solution. Details to follow after the jump.
The application supports numerous network devices including routers, hubs, switches, database sources, etc., while an option to add custom devices to the list is also available. Not only does it allow monitoring servers, member-servers, and client systems, it also enables you to configure virtual network devices to monitor their performance. Apart from Bridges, Hubs, Routers etc., you can monitor servers running Linux-based OS, MS Exchange, Oracle database, IIS Web Server, log files and more. The default device list supports all aforementioned devices, which can be customized as per the requirements.
To add a new device, click Add new device on toolbar and configure the required settings. It provides you with a multitude of pre-defined settings to quickly add the devices to the list; for example, if you want to check that whether the member server or specific client system is running or not, add a Ping function for required system to continuously monitor its status. It presents a simple wizard that guides you through a process of adding a new device. Just choose the device type and then specify device settings. Once done, it will add your device to Devices group.
Clicking the new device shows the details in main window. You can add as many devices to the list as you want. If you need to add Windows 2003/2008 server to the list, just specify server IP address, type, and login credentials. When devices are added to the list, click Go online on toolbar.
To edit the configuration settings of a device, right-click the device from the list and select Edit Devices. It lets you change device name, physical address, network type, plugin, specify event responses like Send Emails, Run local program, Shutdown/Reboot Windows, Launch Windows process etc., and modify default event log settings.
The Preferences dialog (accessible from toolbar) allows customizing generic device activity monitoring settings. You can specify the maximum lines of log and script to be written, period of time for Activity Graph, enable/disable option to log all unhandled SNMP traps and collect data with non-green signals.
IT Service View is a highly customizable network utility in terms of specifying the types and settings of installed devices on network. Unlike other network monitoring tools, it lets you monitor websites, add custom devices to monitoring list and configure event-based actions. You can review complete feature list from the product page. It works on both client and server editions of Windows.