Routing issues, slow network applications, DNS resolution problems -- a network administrator has to deal with a host of network nuisances on a daily basis. How do you survive when you're constantly under the gun to fix the problems? Like any other professional, you need a solid set of tools.
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Network monitoring is a fact of life for IT departments. Monitoring software ranges from simple ICMP-based scripts for up/down monitoring to midrange products like SolarWinds to high-end offerings such as HP's OpenView and IBM's Tivoli — all of which have their drawbacks.