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Free Network Monitoring Programs for Max Performance
By: Joe Eitel
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    ObserveIT offers their award-winning server monitoring tool for free, which enables users to record and replay all user sessions on their network servers, and any remote access or console session is searchable and ready for playback. This is a program that is used by the world’s leading banks, manufacturers, and health care companies, so you know you can rely on ObserveIT to generate secure compliance audits, to monitor third-party vendors, and to improve system uptime.

    According to ObserveIT, here are more tasks that their monitoring tool can help you perform:

    • Record and replay all user sessions
    • Real-time playback
    • Full coverage: Citrix, TS, Remote Desktop, and more
    • Report Generator for compliance reporting
    • Full-text search and detailed business intelligence
    • Robust security and small footprint
    • System Monitor Integration

    GFI LANguard

    GFI LANguard just released their award-winning vulnerability management solution, which is now available in a 5-IP freeware version. According to the company, GFI LANguard is a complete network vulnerability management solution that enables its users to scan, detect, assess, and remediate security vulnerabilities, and provides patch management functionality. It scans the entire network, performing over 15,000 vulnerability assessments and identifying any possible security threats.

    GFI LANguard also performs auto-downloads of missing patches, along with patch roll-back. According to GFI LANguard, custom software can also be utilized, which results in a consistently configured environment that is secure, thanks to a single console with extensive reporting functionality. This console addresses three pillars of vulnerability management:

    • Security scanning
    • Patch management
    • Network auditing

    Keep in mind that this is software that you can download for free. It won the Best of TechEd award in 2007 and was a finalist at this year’s SC Magazine Europe awards; it also comes highly recommended by the judges at the SC Magazine Europe awards. 

    Why You Should Consider Network Monitoring Programs

    As we’ve illustrated, a number of highly effective and trusted network monitoring programs can be downloaded for free, but is that reason enough to utilize them? If you’re a business owner or manager and still on the fence concerning the use of these types of programs, you may want to consider how network monitoring programs can keep your employees on track.

    Say you have a number of employees and you suspect that they are not being as productive as they could be. By utilizing network monitoring programs you can keep an eye on them in a way that’s not intrusive, and as their boss, you have the right to know if they’re making good use of the time for which you’re paying them.

    The best part of using network monitoring programs is that you’ll be able to tell just how much time your receptionist spends on Facebook or other social networking sites, but she will be unable to detect your use of this monitoring software. You and others privileged with this information will be able to view lists of websites visited by your employees, the amount of time they spent on each site, and a history of all the documents they accessed on the company computer; you can even limit the amount of access they have to important corporate documentation.

    Don’t forget that if you choose to go with free network monitoring programs other than the ones listed here, you need to make sure they’re safe to download and read the fine print! If you have to provide any type of credit card information, chances are you’re only receiving a free trial and the company will begin automatically charging you once your free trial expires.

    DISCLAIMER: The content provided in this article is not warranted or guaranteed by Developer Shed, Inc. The content provided is intended for entertainment and/or educational purposes in order to introduce to the reader key ideas, concepts, and/or product reviews. As such it is incumbent upon the reader to employ real-world tactics for security and implementation of best practices. We are not liable for any negative consequences that may result from implementing any information covered in our articles or tutorials. If this is a hardware review, it is not recommended to open and/or modify your hardware.


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