GFI Network Server Monitor

Networking & Security



Network Server Monitoring Software

Overview

Automated Server and Network Monitoring Made Easy

GFI Network Server MonitorTM scans your network for failures or irregularities. GFI Network Server Monitor scans automatically so you can identify issues and fix unexpected problems before your users (or managers) even know they've happened.

Maximize Network and Server Uptime

GFI Network Server Monitor maximizes network availability by monitoring all aspects of your Windows and Linux servers, plus workstations and other devices such as routers and more. When a failure is detected, GFI's network monitor will alert you by email, pager or SMS, as well as automatically taking the preconfigured corrective action by, for example, rebooting the machine, restarting the service or running a script.

Performs a Real Test

GFI Network Server Monitor actually tests the status of a service, rather than deducing a service status from generated events as other products do. This method truly ensures server uptime. GFI Network Server Monitor is easy to set up and use, and is competitively priced.

Built in Rules for Several Network Servers and Services

GFI Network Server Monitor's built in monitoring rules include: Exchange Server 2000/2003, MS SQL, Oracle and ODBC databases, CPU usage, FTP and HTTP Servers Group Membership, Active Directory and NTDS, Disk Drive Health, Disk Space, Event Log (with content checking), File Existence (with content checking), TCP, ICMP/Ping, SMTP and POP3 Mail Servers, Printers, Processes, Services, UNIX Shell Scripts (RSH), SNMP & Terminal Server.

Custom monitor functions can be created in VBscript and ADSI and WMI. With GFI Network Server Monitor you can monitor virtually anything!

Why Choose GFI Network Server Monitor?

  • Monitor your network and servers for software and hardware failures
  • Out-of-the-box monitoring of Exchange, ISA, SQL, Web servers and more
  • Monitor disk space, services, processes and more on servers and workstations
  • Easy to learn, easy to use and easy to deploy - no client component or agent

Features

Features

VM supportEnterprise Class Architecture
GFI Network Server MonitorTM consists of a network monitoring service and a separate management interface. No agent software needs to be installed on machines you wish to monitor. The Network Monitor Engine is multi-threaded and can run up to 40 checks at a time. Our software architecture allows for high reliability and scalability to monitor both large and small networks.

Includes Checks for Exchange 2000/2003, ISA server, IIS and Others
Via the Quickstart wizard, you can create a series of checks which monitor all the important services on your network, including Exchange Server, IIS and others. Critical Exchange services and performance counters (Information Store, mailboxes, SMTP service, etc.) are all monitored.

Monitors Terminal Servers by Actually Logging In
GFI Network Server Monitor will check the status of a terminal server by actually performing a complete login and checking to see that the session is established correctly. This monitoring method is superior to relying on the events that the terminal server generates (as Microsoft MOM does).

Monitor Your Database Servers (SQL/ODBC)
GFI Network Server Monitor can check the availability of all leading database applications. Out of the box, it will monitor Microsoft SQL Server via ADO. It supports other databases such as Access, FoxPro, Paradox, SyBase, Informix, IBM DB2 and many more via ODBC.

Monitor Linux Servers
GFI Network Server Monitor includes extensive checks for monitoring Linux servers. You can monitor CPU usage, printer availability, file existence, process running, folder size, file size, users and groups membership, disk partition check and disk space. Administrators can create any other check by creating an SSH script.

Performs Administrative Steps to Ensure that a Service is Running
GFI has developed specialized checks which mimic administrator operations to verify that the services offered by various applications are running. For example, we will log on to a service, perform a task and log off the service, without need for any administrative intervention. The monitoring functions that make use of such methodologies include: IMAP, POP3, SMTP Server and the email route check. Through the active use of such services one can guarantee that all aspects of these services are not only running but also are actually functioning.

Takes Corrective Action Automatically
After an unexpected condition has occurred, GFI Network Server Monitor can automatically move to correct the problem by restarting a service (or multiple services) upon failure; rebooting a server upon failure; or launching an executable, batch job or VBScript.

Built in Computer Monitor Functions

  • CPU usage function, ensure that a processor’s usage does not go beyond a certain level
  • Performance counter, monitor any internal operating system counter, including counters used by SQL Server and MSMQ
  • Directory size function, ensure that a particular directory (for example, a user’s home directory) does not take up more than 'x' amount of drive space
  • Disk drive function, monitor the physical status of the disk
  • Disk space function, check if sufficient disk space is available
  • File existence function, monitor the existence of a particular file, for example, results of scheduled batch jobs
  • File size function, monitor the size of particular files, for example, critical log files

Built-in Internet Service Functions

  • HTTP function, checks availability of HTTP and HTTPS sites; passes credentials if required
  • Website content checking, checks website content by specifying a text pattern
  • FTP function, checks availability of an FTP server/site
  • ICMP ping function, checks a remote host for availability
  • IMAP server function, checks that the IMAP service is functioning by logging into the service and checking the count of the emails contained in a specific folder on the IMAP server
  • DNS server function, checks DNS server by reading an 'A' record and verifying the result
  • SMTP server function, checks mail server by establishing a connection and handshaking to verify SMTP protocol is working correctly
  • POP3 server function, checks POP3 servers by establishing a connection and handshaking
  • NNTP news server function, checks connection and does a handshake
  • SNMP function, monitors specific variables on remote machines or devices via the SNMP GET message
  • TCP port function, checks if a port is responding and checks its response
  • NTP timeserver function, monitors status of timeservers
  • Email route function, checks the health of email services by actually sending test emails and verifying their delivery at destination. This check is also useful for verifying performance of your mailing systems
  • Daemon function, SSH-based check that verifies if particular daemons are running on target Linux/Unix computer/s.

Alert Notification via Email, Pager or SMS
When we detect a failure, GFI Network Server Monitor will send alerts via SMS, pager, email or a network message. SMS (text) messages are sent either through an SMS service provider (SMSC) or directly through a connected GSM phone/modem. It is also possible to use the GFI FAXmaker email-to-SMS gateway service, Clickatell’s web email-to-SMS online gateway service or any third party email-to-SMS gateway. All notifications can be customized using variables. Recipients can be configured globally for all rules.

Support for SQL Server/MS Access as a Database Backend
GFI Network Server Monitor allows you to store monitoring data to either an SQL Server or MS Access database backend. SQL Server is more appropriate for users with higher monitoring level requirements and those who need to centralize the monitoring results of multiple GFI Network Server Monitor installations in one place. For example, for backups, remote accessing and report generation by third party tools such as Crystal Reports or MS Reporting Services.

View Network Status from Anywhere in the World
You can check rule status from any location using GFI Network Server Monitor's remote web monitor. The remote web monitor includes two types of web page views: One for a normal web browser and one optimized for viewing from a mobile phone or handheld device such as a BlackBerry or a Palm. A small footprint web server is included, although the feature can also be operated in conjunction with IIS.

Monitor Remote Event Logs
GFI Network Server Monitor can scan Windows event logs on local or remote computers and look for specific event sources, categories, event IDs and patterns in the description of the event. In addition, it can look for multiple events occurring in a specific time interval, for example, a McAfee or Norton virus alert posted in the last 30 minutes.

Monitor Processes, Service Performance and CPU Usage
GFI Network Server Monitor enables you to check critical processes and services on local and remote computers. You can also monitor the CPU usage of a machine and any performance counter accessible through perfmon.msc. This way you can ensure that virtually any application is running properly.

Custom Network Monitoring Using VBScript and SSH
Although GFI Network Server Monitor includes an extensive set of default monitoring functions, you can build your own custom checks by writing a VBScript (Windows) or an SSH shell script (Linux). From VBScript, you can use both WMI and ADSI. WMI is an interface to a broad range of hardware/software/OS-related properties of a computer, allowing you to perform almost any check. Using ADSI, you can interface to Active Directory.

Monitor Users, Groups and other Active Directory information
Use GFI Network Server Monitor to monitor directory information. For example, monitor group membership of the domain admins group. You can also check user accounts, for example ones that are locked out or disabled, and more; computer accounts, groups, group membership, organizational units, and so on.

Nested Folder Support
It is possible to organize folders in a nested folder format that provides better support for more complex monitoring needs such as that of consultants or enterprises with more granular server distribution.

Competitively Priced
Network monitoring/management products are traditionally rather expensive. By contrast, GFI Network Server Monitor costs just USD 1,950 to monitor up to 50 IPs and USD 990 to monitor up to 10 IPs.

Support for Virtual Environments
Organizations that are currently using or plan to use virtualization on their network can still install and use a range of GFI products with confidence. GFI Network Server Monitor supports and runs on the most common virtualization technologies in use, namely VMware, Microsoft Virtual Server and Microsoft Hyper-V.

Other Features

  • Configure maintenance periods to avoid alerts being sent during scheduled maintenance
  • Advanced logging options to text file or event log
  • Configure dependencies to avoid multiple alerts for error conditions dependent on each other
  • Monitor network printer status
  • Reporting includes reports that detail the availability of your network resources; alternatively, use Crystal Reports to access the database and create your own reports
  • Monitoring checks wizard that easily configures new checks for your present systems
  • Accommodates employee shifts, GFI Network Server Monitor can notify different people depending on the time at which the check triggered

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Thousands of companies have chosen GFI Network Server Monitor.

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Awards & Reviews

2010

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[PL] GFI Network Server Monitor receives positive reviews

Polish magazine, Networld Magazine, reviewed GFI Network Server Monitor and found it to be a useful and positive software - Networld Magazine, March 2010

Windows Networking.com Runner Up

WindowsNetworking.com Readers’ Choice Award for GFI Network ServerMonitor

GFI Network ServerMonitor was selected first runner-up in the Network Monitoring & Management category of the WindowsNetworking.com Readers' Choice Awards - WindowsNetworking.com, March 2010

Best web tool

GFI NetworkServerMonitor - Best web tool

GFI NetworkServerMonitor considered a best web tool for network monitoring - www.webhostingsearch.com

 

2009

Windows IT Pro 2009 Community Choice Awards - Silver

GFI Network ServerMonitor awarded 2009 Community Choice Award

GFI Network ServerMonitor and GFI EventsManager were named winner of the "2009 Community Choice Awards", and GFI EndPointSecurity was awarded Best Security Product - Community Choice by Penton Media's Windows IT Pro magazine - Windows IT Pro, December 2009

2008

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The right tool for the job

In a review of GFI NetworkServerMonitorTM on TechRepublic, Paul Mah describes the product as easy to set up and a mature product that just works. He says GFI “has a done a pretty good job of anticipating the most common kind of options”, although the cost might be an issue for some. - TechRepublic, February 2008

2007 and before

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Monitoring servers and services with ease

In a review for Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) Magazine, reviewer Mike Gunderloy tested a number of utilities that monitor servers and other services, including GFI Network Server MonitorTM. In his article, "Tame Those Servers Behaving Badly", he reported that the product is easy to use; "adding a new server is as easy as clicking a toolbar icon". He found that the product makes troubleshooting simple and that there are plenty of ways to perform monitoring. The reviewer describes the feature that allows configuring dependencies between rules as being "handy". He also stated that the manual is well-written and can be very useful when writing custom VBScript files. - Microsoft Certified Professional

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Silver Award for GFI Network Server Monitor

Reviewer Lee Derbyshire writing for WindowsNetworking.com, awarded GFI Network Server Monitor the silver award rating it 4/5. He was very impressed with the operation of GFI Network Server Monitor. “Like most GFI products it has a simple interface that conceals a lot of powerful options.” An interesting feature for the reviewer is the ability to create your own monitoring rules using VBScript if you can’t find a built-in rule to suit your needs. The reviewer also found GFI Network Server Monitor reasonably priced, “considering the features on offer”. - WindowsNetworking.com

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Monitor your network from the pub

In an article for Techworld, journalist Bryan Betts praises GFI for having augmented GFI Network Server MonitorTM with a remote web view that is optimized for mobile phones and other handhelds. The journalist humorously notes that thanks to this feature, sysadmins across the land can now sit "outside in the sun, preferably outside a pub with a pint in one hand." He also recognizes the company’s achievements by stating, "GFI reminds us why we love technology." - Techworld

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5 stars for GFI Network Server Monitor

OneKit.net, a leading software distribution website featuring quality shareware and freeware titles, awarded GFI Network Server MonitorTM the topmost score of five stars. The high rating was awarded on the basis of the product's ability to efficiently identify and fix network and server failures. - OneKit.net

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Top pick

GFI Network Server MonitorTM was selected as a top pick and was named "Featured Product" on both the Server Management and Monitoring sections of Netwarefiles.com. Netwarefiles.com is a site featuring an extensive selection of high quality, network related utilities. - Netwarefiles.com

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Top marks for GFI Network Server Monitor

Review staff at BrotherSoft.com, a leading provider of shareware and freeware software, awarded GFI Network Server MonitorTM the maximum 5 out of 5 rating. The product's ability to maximise network availability by monitoring different aspects of servers earned GFI Network Server Monitor the top score. - BrotherSoft.com

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GFI Network Server Monitor named Editor's Pick

MonitorTools.com has awarded GFI Network Server MonitorTM five stars and named it Editor's Pick. The title was given as a result of the product's effective features and top performance. MonitorTools.com features a complete listing of network-related monitor tools. - MonitorTools.com

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5 stars for GFI Network Server Monitor

GFI Network Server MonitorTM was awarded five stars, the topmost score, by FileTransit.com, a software distribution site featuring high quality applications. - FileTransit.com

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Top rating for GFI Network Server Monitor

Sofotex.com has awarded GFI Network Server MonitorTM five stars, the highest possible score. The site offers a collection of top-rated software. - Sofotex.com

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5-star award

GFI Network Server MonitorTM has been awarded the top score of 5 stars by TopShareware, a leading software distribution site. The award was granted as a result of the product's effective network and server monitoring features. - TopShareware.com

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Small, smart and very very handy.

- Windows & .NET Magazine

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Simple to get up and running

In a review in Techworld, David Cartwright describes GFI NetworkServerMonitorTM as a general and “attractive server monitoring tool that does most of what the average SME needs”. He also liked the fact that you do need RTFM to get it working, the product has Linux-specific support for monitored servers included and that it is attractively priced. - Techworld

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A reliable monitoring tool

In an article for Processor.com, reviewer Sandra Kay Miller praised GFI Network Server MonitorTM for its ability to provide administrators “instant access to the health of their network regardless of their location”. The article also highlights the various efficient monitoring features of the product, such as “restarting a service, running a script, or rebooting a machine” automatically. - Processor.com

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Inspect your services all the time

In a review in hakin9 magazine, reviewer Stefan Lochbihler used GFI Network Server MonitorTM to demonstrate how to monitor servers in a network. He described the product as "a tool that should inspect your services all the time and informs you immediately if an error should happen". The review also praised other useful properties of the product, such as the possibility to perform "DNS lookup, whois and traceroute requests". He concluded by saying that another nice feature of the product is that "you can request which computers are currently running on your domain and it is possible to enumerate the processes of a given system". - hakin9 magazine

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GFI Network Server Monitor named "Editor's Choice"

Windfile.com, a popular software archive site, has selected GFI Network Server MonitorTM for their "Editor's Choice" award, describing it as the "the only real way to ensure server uptime". - Windfile.com

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GFI Network Server Monitor named People's Choice Awards 2005 winner

MSD2D, a resource for the Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, .NET and Security communities, has announced that GFI Network Server MonitorTM was selected as the 2005 winner in the Security – Server monitoring category of the MSD2D People’s Choice Awards. The award was announced at Microsoft's TechEd Fair 2005 in Orlando, Florida. “The fourth Annual People's Choice Awards recognizes the best products and companies in our industry. Visitors to our website cast their vote for the products they view as the very best in their respective category,” said Jackie Nguyen, Vice President of Sales. “MSD2D readers are professionals interested in learning more about various solutions for Security in the Server Monitoring category. Their vote serves as a solid peer-to-peer recommendation of the winning product.” - MSD2D.com

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One product to monitor the entire network

Internet Magazine (Italia) selected GFI Network Server MonitorTM 6.0 as software of the month in May. An accompanying review of the software describes how GFI Network Server Monitor is full of interesting new features, especially the simple wizard that allows effective rule creation such as the possibility to define a time when maintenance should be carried out and how network administrators should be alerted about security breaches (by email, SMS, or network message). The reviewer is also delighted to find out that monitoring reports may be accessed from the web, making it possible to control the network from any PC that is equipped with a browser. The review also points out how all these features are available for Linux machines as well, making GFI Network Server Monitor an ideal product for networks that use a combination of Windows and Linux machines. All these positive features and others lead Internet Magazine to name GFI Network Server Monitor as the right tool to monitor all the network. - Internet Magazine (Italia)

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Top network monitoring contender

In a review by Mike Gunderloy for Larkware, GFI Network Server MonitorTM is described as one of the top contenders amongst the network monitoring applications on the market. The reviewer found the following features very useful, "the agentless architecture, the easy setup, and the VBScript/WMI combination for customization." He also remarks that, "Adding Linux support in this version is a step forward as well," and "Another nice touch not found in many other products is that monitors can be organized hierarchically with inherited properties." In conclusion, the reviewer suggests that, "If you're spending time trying to keep your own servers running and don't have automated help, take a look." - Larkware

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