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5.2.1.9 Lab - Researching Network Monitoring Software

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Lab – Researching Network Monitoring Software
Objectives
Part 1: Survey Your Understanding of Network Monitoring
Part 2: Research Network Monitoring Tools
Part 3: Select a Network Monitoring Tool
Background / Scenario
Network monitoring is needed for any sized network. Proactively monitoring the network infrastructure can
assist network administrators with their day-to-day duties. The wide variety of networking tools available vary
in cost, depending on the features, number of network locations and number of nodes supported.
In this lab, you will conduct research on available network monitoring software. You will gather information on
software products and features of those products. You will investigate one product in greater detail and list
some of the key features available.
Required Resources

PC with Internet access
Part 1: Survey Your Understanding of Network Monitoring
Describe network monitoring as you understand it. Give an example of how it might be used in a production
network.
Network monitoring is the use of software to track and monitor system logs and its parameters. These
include data trasmission, error rates,etc.
An example of network monitoring is pinging a Voice Over the Internet Procotol or a mail server.
Part 2: Research Network Monitoring Tools
Step 1: Research and find three network monitoring tools.
List the three tools that you found.
Datadog
Zabbix
Incinga
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Lab – Researching Network Monitoring Software
Step 2: Complete the following form for the network monitoring tools selected.
Vendor
Product Name
Linux
Datadog
Juniper
Zabbix Share
They work with different vendors
Incinga
Features
Clean graphs of StatsD and other
integrations.
Slice and dice graphs and alerts by
tags, roles, and more.
Easy-to-use search for hosts,
OpenVZ
node
monitoring through
metrics, and
tags.
Zabbix.
Alert notifications via e-mail and
OpenVZ
containers monitoring
PagerDuty.
through
Zabbix.
Full API access.
rule-based configurations, REST
API, alerting, performance
monitoring, authentication,
dashboards, security
Part 3: Select a Network Monitoring Tool
Step 1: Select one or more monitoring tools from your research.
From your research, identify one or more tools you would choose for monitoring your network. List the tools
and explain your reasons for choosing them, including specific features that you consider important.
I would personally choose Incinga since it's the only monitoring tool which seems to make a point about
security while keeping up with the system's performance. One of the specific features I liked was it
authentication phase which in turn brings more security to the whole ordeal.
Step 2: Investigate the PRTG network monitoring tool.
Navigate to www.paessler.com/prtg.
Give examples of some of the features that you found for PRTG in the space provided below.
Monitoring Traffic, packets, applications, bandwidth, cloud services, databases, virtual environments,etc.
For example , monitoring the data flow and logins of a database.
It supports SNMP (all versions), Flow technologies (i.e. NetFlow, jFlow, sFlow), SSH, WMI, Ping, and SQL.
Reflection
Based on your research, what conclusions have you reached regarding network monitoring software?
Monitoring software allows you to view or monitor the data flow in a network. Which could, or dare I say , will
come in handy when trying to keep intruders out of a network or control the amount the of data that goes in
and out of it which is something that most enterprises nowadays need to have knowledge of if they wish to
maintain a safe environment in their networks.
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