Product Reviews

ipMonitor: Excels at Ease of Use

DeepMetrix's Web-based monitoring tool is easy to use and set up, and comes with a comprehensive set of monitors.

Being Canadian, it’s nice to have a homegrown entry for this roundup. ipMonitor from DeepMetrix is a comprehensive Web-based monitoring tool that’s easy to set up and provides excellent functionality at a reasonable price. It also supports SMS messaging and other alert options not found in competitors.

After executing the downloaded file, you’re guided through the installation process. By default, ipMonitor installs itself using the Local System account, but that should be changed to a domain-level administrator account with permissions on the machines you want to monitor. This also means that, unlike InfoCare, you need to install ipMonitor on a computer that’s a member of your domain or a trusted domain to enjoy full functionality.

After installation, invoke ipMonitor to continue configuration. DeepMetrix gets my award for the easiest Web-based monitoring software to configure. The first time ipMonitor’s invoked, you’re presented with a to-do list of tasks and asked to discover the network. Then you can configure what you want to monitor on the network or discover additional networks or other resources. You then automatically cross off additional configuration items on the checklist displayed on the Web form. During each step, you’re guided through a process that indicates required and optional items. Getting up and running couldn’t be easier.

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ipMonitor is not only easy to use, but it also provides a comprehensive set of monitors for a product in its price range. You can monitor standard TCP ports and applications like SMTP, POP3, HTTP, FTP, DNS and so on, but there’s also an option to monitor the quality of these services. Quality monitoring performs an action like transmitting an e-mail or testing HTTP round trips, executing a database query and so on. Furthermore, you can monitor disk space changes on a shared network drive, individual files on the network, Windows Event Monitor events, Lotus Notes server or Kerberos functionality. ipMonitor also lets you execute programs and test their response times. You can even monitor another ipMonitor’s capabilities.

ipMonitor 6.1
DeepMetrix’s ipMonitor 6.1 can report on the active vs. historical availability of network services. (Click image to view larger version.)

Notification is another ipMonitor strength. You can be notified by e-mail, configure logging to a file or the Windows Event Log, send an SMS message or a numeric or simple page, execute an automatic recovery script, or send a network broadcast. Many of these features are available in other products, and all support e-mail; but DeepMetrix went a bit further in providing it all as part of the package.

All in all, this one is a winner.

ipMonitor 6.1, $695; DeepMetrix Corp., (819) 776-0707, www.deepmetrix.com.

About the Author

Damir Bersinic, MCSE, MCDBA, MCSA, MCT, is an independent consultant, trainer and author.

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Reader Comments:

Tue, Mar 24, 2009 Rangarajan Kotadi Anonymous

Need to be able to do one alert with multiple e-mail accounts, instead of one account for each alert you setup. Drive space option should also have the option of percentage to use for alerts also not just mb.

Tue, Oct 21, 2003 zaid SG

It is value for money!

Wed, Sep 3, 2003 Tom Michigan

You won't find a better product for the price. Very easy and simple. Configuration is quite flexible for a product of such a low price.

Fri, Aug 29, 2003 Client US

This application sucks!

Wed, Aug 20, 2003 Pawan Satyawali India

Very good tool, easy to configure, cost effective and excellent feature set. Processor and Momory Utilisation check need to be built also.

Wed, Jul 30, 2003 Glen South Africa

Great application. One major problem is the fact that when one restarts the service, or the machine, which in effect restarts the service, all counters reset to zero, as if the syatem was installed when the machine restarted.

Mon, Jul 14, 2003 Anonymous London Uk

ipMonitor has always been an excellent peice of software and a lifesaver for our company - it's so incredibly easy to install, setup and configure.. all through a browser. However.... It hasn't been updated in absolutely years. It's Mediahouse's (now DeepMetrix') forgotten product. They must have had sooo many feature requests and bug fixes sent over the years, none of which have been implemented. Also... the price is now way too high given that it's such an old piece of software... a serious feature that is missing is IM alerting.

Mon, Jul 14, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

Excellent product. Needs an agent that if the server holding IPMonitor fails, it stops polling , as the statistics will suffer from a failure in it and not on the polled services

Tue, May 27, 2003 Chris Florida USA

Need to be able to do one alert with multiple e-mail accounts, instead of one account for each alert you setup. Drive space option should also have the option of percentage to use for alerts also not just mb.

Wed, May 14, 2003 Harald Norway

Very good product, and very good value for money.

Tue, Apr 1, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

nice tool. but expensive.

Mon, Mar 24, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

Excellend -Easy of use and installation

Wed, Mar 5, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

it's cool;)

Thu, Feb 20, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

We have been using IPMonitor for some time now and think it is a very good and stable product. However it has not been updated in the 12 months we have been using it and our support queries / enhancement recommendations have gone unanswered. One feature that feel is lacking is to be able to store / retrieve the results of an SNMP query, not just the response time it took to get the query.

This said, for $695 it is excellent value.

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