This is going to be a quick and short entry but just wanted to give everyone — especially the nerds among us — a heads-up.
Once upon a time, on my internal network, I ran a network monitor called Nagios. It was kinda cool, it graphically gave me the status of my network resources (servers, workstations, etc.), but configuration was kind of a pain in the butt. At some point — I believe it was when I upgraded the Linux box upon which I had Nagios running — it got wiped and I wasn’t very motivated to reinstall it.
So lately, I’ve been looking for a network monitoring solution that is a) free, b) cool, and c) easily configured. Today I stumbled upon Paessler’s PRTG Network Monitor and, while I don’t know if it meets requirement C, it certainly meets A and B. So in the next few days, I’m going to attempt to install it on a VM I have running and see what it’s all about. I’ll post my findings here when I get that done, so stay tuned!