New prices for Metrex Monitoring announced

Metrex Engineering today announced permanent discounts for software components (management packs) of our Metrex Monitoring solution.
Since 10th March 2011 we charge for licensing of each device of following types:

Device Type Price, $.
Cisco Switch 90
Cisco Router 205
Cisco Firewall 205
Cisco AP 90
APC UPS 70

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Metrex Cisco Management Pack

The Metrex Cisco Management Pack extends the System Center Operations Manager 2007 to carry out both proactive and reactive monitoring for the following network equipment by Cisco Systems:

  • Switches
  • Routers
  • Firewalls
  • Wireless Access Points

The management pack enables the monitoring of both hardware  components such as RAM, CPUs, Power Supplies as well as logical components such as processes and IPSLA monitors.

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We have a good news for all the people who want to purchase our Management Packs. We offer 30% discount for our products until the 1st of January 2010. At this time our prices are:

Device Type Price, $.
Cisco Switch 70
Cisco Router 210
Cisco Firewall 175
APC UPS 105

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Customers that attempted to install the Metrex Cisco Management Pack or the Metrex APC Management Pack under Windows 2003 x64 faced a an unexpected requirement from the installer:

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FAQ on management packs for SCOM 2007 by Metrex.

A lot of questions are became quite frequent recently so I’ve decided to post answers to some:

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Virtual Private Networks monitoring

Why VPN monitoring? Let’s imagine a company that have a network of branch offices in most of the largest cities of the country. The offices are interconnected using both public networks (i.e. Internet) and dedicated operator networks (i.e. MPLS). In order to provide secure communications, on top of both types of links the company runs VPN tunnels, that are used for to carry the actual data. Also, in order to make the connectivity more reliabile, the company employs multiple VPNs from each site — one main (over MPLS) and two backup (over the Internet); in case of link failure the re-routing is handled using OSPF. As our experience shows, network  failures and service degradations may occur even in case of a very reliable network such as this one. In case of RDP and VoIP-based services (i.e. the remote office doesn’t have any servers and PBXes), the network failure will bring the office to a dead stop. More »

Monitoring CISCO equipment with Microsoft SCOM 2007

This publication is dedicated to CISCO monitoring management pack design by Metrex Engineering team.

I’d like to start from how did we get this way, i.e. why did we start writing our own Cisco management pack.

Some time ago we’ve been trying to use Zabbix, Nagios, OpManager and other systems for the monitoring issue however I’ll skip this part as far as we’re not using it anymore.

The issue is that it’s been a while since we installed SCOM and it had been working well for Windows – based servers. Then we’ve got a predictable idea to have a monitoring system for both servers, network equipment and UPSs. And we have started digging of how to monitor CISCOs with SCOM. In a catalogue on the Microsoft web site we found two third party packages (designed by MS partners and sold separately). I have installed both of them – Quest Software and Jalasoft and have shown to our company network dept… In any event we agreed that they are not suitable for our needs and rather than trying to adjust to the existing solution we’d try to write our own management pack.

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