Net Mgmt Tools and supporting OS

Stephens, Josh Josh.Stephens at
Tue Dec 9 18:41:58 UTC 2008

My opinion is probably a bit jaded, but here it is anyway...

First off, regarding OS, I'd say use whatever OS the customer is most
familiar with using/maintaining. If they're a Windows shop you don't
want to complicate the administration of the NMS by putting on an OS
that they're unfamiliar with.

With regards to the NMS applications themselves, I'd be glad to help you
get up and running with the stuff we offer here at SolarWinds. Easy to
install/use and you can download free copies from


-----Original Message-----
From: vitto malitani [mailto:vmalitani at] 
Sent: Tuesday, December 09, 2008 11:18 AM
To: nanog at
Subject: Net Mgmt Tools and supporting OS

I am fairly new user of nanog mail list so I am not sure if the question
below is appropriate for this list.  If not, please excuse it.
- I am building a new low-budget customer WAN/LAN network and need some
ideas for network management tools.  I've seen couple of email threads
regarding all sort of "net goodies".  However, since I haven't used them
all, I am not sure which OS would be the most appropriate for these aps?
 Can anyone share their ideas in regards  of apps and supporting
 I would be most comfortable with free distribution of linux, but I am
sure which distro supports most of the tools?  Is the paid OS required
all these tools, like RedHat Server or SuSe or Windows platforms?

Thanks much,


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