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    The Dude and network monitoring

    I have been looking around for a free (important) network monitoring software, I have tried a few different ones including The Dude, Total Network Monitor, PRTG and The Dude is the closest that came to doing what I wanted, but unfortunately it kept crashing the PC it was loaded onto. It would be fine while I was using it, but in the morning when I came in the PC would need to be restarted as it had crashed, once I had un-installed The Dude it was fine.

    So my questions are has anyone else had this issue with The Dude?
    And can anyone recommend a good free Network Monitoring software?

    I have looked at Nagios, but I am not that experienced with Linux and it sounds like it will take a lot of work initially to get up and running? I have also looked at Shinken, but I just could not get it installed and working (probably having a dumb moment).

    Cheers

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    Take a look at Spiceworks

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    Cheers Vegas, I should have said we are using Spiceworks for inventory and helpdesk. I have looked at Spiceworks for the monitoring but I am not that keen on the mapping side of it. The reason I like The Dude so much is the mapping side, it is easy to see if something goes down, I want to be able to have a large monitor on the wall in the office and be able to see at a glance if something has gone down/wrong.

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    Not much help but I would not give up we have 4X dude running on 4 old XP laptops that monitor everything. Tempting fate here but we have had no tR+*^% at all. I would give it another go.

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    Strange. I've used The Dude for years and it's never been a problem. Perhaps the crashing is a symptom of a different underlying problem. Were you using the PC as the Dude server?
    I have always setup the Dude server on an actual server (or virtual) and then used the client on a PC to control it.
    Did the logs say anything about why the crash occurred and what OS did you have it installed on?
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    We use the dude also with an overlay of the school. Great stuff!

    Any indication in Event Viewer what's causing the crash, have you turned off auto-restart?

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    I had The Dude installed on a Server, but I have tried it on 2 server running server 2008 and server 2008r2 but it crashed both. I have to admit I couldn't find anything in the event logs that explained the crash. I did setup SNMP on everything, could that have something to do with it?

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    I have reinstalled The Dude, but not enabled any SNMP monitoring, ill leave it overnight to see if it crashes or not. I am starting to believe SNMP could be the cause.

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