+ Post New Thread
Results 1 to 12 of 12
Wireless Networks Thread, Network Mapping Software in Technical; I am trying to work out how the network in both my schools is put together - this involves actually ...
  1. #1

    witch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Dorset
    Posts
    11,118
    Thank Post
    1,371
    Thanked 2,375 Times in 1,672 Posts
    Rep Power
    703

    Network Mapping Software

    I am trying to work out how the network in both my schools is put together - this involves actually trying to find possibly mythical switches, hanging off ladders trying to see what is written on cables (or deciding that the things are completely unlabelled) and working out which are uplinks, downlink, or goodness knows what sort of links.
    Both networks have been added to by lots of different companies over the years, and no-one has provided any documentation, and not bothered to label things either.
    Does anyone use any free software that is easy to use and which could help me in my quest for network understanding?

    Currently I am at least one switch short, unless the whiteboards are catching the internet out of thin air. I just can't find it - I think I have looked in every cupboard in the school - it must be somewhere :x

    Any help gratefully received!

  2. #2

    DaveP's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Can't talk now: The mother-ship is calling!
    Posts
    8,798
    Thank Post
    351
    Thanked 1,274 Times in 870 Posts
    Blog Entries
    4
    Rep Power
    1126

    Re: Network Mapping Software

    You could try SpiceWorks: Autodiscovers devices on the network. URL:

    http://www.spiceworks.com/

  3. #3
    timbo343's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Leeds/York area, North Yorkshire
    Posts
    2,992
    Thank Post
    287
    Thanked 283 Times in 197 Posts
    Rep Power
    118

    Re: Network Mapping Software

    Quote Originally Posted by DaveP
    You could try SpiceWorks: Autodiscovers devices on the network. URL:

    http://www.spiceworks.com/
    The download dont work from them.

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Clog Land
    Posts
    178
    Thank Post
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
    Rep Power
    0

    Re: Network Mapping Software

    I guessing it wont be but if you have Cisco or HP kit you can use the "show cdp neighbours" command which will tell you the switches that the switch you are consoled into are connected too.

  5. #5

    DaveP's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Can't talk now: The mother-ship is calling!
    Posts
    8,798
    Thank Post
    351
    Thanked 1,274 Times in 870 Posts
    Blog Entries
    4
    Rep Power
    1126

    Re: Network Mapping Software

    Quote Originally Posted by timbo343
    Quote Originally Posted by DaveP
    You could try SpiceWorks: Autodiscovers devices on the network. URL:

    http://www.spiceworks.com/
    The download dont work from them.
    I have just downloaded it again and it works for me. I can't attach it to this post because it is bigger than 6 Mb.

  6. #6
    edie209's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Kernow
    Posts
    671
    Thank Post
    41
    Thanked 16 Times in 15 Posts
    Rep Power
    21

    Re: Network Mapping Software

    Tim I just tried and the download worked for me, we are using it here it seems to be quite a good program but the jury's still out. I had an email from them about a week ago informing me of an upgrade coming out in the next weeks. Give it a go it might be just what you want.

    Although I don't think it is what you want Witch, there was another program mention here a while back called "The Dude" its listed in the esential software list I think that would be more what you are looking for.

  7. #7
    timbo343's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Leeds/York area, North Yorkshire
    Posts
    2,992
    Thank Post
    287
    Thanked 283 Times in 197 Posts
    Rep Power
    118

    Re: Network Mapping Software

    tut, ill download it again then and see what it does.

    T

  8. #8
    timbo343's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Leeds/York area, North Yorkshire
    Posts
    2,992
    Thank Post
    287
    Thanked 283 Times in 197 Posts
    Rep Power
    118

    Re: Network Mapping Software

    ops: that seems to be a bit better, was getting speeds of 7kb when i last downloaded it ops:

  9. #9


    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    8,202
    Thank Post
    442
    Thanked 1,032 Times in 812 Posts
    Rep Power
    339

    Re: Network Mapping Software

    http://www.zenoss.com/

    Inventory & Configuration

    Persistent database of IT inventory and configuration detail stored in a Zope Enterprise Object (ZEO) database.
    Auto-discovery

    * Network devices & servers
    * Device configuration details including interfaces, memory, disk, OS, services, processes, software
    * IP address utilization

    Scheduling

    * Scheduled auto-discovery
    * Manual / Ad-hoc configuration discovery

    Manual Field Population

    * Manual addition of new devices
    * Allow for the creation of custom fields
    * Search for resources using custom fields

    Grouping, Organization, Association, Classification

    * Organize devices by logical system
    * Associate devices with locations
    * Associate devices with operators
    * Hierarchical configuration of device properties with inheritance
    * Ability to put devices into various "production levels" (e.g. maintenance, decommission, etc...)

    Reporting

    * Global Inventory
    * Change History
    * Device Detail

    Availability Monitoring

    Zenoss provides active monitoring of devices through the execution of simple tests.
    Scheduled Availability Tests

    * ICMP response testing
    * SNMP response testing
    * Testing of standard TCP/IP services (HTTP, SMTP, etc...)
    * Testing of specified TCP/IP ports with regular expression matching
    * Windows service availability testing
    * Windows process availability testing
    * Linux/Unix process availability testing
    * Single URL availability testing
    * Support for Nagios Plug-Ins

    Dependency Tracking

    Intelligently suppress tests and alerts based on layer 3 network dependencies
    Event Generation

    Generate events based on availability issues
    Reporting

    * Ping Issues
    * SNMP Issues
    * SLA Reporting

    Performance Monitoring

    Zenoss can be used to monitor overall health of network devices, servers, and operating systems.
    Collection & Thresholds

    * Scheduled collection and storage of SNMP OID values
    * Pre-loaded MIBs and new local MIBs
    * Ability to set several threshold levels

    Event Generation

    Generate events with specific severity based on threshold settings
    Graphing & Reporting

    * Graphing of Trend over time: hourly, weekly, monthly, yearly
    * Other Performance Reports

    Event Monitoring and Management

    Collect information through common event collection protocols.
    Event Collection

    * Aggregation of events from various sources: availability monitoring, performance monitoring, syslog sources, SNMP trap sources, Windows Event log
    * Custom event creation through XML-RPC interface
    * Parsing of custom log files

    Event Processing

    * Ability to build event processing rules through GUI interface
    * Automatic event classification
    * Automatic event prioritization
    * Automatic de-duplication
    * Automatic begin/end correlation
    * Operator acknowledgment
    * Automatic and Manual Archiving

    Alerting

    * Paging and Email alerts
    * Ability to delay alerting based on customize and personalized rules
    * Basic escalation rules
    * Advanced escalation rules
    * System is aware of level three topology to avoid "alarm fatigue"

    Reporting

    * Ability to view current events and event history
    * Inventory of events and event classifications
    * Additional Event Reports

    Other Features
    Dashboards

    * Customized Dashboard that summarizes active events by business system and severity
    * Read-only Dashboard for other groups in company

    Web Portal

    * Secure web-based portal/console
    * Rich AJAX-Enabled user interface
    * Role-based permissions
    * Personalized queries
    * Personalized views

    Operations

    * Heartbeat monitoring for Zenoss internal components
    * Automatic event archiving
    * Automate check for updated software versions

  10. #10

    maniac's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Kent
    Posts
    3,037
    Thank Post
    209
    Thanked 425 Times in 306 Posts
    Rep Power
    144

    Re: Network Mapping Software

    I use 3 com network mapper, which produces quite a good network diagram. It's not always 100% accurate with relative positioning of switches, but is generally accurate with the number of switches a particular node travels through.

    If it finds managed switches it will tell you the IP number, and it will tell you the details of every workstation, printer or other device it finds.

    I'm in the same situation, our network is not mapped or documented in anyway. we've got a fibre patch pannel with 12 duplex fibres comining into it, but no idea where each one goes! I also know a lot of our cabinets are linked to each other with fibre links (most of which aren't used) but again I know these aren't documented. Cabling in this place has been done by at least 5 different companies to varying standards, and we have no less than 13 wiring cabinets throughout the building! Nitemare!

    Mike.

  11. #11

    SpuffMonkey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Posts
    2,230
    Thank Post
    54
    Thanked 278 Times in 186 Posts
    Rep Power
    134

    Re: Network Mapping Software

    The Dude is pretty cool too!

    http://www.mikrotik.com/thedude.php

  12. #12

    witch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Dorset
    Posts
    11,118
    Thank Post
    1,371
    Thanked 2,375 Times in 1,672 Posts
    Rep Power
    703

    Re: Network Mapping Software

    Wow!
    You certainly get a lot of answers on Edugeek.
    I shall try some/all of your suggestions and see if I can work out what goes where!
    Thanks

    Sarah

SHARE:
+ Post New Thread

Similar Threads

  1. Mapping network drive without using Scripts
    By tazz in forum How do you do....it?
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 5th October 2007, 03:18 PM
  2. Network Mapping
    By enjay in forum Network and Classroom Management
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 14th September 2007, 01:21 PM
  3. Mapping my network
    By Samson in forum Wireless Networks
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 15th March 2007, 10:07 AM
  4. Mapping Network Drives ?
    By mac_shinobi in forum Scripts
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 8th March 2007, 03:49 PM
  5. Mind Mapping Software - (Inspiration,Freemind,etc)
    By flyinghaggis in forum Educational Software
    Replies: 21
    Last Post: 6th July 2006, 09:39 PM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •