GFI is launching a freeware version of GFI Network Server Monitor 6, its network monitoring product that automatically scans networks and servers for failures, and allows administrators to fix and identify issues before users report them. GFI Network Server Monitor can issue alerts by email, pager or SMS and can automatically perform required actions, such as rebooting a machine, restarting a service or running a script. The freeware version, worth US$250, enables these features for three servers, as well as all the additions recently introduced in the latest version of the product. New features include a totally new interface for fast and easy configuration, the capacity to monitor Linux servers, and the ability to check service availability by simulating a real service request (such as an actual terminal server login).
Monitoring Linux servers
Extensive checks for monitoring Linux servers have been included in GFI Network Server Monitor 6, released earlier this year. Administrators can now monitor CPU usage, printer availability, file existence, process running, folder size, file size, users' and groups' membership, disk partition check and disk space in a Linux environment too. They can also add any required check by creating an SSH script.
Monitors terminal servers and services by performing actual logins and tests
GFI Network Server Monitor can check the status of a terminal server by actually performing a complete login to check if the session is established correctly. Similarly, it actually tests the status of a service as opposed to simply deducing the status from generated events. This is in stark contrast with other monitoring solutions, such as Microsoft MOM, that rely solely on events generated by the service. GFI Network Server Monitor's monitoring method is by far superior and is the soundest way to ensure network uptime.
New configuration interface
Version 6 includes a straightforward configuration interface that permits checks to be organized into folders and enables them to inherit folder properties such as notifications, maintenance times, dependencies and more. GFI Network Server Monitor's new user-friendly interface greatly eases configuration.
New quick start wizard
GFI Network Server Monitor 6 includes a monitoring check wizard that can automatically create a set of checks for an organization's important servers in a few quick steps. Administrators can simply install and configure it to suit their network requirements in a few minutes, rather than having to undergo training as is the case with some competing products.
"Our offer of a free three-server version of GFI Network Server Monitor provides small businesses, which would not normally make the investment, with an automatic network server monitoring solution. Administrators can monitor and receive alerts about critical machines such as their mail server, web server and file server for free," said Andre Muscat, Product Manager at GFI.