Product Reviews: Application, Storage, and Network Management Software

PCMAG Awards SolarWinds IP Address Manager (IPAM) 4.5/5 Stars

Samara Lynn reviews SolarWinds IP Address Manager (IPAM) and gives it 4.5 out of 5 stars, earning it an "Excellent" rating and an Editor's Choice Award. "It's an excellent, robust tool and provides lots of customization and flexibility in managing IP addresses throughout a business' infrastructure." Read the Review »

Review: Staying Patched with SolarWinds

Derek Schauland reviews SolarWinds Patch Manager for Redmond Magazine: “A third-party tool from SolarWinds can add more functionality to your environment with features that fill the gaps in WSUS. After testing the SolarWinds product and seeing just how many features there are that bring additional functionality to an existing environment, there are now features I'm not sure I could live without.” Read the Review »

Monitor user activity with SolarWinds User Device Tracker

Derek Schauland reviews SolarWinds User Device Tracker on his blog, Technically Speaking: “This product is useful in helping track down rogue computers that may attach to the network and keeping track of where they are located. For me it was somewhat eye opening the first time I went looking for other devices. There weren't a lot of rogue things, but printers or other things that I forgot were deployed showed up right away.” Read the Review »

SolarWinds IP Address Manager (IPAM) Earns WindowsNetworking.com Gold Award in Review

Brien Posey reviewed SolarWinds IPAM on WindowsNetworking.com and awarded the product 4.8 out of 5 stars, earning the product a Gold Award. "I really liked the software, and it seemed to do a good job keeping track of IP address usage," Posey wrote. Read the Review »

Check Out Web Help Desk for Managing Support Tickets

Derek Schauland reviews SolarWinds Web Help Desk on his blog, Technically Speaking: “All in all I have found Web Help Desk to be extremely user friendly, at least from the point of view of the technician managing tickets. In my environment I have begun the process of introducing it to my co-workers and that is going fairly smoothly.” Read the Review »

Product Review: SolarWinds User Device Tracker 1.1

Russell Smith reviews User Device Tracker (UDT) v. 1.1: At a fraction of the cost of other port-tracking solutions, UDT does what it says on the box. Equally important, it's easy to set up and use. Medium to large enterprises should consider deploying UDT if they're in the market for a more complete network management solution. Read the Review »

Use EminentWare to update third-party software

Lauren Malhoit reviews SolarWinds Patch Manager: I’m very happy with this software and the support services offered. I’m not sure how Solar Winds taking over will affect the company. In the short term, though, I’ve seen that there has been a large price decrease (almost 50%!) and a couple discounts added on. This will definitely decrease some headaches I’ve gotten from working with other products that either require an agent, or haven’t been updated since 1998. The key thing for me with this software is the third-party packages, but I’m not going to complain about better reporting and more granular control! Read the Review »

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)

Eric B. Rux gives SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor a 4/5. "You get a lot of bang for your buck. Creating network maps is easy and intuitive; dashboard puts the information you need at your fingertips. If you want a first-rate network management tool...Orion NPM is pretty amazing." Read the Review »

Track down bandwidth hogs easily with SolarWinds Network Monitoring Software

Reviewer Brandon Carroll writes: " SolarWinds Orion...was easy to set up with no major assistance. Since I’ve had it running, I have a new depth of visibility into the workings of my network. If I had not had the visibility into the network that Solarwinds Orion provided I would have spent a lot more time tracking down my bandwidth offender." Read the Review »

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager 4.0 Rides Herd VMware Management

ReviewerCameron Sturdevant states, "... Virtualization Manager is well worth adding to any organization’s management toolkit." Read the Review »

SolarWinds User Device Tracker

Ethan Banks reviews User Device Tracker. "To me, if you already own NPM and are managing a network of any size, UDT is a no-brainer add-on.... I’ve already recommended to my boss that we should get it." Read the Review »

SolarWinds Storage Profiler

SolarWinds' Reviewer Brien M. Posey gives Storage Profiler 4.8 out of 5 stars. Read the Review »

SolarWinds Storage Profiler 4.12

Reviewer Dave Mitchell gives SolarWinds Storage Profiler five out of six stars. Read the Review »

SolarWinds Orion Network Performance Monitor 10.1

Network Management Software recently declared Orion NPM 10 the “king of the ring” against five other competitors in their Autumn NMS Smackdown. And now with the latest release of Orion NPM 10.1, they’ve taken a deeper dive into evaluating the product. Read the Review »

Network Management Software Autumn Smackdown

Network Management Software organized a head-to-head comparison of the top six network management suites, including OpenNMS, WUG, Intermapper, ManageEngine and PathviewCloud. Read on to find out why SolarWinds Orion beat out the rest. Read the Review »

SolarWinds Orion Network Performance Monitor

Derek Schauland reviews Orion NPM v10: The application will give you a very comprehensive view of your environment. The reporting and mapping features alone will likely be a great help in getting others within your organization to see just what the network looks like and where its limits are. This could be a big step toward proactive correction of issues that pop up. Read the Review »

SolarWinds Orion Network Performance Monitor

According to reviewer Frank Ohlhorst, "For those running large heterogeneous networks, Orion NPM may very well be the must-have management tool today." Read the Review »

Review: SolarWinds LANSurveyor 10

Mapping out your network with Visio alone isn't ideal. LANSurveyor, from SolarWinds, diagrams and maps your entire network automatically. NetworkManagementSoftware.com takes an in-depth look at how LANSurveyor handles the task. Read the Review »

SolarWinds Orion Network Performance Monitor 9.5

Aaron Leskiw, CCNA, and head technical writer at NetworkManagementSoftware.com, provides an in-depth review of Solarwinds’ Orion Network Performance Manager. Are the expanded features enough to merit the cost over basic tools? Aaron finds the expanded features do indeed pay off... Read the Review »

Do You Know What’s About to Bring Down Your Network?

Joseph Moran, veteran technology writer and co-author of "Getting StartED with Windows 7," reviews SolarWinds ipMonitor. Moran writes that ipMonitor has a "simple, straightforward setup" and how "SolarWinds makes it easy to get ipMonitor up and running." Read the Review »

SolarWinds Free Tools awarded 5 stars by LaoWei Software Depot

SolarWinds NetFlow Configurator, SolarWinds TFTP Server and SolarWinds Advanced Subnet Calculator all receive top honors. Read the Review »

SolarWinds Orion - Management Made Easy

Network Computing

Midsize enterprises looking for a feature-rich and cost-friendly network-management product that enhances performance- and fault-management features need look no further.

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Orion VoIP Monitor earns recognition - awarded five stars by DownloadRage

VoIP Monitor enables you to measure and track the performance of voice quality across Wide Area Networks (WANs), where it matters most. Leveraging Cisco® IP SLAs, VoIP Monitor collects and analyzes VoIP performance statistics including MOS, jitter, network latency, packet loss and other important quality of service (QoS) metrics. These features enable you to proactively find the root cause of VoIP performance degradation and measure expected voice quality in advance of a VoIP deployment. Orion VoIP Monitor also simplifies the configuration of IP SLA on Cisco routers – in fact, it can automatically configure the routers to collect VoIP QoS statistics without you ever having to lift a finger. VoIP Monitor delivers these powerful capabilities in an affordable, easy-to-deploy and user-friendly interface that offers the familiarity of Orion. VoIP Monitor ensures that every word is crystal clear with robust capabilities, such as:Collecting and analyzing VoIP performance statistics, including MOS, jitter, network latency, packet loss, and other important QoS metricsFacilitating capacity planning for existing multi-vendor VoIP deployments and measuring voice quality in advance of new VoIP deploymentsAutomatically configuring IP SLA on Cisco routers Read the Review »

SolarWinds Exchange Monitor Receives Top Review from Tucows

SolarWinds Exchange Monitor recently received a 5 Cow Rating from www.tucows.com for its ability to provide real-time insight into Exchange services, mail queue sizes, and host server health. Read the Review »

A quick look at the free SolarWinds Exchange Monitor dashboard tool

SolarWinds' Exchange Monitor gets high praise from blogger Henrik Walther for its ease of use and real-time monitoring capabilities. Read the Review »

SolarWinds Redefines Network Configuration Management

According to Frank Ohlhorst at eWeek, "Orion NCM 5.0 is a tremendous improvement over the previous product, Cirrus Configuration Manager, providing solution providers with a powerful tool for imposing change management over complex network infrastructures." Read the Review »

Review: SolarWinds Gets It Right With Orion 9

CRN reviewer, Samara Lynn, highlights Orion NPM’s ease of installation, detail-rich interface (“Orion 9 has a winning design here—lots of detail without looking cluttered.”) and embedded Thwack message thread as outstanding elements. CRN concludes that Orion NPM is “a great tool for monitoring mid- to enterprise-level networks.” Read the Review »

TechWorld Recommends SolarWinds ipMonitor v9.0

Techworld recognizes SolarWinds' ipMonitor as "top of the heap" among "the paid-for SMB system monitoring packages on the market right now." Read the Review »

SolarWinds Orion Network Performance Monitor

Windows IT ProWindows IT Pro reviewer, John Green, says "whether you want basic enterprise network monitoring or a full suite of network diagnostic tools and monitors, I recommend Orion 9 for its full feature set and ease of use. Read the Review »

Free SolarWinds Tools

Brien Posey reviews SolarWinds Active Directory Admin Tools, Real-Time Bandwidth Monitor, and VM-to-Cloud Calculator. Read the Review »

Review: SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

Neowin got their hands on Server & Application Monitor and found that the home screen summary page provides great visibility into all the critical information you need to manage your servers & applications. Read more to hear what they have to say about our integrated virtual and physical server monitoring & other handy features. Read the Review »

Product Review: SolarWinds Patch Manager

With software vendors releasing software patches at an alarming rate, manually patching systems is rarely practical. Check out this 4 Gold Star review by WindowsNetworking.com to learn how easy it is to patch 3rd party applications with SolarWinds Patch Manager. Read the Review »

Is All Virtualization Destined for the Cloud?

It seems that the message to the millions of virtualization users is that if you are not either working in a cloud environment or moving to a cloud environment, you are behind or you have yet to be enlightened. Vendors, press and analysts publish maturity curves that often show the progression through which IT professionals should be moving to achieve cloud enlightenment. Often, the typical virtualization user would be in the “immature” portion of these maturity curves with a long road ahead of them before they get to cloud “nirvana”. Read the Review »

Review: SolarWinds Storage Manager

After using Storage Manager for some time, I'm quite impressed with the product. In addition to the overall ease of use, after a few bumps in the road I think the product is helpful. At its current price point, it's reasonable for small and midsize businesses if they have a significant investment in storage and virtualization, or are planning one Read the Review »

Review of SolarWinds Diagnostic Tool for the WSUS Agent

Free tool review: SolarWinds Diagnostic Tool for the WSUS Agent Read the Review »

4Sysops Review: SolarWinds Diagnostic Tool for the WSUS Agent

WSUS is one of the best free management tools that Microsoft provides for an Active Directory domain to receive Windows Updates. It dramatically streamlines the download/install process while allowing administrators to implement enforceable Windows Update policy on client computers. However, Microsoft does not offer much in the way of troubleshooting tools, so diagnosing an issue with a WSUS implementation can be mundane. Read the Review »

SolarWinds Log & Event Manager Includes My Favorite Feature in a SIEM…

Randy Franklin Smith reviews SolarWinds Log & Event Manager: For me, the most important thing about a log management / SIEM tool is its analysis functionality. How much built-in intelligence does it have about common event logs and how powerful are its capabilities for alerting you to important activity, reporting for compliance and adhoc research? LEM employs my favorite SIEM feature for increasing maximizing analytical power – normalization. Read the Review »

DameWare – So Good it Should be Mandatory

Aaron Leskiw reviews DameWare NT Utilities and Mini Remote Control: This tool is a must-have for any administrator! The features are powerful, extending and consolidating a range of Windows tools into one console. It also adds a variety of well-thought out extras. Read the Review »

SC Magazine – SolarWinds Patch Manager and Firewall Security Manager

SolarWinds Patch Manager AND SolarWinds Firewall Security Manager (FSM) earn Five out of Five Stars from Peter Stephenson: "SolarWinds has always had competent products and this one is no exception. It is well worth consideration, especially if other SolarWinds tools are used in the overall installation". Read the Review »