It's monitoring Monday. All the new networking news that's fit to print:

Freeware server monitoring
Up to three servers can be monitored for free, following GFI's release of a freeware version of its Network Server Monitor 6 software. The program scans Windows, Linux and Unix servers and networks for failures, issuing alerts and automatically taking actions such as rebooting a machine, restarting a service or running a script.

It can test the status of a terminal server or service by actually trying to use it, instead of relying on event reports generated by the servers. The software can also monitor CPU usage, printer availability, file existence, process running, folder size, file size, users' and groups' membership, disk partition check and disk space.

"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," said GFI product manager Andre Muscat. He added that the full version costs from $499 for 10 servers.

Managing WAN applications
Get your WAN optimised, said Expand Networks as it launched the latest release of its ExpandView monitoring and management software. Now up to version 3.0, ExpandView includes a dynamic mapping tool able to provide a real-time view of the WAN that includes status, performance and alerts in a single display.

In particular, it detects Expand's accelerator appliances, automatically updating them and collecting their performance statistics. However, it can report on WAN application performance even where there are no acceleration appliances installed, and use previous usage to provide predictions for future WAN loading. Expand says that the software runs on Linux and Unix, as well as on Windows, and costs from £2,995 for a 10-user licence.

Reporting on Citrix use
Monitoring the applications running on your network can be a problem when they are wrapped up in other protocols, for example if you're running server-based computing with thin clients. That, according to Network Instruments, is why it has done a deal with Citrix to gain access to proprietary technology which it will build into its Observer line of network analysers.

The result will allow Observer users to monitor, decode and troubleshoot applications served via Citrix, said Roman Oliynyk, CEO of Network Instruments. "Our customers' networks are constantly evolving and we need to provide them with the latest technology to manage their networks," he added.

Group servers and report to a database
Sunbelt Software said that version 1.1 of its ServerVision monitoring tool adds the ability to group servers manually or automatically, and then apply pre-defined performance monitoring policies. Both local and remote servers can be monitored, with automated actions and alerts based on events and thresholds.

This latest version of ServerVision also has extra reporting and connectivity options. It can store performance data and operating system event logs in either an SQL or Microsoft Access database, and administrators can connect to a server using protocol-independent named pipes or TCP/IP. It can also be deployed remotely.