Welcome to the weekly rundown of what going on in the network management market:
Monitor your Web users
Here's a freeware tool that could be useful to anyone wanting control over their users' browsing habits, as long as you're running Microsoft's Internet security and acceleration (ISA) server. GFI WebMonitor is a native plug-in extension to ISA Server that allows administrators to monitor, block and terminate Web connections.
This latest version 2 supports ISAS 2004 and adds new views, including a user history overview and a record of who has accessed a specific URL. GFI describes the tool as a halfway house between Web filters and logfile analysers, and says it is accessible too authorised users from anywhere on the network
Targetting Windows downtime
Sunbelt System Software says its ServerVision application provides central monitoring of local and remote servers for just £175 per system. The software tracks server health and performance, and allows automated responses to be defined for specific events.
Administrators can view services running, Windows 2003 and .NET event logs, disk space, memory and system performance, either locally via an MMC snap-in or remotely via a Web interface. Automated responses to alerts can include running a program, restarting a service, rebooting a system, or sending an email, for example.
ServerVision can integrate with the free version of HFNetChk from Shavlik Technologies to check that systems are up to date with the latest Windows security patches. And although it is designed for the various Microsoft server operating systems, it also provides full functionality on Windows XP Pro, 2000 Pro and NT Workstation.
Flat pack rack stack
The country that gave us IKEA now brings us self-assembly racking for data centres. CombiRack from Sweden's Defem comes in a flat pack, although there's no word on whether it's also available in pine or beech.
Defem says the key thing is that it combines racking with structured cable channels, the aim being to ensure complete and open access to cables and equipment, instead of hiding them away. As long as you haven't put it together upside down, of course.