There is no shortage of utilities, applications and full blown network troubleshooting systems out there. Some are free, and some cost a pretty penny. Spoiler alert, they ALL have their place in the analysts’ toolbox.
When I present or work with a client, I explain the tools only accounts to 50% of the equation to successfully fixing a problem. The other 50% is split between knowledge and practice. Think about it for a moment, anyone can buy a pocket knife, but only a few of us can carve something recognizable out of a block of wood.
NetBeez provides a very helpful free version of its product so you can get a feel of what it can do and where it might fit into your specific environment. In the past I would have to figure out how to schedule, report results and then compile them for a report. Any one of those challenges would immediately turn off most analysts since we have plenty on our plates already.
Look at good old ping for a moment. Sure anyone can ping something
I tested the free virtual appliance, which you can find here https://netbeez.net/product/plans/netbeez-free. The free version supports; one agent, three targets, 1 user, Cloud server account, SMTP alerts, 1 and week data storage which is plenty for me and some of my clients who tried it.
Setup is pretty simple, go to NetBeez and create a cloud account and download their ova file. I used VMWARE workstation with no issues.
Some of the measurements that I tested are:
- PING, Packet Loss, Round-Trip Time,
- TCP-based PING test, Round-Trip Time, Packet Loss, Custom port numbers