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Ciscoworks 4.0, Bandwidth Utilization

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Oct 27th, 2010
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Hello!


I haven't worked with Ciscoworks in a long time and see v4.0 is out. Does anyone if this app is a good tool to monitor bandwidth utilization? We need a good product that can monitor utilization on our WAN circuits and also doing regular backups of our configs for a variety of routers, switches.


Your opinions are appreciated!



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Joe Clarke Sun, 10/31/2010 - 09:33
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My opinion may be biased, but LMS 4.0 can do what you want.  It has performance management capabilities that can graph and report on interface, CPU, and memory utilization as well as allows for custom MIB object pollers to be defined.  LMS also does configuration collection for a wide variety of devices.


If you really want to get a good idea if this is the right product suite for you, download the 90-day eval from http://www.cisco.com/go/nmsevals (click on the Network Management Software link).  You will be able to test the full functionality of LMS 4.0 on up to 100 devices for 90 days.

BEN ROBINSON Sun, 10/31/2010 - 18:25
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Would you consider it's monitoring capabilities on-par with MRTG for easy to read utilization on WAN circuits?

Joe Clarke Sun, 10/31/2010 - 22:08
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LMS 4.0 performance monitoring capabilities are definitely on par with MRTG, but graphs are not the primary output of LMS's performance monitoring feature.  LMS provides portlets to display the top resource consumers and most utilized interfaces.  It also offers reports managers tend to like as well as live graphs of any MIB object.

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