Network discovery tools are an indispensable part of IT environments that continually scale by adding new network devices or components across wired, wireless, and virtual networks. Network discovery solutions create and maintain an inventory of these components by tracking their location and how they're mapped, along with rediscovering existing components for real-time status updates.
With your IT inventory depending on the efficiency of your network discovery tool, it's important to choose an effective network discovery solution that enables you to automatically discover, scan, and map your network environment.
OpManager's network discovery tool offers advanced network discovery capabilities that automate the network device discovery process and also create and maintain a detailed inventory of all your network devices by continually scanning and updating end-to-end network device details. OpManager network discovery software relieves your IT team of redundant network monitoring tasks by automating IT inventory maintenance, network resource mapping, availability monitoring, and more.
OpManager comes jam-packed with robust features aimed at making the network discovery process simpler, less time-consuming, and much more effective. The features include:
OpManager's discovery profiles eliminate the typical woes of network discovery. Its flexible discovery capabilities enable you to detect network devices by scanning across IP address blocks, subnets, or integrated active directories, or by importing them through a CSV file. OpManager's network discovery tool supports multiple authentication credentials including SNMP v1, v2, and v3; WMI; SSH; and Telnet, which enable you to discover a range of network devices including interfaces, servers, VMware, and RAID storage devices. The network device discovery tool also allows you to rediscover a network device after you make changes to it; this process automatically updates the device information without the need for reconfiguration.
When it comes to monitoring network components, one of the most time-consuming tasks is manually triggering a network scan from your network discovery tool every time a new device is added to your network.
OpManager simplifies this process with Discovery Schedule. You can configure a Discovery Schedule by specifying the time interval in which you want the discovery to happen again, upon which OpManager's network discovery software automatically initiates the discovery process in the specified time frequency.
OpManager's real-time network discovery tool not only discovers devices but can also be configured to discover the interfaces associated with the discovery profile. With Layer-2 discovery, you can configure uplink dependency to the core router or seed device to automatically discover devices and manage the flood of alerts. Layer-2 discovery also helps you automatically generate network maps for the discovered devices and understand network topology for effective network monitoring.
Once a discovery profile is configured, OpManager's network discovery scanning offers a detailed discovery report on the discovered devices based on the time the profile was executed. This report displays the total number of devices found in your network, the number of devices successfully discovered, the number of undiscovered devices, and other important aspects of network discovery and monitoring that will help you drill down into the performance and availability of your network.
Network discovery isn't just about finding new devices in your network anymore. For an uncomplicated network monitoring experience, your network discovery tool should be able to both identify and classify devices, readying them for monitoring by your network monitoring solution.
OpManager comes pre-loaded with more than 11,000 device templates, each preconfigured with a set of properties such as Vendor Name, Category, Device Identifier, and a few pre-configured monitors for a particular device type. Once it detects any new device in the network, OpManager compares the device with its device templates and associates an appropriate one with the newly discovered device. You can allow OpManager to monitor the device with the preconfigured settings in these device templates, or you can edit the settings via the device snapshot page.
OpManager's network discovery tool features a Discovery Rule Engine to help further leverage the power of automation in the network discovery process. The Discovery Rule Engine automatically associates monitors, notification profiles, or Business Views to a device during discovery if the discovered device satisfies a set of predefined conditions, eliminating the need to perform them manually.
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