CiscoWorks for Windows

CiscoWorks for Windows is also part of the CiscoWorks product line, but is specifically a suite of applications designed to help simplify the administration and maintenance of small to medium sized networks using Cisco equipment. The suite includes a variety of applications that provide the ability to configure, manage, and monitor Cisco network devices, while providing extensive reporting capabilities.

CiscoWorks for Windows is SNMP-based, and was recently released in a new, web-based version. The current version is made up of 4 main applications, each with different network management capabilities.

  • CiscoView. CiscoView is an SNMP-based device management tool that provides a graphical view of the front and rear of Cisco devices. It provides a consistent graphical display of Cisco devices, providing dynamic on-screen monitoring, statistics, and configuration capabilities.
  • WhatsUp Gold. This NMS product by Ipswitch provides SNMP-based monitoring, mapping, alert, and network discovery capabilities for all network devices.
  • Threshold Manager. This tool allows you to define alert thresholds on Cisco RMON-enabled devices, such as the Catalyst line of switches.
  • Show Commands. This tool provides a graphical interface to the show commands available on Cisco devices. This gives users who may not be familiar with IOS syntax the ability to view detailed system configuration and performance information.

Author: Dan DiNicolo

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