I would add my weight behind James and Scott. At a marketing level, the
products are very similar but the devil really is in the detail. I have
recently been working in a multi-NetView environment with a top-level
NetView on AIX and distributed NetView on NT and the differences have
been leaping out!
Little things really annoy me like you don't seem to be able to modify a
SmartSet - you have to delete it and recreate it. There's no GUI rule
builder and though the marketing says you can create rules on Unix and
import to NT, they don't support the "Action" block on NT, which is about
the most important element of most of my rules. Managing the databases
is far less transparent to me on NT as they are in Access or MS SQL not
Operating System files, so all my standard little scripts from Unix to
archive databases, don't work. SNMP collected data you cannot dump in
the same format as Unix - snmpodump (rather than snmpColDump) won't
produce data records with time since the epoch. If you have scripts to
do things with NetView, many of the commands are subtly changed - like
snmpodump.... The documentation is not nearly as thorough on the NT
platform - I feel there are areas where the products differ but no-one
quite got around to detailing exactly how the changed bits work on
NT.... If you also have TEC, the Unix NetView integration is MUCH
easier, and in the scenario I have recently been working, the reliability
of the trap forwarding system on NT hasn't been too good - trapfrwd just
seems to quietly die off (that may be our setup, so take this one with a
pinch of salt).
And horrors! The netmon -a commands are not supported so I can't find out
what is on netmon's ping list or snmp-poll list.
Maybe I am just biased having worked with the Unix version for so long,
but I would still advocate NetView on Unix unless an environment has NO
bducharme AT avdl DOT com wrote:
> We are currently running Netview on AIX.
> We are planning to move it to windows 2000.
> Anyone with this experience ?
> What are the performance of Netview on Windows ?
> Is it as stable as AIX ?
> Can we install TEC on the same Win2k box as Netview ?
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