ManageEngine OpManager Review

Reliable network monitoring and a feature-rich package


If you’re struggling with constant problems like servers running out of disk space, networks running out of capacity, and users knowing when services are “down” before you do, then ManageEngine’s OpManager may be the answer.

OpManager has a large number of features that can help tame unruly networks including:

Easy installation: OpManager can be installed in only a few minutes, and will optionally scan and discover your network.

Workflow Automation: New automation features go far beyond basic scripting. A simple workflow builder UI allows users to build complex routines that can run as part of regular maintenance, or be triggered by events. Possibilities include advanced programmatic if/then functions like restarting devices and executing scripts. Or, a workflow could be triggered by an outage, execute a series of troubleshooting commands, and send the results to an administrator for action.

REST API support: Gather data from Opmanager or from other 3rd party applications using built-in APIs.

Device monitoring: Monitor devices using a range of methods – SNMP, WMI, SSH/Telnet, and more. Hyper-V support is now included, making it simple to view all virtualized devices in one place. URL monitoring includes the ability to perform synthetic transactions to ensure that websites are responding.

Mapping: Automatically generate live map views, which show status of your devices.

The newest release of Opmanager has seen huge improvements over previous versions. Overall usability, the feature-set, and stability have all been improved. The GUI in particular has been upgraded to be much more intuitive and user-friendly, making navigation and finding useful data easy.

OpManager performed well when tested in the NetworkManagementSoftware.com lab. All features worked as expected, alerting on exceptions always triggered as designed, and reporting was comprehensive.

However, one small complaint was occasional difficulty loading custom MIBs for some of the more obscure devices on the network. Basic SNMP objects could still be polled successfully on those devices though.

ManageEngine offers free Demo versions of OpManager, and this software is well worth trying out on your network.

Pros:
A feature-packed product that provides excellent network monitoring and alerting.
Supports Hyper-V, URL monitoring, and also has ability to automatically create network maps.
Automation features allow admins to automate routine tasks, including parts of the troubleshooting process.

Cons
The large feature set can also increase complexity. Although the system is relatively easy to configure, admins may find that understanding and configuring features other than basic monitoring takes time.
Still no multi-threshold alerting as of version 9 - e.g. different threshold levels for warnings, critical alarms, etc.
Some difficulty loading custom MIBs for obscure devices.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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Ravi SuvvariReal UserTOP 5LEADERBOARD

Very valuable inputs regarding OP Manager Review Aaron ; Thank you for sharing Ravi Suvvari

07 April 15
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