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1248 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Mar 22, 2007 5:10 PM by Michael King RSS
Michael King Level 2 Level 2 (230 points)
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Feb 18, 2007 8:41 PM
I've taken a position doing IT/network/server admin with a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and money is understandably tight. They currently operate a mixed (really mixed) bag network of Mac and Windows computers on an apparently peer-to-peer network, which I'm hoping to upgrade to something representative of this century. My experience in this is limited, but I work cheap.

My most immediate desire is to find a program to scan the network to inventory all the widgets out there, and even better automatically draw a diagram. I've seen at least one out there, but at $299, it'w way outside the budget.


MacBook 2GHz   Mac OS X (10.4.8)   Dual USB iBook, G3 PowerBook, ruby iMac (Windows-free home since 1984)
  • Bojan Landekic Calculating status...
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    Mar 2, 2007 10:12 PM (in response to Michael King)
    If you are not limited to Mac OS X for this specific task, then take a look at AutoScan, according to freshmeat:

    "AutoScan is an application designed to explore and manage your network. Entire subnets can be scanned simultaneously without human intervention. It features OS detection, automatic network discovery, a port scanner, a Nessus client, a Samba share browser, and the ability to save the network state."
    iMac G3 233, Mac OS 9.1.x
  • davidh Level 4 Level 4 (1,890 points)
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    Mar 3, 2007 2:10 PM (in response to Michael King)
    Well, as someone who did learn French, even as rusty as I am (reading/speaking French) I can tell you the translation is really rough at best, but at least you can translate the documentation page here:

    eg, NO idea why it can't translate d'exploration , even directly, meaning "of exploration" , so that line should read:
    AutoScan is a tool for exploring, monitoring manageming (a) network(s).

    etc. etc.
  • davidh Level 4 Level 4 (1,890 points)
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    Mar 3, 2007 2:26 PM (in response to davidh)
    ANYwho, get wireshark, formerly known as Ethereal. And/or Nessus.
    But those won't generate a nework map for you, IIRC.
  • davidh Level 4 Level 4 (1,890 points)
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    Mar 3, 2007 2:52 PM (in response to davidh)
    Possibly also see what these might do to help:

    ConceptDraw NetDiagrammer
    Visual Route
    Net Monitor

    Functional demos available off of
  • Antonio Rocco Level 6 Level 6 (10,095 points)
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    Mar 19, 2007 1:28 PM (in response to Michael King)

    Without spending any money at all launch terminal and:
    ping where is your IP address range.
    Let that run for a bit then issue arp -a in another shell. It does not give you network topology or anything like that but its a useful tool for discovering mac addresses to ip addresses as well as dhcp client ids. IPScanner on the Windows platform is pretty good too. Net Tool Box for OSX/Windows by Charlie Boisseau is pretty good too.

    Hope this helps


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