Features Overview

  • Quick Installation and Configuration

    NetCrunch can be installed in minutes - no additional downloads needed. It can be run on any Windows machine (Windows 7 or newer).

    For server monitoring, it does not require SNMP to be installed on Windows (or Linux, Mac OS X or BSD) and uses Active Directory managed access rights to Windows servers (it can be used also in a Workgroup environment).

    Read about Monitoring Windows with NetCrunch

    NetCrunch discovers your network in a few minutes, then checks to see which services are running on each node.

    After NetCrunch recognizes a particular device type, it automatically starts monitoring it, and sets alerts for the device (using Monitoring Packs). If a device type can't be recognized, you can quickly set an appropriate device type manually.

    Discovering your Network

  • Network Maps, Charts and Dashboards

    NetCrunch automatically creates Layer 2 maps, routing maps and automatically manages and updates many predefined views like: locations, device types, servers, switches etc. All maps can show node status and also calculate summary status. So when something happen to the node you will notice appropriate color and message next to node icon.

    Manage by the rules

    Whether you need a network map, multiple performance data charts or top charts you can make them with rules and allow NetCrunch to do the updates.

    Managing Network Atlas Views

  • Comprehensive Monitoring

    NetCrunch combines monitoring of network infrastructure devices like: switches, routers and printers with server and virtualization host monitoring (Windows, Mac OS X, BSD, ESX/i). It can also monitor 65 type common network services (ping, DNS, SMTP, DHCP. FTP, etc.) and has more advanced sensors for monitoring HTTP content or page load time, round trip email monitor, file and folder monitors and DNS query monitor. NetCrunch includes software and hardware inventory module for Windows.

    NetCrunch makes monitoring easy to manage with Monitoring Packs, which contain alerting and data collection rules. They can be automatically assigned to nodes upon given rules or manually one by one. If you want to change monitored parameter (like changing a threshold value), you can do this in one place and the change will be applied automatically to all nodes using given Monitoring Pack.

    The program contains over 120 predefined Monitoring Packs and you can easily create new ones for monitoring any SNMP device or Windows system.

    Automatic Monitoring and Organizing Predefined Monitoring Packs

  • Comprehensive UI

    While checking a node state you can also see its physical connections, and all views which include this node. In one click you can explore switch ports, VLANs, and connections.

    Alerts, Network Traffic, and Performance views - everything is linked, especially when you are troubleshooting network problems.

    You can do things effectively, for instance you can easily select multiple nodes and change their settings with only one click.

    NetCrunch comes with desktop, web and mobile consoles. The desktop console has also been optimized for Windows 8.1 tablets.

    Finally, in NetCrunch you can find diagnostic tools for Windows WMI Tools, IP Tools and SNMP Viewer which allows you to easily explore or change data on supported SNMP devices (switches, printers, routers, etc.).

  • Pending Alerts View

    When you look in the alert log you see just the list of alerts as they happen over the time. But this view is not giving you the right information about which problems have been solved (closed) already, and which still need an attention.

    NetCrunch tracks when alerts begin and end so you can focus on pending alerts. All internal alerts triggered by NetCrunch are correlated by default. Any external alerts (from syslog, SNMP traps, Windows Event Log Events) can be correlated by adding closing conditions (events) to the defined alert. Finally, you can add alerting actions (i.e. notifications) to be execute not only when alert starts but also when it ends (closes).

    Alert and Report Management

  • Extensive Alerting Actions

    NetCrunch supports common notification types like SMS, desktop notification and email. It can also trigger external notifications using any script or program.

    It can remotely run scripts on all supported operating systems (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, BSD), restart machines or services, and set SNMP variables. There are over 30 predefined actions ready to be used in alerting scripts.

    An alerting script simplifies managing alerts and allows you to define a custom alert escalation scheme (which action should be taken after a certain time or on alert close).

    NetCrunch simplifies managing alert actions using alerting scripts and user or group profiles. Instead of hardcoding emails for each alert you can send notifications to user groups or single users, and then manage user profiles that define which notifications should be sent and when. For instance, you can set a user to receive SMS only on certain hours and days of the week.

    Alerting Actions

  • Reporting & Analytics

    Reports are generated in PDF format. Reporting tasks can be run ad-hoc or scheduled (daily, weekly, monthly), and reports can be distributed automatically by email.

    Historic monitoring data can be exported to external databases (MS SQL, MySQL, Oracle, etc.).

    The Trend Viewer allows you to analyze and compare historic performance metrics collected by NetCrunch. You can compare different metrics or see value distribution by hours or days of the week.

  • High Performance & Security

    NetCrunch is optimized for speed as it can monitor up to 3,000 nodes from a single machine. A single instance of NetCrunch can track over 200,000 performance parameters!

    NetCrunch combines different technologies for the best result: NoSQL proprietary database for performance metrics history, in-memory database for fast real-time status, and an embedded SQL database for storing alerts.

    To achieve the best results even when working remotely over slow links, NetCrunch uses advanced techniques like: false alert suppression and console protocol optimization.

    All program components are secured with industry standard cyphers. Web consoles can use SSL for connecting to NetCrunch. The Remote Administration console uses encryption and compression for accessing the server remotely.

    Self Monitoring

    NetCrunch monitors itself - it monitors hundreds of software components parameters and warns you in case of slowdown or problems. NetCrunch is designed to survive overload condition which can happen in case of network device failure (generating thousands alerts per second).

  • Simple Licensing Model

    NetCrunch is licensed per number of network nodes, which is more logical than counting probes or sensors, and scales efficiently. A single node always counts as a single node regardless of the number of services or applications being monitored on this node, even if it's a 48-port switch or server running multiple applications.

    Compare the NetCrunch licensing model to other models

  • Why NetCrunch?

    AdRem Software has been developing software for networks since 1998. We started by providing successful tools for Novell networks, and after that we started developing our flagship network monitoring system which was first released in 2001.

    We release NetCrunch updates 4-5 times a year, adding new features in every minor release.
    See NetCrunch release notes

    We provide worldwide tech support by our in-house engineers. Support requests are answered in less than 24 hours on business days. You can also access online knowledge base

    We offer free pre-sales support and provide installation assistance for you. Our partners can offer consulting, on-site support and training.

    monitoring over 1.3 million devices

    in 87 countries

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