The Observer Enterprise Edition includes all the features
of Observer Suite with 25 Remote Probes.
Troubleshoot Any Network Problem, Anywhere, at Any Time - With
Complete Protocol Analysis, Expert Systems, Distributed Architecture,
SNMP, RMON and Web Access for Shared and Switched Networks.
The ultimate toolbox for troubleshooting and maintaining your
The Observer Enterprise Edition includes all the features of
Observer, and Observer
Suite - plus an integrated RMON1/2 console and management interface,
a built-in web server and web based access to trending and reporting,
with 25 Probes.
- Convert your PC or laptop into a powerful protocol analyzer
- Instantly access the effectiveness of network changes
- Pinpoint difficult problems through real-time or post-capture
- Obtain instant expert explanations online for each event
- Optimize specific network devices through the full-featured
SNMP management console
- Monitor, analyze and troubleshoot a group of LANs/WANs from
a central site using the industry standard RMON 1/2 collection
- View multi-segment LANs/WANs by adding Advanced or RMON2
- Monitor all ports on a switch
- View Observer statistics from any web browser using the built-in
- Configure and update SNMP device parameters all from a single
The Ultimate Tool For The Most Demanding Power User—Observer
Observer® Enterprise: A cost-effective, software-only,
Windows-based tool that extends Observer's core functions—integrating
multiple networking technologies, creating the most comprehensive
toolkit available, capable of analyzing any network problem, anywhere,
at any time, from the network administrator's PC.
Observer Enterprise is a network monitor and protocol analyzer for
Ethernet, Token Ring and FDDI. Observer Enterprise puts metrics,
capture/decode and trending for both shared and switched network
environments. With its included Probe running on a PC on a remote
segment of any LAN, WAN or VLAN, Observer Enterprise can monitor
not only the local segment/switch, but the remote segment as well.
Observer Enterprise offers both real-time monitoring and troubleshooting,
as well as a complete trending and baselining collection system
to view historical data collected for days, weeks, months or even
years. Observer Enterprise provides a complete management solution
for even the most complex LAN/WAN environments.
Simply Put: The Observer Enterprise Is The Most Complete, Feature-Rich
Network Management And Analysis Product Available Anywhere.
A Summary of Enterprise’s Major
Decode - Decodes all primary protocols and subprotocols, over
500 protocols decoded, and over 4000 unique frame types recognized.
Filters - Inclusive, exclusive, address range, error, library of
protocol presets and offsets, custom offsets with use of up to twenty
Bandwidth Utilization - Shows your LAN's (or switches) current
bandwidth (or throughput).
Top Talkers - Top stations, receiving, sending & total traffic.
Includes percent, total packets, broadcasts, multicasts (each per
second) for each station on your LAN.
Protocol Statistics - Breakdown of all traffic by protocols and
subprotocols presented in table or graph format. Up to 255 user-configurable
Pair Statistics (Matrix) - Tracks all conversation pairs on the
LAN. Graphical matrix shows pair conversations with lines that reflect
total traffic flow.
Internet Observer - Shows user's Internet usage in three views:
Internet Patrol - Displays individual users' Internet usage. IP
to IP Pairs (Matrix) - Displays true layer 3 IP addresses. IP Subprotocols
by Station - Displays each users' specific Internet (or any IP)
usage by service.
Vital Signs Display - Displays network errors for Ethernet,
Token Ring or FDDI. Ethernet Packets too big/small, CRC, collisions,
alignment. Token Ring - All 29 MAC layer errors reported by Type
I, II, III and beacon. FDDI - all 183 SMT and MAC layer errors reported.
Errors by Station - For Ethernet, Observer Enterprise includes standard
ErrorTrack - NDIS drivers that allow tracking of Ethernet Errors
by station. For Token Ring and FDDI, errors by station are displayed
with standard adapter drivers.
Efficiency History - Measures and grades data-carrying capacity
of a segment. Provides an independent baseline assessment of changes
Router Observer - Lets you focus Observer Enterprise on a specific
device (usually a router). Displays packets, bytes, packets and
bytes/sec plus percent of the device's interface being used.
Switched Modes - Observer Enterprise uses advanced sampling
and scripting to loop through all ports on your switch and collect
statistics on a port-by-port basis.
Network Trending - Trending mode with viewer allows user to
collect, store, view and analyze the network traffic over days,
weeks, months, and even years.
Distributed Via Probes
Extensible via the addition of software-based, non-dedicated
Probes, Observer Enterprise is a fully-distributed protocol analyzer.
The 25 Probes provide identical statistics and functionality for
remote segments as the Observer Enterprise console. Observer's 25
Probes can be installed as either the Advanced Probe or the RMON
The Advanced Probe - Offers a superset of RMON functionality. The
Probe software runs on a standard non-dedicated Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP
PC and requires no additional hardware. For NT/2000/XP, a Probe
can be run as a service. Additionally, the 25 Probes can collect
trending data without being connected to Observer (unattended mode).
The RMON Probe - An industry-standard RMON1/2 compliant Probe application.
All 19 RMON groups are supported with full adherence to RFCs 1513,
1757, 2021 and 2074. RMON Probes can support up to 10 interfaces.
A Probe running in RMON mode can report to any RMON or SNMP management
console that supports RMON1/2. RMON Probes can also be run as a
service on NT/2000/XP.
Traffic Generator—Allows generation of traffic for testing
purposes. User can specify packet type, packet size, packets/sec,
time period to generate, destination, source and number of packets
Discover Network Names—Discovers all MAC addresses and auto-aliases
for IP, NetWare or Microsoft. Each is configurable—a DNS lookup
for IP, for IPX a NetWare server query for login names, for Microsoft
NetBIOS login names are found for each hard address.
Observer Enterprise's Built-In Extensions Put The Power In Your
Hands—From Expert Analysis to Reporting via a Web Browser.
Observer Enterprise's real-time expert offer both expert event
identification, and expert analysis and modeling. Local and remote
traffic is analyzed using different critera to make certain your
troubleshooting time is not clouded with false events due to WAN
or Internet connections. A summary of expert features includes:
- Instant On-Line Expert Explanation Help
- Expert Summary Problem Analysis
- Expert Event and Problem Identification for:
- Frame Relay
- Time Interval Analysis
- Graphical Connection Dynamics
- Server Load Analysis
- "What If" Modeling
- WAN Compare - Tracks conversations and response times
across a WAN without the need for expensive time synchronization
SNMP Device Management and Data Collection
While Observer monitors network traffic, SNMP (Simple Network Protocol)
is the standard for monitoring specific network devices. With Observer
Enterprise, the benefits of protocol/traffic analysis and full SNMP
device management no longer need to be two separate activities.
Observer Enterprise offers complete SNMP device management, supporting
multiple views of SNMP device data, and both readable and writable
SNMP objects through Observer or a web browser. The Observer Enterprise's
SNMP offers a variety of reporting tools, including highly configurable
charts, tables, lists and graphical objects (forms). Traps are fully
supported and multiple notifications are available upon trap reception.
A MIB compiler is included to offer support for any vendor’s
SNMPv1 or SNMPv2 MIBs.
- Complete SNMP Management Console
- Complete router, switch or any SNMP compliant device configuration
- Single tool for multi-vendor hardware networks
- Remote console for SNMP based devices anywhere on your LAN/WAN
or connected by the Internet
RMON Probe Device Management and Data Collection
The RMON console in the Enterprise monitors and controls any RMON-standard
device - router, switch, server, or hardware probe—or program
anywhere on the network. The RMON included is fully compliant with
all RMON1 and RMON2 specifications, and fully supports all 19 RMON
groups. A single management tool for multi-vendor networks that
- A remote console for RMON based devices anywhere on your LAN/WAN
or connected by the Internet
- A cost effective RMON analysis solution
The Enterprise's Web server and interface expands the availability
of Observer's analysis statistics to any platform that supports
a Web browser. Trending information is collected by Observer and
reports are dynamically generated on a request-by-request basis
from any browser. Reports can be configured to display data based
on time, station(s), or SNMP data. Provides non-Observer users controlled
access to LAN or WAN baseline data incuding:
- Access current or historical statistics from any browser, anywhere
- See real-time statistics with granularity down to 1 minute
Observer Enterprise Requirements:
Minimum: Pentium 400 w/128MB RAM, Windows 98 or later, a supported
network adapter, a mouse, and a color monitor running at 1024x768
resolution. Recommended: Windows 2000/XP, Pentium 600 (or faster)
w/256MB RAM, and a color monitor running at 1280x1024 resolution.