Auto-Updating Saves Time

By Frank Ohlhorst  |  Posted 2011-12-08 Print this article Print


Those managing busy networks often have little time to spare managing their network management application. PRTG addresses that concern by incorporating auto-updating. Patches, updates and enhancements can now be automatically applied to PRTG V9, with little or no administrator action. That helps to keep the product up to date, while eliminating another thankless chore that administrators normally have to contend with on a network management product.

For administrators who have to deal with multiprotocol networks and quality-of-service (QoS) issues, PRTG has introduced enhanced QoS reporting, which now employs a two-way sensor that can calculate round-trip QoS between devices. That's an important capability for those looking to meet the high-demand bandwidth needs of voice-over-IP (VOIP) and video conferencing solutions.

Rounding out the list of improvements is enhanced auto-discovery. PRTG V9 can now detect more devices automatically and can accomplish detection much quicker, which speeds up initial setup and makes it easier to find rogue devices on the network, an all-too-common occurrence now that the consumerization of IT has taken hold in the enterprise.


Paessler has taken what was already an excellent product and has made it better. I found it difficult to find any nits to pick with this new version of PRTG, and I found the upgrade process pretty easy, as well as the overall operation of PRTG. The new features add a great deal of value to the product, and the improved GUI makes monitoring and troubleshooting that much easier. The new sensors and related capabilities allow users to drill down much further into the operation of a device, while a comprehensive alerting system keeps them on top of the situation, allowing a network manager to be more proactive. In addition, the IPv6 capabilities help to future-proof the product and prepare administrators and network managers for the onslaught of IPv6-based products that are expected to arrive on the market.

What's more, Paessler has incorporated all of these enhancements and improvements without increasing the price of the product, making what was once a very good value an even better one. That value is further increased by the incorporation of IPv6 capabilities, which will become a key need for enterprise administrators and network managers as the industry adopts more and more IPv6 products.

Frank Ohlhorst Frank J. Ohlhorst is the Executive Technology Editor for eWeek Channel Insider and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field.He began his career as a network administrator and applications program in the private sector for two years before joining a computer consulting firm as a programmer analyst. In 1988 Frank founded a computer consulting company, which specialized in network design, implementation, and support, along with custom accounting applications developed in a variety of programming languages.In 1991, Frank took a position with the United States Department of Energy as a Network Manager for multiple DOE Area Offices with locations at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), FermiLAB and the Ames Area Office (AMESAO). FrankÔÇÖs duties included managing the site networks, associated staff and the inter-network links between the area offices. He also served at the Computer Security Officer (CSO) for multiple DOE sites. Frank joined CMP TechnologyÔÇÖs Channel group in 1999 as a Technical Editor assigned to the CRN Test Center, within a year, Frank became the Senior Technical Editor, and was responsible for designing product testing methodologies, assigning product reviews, roundups and bakeoffs to the CRN Test Center staff.In 2003, Frank was named Technology Editor of CRN. In that capacity, he ensured that CRN maintained a clearer focus on technology and increased the integration of the Test CenterÔÇÖs review content into both CRNÔÇÖs print and web properties. He also contributed to NetseminarÔÇÖs, hosted sessions at CMPÔÇÖs Xchange Channel trade shows and helped to develop new methods of content delivery, Such as CRN-TV.In September of 2004, Frank became the Director of the CRN Test Center and was charged with increasing the Test CenterÔÇÖs contributions to CMPÔÇÖs Channel Web online presence and CMPÔÇÖs latest monthly publication, Digital Connect, a magazine geared towards the home integrator. He also continued to contribute to CMPÔÇÖs Netseminar series, Xchange events, industry conferences and CRN-TV.In January of 2007, CMP Launched CRNtech, a monthly publication focused on technology for the channel, with a mailed audience of 70,000 qualified readers. Frank was instrumental in the development and design of CRNTech and was the editorial director of the publication as well as its primary contributor. He also maintained the edit calendar, and hosted quarterly CRNTech Live events.In June 2007, Frank was named Senior Technology Analyst and became responsible for the technical focus and edit calendars of all the Channel GroupÔÇÖs publications, including CRN, CRNTech, and VARBusiness, along with the Channel GroupÔÇÖs specialized publications Solutions Inc., Government VAR, TechBuilder and various custom publications. Frank joined Ziff Davis Enterprise in September of 2007 and focuses on creating editorial content geared towards the purveyors of Information Technology products and services. Frank writes comparative reviews, channel analysis pieces and participates in many of Ziff Davis EnterpriseÔÇÖs tradeshows and webinars. He has received several awards for his writing and editing, including back to back best review of the year awards, and a presidentÔÇÖs award for CRN-TV. Frank speaks at many industry conferences, is a contributor to several IT Books, holds several records for online hits and has several industry certifications, including NovellÔÇÖs CNE, MicrosoftÔÇÖs MCP.Frank can be reached at

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