: Patrol for Microsoft Windows 3.0"> Executive Summary: Patrol for Microsoft Windows 3.0
BMCs Patrol for Windows 3.0 is a capable system automation tool for automatically tracking Windows servers. Although its a bit cumbersome to learn, the product does a good job of monitoring systems for availability. If a problem is discovered, the system can send alerts to a console, as well as a page or e-mail to administrators.
BMC remains competitively priced at $815 per server. IT managers will need to allocate significant resources early in the deployment process so that KMs and management policies are correctly tuned to provide the most useful management information. (+) Streamlined installation and new licensing; Web-enabled console; improved KMs. (-) Requires many arcane procedures for optimal use; many thresholds need to be fine-tuned to find appropriate alert levels. EVALUATION SHORT LIST
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