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Anyone have some tips on multicast streaming with an NCAST to the WAN? Multicasting beyond locally is beyond my expertise.

 

I have a brand new PR702R that I have streaming fine to those on my subnet, but need to be able to allow viewing from the other WAN connected CCV centers. Any assistance is appreciated.

 

-Charlie

 

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Charles Bombard

Assistant Chief Technology Officer

Community College of Vermont

1 Abenaki Way

Winooski, VT 05404

802.654.0665

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Message from peter.charbonneau@williams.edu

Good morning,

  We have been a Cisco shop for many, many years.  We have owned two iterations of CiscoWorks software (with DFM and without).  One of our students was unhappy with the ... well ... stupidness around CiscoWorks and wrote his own network management software and build in the functionality of the most used CiscoWorks modules.

  As is the way of all things that students work on/support, it has died a slow death of the years.  
 
  Over the years, we have owned Spectrum, HPOV, HP's NNM, Network Instruments Observer and a passel of other vendors products.

 We have now decided to try to find a commercial product that is easy to use.  I am thinking that the Solarwinds suite of products may be what I am looking for, but am looking to any of you for insights and guidance about this or other products.

  Our switch environment has changed from all Cisco to some HP, Brocade, and, potentially, some Juniper or Extreme devices.  I would like to be able to:

archive switch configs, and then have the software show me any potential differences between startup and running
find end users by MAC and/or IP
draw a physical network map annotated with device type, code version, labeled uplinks et al
NOT a server map, a network map!
Something like MRTG or Cacti but easier

I am sure this is a pipe dream, but ideas?

p
  


A couple of data points from our  perspective (I  don't think you're going to find a single solution to all your requests)...

On 2/15/2012 9:26 AM, Peter Charbonneau wrote:
We have been a Cisco shop for many, many years.  We have owned two iterations of CiscoWorks software (with DFM and without).
  Over the years, we have owned Spectrum, HPOV, HP's NNM, Network Instruments Observer and a passel of other vendors products.

Ditto CiscoWorks, HPOV, Solarwinds, and many moons ago, Optivity.  Also tried NetDisco for a bit.

  Our switch environment has changed from all Cisco to some HP, Brocade, and, potentially, some Juniper or Extreme devices.

Likewise, we've added HP Procurve, Brocades, a few dozen 3Com Intellijacks, and Aruba wireless.

 I would like to be able to:

find end users by MAC and/or IP

We use our NAC (Bradford) for that.  You can search on MACs, IP, Hostname, Switchport, vlan, userID, etc.  It was the first to provide the "magical aggregation" - Connection start/stop times, MACs, IP, Hostname, Switchport, vlan, userID, OS, etc.  Over the years there have been various tools to give you a couple of those datapoints but not the whole  picture.

draw a physical network map annotated with device type, code version, labeled uplinks et al
NOT a server map, a network map!

We use Intermapper (Dartware) for that... it's not completely self-discovery, but can be worked into a nice visual network monitoring center, and will poll (ping, SNMP, or other probes) and do outage notifications.


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If you combine several SolarWinds products (NPM, NCM, UDT) you should come close, though I haven't checked out the network map functionality of NPM so can't say how useful or accurate it is. The products can use CDP and LLDP to construct L2 connectivity, so may very well work with all your gear. UDT (User Device Tracker) doesn't include username data, unless you're using AD authentication and  give it access to event log data on an AD controller. SolarWinds has another product LEM (Log and Event Manager) - theoretically it could  take username/ip mappings from other authentication sources and feed to UDT to correlate, but that may be wishful thinking.


-john

John Lloyd | Network Analyst | OIT/Network Services | UMass Amherst
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Message from peter.charbonneau@williams.edu

Thanks to all who responded. I believe I will run a full install and demo of the SolarWinds products that we need. I'll let you know the good, the bad and the ugly (to coin a title). P

Is anyone supporting a content streaming server for streaming of lectures and/or video? 

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Many of us are, what kind of question(s) did you have?

 

~Patrick

 

 

 

Just looking for a place to start in terms of a platform,  Microsoft, Open source?  What are the top solutions for streaming servers to look at and what are the concerns?  For now we are just looking for a place to upload recorded lectures and perhaps videos.  However, nothing ever stands still so I am trying to anticipate where it will lead us.  Perhaps all media that goes to the classroom will be put on this sever and streamed to smart rooms rather than pushing TVs and DVD players around.  It could get big.

 

We are an Angel shop and the one request I’ve gotten is that we somehow pass credentials from the Angel session to this streaming server.  They don’t want the user to have to login again to receive the streaming media.  For example:  If a student is in a shell and clicks on a link it seamlessly brings up the content on our server.  I think there is a way to do this via Shibboleth but we have never pulled it off.

 

That’s it for now.

 

John

 

Pete:

 

Thanks.

 

Are you hosting it or outsourcing?

 

John

 

Hi John,

 

I believe we have done both, but I have to admit that I am not directly involved in the project. I do know the CEO and could have him contact you if you are interested.

 

I believe Colgate uses them as well, if you are looking for a nearby reference.

 

Pete

 

Message from jmdanner@samford.edu

I’m in late, but we have been using Echo360 for the past 2 years.

 

http://echo360.com/

 

They sell the streaming server (we’re running on a Windows/Dell box), video processing app (running 2 on VMs), capture appliances and provide methods to link lectures to both Blackboard and Moodle.

 

So far so good. Support appears adequate.

 

Mearl

 

 

Here in Washington State, the State Board for Community & Technical Colleges purchased an agreement with Tegrity for lecture capture & streaming.  All of the community and technical colleges in our state can utilize the system.  It makes lecture capture extremely easy, has unlimited storage for lectures, and it can be played back by the students anytime anywhere.  It’s a hosted solution, though I think Tegrity offers an on-premise solution as well.

 

www.tegrity.com

 

 

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Gavin Pyle | Network Engineer | Green River Community College

gpyle@greenriver.edu

 

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