Network topology re-discovered: NetworkView basics

Incorrect network topology documentation and frequent changes can cause headaches. This tip introduces NetworkView, to help consultants and VARs efficiently map, sort and monitor network conditions.

Incorrect network topology documentation and frequent changes can cause headaches. This tip introduces NetworkView, to help consultants and VARs efficiently map, sort and monitor network conditions. This is a good tool for the channel pro struggling with managing network configurations and changes.

NetworkView: Re-discover your network topology

NetworkView queries a range of TCP/IP addresses on a given subnet and attempts to discover as much as possible about all the machines that respond to pings in that subnet. By default, the program will query for information via NetBIOS, SNMP, WMI and also attempt to determine which of a number of common TCP ports the machine is listening on (ftp, telnet, http, plus custom ports).

Learn more network topology basics using NetworkView.

About the author
Serdar Yegulalp is the editor of the Windows 2000 Power Users Newsletter. Check out his Windows 2000 blog for his latest advice and musings on the world of Windows network administrators -- please share your thoughts as well!


This was first published in November 2006

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