An anonymous reader writes: I've recently been assigned the task of managing about a hundred switches and routers, and am in dire need of a good graphical network monitoring and management package. Virtually all the devices are Cisco, but there was no NMS of any kind in place before I inherited this gig. Config changes were done by hand by individually telnetting to each device and no automated monitoring at all is implemented. I have a small budget to purchase a commercial package if necessary, but after looking at all the usual bog names on the market, they all seem to be crap. (e.g. like the big unmentioned brand name package that's implemented solely in java, and accessed thru an old version of an IE webbrowser only, and quirky as hell, which is three strikes against it right there.) What I need is something that is quick and easy to set up and will perform auto-discovery, present the findings to me in a graphical map that's easily editable, and allow me to quickly make config changes by, perhaps clicking on a device's icon to invoke a telnet or ssh session to the device, show me when a device craters by turning its icon red or something.... and most of all, allow me to easily back up all the devices' configs to textfiles in one easy fell swoop batch operation and allow me to change all the passwords at once in a batch operation. I don't care if it's Windows or Linux based, open source or commercial ... I'll gladly take either platform if it will fit in my budget. I do not need it to monitor servers, workstations and services running on them, I only need to monitor and manage the network infrastructure hardware devices.