Our readers have come through for us again. Many thanks to all of you who responded with your recommendations for your favorite network management tools. Because of the overwhelming response from readers, we\u2019ll cover your favorites in both this week\u2019s and next week\u2019s columns.Our readers have come through for us again. Many thanks to all of you who responded with your recommendations for your favorite network management tools. Because of the overwhelming response from readers, we\u2019ll cover your favorites in this week\u2019s and next week\u2019s columns.SolarWinds Engineer\u2019s EditionThis was recommended by several readers. One reader said, \u201cIn less than an hour, I had the licensed version downloaded from the Web site and installed. Not long after that, I was able to produce reports for line utilization... Line utilization and basic response time are great, plus data is stored so that I can go back a week or a month or a year.\u201dAnother reader especially likes the Switch Port Mapper: \u201cI have saved several hours of work this year because of this tool.\u201d Yet another reader says, \u201cNot cheap, but a really slick package.\u201dNetWatch Suite from Crannog SoftwareThis was also recommended by several readers. One reader reports that the software consists of \u201csimple yet effective point solutions that have outpaced all our larger NMS products in both usage and effectiveness.\u201dAnother user says, \u201cNetFlow Monitor is a low-cost solution to the issue of traffic visibility, while NetWatch allows us to custom-build all our network maps through quick and simple point-n-click procedures.\u201dIt requires little or no training and maintenance, according to other users.WhatsUp Gold from IpswitchOne user says, \u201cIt packs much of the functionality of very expensive products with a price tag that is very affordable.\u201dAnother reader reports, \u201cWe were able, within a few minutes of installation, to auto-discover most of our network equipment and begin sending status alerts to our text phones. In addition, we monitor for services that should not go down and Web content changes.\u201dYet another user uses it \u201cto report simple service-level agreement compliance and to keep my users honest about how many outages really happen.\u201dProtocol analyzersOne reader recommended WildPackets\u2019 Etherpeek NX 2.0 as a protocol analyzer: \u201cGreat functionality at a bargain price.\u201d He says that it has helped him solve intermittent, complex application problems.Another recommended tool is Sniffer Distributed from Network Associates. A reader says, \u201cI don\u2019t think we could live without this tool in our tool kit.\u201dPacketeer PacketShaperOne user says, \u201cWe\u2019ve loved how granular the reporting and configuration is when applied to applications or hosts. It has allowed us to take a fully congested 768K bit\/sec WAN link and effectively get more out of it.\u201dNMIS (Network Management Information System)This was recommended by a couple of readers. It\u2019s free through an open-source GNU GPL license, and it runs on Linux. One reader says that the support is \u201cbetter than any support I ever had.\u201d He likes the user-friendly Web interface that has a dashboard, which \u201cshows the status of all my 200 networking devices in a page in a brief, hierarchical and colored way\u2026 I can easily locate the root and the extension of the problem.\u201dObserver from Network InstrumentsThis tool is another reader\u2019s choice because \u201cit\u2019s the most functional and diverse platform offered today.\u201d The reader also says he could not do the same job with another product.Stay tuned for more user-recommended network management tools in next week\u2019s column.