EDIT: This blog post is now out of date as we’ve officially released a Spiceworks NetFlow plugin.  Check out the Spiceworks NetFlow Integration Plugin blog for more details.

Greetings Spiceworks IT managers! Did you know you can integrate our Scrutinizer NetFlow and sFlow analysis tool into your Spiceworks IT management desktop?

Spiceworks IT Management Desktop

The Spiceworks and Scrutinizer integration allows for Scrutinizer’s functionality to be built right into your Spiceworks dashboard with widgets. Scrutinizer has been built so that all of the reports and features are accessible directly via URL, which makes the integration with Spiceworks easy. The following is a Scrutinizer Top Interfaces widget which, when clicked on, will launch Scrutinizer reports right from your dashboard.

Scrutinizer Top Interfaces

I also created a widget for the Scrutinizer search utility, so you can run reports on the hosts you’re interested in directly from Spiceworks.

Scrutinizer Search Utility

Since the widgets are fairly small, you can also insert ‘Tools’ into Spiceworks which allow for a much larger view. This is a good place for your favorite Scrutinizer map.

Scrutinizer NetFlow Map

If you’re interested in creating your own widget take a look at Joanne’s blog that details How to Integrate Network Management Applications with Scrutinizer.

We’ve been tossing around the idea of making an official Scrutinizer NetFlow and sFlow plugin for Spiceworks, but we would like some input from both Scrutinizer and Spiceworks users to see if this is something you’re looking for, and if it is, what type of widget would be the most useful to you? Please send me (pauld @ plixer dot com) an email if you’re interested. Currently, and this is important so you don’t find yourself bashing your head against a wall, the widgets can only be accessed from the local machine that Spiceworks is installed on. This is because they are not official Spiceworks plugins and Spiceworks, much like the Apple store, regulates what plugins are publicly available. This is why we need your input! You can find the Scrutinizer and Spiceworks integration instructions here.

James Lawrence

I currently live in Kennebunk, Maine with my wife and 3 children. When I am not working and going to school full time, I enjoy fishing, camping, and playing video games with my oldest son. I do enjoy working outside and gardening is one of my favorite things to do in the seasons that allow it.

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2 comments on “Spiceworks NetFlow Integration

  1. Hi Paul,

    How’s it going? Just wondering whether that office map widget is available? Looks pretty cool and something that I could use. If you have any suggestion or could point me in the right direction that would be excellent.

    Cheers

    Brett

    1. Hello Brett,

      You can link directly to any of your Scrutinizer maps from Spiceworks. First, create a Scrutinizer map that reflects your network. We created a custom background for our map that has the layout of our old office. Then on your Scrutinizer Status page, expand the group you want to link to and click “View This Map”. It will launch the map in a new tab where you can get the direct URL. Put that URL into the “My Tools” section of Spiceworks and your good to go!

      – Paul

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