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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 12:56 am 

Joined: Fri Aug 25, 2006 12:59 am
Posts: 75
Location: Northeast Pennsylvania
I am just speaking from experience. Mark or the guys at Opmantek did not push me to post here.

As you can see by my profile, I've been using OA for many years. I grew attached to the product as it continued to work as a troubleshooting aid and a reporting mechanism for various audits, compliance, etc. When "OA V2" was released, I embraced it, but wasn't totally sold and used the older releases.

I was put into a unique position with my new role, where I wanted to use OA but the older version was just too old for the new versions of MS products in the environment. So I took a look at the new version, which to my surprise, had an Opmantek brand on it. I heard of their other products, but was curious how this impacted OA development. Then, I saw Mr. Unwin still working with the product and was instantly relieved.

Being a Linux guy who is now in a Windows shop, I downloaded the installer and fired up OAC. It was a nice upgrade, pretty fluent. OAE was a very nice looking dashboard. The demo license ran out, and it was not a hard sell to leadership to buy the license and support.

Support so far has been extremely helpful. Mark and the guys at Opmantek have been interested in my company's needs and how they can make OA better. As needs or issues arise, we work through them pretty fast. Coming from an open source background, I always relied on community support and it's been pretty effective. However, nothing beats dedicated support and I'm always grateful to what Mark has to say.

Thanks and keep up the good work! This product got me out of many jams over the years and I still rely on it.

- Chris

Server: VM, 4GB RAM, 2 vCPU
Software: Server 2012 R2, OAE 1.6.2
Auditing: 350+ machines (W2K3, W2K8, W2K12, 7, 8, Vista, Linux)
LDAP: Active Directory

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 2:18 am 
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Joined: Thu Mar 02, 2006 4:41 am
Posts: 204
Location: Massachusetts
Very interesting because I'm very similar to harner, and have no connection besides using OA for many many years. Once OA got to @ v1.5 we purchased a license for OAE and have found it very useful and well worth the very reasonable price. Support has been great when needed, which is pretty rare. We were able to use OA to replace a home built inventory system which was great, and I also checked out Opmantek NMIS and tried it, love it, and we were able to replace an expensive closed (not open source) alerting system. I'm still learning NMIS and working on plans to expand the use here, very impressive product.

Nobody put me up to this either, but I wanted to chime in because I've been using this since 2006 as well and Mark (and Opmantek) deserve(s) a hat tip in my book.

Server Info: running on a CentOS 7 vm
OA Version: 2.0.6 @ 500 devices

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