We recently ran our Ultimate Probes Challenge and the contest exceeded our expectations! InterMapper received 42 validated entries and we selected one grand prizewinner from a random drawing of all contestants.
The probes impressed us with their variety and innovative approaches. InterMapper defines a probe as a software plug-in that provides diagnostics in order to monitor applications and devices, alerting network watchers to potential crashes and problematic devices. A probe can test any endpoint with an IP address.
We’re fortunate that InterMapper users are so devoted to developing and sharing their self-designed probes. Throughout InterMapper history, users have created interesting probes that fill in specific information gaps, and the Ultimate Probes Challenge entries are no exception. And now it’s time, let’s announce our grand prizewinner!
And the Ultimate Probes Challenge winner is . . .
The honor goes to Christopher Howard from the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga. Christopher designed a probe that monitors Aruba Wireless controllers. It was tested with Sup1, Sup2, M3, and 3600 series controllers and works by gathering information such as hardware statistics and client counts. More specifically, it keeps tab on CPU usage and compiles figures for MAC, 802.1x, and captive portal authenticated users. Christopher wrote:
“We needed a way to watch the number of users connected to our wireless. Usually a large drop in the number of wireless users indicates a problem. This probe allows us to chart the number of users and visually see if everything is ok or if there is an issue to investigate.”
As the overall winner, Christopher will receive:
• A 13-inch MacBook Air with 4GB RAM, 256GB flash storage, 4th Gen Intel Core processor with faster graphics, and all-day battery life
• An iPad Air with 16GB storage, 64-bit A7 chip, ultrafast wireless, tons of apps, and 10 hours of battery life
• An Apple TV with support for 1080p streaming of movies and TV shows and viewing of photos from a Mac, PC, or other Internet-connected device
In addition, everyone who entered this year’s Ultimate Probes Challenge gets a T-shirt commemorating their entry in the contest.
Thanks to everyone who submitted a probe to the Ultimate Probes Challenge. Once again, InterMapper users have demonstrated their creativity and ability to create probes that quickly discover issues with devices and the network-at-large. This was such a success for the entire InterMapper community, we just might do it again!
Check out all the contest probes and many more at the InterMapper website
The Ultimate Probes Challenge submissions will be downloadable for free for InterMapper users on the InterMapper website. In our library, you’ll also find a wide range of probes for network monitoring of:
• Switches, firewalls, and routers
We validate every probe before making it available to the InterMapper community.
Again, we extend our sincere gratitude to the Ultimate Probes Challenge contestants. Do you have a probe you’d like to share? We’d love to see it! Stay tuned, we’ll be exploring the new probes in future communications.