Cisco CDP Monitor is a highly efficient network monitor and troubleshooting tool for network administrator and network engineer.
First, Cisco CDP Monitor is a CDP Client for windows host. It is able to use the CDP(Cisco Discovery Protocol) to send host information to connecting Cisco devices.
With Cisco CDP Monitor, Users could send the information (CPU numbers and models, host name, login name and the windows version, service pack version, memory information, Disk information, the network adapter name, ip address) of windows host to the connecting Cisco device , and users could get and display the information of the connecting Cisco devices, such as device names, device models, connecting port , administive ip address, IOS version, VTP Domain Name, and so on. With these information, one could easily learn the total topology of whole network and do troubleshooting. Once the CDP(Cisco Discovery Protocol) information changed (such as the link or device failed, or the setup of Cisco device changed), Cisco CDP Monitor will detect and display related info.
So as the Cisco client of windows host, Cisco CDP Monitor could monitor your network automatically . Especially, Cisco CDP Monitor could send the information of the host to connecting Cisco devices. So the LAN Management Solution and the Routed WAN Management Solution of CiscoWorks 2000 Campus Manager could get these information through CDP and show the total topology of your network in graphics mode, including not only the Cisco network devices, but also PCs and hosts. Users could monitor all network devices (including windows hosts) in Cisco's Network Management software.