Route Exploration Software & Monitoring?

michael michael at
Mon Dec 2 22:31:38 CST 2002


Just a note to you guys to say ThankYou! 

Your discussion of nagios prompted me to investigate, and I have to say
this is the most empowering thing I have done on the wan for a long time.
On top of that, it has been a pleasure to implement. (that doesn't mean
'cinch' it means 'clear, achievable and logical') I now have the
beginnings of a central place to monitor my linux and windows servers,
routers, switches and printers. Joy!

I have nearly 40 hosts, and 100 services monitored now. The ease of adding
monitoring to this thing from varied sources is a revelation. Why isn't
all software like this?



On Fri, 29 Nov 2002, Glen Turner wrote:

> Have you looked at nmap2nagios?
> > If i want to write a script or something that does this exploration that i
> > want, what on earth would i use to generate the graphics for a web page.
> I wouldn't get carried away with graphics.  The maps are useful
> for newcomers, but text screens tend to be more useful once people
> know the topology.
>  > all i want to monitor is basically a periodic ping as we don't care about
>  > services at this stage...
> You'll need to monitor at least the DNS service.
> > i've used jpgragh to generate a graph of ping times with averages, quite
> > proud of that  :)
> > cheers to the jpgraph boys.
> More commonly, MRTG is used to monitor SNMP variables independently
> of Nagios.  The number of SNMP variables you need to monitor for
> capacity planning and finding the cause of faults is truly astounding
> and you don't want all these cluttering up Nagios.
> The other bit of recommended software is gnokki and a old mobile
> phone.  Then nagios can SMS you with network faults, even when the
> network is really, really broken.
> Installing good network monitoring and recording is really,
> really worth the effort.  Every time AARNet extends its
> network monitoring efforts we find out something really
> useful -- to the extent that we've improved TCP goodput
> on the network by 4 or 5 times.  Put another way, we could
> be paying for five times the current capacity if we had
> less monitoring.
> -- 
>   Glen Turner                (08) 8303 3936 or +61 8 8303 3936
>   Australian Academic and Research Network

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