Network Monitoring System

Kim Hawtin kim.hawtin at
Mon Feb 16 12:56:49 CST 2009

Grant Petch wrote:
> I've been considering some sort of network monitoring system for one of my
> clients, which has Ubuntu Server running as a proxy, firewall & gateway
> server, 3x Windows XP PC's & the majority of the PC's are running Ubuntu
> Desktop 8.04LTS.
> Currently I have been looking into Nagios - but their compile from source
> code is rather scary for someone like me who has minimal commandline skills,
> hence is there something that just works out of the box to speak of that
> would be nice and simple to setup, configure, etc.?
> Where I am coming from is that I have some spare hardware floating around,
> not to menion a couple of complete PC's, one of which could become some sort
> of dedicated system that could be used as a dedicated network monitoring
> system, the systems in question is a P3 500MHz, 64MB SDRAM (this can be
> upgraded to more) & 10GB Hard Drive, the other far better system is a
> Pentium 4 2.8GHz, 512MB DDR RAM (this too can be upgraded to more) & 40GB
> Hard Drive.
> Perhaps is there a distro with network monitoring already on it that will
> just work out of the box?  I am not after it to do overly complicated tasks,
> basically to just provide me with some further information about the
> network, so that it can be managed more efficetively & efficiently.
> Any ideas on the above would be greatly appreciated.

Lots of cool stuff here, including a bit of a time line of different tools;

I've used mrtg, RRDTool, bigbrother, opennms, cricket, nagios and a bunch of others.

Nagios has been the best tool for the job for me, but graphs are/were not
so much fun to setup. You'll have to do some perl, bash, C or python coding to
get monitoring for things they don't do by default. Nagios has a large library
and a support forum...

Maybe cricket is all your need, with pretty graphs, if you just want to monitor
availability, ping times'n'stuff?


Operating Systems, Services and Operations
Information Technology Services, The University of Adelaide
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