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khughes
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Virtuoso

Network monitoring software

I was just curious who was using what for monitoring their network. I've heard about programs like Nagios and a few others, but didn't know if they were worth trying to configure or not?

-- Kyle "RParker wrote: I guess I was wrong, everything CAN be virtualized "
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trojanjo
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I used Nagios for a couple years and it was fine. The configuration took time, lots of time.

There is a Virtual Appliance by Groundwork that has some GUI driven ways to configure Nagios (they have made some changes/improvements to the original). I liked it fine but then you will have them wanting to come out for $ to do alot of "advanced" configurations.

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khughes
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Thanks for the info. Would it be something that we should take the time to configure or was it not really worth the time put in?

-- Kyle "RParker wrote: I guess I was wrong, everything CAN be virtualized "
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Texiwill
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Hello,

I use Nagios and built some scripts to setup my configuration. In general it is worth the effort, but once I moved to HPSIM I sort of get everything that nagios does except a few things.

1) Nagios will allow the grouping of machines any way you want

2) Nagios will handle Switches better than HPSIM (I Have a small amount of low end GigE switches that show up all as the same device in HPSIM... in nagios they do not).

3) You can configure nagios_grapher to give you statistics, etc.

I am currently playing around with unnoc and while HPSIM/Nagios give good 'up/down' status, unnoc seems to give better graphing/numbers.


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mcowger
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We use Nagios but are moving to EMC Smarts.

--Matt

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lalonghorn
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There are so many applications, so yes it can be difficult to decide.

Nagios is great, and you may wish to also evaluate Hyperic.

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khughes
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i was looking at hyperic, it looked nice but you have to have a client on each thing you want to monitor? how much overhead does that eat up if you run hyperic yourself?

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trojanjo
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Enthusiast

For us, the time I put in (which was about a week worth of tweaking it out) was better than paying for some $$$ Enterprise solution.

It also took discipline to update and keep accurate as things changed over time.

Overall I think it was a good tool for the price.

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chukarma
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Enthusiast

Hi,

We use RRDTool with Cacti as the front end to monitor all of our network gears and servers. We are working on a perl script utilizing the VM API to monitor our VM servers.

Regards,

Daniel

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xAyiDe
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Enthusiast

I use Solarwinds Network Performance Monitor 8.5 with netflow plugin. Real good software with a webinterface that is a breeze to use. They have a demo on they're site setup with a few servers and network equipment on multiple sites and locations.

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James-D
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We also use solarwinds. It is a very good although you need to keep an eye on the size of the database as it can grow very quickly depending on how often you pole each item. The only thing it didnt have a library for was our NetApp filers. We have setup different logins for our various teams so they can monitor their own servers and look at historical data that we choose through theirs browsers.

James

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khughes
Virtuoso
Virtuoso

Thanks guys, wish I had helpfuls for everyone. Looks like when things settle down I'll have to do a lot of research and testing with all these different monitoring software options.

-- Kyle "RParker wrote: I guess I was wrong, everything CAN be virtualized "
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CentProd
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Contributor

I use IP Monitor, which was purchased by SolarWinds about a year ago. It is worth the money, and much easier for less technical staff to deal with than Nagios.

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