[NCSA-discuss] MIBs and monitoring
dewey at hyltown.com
Mon Oct 10 21:54:39 EDT 2011
i use snmp/rrdtool, but only for traffic monitoring where i used to employ mrtg. it works like a champ - set it and forget it. mostly i just use it to keep up with vpn/multiroute traffic (multiple vpn/gre/tun/virtual interfaces where configs tend to get a bit confusing for me). fwiw, in almost all cases my host os is openbsd.
i also currently use snmp (but not rrdtool) in concert with orion/solarwinds for monitoring of just about everything (routers/vmware/servers). it kind of does its job. and i hate it very much.
i used big brother over a decade ago and it was wonderful for our needs (300+ windows servers, probably 50 aix/linux boxes). where i sit today, we've used zabbix/groundwork/... and a whole slew of other things. solarwinds is the only thing that stuck, and that was a management decision - those of us in the trenches pretty much hate it. i've asked permission to stand up another big brother instance because i was familiar with it and knew it could get the job done - so was surprised and happy to hear how xymon is related.
----- Original Message -----
> From: "Joseph Mack NA3T" <jmack at wm7d.net>
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> Sent: Monday, October 10, 2011 9:34:38 PM
> Subject: [NCSA-discuss] MIBs and monitoring
> I was at Craig's talk tonight on xymon. I didn't think to
> ask this about MIBs...
> I use rrdtool to monitor my machines. I initially tried
> handwritten scripts to get snmp data but found it much
> easier to get data from standard unix utils (df, ifconfig,
> cat /proc/...).
> From general discussion tonight, I gather that no-one uses a
> MIB if you can get the info directly.
> When do you use MIBs/SNMP? On a machine that doesn't have a
> regular OS, like a switch,printer?
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