Very true on the tool aspect. But with Nagios' ability to integrate I
don't think it'd be too much trouble to merge a graphing tool with it
(though I'd need to do a bit of research :S ).
I'll take a look at Groundwork. With so many public institutions in
America cutting back on budgets it might not be an option, but it would
be a good baseline to look at as far as manually integrating open source
components in order to provide the equivalent features.
You're definitely correct in a monitoring tool being a "life-time baby."
That's why I've made a point to make my Nagios configuration files
self-explanatory from the beginning, so that someone with little
knowledge of Nagios (or system and network monitoring tools in general)
can pick up where I left off with a simple general overview of config
file structure and config file syntax. I know that I'm likely not
perfect in making things easy to pick up by another admin, but I
On 2/25/11 11:33 PM, Esdras Neto wrote:
> Hi Ryan,
>> It was one of my reasons to choose zabbix, I didn't want to have more than 1
> tool to look after, since we don't have many It resources.
>> I've never used, but Groundwork looks very professional and I "think" is
> nagios based with graphs and the configuration stay in a database, like
>> The really thing in my opinion is deploy the monitoring tool as simple as
> possible to be easy to look after it, since it's a "life-time baby".
>> 2011/2/26 Ryan Frederick <ryanrfrederick at gmail.com>
>>> Hi Esdras,
>>>> I've toyed around with Zabbix as well in the past couple of years, but I
>> agree with you in that I prefer Nagios over Zabbix for the simple reason
>> of being able to write a program to check anything you wish with Nagios
>> as long as it can return a string and an exit code. The one thing I
>> like about Zabbix is built in graphing, but I know the same thing can be
>> achieved with Nagios via integration with cacti and/or mrtg (Oklahoma
>> State University currently uses mrtg).
>>>> On 2/25/11 11:23 PM, Esdras Neto wrote:
>>> Hi Ryan,
>>>>>> For sure it's not a easy decision, since they have "almost" the same
>>> features, you can see in the web site bellow a list that could help you
>>> have just deployed zabbix, it's a pretty good tool that has a very active
>>> community. But one thing I tell you, my favorite tool is nagios... simple
>>> configure and just works.
>>>>>> Good look in your new job :)
>>>>>> 2011/2/26 Ryan Frederick <ryanrfrederick at gmail.com>
>>>>>>> Okay, so I might be bringing up a tired and much debated question
>>>>>>>> I'm going to be heading down to Stillwater, Oklahoma in a week's time to
>>>> start a sysadmin job in the telecommunications department at Oklahoma
>>>> State University. One of the things they expressed to me that they
>>>> would like is a monitoring system for their servers and networking
>>>> equipment (they're currently using custom ping scripts). During my
>>>> interview I described my experience with Nagios since I've used it
>>>> extensively on the server side. But with my new job mostly involving
>>>> networking equipment I'm pondering OpenNMS a bit.
>>>>>>>> With my very limited experience with OpenNMS (none essentially) I'm
>>>> wondering what would be best to implement in a more network-oriented
>>>> side of a server and network equipment environment. I'm thinking I
>>>> could achieve the same results with OpenNMS by using Nagios with the
>>>> check_snmp plugin, and I'd like to monitor some more specific things on
>>>> the servers that the telecommunications department has (such as disk
>>>> space, status of certain processes, etc), things I know Nagios can do.
>>>> Could OpenNMS do the same thing? Better perhaps? How difficult is it
>>>> to transition from configuring Nagios to configuring OpenNMS?
>>>>>>>> Hopefully I'm not opening up a big flame war on this...
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