[Gllug] Monitoring system

James Roberts jr at stabilys.com
Tue Jun 27 20:47:29 UTC 2006

salsaman wrote:
> manuel k. wrote:
>> was wondering if anyone on the list is using a combination of nagios and
>> cacti for network monitoring? 

We use Nagios, no cactuses.

Or could someone recommend another
>> combination of programs as I am looking at monitoring standard stuff like
>> cpu, mem, disk space etc using snmp and would like to be able to provide
>> some sort of alarming and reporting.

Nagios is excellent. However, the native configuration mechanism is very 
macro/command line oriented. No problem with that, but it is not very 
gooey. It is utterly stable and more reliable than the network we are 
trying to monitor :(

Groundwork (http://www.groundworkopensource.com/) uses Nagios and loadsa 
other stuff and interfaces to provide a GUI admin framework. We will be 
looking at this soon. There's OS and commercial versions.

MON (http://www.kernel.org/software/mon/) is extremely effective in 
lightweight monitoring (50 boxes, more with dedicated host) and very 
easy to configure, unlike Nagios (which takes a bit of getting the head 

BigBrother is fine but not OS or Free.

BigSister (http://bigsister.graeff.com/ - sort-of OS clone of BigB) may 
be worth a look.

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