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Hi,
Does anybody know any good monitoring tools that are available for Linux Redhat 8.0?

Thanks,
Trystan
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Balaji N
Honored Contributor

Re: monitoring

try mrtg.

http://people.ee.ethz.ch/~oetiker/webtools/mrtg/

it is a network monitoring tool but can be customized to monitor anything.

-balaji
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Re: monitoring

Thanks balaji,

Are there any other tools, I have had trouble configuring this one.

Trystan.
Sergejs Svitnevs
Honored Contributor

Re: monitoring

You can check the following link:

http://freshmeat.net/search/?q=linux+monitor

Anyway, my personal recomendation is MRTG.

Regards,
Sergey
Jerome Henry
Honored Contributor

Re: monitoring

What happens with mrtg, it's still the best.
You can also try big brother :
http://www.quest.com/bigbrother/
HTH
J
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Jean-Pierre Denis
Valued Contributor

Re: monitoring

Hi,

take a look at http://www.raxnet.net/products/cacti/ .

It's supporting SNMP and all the info is stored in a MySQL database.

Very easy to use and to configure.

Thanks,
JP


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Balaji N
Honored Contributor

Re: monitoring

hi
mrtg is the best. else there is big brother. but never tried it myself.

may be if you tell what was the problem you faced, someone here might be able to help.
-balaji
Its Always Important To Know, What People Think Of You. Then, Of Course, You Surprise Them By Giving More.

Re: monitoring

Hi,
Not really sure where to start. I have installed mrtg and have configured apache so that I get the mrtg home page and documentation however I haven't found the documentation very clear from there and therefore have hit a brick wall.
Thanks,
Trystan.
Trever Furnish
Regular Advisor

Re: monitoring

It really depends on what you mean by "monitoring" and what you want to monitor.

MRTG was originally meant for recording and graphing the traffic levels on router interfaces via snmp, so it comes with tools to make that happen pretty easily, but in order to graph any other data, you have to put in more effort to obtain the data (figure out the SNMP OID or write a script to get it some other way).

MRTG wasn't particularly efficient when it came to data collection, storage, or graphing, and the person who wrote it supplemented it with RRDTool, which is not only more efficient but also a great deal more flexible (and more complicated).

If what you really meant by monitoring wasn't "collecting performance data", then maybe you meant "sending alerts when something bad happens".

If that's what you meant, then Big Brother, Big Sister, Spong, and (my favorite) Nagios (formerly called NetSaint) are what you want.

There are lots of others - these are the ones I have experience with. Nagios is definitely my recommendation out of that group - it's got great documentation, a very active community behind it, and a very nice interface, with good support for intelligently managing alerts, downtime, outages, etc. It's also far more capable than the others (scalable, distributed, fail-over ready).

http://www.nagios.org

There's also RedHat's newly updated Redhat Network, which now has an integrated monitoring tool if you choose to purchase it. All I've seen are the screenshots.

http://www.redhat.com/software/rhen/system_mgmt/

Those are the inexpensive ones I know about. If you are willing to spend lots more money for slightly less admin overhead, then Computer Associates Unicenter and IBM's Tivoli are both available on and for Redhat too. Openview also has some Linux monitoring capabilities. Unicenter doesn't have an agent (so far as I can find) for Linux, even though their management platform runs there.
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Re: monitoring

Thanks all for your response on this. I think I will carry on with configuring MRTG.
Regards,
Trystan.