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Re: A Linux version of system and network monitoring?

----- Original Message -----
From: "Crawford Rainwater" <crawford.rainwater@itec-co.com>
To: <debian-security@lists.debian.org>
Cc: <debian-isp@lists.debian.org>
Sent: Tuesday, April 30, 2002 1:26 AM
Subject: A Linux version of system and network monitoring?

> Folks,
> Does anyone know of a Linux based system and network
> monitoring program out there?  Similar to Tivoli or
> HP OpenView, preferably under GPL and free?  If so,
> links and such would be great.
> This would be used to monitor a remote system being
> "up" or "down" along with potentially UPS networked
> device as well.
> Thanks in advance.
> --- Crawford

Maybe this will help...



Debian Project                                    http://www.debian.org/
Debian based Telemetry Box Distribution released        press@debian.org
January 25, 2001

[ This post was written by Christoph Lameter <christoph@lameter.com> ]

Version 1.0 of the Telemetry Box Distribution has finally been
released. The Tbox distribution is a Debian GNU/Linux 'potato' based
custom Linux version for remote monitoring and maintenance of networks.

A telemetry box allows remote management and diagnostics.  It uses a
customized version of netsaint to gather data.  Netsaint has been
enhanced so that the configuration is possible via the Tbox
Webinterface through SQL structures.  Netsaint logs into a SQL table.
Tools on the Tbox can then display the data in a variety of ways
(graphs or reports).

Some of the functionality of the Tbox:
- Discovery module (Scan network and write results to SQL database)
- Ticket System (Can be hooked into siteROCKs problem tracking system).
- PathFinder (Network infrastructure analysis and troubleshooting module
  written by me. Tested with monitoring all network paths to all
  educational institutions (edu.zone) for a week (30000 IPs)).
- Apache/PHP/MySQL/PHPMyadmin
- Fully manageable via a webinterface. All major setup can be done
  via the Web.
- SSH/HTTPS support out of the box.
- Easy installation (network card detection, auto-partitioning and
  formatting, no useless questions asked) of Debian usable without
  any Unix know-how.
- NT Diagnostic module (NSServicer)
- Keynote data integration
- Modified CURL tool that works as a URL analyzer for netsaint.
- Report module: Performance data.  Router data and graphical reports.
- Intelligent ticket system (can localize point of network failure and
  asses impact of the failure)

Installation from CD Image

It is highly advisable to install from a CD image. The CD image at
<http://openrock.net/tb/iso/ccimage_v1.0.iso> fits on a Credit Card
sized CD (only 50 MB) and contains all functionality.  I will have
these CDs physically available at the LWE in Europe at the beginning of

The telemetry software can be installed as an add on to existing Debian
installations but it requires modifications to apache and/or PHP.  See
<http://openrock.net> for details.

Opensource contributions

Sources are available from <http://openrock.net/tb/local/sources>.
Patches to existing software have been or will be contributed to the
respective opensource projects.

openrock.net has been outfitted with a kernel based http server (with
patches implementing range and virtual hosting).  Downloading should be
no problem.

Note that we do not consider this version to be of production quality.
Some features are only working under certain conditions.  Some
components have a prototype character.  There are various issues that
are being improved on.  Help would be appreciated.  Ideally we would
like to have everything part of standard Debian.  The biggest problem
was the ease of installation and handling which required some changes
to packages which might not be welcome.

siteROCK <http://www.siterock.com> the specialists for 24x7 monitoring
made this release possible.

Christoph Lameter, January 23, 2001

Nils Lohner                             E-Mail: lohner@debian.org
Debian Press Team                       Press:  press@debian.org

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