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    I will happily disagree with anyone saying that the nagios / cacti installs are a PITA.

    I am not from a *nix background but I had nagios installed and running in around 30 mins and yes it will take you alot longer to get all your monitors in there but hey thats a good thing, let me explain....

    In order to have your sources monitotred you need to have some understanding of your network layout and what links to where even if you plan just to use ping checks, a quick spider diagram of the network should help you get a rough idea although strictly speaking you should all have this as part of your network docs

    So the initail install very quick, configuration time depends on how deep you want to monitor.

    I have ahd a look at groundworks and found that it was too bloated for what it is supposed to do.
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    Yeah but having to set the thing up by editing multi page text files isn't exactly quick \ intuitive, that's what gets on my nerves tbh

    On that front GroundWork looks a bit better but now it's making it do something useful that's gonna show whether it's any good...

    Edit again

    Looks like monitoring Windows Servers is another custom code jobbie, is detection \ monitoring of switches and printers more automatic? Really don't have the time to spend days reading up WMI code just to monitor if services are running or not
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    Thats pretty much where I got to. I have installed the WMI scripts on my Windows box but need the "commands" (which I think should already be part of Groundworks) to start any real monitoring.

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    Just thought I'd post to say that I've got my 1-wire adapter working with digitemp and temperature sensors in Groundwork Monitor.

    So I can now monitor the temperature in the server room, cabs etc...

    Ben

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    I'll put together some instructions soon as it was quite simple.

    Ben

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    Member of my team currently looking into this got base os installed currently trying to get java installed at moment.

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    Yeah it runs on an old version of java which is a sticking point and if you don't have that installed it moans.

    Otherwise bunging in stuff to check is quite simple.

    If you want to buy the pro version it is 12k P/A

    Ben

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    He got stuck installed java but kept moaning about so was looking into recompiling stuff to get it to work. If he is still have trouble can I send him your way with a few questions...

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    Ok no probs I've now got it monitoring the temperature in the server room and reporting ink and toner levels for hp4600, hp2600n, k850 and k550 printers.

    I'll be putting some info together on this as the 2600's are a pain.

    Ben

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    Networks over 150 devices:
    − 4 GB RAM or more
    − 2 CPU, 3.2 GHz P4 or better
    − 160 GB disk

    Eeeek Thats like all of my VMWare Server

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    I currently have it checking 28 devices with 69 checks running on an old elonex prosentia and it's not caught fire yet.

    The requirements shouldn't be that different to any nagios install.

    Ben

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