Zenoss Core Network and System Monitoring

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Table of Contents
Sample Chapters
  • Discover, manage, and monitor IT resources
  • Build custom event processing and alerting rules
  • Configure Zenoss Core via an easy to use web interface
  • Drag and drop dashboard portlets with Google Maps integration

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 280 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : June 2008
ISBN : 1847194281
ISBN 13 : 9781847194282
Author(s) :
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Networking and Servers, Networking & Telephony, Open Source

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: System Architecture
Chapter 3: Installation and Set up
Chapter 4: The Zenoss User Interface
Chapter 5: Device Management
Chapter 6: Status And Performance Monitors
Chapter 7: Event Management
Chapter 8: System Reports
Chapter 9: Settings And Administration
Chapter 10: Extend Zenoss
Chapter 11: Technical Support
Appendix A: Event Attributes
Appendix B: TALES And Device Attributes
  • Chapter 1: Introduction
    • What is Zenoss?
      • Web Portal
      • Device Management
      • Availability and Performance Monitors
      • Event Management
      • System Reports
    • Zenoss Inc.
    • Summary
  • Chapter 3: Installation and Set up
    • Server Specifications
      • Supported Operating Systems
    • Zenoss Dependencies
      • Quick Start with Virtual Appliance
        • Install Virtual Appliance
        • Working with The Virtual Appliance
      • Binary Installation
      • Source Installation
        • Ubuntu Notes
        • System Setup for Source Install
        • Download Zenoss Source
        • Build And Install Zenoss
    • Server Setup
      • Start Zenoss at Boot Time
      • Firewall Policies
      • SNMP on Linux
        • Install SNMP on Linux
        • WMI And SNMP on Windows
    • Summary
  • Chapter 4: The Zenoss User Interface
    • Welcome to Zenoss
      • Navigation Techniques
      • User Accounts
      • Main Views
        • Locations with Google Maps
        • Device Issues
        • Zenoss Issues
        • Watch List
        • Root Organizers
        • Production State
      • Browse By Organizers
        • Locations
        • Systems And Groups
        • Networks
      • Inheritance
      • Classes
        • Set Device Properties
    • Summary
  • Chapter 5: Device Management
    • Add Devices
    • Device Status
    • Device Administration
      • Lock Or Unlock Device
      • Rename A Device
      • Reset IP Address
      • Push Changes
      • Device List
      • Delete Devices
    • Model Devices
      • SNMP
        • Test SNMP
        • Windows Considerations
        • SNMP Collector Plug-ins
        • Model Device
        • SSH Modeling
        • SSH Collector Plug-ins
        • Zenoss Plug-ins
        • Model Device
        • Port Scan Modeling
      • OS Tab
      • Hardware Tab
    • Device zProperties
    • Summary
  • Chapter 6: Status And Performance Monitors
    • Available Monitors
      • Status Monitors
      • Performance Monitors
        • Add A New Monitor
        • Attach A Monitor To Devices
    • Component Status
      • OS Tab
        • Interfaces
        • OS Processes
        • Services
        • IP Services
        • Win Services
        • File Systems
        • Routes
    • Performance Graphs
    • Performance Templates
      • Data Sources
      • Thresholds
      • Graph Definitions
        • Reorder The Graphs on The Perf Tab
        • Customize A Threshold
    • Summary
  • Chapter 7: Event Management
    • Monitor Syslog Messages
      • Collect Cisco Router Syslogs
      • Test Syslog Configuration with Logger
    • Monitor Windows Event Logs
      • Test Event Log Configuration with Eventcreate
    • Event Console
      • Event Log
      • Device Event View
    • Event Classes
      • Classes
      • Mappings
        • Status
        • Edit
        • Sequence
      • Events And History
      • zProperties
    • Event Manager
      • Fields
      • Commands
    • Working with Events
      • Add Events
      • Map Events
      • Overridden Objects
      • Transformations
      • Event Work Flow
    • Event De-Duplication
    • Summary
  • Chapter 8: System Reports
    • Report Overview
    • Device Reports
      • All Devices
        • Manufacturers and Products
      • All Monitored Components
      • Device Changes
      • Model Collection Age
      • New Devices
      • Ping Status Issues
      • SNMP Status Issues
      • Software Inventory
    • Event Reports
      • All Event Classes
      • All Event Mappings
      • All Heartbeats
    • Graph Reports
    • Multi-Graph Reports
    • Performance Reports
      • Aggregate Reports
      • Availability Report
      • CPU Utilization
      • Filesystem Utilization Report
      • Interface Utilization
      • Memory Utilization
      • Threshold Summary
    • User Reports
      • Notification Schedules
    • Summary
  • Chapter 9: Settings And Administration
    • Alerting Rules
    • User Management
      • Administered Objects
      • Event Views
      • Alerting Rules
        • Alert Escalations
        • Message
        • Schedule
      • Groups
    • System Settings
    • Commands
    • Menus
    • Portlets Permission
    • Zenoss Daemons
    • Maintenance Windows
    • Add MIBs
    • Back Up and Restore
      • Automate Backups
    • Update Zenoss Core
      • RPM Update
      • Source Update
      • Virtual Appliance Update
    • Summary
  • Chapter 10: Extend Zenoss
    • ZenPacks
      • Install
        • Monitor Websites with HttpMonitor
      • Create
        • Add Objects to ZenPack
        • Export ZenPack
        • Contribute ZenPacks
    • Plug-ins
      • Test The Plug-in
      • Apply The Plug-in to A Device
      • Debug
      • Zenoss Plugins
    • Email Reports
    • Email Events
      • Zenmail
      • Zenpop3
    • Access Zenoss Objects Database with zendmd
    • Summary
  • Chapter 11: Technical Support
    • Troubleshoot Zenoss
      • Reports
      • Zenoss Daemons
        • Basic Usage
        • Log Files
    • Community Support
      • Documentation
      • Code
      • Discuss
    • Commercial Support
      • Support Subscriptions
      • Consulting
      • Training
    • Summary

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Errata type: Typo | Page number: 67 | Errata date: 03 Apr 09

1st paragraph/4th line: "...,but we'll to continue to build a more . . ." The word "to" right before continue should be removed. 2nd paragraph/1st line: "fine -tuning" there is an extra spacing before "-"


Errata type: Typo | Page number: 79 | Errata date: 03 Apr 09

Right above the 1, 2, 3 list: "We remove devices from our inventory from the Device List view with just a few steps:" Perhaps, rephrase it to sound better: "We remove devices from our inventory of the Device List view . . ."


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What you will learn from this book

You will:

  • Understand how Zenoss Core works and what it can do for you
  • See how to install and set up Zenoss Core
  • Buildan inventory of your network using Zenoss Core
  • Monitor the operational status of devices and components
  • Generate events and manage them from the Event Console
  • Manage users, define alerting rules, and customize event views.
  • Administer Zenoss Core, perform backups and updates
  • Extend Zenoss Core with ZenPacks, Nagios plugins, and command line utilities
  • Troubleshoot Zenoss Core

In Detail

For system administrators, network engineers, and security analysts, it is essential to keep a track of network traffic. At some point it will be necessary to read the network traffic directly instead of monitoring application level details. Network security audits, debug network configurations, and usage patterns analyzing can all require network traffic monitoring. This task can be achieved by using network monitoring software, or network sniffers, that sniff the traffic and display it on your computer on the network.

Zenoss is an enterprise network and systems management application written in Python/Zope that provides an integrated product for monitoring availability, performance, events and configuration across layers and across platforms. Zenoss provides an AJAX-enabled web interface that allows system administrators to monitor availability, inventory/configuration, performance, and events. Whether you monitor five devices or a thousand devices, Zenoss provides a scalable solution for you.

This book will show you how to work with Zenoss and effectively adapt Zenoss for a System and Network monitoring.  Starting with the Zenoss basics, it requires no existing systems management knowledge, and whether or not you can recite MIB trees and OIDs from memory is irrelevant. Advanced users will be able to identify ways in which they can customize the system to do more, while less advanced users will appreciate the ease of use Zenoss provides.

The book contains step-by-step examples to demonstrate Zenoss Core’s capabilities. The best approach to using this book is to sit down with Zenoss and apply the examples found in these pages to your system.

Implement Zenoss core and fit it into your security management environment using this easy-to-understand tutorial guide.


The book starts by covering installation and configuration, before moving onto administration and dashboard usage.The book contains step-by-step instructions for setting up and using a working, capable Zenoss system.

Who this book is for

From small business to a large enterprise, this books helps organizations collect data, monitor, and report on their IT assets. Zenoss Core offers a feature-rich, accessible solution to organizations that lack the financial resources to purchase a proprietary monitoring solution or the technical resources.

This book makes no distinction about your existing systems management knowledge or lack; thereof and assumes everyone is new to Zenoss Core. The emphasis is on configuring and administering a monitoring environment from the comforts of a graphical web interface.

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