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Cacti 0.8 Network Monitoring

Dinangkur Kundu, S. M. Ibrahim Lavlu

Monitor your network with ease!
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Book Details

ISBN 139781847195968
Paperback132 pages

About This Book

  • Install and setup Cacti to monitor your network and assign permissions to this setup in no time at all
  • Create, edit, test, and host a graph template to customize your output graph
  • Create new data input methods, SNMP, and Script XML data query
  • Full of screenshots and step-by-step instructions to monitor your network with Cacti

Who This Book Is For

This book is for anyone who wants to manage a network using Cacti. You don't have to be a Linux Guru to use this book.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Cacti Overview
What is Cacti?
Why Cacti?
Cacti operation
Basic knowledge on Net-SNMP
Basic knowledge on RRDtool
Chapter 2: Prerequisites and Installing Cacti on Linux
Cacti's prerequisites
Installing Cacti
Upgrading Cacti
Chapter 3: Using Graphs to Manage Networks and Devices
Creating graphs
SNMP support in Cacti
Creating a graph for the device
Organizing graphs
Chapter 4: Creating and Using Templates
Types of Cacti templates
Chapter 5: User Management
User Management console
Adding a user in Cacti
Editing a user
Other User Management options
Chapter 6: NET-SNMP
What is SNMP?
How SNMP works?
Management Information Bases (MIBs)
Comparison of SNMP versions and security
Basic Net-SNMP commands
Chapter 7: Data Management
Data input method
Data queries
SNMP query XML syntax
Script Query XML
Creating a graph for single SNMP OID
Chapter 8: Cacti Management
Directory structure
Restoring from a backup
Poller cache
Command Line Interface

What You Will Learn

  • Implement SNMP with Cacti using the Net-SNMP application suite
  • Retrieve raw data from the system using Net-SNMP
  • Create graphs using the RRDtool for easy understanding
  • Add devices to Cacti and use graph templates to monitor your network
  • Use built-in data queries to check the status of your network
  • Import and export your templates and exchange them with the community
  • Create users and assign permissions to them to view or edit graphs
  • Understand how Net-SNMP application suite implements SNMP with Cacti and use Net-SNMP to retrieve raw data from the system, then use the RRDtool to create graphs
  • Understand Cacti's folder structure along with methods of backing up and restoring
  • Use advanced command-line scripts for easy access and managing network

In Detail

Cacti is a network monitoring tool that provides graphic solutions to your everyday monitoring issues. It has a wide variety of features and misusing them can mean that you are not monitoring your network as closely as you think. This book takes you through all of the key features of Cacti and shows how to use them for maximum effectiveness.

This book will teach you how to use Cacti effectively to monitor your network through its web interface leaving aside all the heavy chunks of code. You will be introduced to all the features of Cacti in an easy-to-understand format.

This book introduces Cacti and goes through its complete installation and setup. After a quick look, it will teach you to use Cacti's amazing graph templating and user management features. You will learn to customize graphs and make them better looking and easier to understand. It will teach you to provide the paths to any external script or command using Cacti. Then it will take you through importing and managing new templates and also customizing them. Creating users and assigning permissions to them is the next step in this book. Towards the end, you will learn to take backups and restore the system.


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