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Zenoss Core Network and System Monitoring

Michael Badger

A step-by-step guide to configuring, using, and adapting this free Open Source network monitoring system - with a Foreword by Mark R. Hinkle, VP of Community Zenoss Inc.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781847194282
Paperback280 pages

About This Book

  • 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

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.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction
What is Zenoss?
Zenoss Inc.
Chapter 2: System Architecture
User Layer
Data Layer
Collection Layer
Chapter 3: Installation and Set up
Server Specifications
Zenoss Dependencies
Server Setup
Chapter 4: The Zenoss User Interface
Welcome to Zenoss
Chapter 5: Device Management
Add Devices
Device Status
Device Administration
Model Devices
Device zProperties
Chapter 6: Status and Performance Monitors
Available Monitors
Component Status
Performance Graphs
Performance Templates
Chapter 7: Event Management
Monitor Syslog Messages
Monitor Windows Event Logs
Event Console
Event Classes
Event Manager
Working with Events
Event De-Duplication
Chapter 8: System Reports
Report Overview
Device Reports
Event Reports
Graph Reports
Multi-Graph Reports
Performance Reports
User Reports
Chapter 9: Settings and Administration
Alerting Rules
User Management
System Settings
Portlets Permission
Zenoss Daemons
Maintenance Windows
Add MIBs
Back Up and Restore
Update Zenoss Core
Chapter 10: Extend Zenoss
Email Reports
Email Events
Access Zenoss Objects Database with zendmd
Chapter 11: Technical Support
Troubleshoot Zenoss
Community Support
Commercial Support

What You Will Learn

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.


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