Zenoss and the Art of Network Monitoring

If a server goes down, do you want to hear it?
Only the Beginning

There are a multitude of other features in Zenoss that space here prevents covering, including Network Maps (Figure 8), a Google Maps API for multilocation monitoring (Figure 9) and Zenpacks that provide additional monitoring and performance-capturing capabilities for common applications.

Figure 8. Zenoss automatically maps your network for you.

Figure 9. Multiple sites can be monitored geographically with the Google Maps API.

In the span of this article, we have deployed an enterprise-grade monitoring solution with relative ease. Although it's surprisingly easy to deploy, Zenoss also possesses a deep feature set. It easily rivals, if not surpasses, commercial competitors in the same product space. It is easy to manage, highly customizable and supported by a vibrant community.

Although you may not achieve the silent mind as long as you work with networks, with Zenoss, at least you will be able to sleep at night knowing you will hear things when they go down. Hopefully, they won't be trees.

Jeramiah Bowling has been a systems administrator and network engineer for more than ten years. He works for a regional accounting and auditing firm in Hunt Valley, Maryland, and holds numerous industry certifications, including the CISSP. Your comments are welcome at jb50c@yahoo.com.



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snmp on windows

prmpl's picture

on windows systems you could install snmp informant http://www.snmp-informant.com/ so you will get more informations

Excellent article for the

ACS's picture

Excellent article for the beginner, but this is just starting. The more you work , more you will learn the new features of highly customizable great software zenoss core.

Modification required

Ty Hahn's picture

Hi, I'm Ty Hahn and one of the biggest fan of LJ.
I really enjoyed this article. While reading, I found a tiny mistake and that's why I'm here.
On page 73, the SNMP configuration file for Ubuntu to change must be '/etc/default/snmpd' instead of '/etc/snmp/default'.
I hope this helps to save somebody's precious time.

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