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How To Monitor your Ubuntu Server on GoGrid in 6 Steps Using Cacti 0.8.7g

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 by

In my previous post, “Set Up A Cacti Monitoring Server in Minutes with this GoGrid Community Server Image”, I showed how to use a Community GSI to quickly and easily set up a monitoring server on GoGrid running Cacti. In this second part of the Cacti GoGrid Community GSI blog series, I would like to walk you through how I connected my Cacti server up to an Ubuntu server (a node in my Glusterfs file storage array). First we will review the objectives we are looking to achieve and then dive into each one.

Objectives:

  1. Confirm private network configuration on both Cacti server and Ubuntu server, and test connectivity.
  2. Enable SNMP server and configure SNMP rocommunity string on Ubuntu servers.
  3. Establish SNMP agent listening IP address
  4. Create “Device” in Cacti console and confirm SNMP connectivity to Ubuntu server
  5. Create Graphs – CPU usage, Load Average, Memory Usage, PING Latency, Processes, Eth0 Traffic, Eth1 Traffic
  6. Repeat process for other Ubuntu servers in your network.

Confirm private network configuration on both Cacti server and Ubuntu server, and test connectivity

On GoGrid, you have the ability to network your servers together over a private network allocated to your account. (Note: all private networking within GoGrid is free.) We need to take advantage of this secure communication method to allow your Cacti server SNMP access to your servers. I recommend you use the private network IP range that is specified in your account – under the “List” tab then “Network”.

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Set Up a Cacti Monitoring Server in Minutes with this GoGrid Community Server Image

Thursday, May 19th, 2011 by

One of the best open-source tools ever created and maintained is Cacti. Cacti can be used to monitor and log critical information for your servers, applications and other network devices. The monitored data can be graphed in a variety of ways and becomes a valuable resource when troubleshooting problems and projecting future resource utilization.

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However, the initial configuration can take hours to complete, not including the server OS install process and pre-configuration.

Deploying Cacti Easily in GoGrid

To make this process a bit easier for GoGrid users, I have performed the routine installation of Cacti 0.8.6 along with the package requirements within a Community GSI (GoGrid Server Image). Also, I have added DenyHosts for added system level protection. The ssh_banner will provide the details of what was configured on the system. All that needs to be done is going into your account within the GoGrid portal, clicking on the Add button and filter for “Cacti”.

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GoGrid Enables Software Licensing in the Cloud with New Image Rights Management Technology

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 by

Some pretty big things are happening at GoGrid. Today we announced the release of our Image Rights Management (IRM) service for GoGrid Partners, a very powerful technology that assists with the software and licensing management in the cloud, specifically within the GoGrid Exchange. As many of you may know, GoGrid Exchange is a catalogue of software server images and solutions from Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) that are available on-demand for those who use GoGrid cloud infrastructure. IRM adds several benefits for ISVs and, in turn, customers.

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To better explain IRM technology and why it is so important, I sat down with Raja Srinivasan, VP of Cloud Computing at Zeus Technologies, and our very own Paul Lancaster, Manager of Cloud Ecosystems at GoGrid. They discuss how IRM is the solution to licensing software in the cloud and what the GoGrid Exchange means for partners and customers.

Raja and Paul highlight many of the benefits of the GoGrid Exchange as well as focus on our new IRM technology. They break them down into two main areas.

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New Recorded Webinar – Ubuntu in the GoGrid Cloud

Monday, April 25th, 2011 by

We recently hosted a joint webinar with Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu project, and discussed Ubuntu in the GoGrid cloud. I had the privilege of hosting this webinar with Nick Barcet, Canonical Cloud Solution Lead, and Zane Williamson, GoGrid Key Accounts System Administrator.

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This webinar focuses on the relationship between Ubuntu and cloud infrastructure, how open-source software is fueling innovation and some examples of an Ubuntu environment on GoGrid.

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If you weren’t able to make the live webinar, don’t worry because we recorded and it’s available on demand!

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MyGSI Update and Tutorials – Save Server Images in One Step!

Monday, March 14th, 2011 by

Last week we announced several updates to GoGrid’s cloud infrastructure services. One of the highlights of this update was the enhancement we made to the saving your GoGrid Server Images (MyGSI) process.

Up till now, saving your MyGSI has been a fairly simple 3-step process that was helpful for horizontal scaling, re-imaging of servers, disaster recovery, or setting up failover environments. Through the update, this process can now be completed in a single step.

We’ve created several helpful tutorials to help educate users on the new process. Please reference our video and text tutorials below or take a look at the MyGSI User Manual on the GoGrid wiki for more information regarding the new process.

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Below is a video screencast on how to create a GoGrid Custom Server Image (MyGSI). (Direct YouTube link)

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