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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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CloudKick Now Provides Easy Monitoring & Management of GoGrid Cloud Servers

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010 by

Yesterday, CloudKick announced that they have officially come out of beta and is rolling out a freemium model for their server management and monitoring service. With the announcement, CloudKick also officially launched support of the GoGrid Cloud in its management, alerting, graphing and monitoring suite.

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CloudKick offers a variety of robust services to help you quickly and easily gain insight into your infrastructure hosted on GoGrid. Some services and features include:

  • Monitor critical metrics
  • Simple management tools
  • Flexible alerting to multiple addresses including SMS
  • Visualize performance data
  • Multiple users
  • Changelog tool
  • CloudKick agent

Depending on the plan that you are on (they range from free to $599+ a month), you get a variety of services mentioned above. The difference in plans depend on the number of servers, users, data retention, alerts and the type of support you desire.

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Boxed Ice’s “Server Density” Service Allows you to Monitor GoGrid Servers Real-time

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010 by

There are plenty of services out there that let you monitor your infrastructure and servers performance and uptime. In fact, you would be foolish not to have at least a couple monitoring your site’s URL so that you can be notified when issues do occur. However, there are fewer services that actually let you monitor AND troubleshoot at a much more granular level. Over the past few weeks, I have been testing out once such service called Server Density.

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Whether you have 1 server or multiple, Server Density has your monitoring covered with both free and paid for pricing plans (details here). The folks over at Boxed Ice, the makers of Server Density set me up with the premium version of their service so that I could test it out on my personal blog which is running on GoGrid. Before I go into my analysis of the service, here are some of the highlights (pretty much all of which I have tested):