[RndTbl] MUUG Meeting, Jan 8, 7:30pm -- Network Monitoring with Zenoss

Gilbert E. Detillieux gedetil at cs.umanitoba.ca
Thu Jan 3 10:35:48 CST 2008

The Manitoba UNIX User Group (MUUG) will be holding its next monthly
meeting on Tuesday, January 8.  The meeting topic for this month is
as follows:

   Network Monitoring with Zenoss

   How do you keep tabs on your equipment? Do you remember to check
   free disk space on a regular basis? Have you set up MRTG to monitor
   every single network interface on every single system? Have you set
   up Nagios to alert you whenever any service on any server goes down?

   Most people dont have satisfactory answers to these questions. MRTG
   and RRDTool are time-consuming and sometimes difficult to set up,
   and ongoing configuration is difficult. Getting Nagios going can be
   an exercise in frustration for the newcomer to network monitoring,
   and ongoing configuration is a task best left to experts. Monitoring
   the dozens (or hundreds) of parameters that tell you whether a
   system is working properly or not is, quite simply, a royal pain.

   The developers of Zenoss thought that, too. Rather than building
   another  bolt-on  front-end to an aging platform (nagios) or a
   limited-function tool (mrtg) they just started building a new system
   that worked the right way. Enter Zenoss.

   Zenoss isnt 100% feature-complete vis--vis expertly- installed
   Nagios and MRTG, but its enough of the way there to make it a lot
   easier to set up and get going. Zenoss automatically discovers
   devices on your network, then using SNMP, TCP probes, WMI or telnet
   discovers what services exist on those devices, and automatically
   sets up polling of several relevant pieces of information.

   Adam Thompson, who's with the Divisional IT Department of the St.
   James-Assiniboia School Division, will be our presenter for this
   month. Adam will attempt to cover the fundamentals of how Zenoss
   works, how to get Zenoss up and running on your network, and time
   permitting will demonstrate some of its features on a live network.

The group holds its general meetings at 7:30pm on the second Tuesday of
every month from September to June.  (There are no meetings in July and
August.) Meetings are open to the general public; you don't have to be a
MUUG member to attend.

   Please note our meeting location: The IBM offices, at 400 Ellice Ave.
   (between Edmonton and Kennedy). When you arrive, you will have to
   sign in at the reception desk, and then wait for someone to take you
   (in groups) to the meeting room. Please try to arrive by about 7:15pm, 
   so the meeting can start promptly at 7:30pm. Don't be late, or you may
   not get in.  (But don't come too early either, since security may not
   be there to let you in before 7:15 or so.) Non-members may be required
   to show photo ID at the security desk.

   Limited parking is available for free on the street, either on Ellice
   Ave. or on some of the intersecting streets. Indoor parking is also
   available nearby, at Portage Place, for $3.00 for the evening. Bicycle
   parking is available in a bike rack under video surveillance located
   behind the building on Webb Place.

For more information about MUUG, and its monthly meetings, check out their
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Gilbert E. Detillieux		E-mail: <gedetil at muug.mb.ca>
Manitoba UNIX User Group	Web:	http://www.muug.mb.ca/
PO Box 130 St-Boniface		Phone:  (204)474-8161
Winnipeg MB CANADA  R2H 3B4	Fax:    (204)474-7609

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