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nBox - Envision your network with nBox -- (Embedded Ntop)
The life of a systems or network administrator requires us to maintain an expansive understanding of our network infrastructure to more effectively manage it. Amidst volumes of complex data that some IT problems present and network management is no exception to these complications. Visual tools allow us to better see trends and make sense of the macro view of our networks. Ntop, nBox, nProbe are just the right FOSS tools that can help us gain greater insight.
Server Monitoring With munin And monit On Debian Etch
In this article I will describe how you can monitor your Debian Etch server with munin and monit. munin produces nifty little graphics about nearly every aspect of your server (load average, memory usage, CPU usage, MySQL throughput, eth0 traffic, etc.) without much configuration, whereas monit checks the availability of services like Apache, MySQL, Postfix and takes the appropriate action such as a restart if it finds a service is not behaving as expected. The combination of the two gives you full monitoring: graphics that let you recognize current or upcoming problems (like "We need a bigger server soon, our load average is increasing rapidly."), and a watchdog that ensures the availability of the monitored services.
Perfect Setup Of Snort + Base + PostgreSQL On Ubuntu 6.06 LTS
This tutorial describes how you can install and configure the Snort IDS (intrusion detection system) and BASE (Basic Analysis and Security Engine) on an Ubuntu 6.06 (Dapper Drake) system. With the help of Snort and BASE, you can monitor your system - with BASE you can perform analysis of intrusions that Snort has detected on your network. Snort will use a PostgreSQL database to store/log the data it gathers.
Cacti on CentOS 4.4 Including The Plug-in Architecture
This guide will step you through the process of installing a functional Cacti installation on CentOS 4.4 including the Plug-in Architecture, which will allow you to expand your monitoring solution.
Proftpd Monitoring With phpftpwho
Proftpd is an excellent FTP server with many features. Wouldn't it be nice to see who is connected to your FTP server and what they are doing all in a convenient web-interface? phpftpwho allows you to see who is accessing your Proftpd FTP server all in a convenient web-interface. It is simple to install and only requires Proftpd, Apache, and PHP.
Network Monitoring With ntop
ntop is a network traffic tools that shows network usage in a real time. One of the good things about this tool is that you can use a web browser to manage and navigate through ntop traffic information to better understand network status.
Custom Monitoring MySQL and SNMP with BixData
With BixData you can monitor your servers as well as VMware and Xen. BixData includes pre-built plugins for things like CPU, Memory, Disk, etc. but any good monitoring tool needs to be customizable. BixData includes the basic ability to run scripts and record their exit values, similar to Nagios Plugins. BixData 2.7 adds support for importing data in more complex formats. This allows you to monitor almost anything. I'll go through the steps showing you how to monitor MySQL locally where an agent is installed and then the steps to monitor a device remotely through SNMP. The advantage of BixData is that any data available through a BixAgent works with the standard tools such as the situation room, scoreboards, notifications and the reporting system. All data are stored in standard SQL tables and are easily accessible.
Cacti On An ISPConfig Server Within 10 Easy Steps
In this article I describe how to install and setup the Cacti in a ISPConfig Server. Cacti is a complete network graphing solution designed to harness the power of RRDTool's data storage and graphing functionality. There aren't many differences from installing in other ISP Managers or standalone Apache installations. I tried many others solutions, but Cacti is very simple and fast to implement.
Securing Your Server With A Host-based Intrusion Detection System
This article shows how to install and run OSSEC HIDS, an Open Source Host-based Intrusion Detection System. It performs log analysis, integrity checking, rootkit detection, time-based alerting and active response. It helps you detect attacks, software misuse, policy violations and other forms of inappropriate activities.
Installing Zenoss Network Monitor on a Ubuntu Server
This tutorial shows how to install and configure the Zenoss network monitoring tool on a Ubuntu 6.06 system. Zenoss is a free open-source tool that allows you to monitor servers, applications, networks, power, etc. regarding their configuration, availability, performance, and so on. It can also alert you by email if it finds inappropriate actions.