Monitoring Network Latency With Smokeping (Debian Etch) - Page 2
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3.2 Advanced Example
Until now, we are only pinging servers, but it would be good if we could do some other tests as well (e.g. measure how fast a DNS server resolves a domain or measure HTTP latency). Therefore we open /etc/smokeping/config again and modify the *** Probes *** section.
[...] *** Probes *** + FPing binary = /usr/bin/fping + DNS binary = /usr/bin/dig lookup = domain-to-lookup.com pings = 5 step = 180 + Curl # probe-specific variables binary = /usr/bin/curl step = 60 # a default for this target-specific variable urlformat = http://%host%/ [...]
As you see, we've now added tests for DNS (the lookup line should contain a domain/hostname that you'd like the name servers (that we still have to configure in Smokeping) to look up) and HTTP / FTP (using Curl).
Now at the end of /etc/smokeping/config, we can add the name servers / HTTP servers / FTP servers we'd like to monitor (you can enable/disable tests by uncommenting them/commenting them out):
[...] + services menu = Service Latency title = Service Latency (DNS, HTTP) ++ DNS probe = DNS menu = DNS Latency title = DNS Latency +++ dns1 host = ns1.example.com +++ dns2 host = ns2.example.com ++ HTTP probe = Curl menu = HTTP Latency title = HTTP Latency +++ server1 menu = server1 title = HTTP Latency for server1 host = server1.example.com +++ server2 menu = server2 title = HTTP Latency for server2 host = server2.example.com #+++ server3 #menu = server3 #title = HTTP Latency for server3 (port 8080!) #host = server3.example #urlformat = http://%host%:8080/ #++ FTP #probe = Curl #menu = FTP Latency #title = FTP Latency #urlformat = ftp://%host%/ #+++ server1 #menu = server1 #title = FTP Latency for server1 #host = server1.example.com #+++ server2 #menu = server2 #title = FTP Latency for server2 #host = server2.example.com
As you see, we are monitoring the name servers ns1.example.com and ns2.example.com using the DNS probe we've configured in the *** Probes *** section. We are also measuring the HTTP latency of server1.example.com and server2.example.com by using the Curl probe. If you like, you can also measure FTP latency using the Curl probe, but make sure that you specify a new urlformat for the FTP section (the default, urlformat = http://%host%/, is configured in the *** Probes *** section; for FTP it should be urlformat = ftp://%host%/).
Restart Smokeping after your changes:
After a few minutes, you should see some data for your new tests in the Smokeping web interface (http://www.example.com/cgi-bin/smokeping.cgi):
You can read up on the Smokeping configuration and further configuration examples here: http://oss.oetiker.ch/smokeping/doc/smokeping_examples.en.html
If you think that Smokeping isn't working as expected, you can try to find the problem by running Smokeping in debug mode:
- Smokeping: http://oss.oetiker.ch/smokeping/index.en.html
- Debian: http://www.debian.org