[mrtg] Re: remote statistics

Justin Shore listuser at neo.pittstate.edu
Fri Jun 22 18:18:46 MEST 2001

At 9:13 AM -0700 6/22/01, Duane Powers wrote:
>Alex van den Bogaerdt wrote:
>>  Duane Powers wrote:
>>>What I'd like to do, is gather mail stats, dns stats and similar,
>>>(logged in users, cpu utilization, hard drive space).  I've found
>>>scripts that do this, but after running them for awhile, it appears I'm
>>>actually reporting on the local box (mrtg_server) not the remote host
>>>(mail_server), the graphs are identical, though the numbers may not be.
>>  It is rather simple.  MRTG does not generate statistics, it just collects
>>  them.  If you can run a script and this script generates statistics from
>>  a remote location then you can monitor that remote location.  If the
>>  script works on the local host and on the local host alone, you don't
>>  get statistics from a remote computer.
>>  The rule of the thumb is:
>>  First make sure you can get the numbers (using SNMP or otherwise). Only
>>  then start even thinking about MRTG.
>>  I hope this generic answer will do.
>>  cheers,
>Well, it starts to help :o)
>I was thinking SNMP _was_ the way to collect remote statistics, I guess
>I just need to find a primer on snmp.

SNMP is _if_ the SNMP daemon will report the data you want to graph. 
Most SNMP daemons allow for this kind of thing.  I don't know how to 
do it personally.  I usually write myself a little script to get 
everything but actually networking data (packets, bytes, etc...). 
Scripts work well.


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