[mrtg] Re: Best Practices
patrckb at hotmail.com
Fri Jan 4 17:14:32 MET 2002
>From: "Labelle, Michel" <mlabelle at city.coquitlam.bc.ca>
>Subject: [mrtg] Best Practices
>Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2001 13:13:51 -0800
>I'm setting up a new installation of MRTG and I'm trying to put together a
>"best practices" worksheet for it.
>What I'm looking for are comments on how YOU would organize the
>data/log/config files etc. ... Any other
>administration guidelines would be appreciated
You haven't heard anything back because your question is not so much
technical as it is artistic.
My soapbox always has been that network management is more of an art than a
science. Setting up MRTG is technically easy. Deciding what to monitor is
How you monitor your network depends greatly upon what you, your management,
or your users, cares about.
Does your company have a disaster recovery (DR) plan(AKA business resumption
plan)? My former employer's plan had determined the business units that were
critical to the survival of the company. We then used that as a blueprint to
determine what IT resourses those business units relied upon. We then were
going to set up to monitor those resourses.
No DR plan? See if you can get your management to tell you what are the
business-critical processes. My experience has been that network management
projects are always the hardest for which to get funding or time allocated.
Why? Because it is hard to determine an ROI on having pretty graphs.
We all get pretty good at troubleshooting problems. That's because we get a
lot of opportunities to do it when we are in a re-active mode.
To prevent problems from happening, we need to be in a pro-active mode. But,
it is much harder to be pro-active. It takes much time, creativity, critical
analysis, and some political skills. Get your management to tell you what's
important and then you can show them how you will be pro-active to monitor
I wrote a FAQ answer to the question "I just got MRTG up and running. It
looks great! But now what do I do with it?" The answer is here:
Patrick Bartkus, SCE, CCNP, CCDA Certified Systems Engineer
Future Com (http://www.myfuturecom.com/) Atlanta, GA
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