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Network/Remote Network Monitoring solution $400
« on: July 24, 2008, 10:35:28 am »
I have been looking for an existing solution for providing remote monitoring of remote systems from a single location.  I have looked online and have had difficulty finding a web based solution with a BSD type license.  I was hoping someone might be able to point out an existing solution that could be incorporated into 1.3 as a package since 1.3 can be used as an appliance. 

I would want to be able to monitor the following things.  Either via built in functionality in windows or by using an agent which is intalled.

Server Drive space
Monitor running services.
Ping monitoring
Web monitor (to see if web pages are returning correct results) IE Outlook Web Access Not required.
Event Logs (Monitor Errors and warnings.)
Custom SNMP traps
Syslog monitoring.
Monitor multiple remote locations from a single device.

Email notification based on specific types of events or keywords.


I am not looking for someone to create a solution as $400 is too little.  I am hoping for an existing solution which might be incorporated into pfsense as package.
« Last Edit: July 24, 2008, 02:18:23 pm by kapara »
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Re: Network/Remote Network Monitoring solution $400
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2008, 11:56:17 am »
For this sum i can give you symon. Give it a search and if you like it i will package it up.

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Re: Network/Remote Network Monitoring solution $400
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2008, 12:11:21 pm »
I was unable to find very much info on it besides this. http://www.xs4all.nl/~wpd/symon/

So this can be configured with a gui to allow me to do the items listed above?
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Re: Network/Remote Network Monitoring solution $400
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2008, 01:21:16 pm »
Its partial not complete it will give you system monitoring.

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Re: Network/Remote Network Monitoring solution $400
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2008, 02:16:04 pm »
I don't think that will work.  One item I left out is I would want to be able to fo this from a central device for multiple sites at remote locations so I would need to be able to separate the traps by site..etc  Since a BSD license solution doesn't seem likely maybe a GNU solution might work.  Would prefer a BSD license since it would attract more people here but...I need a complete and stable solution.

Thanks ermal....
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Re: Network/Remote Network Monitoring solution $400
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2008, 07:31:37 am »
I think Nagios can do at least most things what you're looking for.
http://www.nagios.org/
There is a freebsd port available.
You still would need some sort of webserver like apache to handle the webpages.
I think i could make it in a package, but first i'm occupied with the creation of another package.

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Re: Network/Remote Network Monitoring solution $400
« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2008, 10:43:48 pm »
What about http://www.netxms.org/ ?

You will need to run the server and the agent also on PFSense.
You can have all data into a database server behind your Firewall and you will can do all management and monitoring using NetXMS console (client for Windows, Linux, FreeBSD and some other OS).

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Re: Network/Remote Network Monitoring solution $400
« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2008, 12:53:39 pm »
There are a ton of network monitoring packages that can potentially do this.  Nagios, NetXMS, Zabbix, Zenoss, Munin, etc.  Many of them look great, but don't deliver.  I've personally used Zabbix and Zenoss and been extremely disappointed with both.  I know there is a Zabbix client package for pfSense, but Zabbix currently doesn't work properly with FreeBSD in terms of monitoring, so the whole package is pointless.  I would encourage the OP to review these choices and decide what their needs are. 
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Re: Network/Remote Network Monitoring solution $400
« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2008, 03:45:55 pm »
@submicron:

I agree with you... I have try many of them and specially zabbix.... They are just a pain in the *** and they wont simply deliver...
For now I use munin and monit. they are both very simple and just does what I need for now... Please do note that they are both very unsecured and I would only recommend it for home use...

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Re: Network/Remote Network Monitoring solution $400
« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2008, 11:39:11 am »
Thanks for all of the replies.  It looks like using pfsense may not be the best platform for this type of solution...at least not yet.  I am going to have to look for an alternate solution. 

Thanks,

Mark
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Re: Network/Remote Network Monitoring solution $400
« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2008, 01:25:55 am »
What would be the essential things you would need if someone were to custom build this as a pfSense package?


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Re: Network/Remote Network Monitoring solution $400
« Reply #11 on: August 08, 2008, 12:56:45 pm »
After reading your post yesterday I decided to write a syslog server in PHP. Its the first one written in command line PHP that I'm aware of. I have it running as a windows service even easier to run as a service with Linux or BSD. Since I wrote portablewebap.com it can run as a windows desktop application from a CD, DVD, USB thumb driver or HDD.

A benefit for this being written in PHP is the possibility of it running from a PFSense Firewall to monitor a group of firewalls this depends on whether the PHP socket extension is available.

I just googled for PHP SNMP traps and found this which is licensed as public domain:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/php-netanalyzer/

Let me know if you are interested in me taking this bounty on.

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Re: Network/Remote Network Monitoring solution $400
« Reply #12 on: August 11, 2008, 11:21:45 pm »
@ mcrane

Thank you for the offer but I would need a complete solution like nagios so I could monitor all of my customers from a single location.  A paid solution is http://www.n-able.com/ or http://www.cittio.com/products/index.html  I was hoping there was a freebsd solution in place that had all the features since $400 is chump change to build a good solution.
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Re: Network/Remote Network Monitoring solution $400
« Reply #13 on: August 21, 2008, 01:00:01 pm »
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