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Offline testakis

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Monitoring external network devices
« on: November 08, 2010, 08:49:47 am »
Is there any way, using pfSense and SNMP, to monitor an external network device (e.g. a Cisco router) and gather its graphs inside pfsense?

I have tried some of the Network Management tools which are available as packages in pfSense, but they can just monitor pfSense' s interfaces.

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Monitoring external network devices
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2010, 10:45:53 am »
No, there aren't any packages for doing that on pfSense.

It's easy enough these days to setup Cacti, Zabbix, Pandora FMS, etc, and collect graphs on a dedicated machine.
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Re: Monitoring external network devices
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2010, 02:09:44 am »
Thank you for your prompt answer jimp.
I was just trying to find a way to turn to advantage the existence of the pfSense box, without having to install a second computer for that purpose.

Thanks once more!

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Re: Monitoring external network devices
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2010, 07:15:24 am »
If you really want to go down that road (which I wouldn't recommend, but I understand the desire to do) you could either look at the jailctl package which would let you run essentially a full freebsd install inside of an isolated location on the firewall, or you could install ESX on that box and have a VM for pfSense and a VM for other services.
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