Tag: Network

Network Monitoring Station

Setting up a Network Monitoring Station

We all have important equipment running on our network, from a corporate database server, network drive share to an office wifi access point. We want them running all the time and thus we need to keep an eye on them. Introducing a network monitoring station.

Network monitoring station is a computer (server) that does all sorts of monitoring work within your network environment. Special characteristics as follow:

  • It is ON and running on your network at all time
  • It needs to able to “see” and “communicate” with the devices that you want it to monitor
  • It surveys your network, checking devices (you specify) with logging and reports findings via email
  • It graphs so you will have a better view of capture over time
  • Admin uses client (browser) to access network monitoring server and view report, real time graphs, etc.

In this blog we document our build. Setting up is easy at first, then progressively getting harder when comes to configure Cacti to monitor your devices, some learning curves involved but most are straight forward.

Lets go.