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Using Graphs to Manage Networks and Devices with Cacti 0.8

Jul 31, 2009, 17:03 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to ramsat for this link. ]

"If you are familiar with RRDTool, then you know Cacti is designed to harness the power of RRDTool's data storage and graphing functionality. If you are not, don't worry—Cacti will create graphs without extensive configuration input from users. Built-in graph templates will make your life easier, so it is not necessary to understand the functionality of each field to create graphs for network-attached devices. Each graph stores different sets of parameters that control different aspects of each graph. If you want to know more about RRDTool, please visit http://oss.oetiker.ch/rrdtool/.

"At the time of creating graphs, you will face a bit of a stiff learning curve. Stay on course, it will be over soon and you will be able to create graphs for different devices very quickly. Cacti can create graphs for any SNMP-enabled, network-attached devices. This can be a switch, router, server, desktop computer, printer, IPS, UPS, and so on. Initially, we will not talk about the custom template and the data-query script development for any SNMP-enabled devices. Instead, we will use the default options in Cacti. In order to build a custom template, we need to understand the SNMP protocol and command-line tools of the Net-SNMP application suite. Let's create graphs based on the available templates and devices."

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