Debian based Telemetry Box Distribution released
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Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2001 17:35:09 +0100
From: Nils Lohner firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Debian based Telemetry Box Distribution released
Debian Project http://www.debian.org/
Debian based Telemetry Box Distribution released email@example.com
January 25, 2001
[ This post was written by Christoph Lameter firstname.lastname@example.org
Version 1.0 of the Telemetry Box Distribution has finally been
released. The Tbox distribution is a Debian GNU/Linux 'potato'
based custom Linux version for remote monitoring and maintenance of
A telemetry box allows remote management and diagnostics. It
uses a customized version of netsaint to gather data. Netsaint has
been enhanced so that the configuration is possible via the Tbox
Webinterface through SQL structures. Netsaint logs into a SQL
table. Tools on the Tbox can then display the data in a variety of
ways (graphs or reports).
Some of the functionality of the Tbox:
- Discovery module (Scan network and write results to SQL
- Ticket System (Can be hooked into siteROCKs problem tracking
- PathFinder (Network infrastructure analysis and troubleshooting
module written by me. Tested with monitoring all network paths to
all educational institutions (edu.zone) for a week (30000
- Fully manageable via a webinterface. All major setup can be
done via the Web.
- SSH/HTTPS support out of the box.
- Easy installation (network card detection, auto-partitioning
and formatting, no useless questions asked) of Debian usable
without any Unix know-how.
- NT Diagnostic module (NSServicer)
- Keynote data integration
- Modified CURL tool that works as a URL analyzer for
- Report module: Performance data. Router data and graphical
- Intelligent ticket system (can localize point of network
failure and asses impact of the failure)
Installation from CD Image
It is highly advisable to install from a CD image. The CD image
fits on a Credit Card sized CD (only 50 MB) and contains all
functionality. I will have these CDs physically available at the
LWE in Europe at the beginning of February.
The telemetry software can be installed as an add on to existing
Debian installations but it requires modifications to apache and/or
PHP. See http://openrock.net for
Sources are available from
to existing software have been or will be contributed to the
respective opensource projects.
openrock.net has been outfitted with a kernel based http server
(with patches implementing range and virtual hosting). Downloading
should be no problem.
Note that we do not consider this version to be of production
quality. Some features are only working under certain conditions.
Some components have a prototype character. There are various
issues that are being improved on. Help would be appreciated.
Ideally we would like to have everything part of standard Debian.
The biggest problem was the ease of installation and handling which
required some changes to packages which might not be welcome.
specialists for 24x7 monitoring made this release possible.
Christoph Lameter, January 23, 2001
Nils Lohner E-Mail: email@example.com
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