Whatever happened to SNMP?

Brian Fahrlander brian at fahrlander.net
Sat May 5 21:58:52 UTC 2007

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Hubertus Hiden wrote:
> Brian Fahrlander schrieb:
>>     The "Simple" Network Management Protocol; the way to learn details
>> of the operation of routers, hosts, and a few other devices in a
>> standard way.
>>     Once upon a time, Scotty/TkIned was a kickass product that let you
>> put up a map on a second screen, always on, and it would alert you to a
>> host being down, even chart bandwidth in real-time. What a great tool!
>>     But Scotty's dead.
>>     Then came GxSNP meant to do a similar thing, this time in Gnome.
>>     GxSNMP's dead, too; at least it's not been touched in a long, long
>> time.
>>     So if I wanted to see a map of my sites via SNMP, is Cacti/MRTG the
>> only way to do it? Nagios is for alarms, not friendly to SNMP, Cacti
>> works for SNMP monitoring, but knows nothing of alarms. And it's a
>> little tough to work out a layout- there's no discovery mode.
>>     I noticed the same thing with Multicast; a few years back, Linux was
>> in the thick of it. Perfectly ready to use it...but no one did.  There's
>> a lot of places Multicast makes a lot of good sense, but the docs on it
>> are ancient, and the people associated don't bother to return emails.

> No idea if it's useful for your needs, but did you take a look at
> http://autoscan.fr/ ?

    Well, I've got to say I'm impressed; it's replacement of
Scotty/TkIned is pretty complete. I didn't see a way to "map" hosts on
the screen, but I think that's because it can allow you to handle
thousands of hosts, and index them.

    It was a '.bin' install; those tend to work out well.  I remember
when Linux had premium games and they were delivered that way, too...

    I get the feeling it's commercial though...but I've not had the time
to try it sufficiently, with all that's going on, but thanks for the tip!
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