Being used to maore heavy weight monitoring tools such as Zabbix, or Cacti for network equipment, its was interesting to come across a very light weight solution: connectd.
Get monitoring up and running in 10 minutes!
Installation on Ubuntu
apt-get install collectd rrdtool collectd-dev lm-sensors
liboping0apt-get install libregexp-common-perl librrds-perl mbmon ci -l /etc/collectd/collectd.conf # rcs revison of config file first vi /etc/collectd/collectd.conf # Enable what you like e.g. sensor, mysql, tcpconns, ping .. /etc/init.d/collectd restart
Setup a web gui
cd /var/www/ mkdir collect cd collect cp /usr/share/doc/collectd/examples/collection.cgi.gz . sudo gunzip collection.cgi.gz sudo chown www-data.www-data collection.cgi . chmod 755 /var/www/collect/collection.cgi vi /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/000-default # see next section /etc/init.d/apache2 reload
Enable the CGI and restrict network access (adapt the 176.17.* to your needs)
<Directory /var/www/collect/> AddHandler cgi-script .cgi .pl Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews +ExecCGI AllowOverride None Order allow,deny #allow from all allow from 220.127.116.11/24 18.104.22.168/24 22.214.171.124/24 </Directory>
After starting the dameon, watch syslog for errors about plugins that are misconfigured, or are not returning any data.
Connect to http://server/collect/
Select the host, then shift-select the graphs to be seen and click OK. Easy!
Other plugins I found useful:
- apcups (& apcupsd Ubuntu package)
- hddtemp (& hddtemp Ubuntu package)
- network (centralise graphs on one host: really easy, see http://collectd.org/wiki/index.php/Plugin:Network)
To see what changes you made made to the config file: rcsdiff /etc/collectd/collectd.conf
Note: collectd can create lots of data, watch out that /var/lig does not use GBs of data over several months..