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Old 05-24-2011, 05:38 PM   #1
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SNMP for managing Linux machines remotely?

I just narrowly passed another exam on UNIX Academy. I answered most of it. Their DVDs are incredible. While I made some mistakes here and there... I was really stumbled upon a question that was formulated something like "SNMP for managing Linux machines remotely". I can't remember the exact definition. I'm not sure what it was about.
I was under impression that SNMP it is a carrier protocol for commands like "ping" and "traceroute". I was trying to read about it online but it is way too broad and technical, they're loosing me on very first page. I suspect there's some kind of product or technology that uses SNMP in some way to handle Linux, I'm not sure... Can some shed a light on this subject? I'm asking for just general direction and I'll take it from there.
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SNMP is mainly used for monitoring critical thresholds of your servers. For example, ping, network receive/transmit, cpu, memory, swap, disk space, services up or down. You can configure your NMS (network management systems) to alert you if one of those thresholds reaches a critical point. You can also program your NMS to run simple service commands but it's not recommended. For example, if the apache web service stops then send an alert to my iPHone, also send me an email and then restart it; once it restarts check it and send me an OK alert.
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Old 05-26-2011, 07:07 AM   #3
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Thanks! I found article on Wikipedia on NMS and there's HUGE comparison table of different NMS software products. Is there "major" or "dominant" NMS that I should learn it first? There's no way one can learn all these products!


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