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Note: Since the TECHXNY/PCEXPO Show is being held at the Javits Center on September 16th through 18th, we moved the Unigroup meeting a couple days forward to Tuesday, September 23rd in order to avoid the conflict.
Pre-Meeting Presentation Introduction:
One of our Unigroup members, Josh Birnbaum of Noorg, Inc., has developed an Open Source Project called "ifchk", which is a tool which provides Host Based Promiscuous Mode Detection. Josh will give us a mini-presentation on "ifchk" at our November 2003 meeting, prior to the main presentation which is scheduled to be IPv6 and IP Management. At our September meeting, Josh will briefly describe his project and give us a brief introduction to "ifchk" and his upcoming talk.
Main Presentation Introduction:
It is possible to monitor and administer a small number of computers individually, for example, by running an interactive session on each one. We could also create various smart scripts performing the monitoring functions automatically locally and notifying the administrator about the exceptions by, say, e-mail. However, this approach has obvious limitations as the number of servers increases for it demands a manual modification of the local scripts should the threshold values or the e-mail address change. In general, we want to have available one centralized point (management station) where we could set up the thresholds and process the notifications about the exceptions. We prefer to have a unified, simple installation and configuration of the part of the monitoring software which runs on the managed nodes since that would allow for more robust and automated installation procedures for a large number of the systems. Also, we prefer such a monitoring method which would work for different platforms that can be found in the data-centers nowadays.
SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) fits the task well despite some limitations. It takes care of the network communication between the management station and the managed nodes. Also, it organizes the management information on the client side so that it can be retrieved and modified by the management station via a small number of SNMP operations. It does not process, filter or correlate the management information retrieved from the clients. It passes the information to other application programs, or put differently, the management applications take advantage of SNMP in order to communicate with their clients. One of the compelling reasons for using SNMP is the fact that the SNMP daemon or service is a part of the standard installation of all major modern operating systems. The enterprise-grade database systems, firewalls and other applications often contain an SNMP module which can communicate the application specific management information. The components of the network infrastructure such as routers or switches support SNMP, also many other devices such as the un-interruptible power supplies allow for the installation of a card with an embedded SNMP daemon. Therefore, with a relatively little extra burden caused by the planning and the configuration we can have a multi-platform, network monitoring capability based on open standards.
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Transit By Train: Take the J/M/Z to Broad Street and walk 1 block North to Pine St. Take the 4/5 to Wall Street and walk North to Pine St., then East to Broad St. Take the 2/3 to Wall Street, the North West exit is inside the Chase complex, else you will need to walk a block North and West. See MTA Downtown NYC Map (pdf) for detailed mass transit information.
Outline of the Talk
Outline of Followup Presentation:
The script: http://www.photonfield.net/snmp-monitor.html Articles: 1. Remote Monitoring with SNMP by J. Skvarcek ;login;, October 2002 2. Remote Monitoring with SNMP: A Practical Example by J. Skvarcek, ;login:, February 2003 Books: Essential SNMP by D.R. Mauro and K.J. Schmidt O'Reilly 2001 Understanding SNMP MIBs by D. Perkins and E. McGinnis Prentice Hall 1997 SNMP Network Management by P. Simoneau McGraw-Hill 1999 Practical Guide to SNMP v3 and Network Management by D. Zeltserman Prentice Hall 1999 Sites: NET-SNMP (UCD-SNMP) http://net-snmp.sourceforge.net/ HP OpenView http://www.openview.hp.com/ IBM Tivoli Netview http://www.tivoli.com/products/index/netview/ GxSNMP http://www.gxsnmp.org/ RFC http://www.ietf.org/rfc.html SNMP v3 http://www.ibr.cs.tu-bs.de/projects/snmpv3/ The details of the standardization of SNMP v3 http://www.ietf.org/IESG/actions.html
O'Reilly has been kind enough to provide us with some of their books, which we will continue to raffle off as giveaways at our meetings. O'Reilly has also provided us with a Discount Code for purchases made on their web site.
Addison-Wesley Professional/Prentice Hall PTR has been kind enough to provide us with some of their books, which we will raffle off as giveaways at our meetings.
Unigroup would like to thank both companies for the support provided by their User Group programs.
SPECIAL GIVEAWAY: All attendees will receive Discount Coupons at Barnes & Noble Bookstores... 20% off the purchase of the following AW/PTR books: The Art of Unix Programming, Linux on the Mainframe, Linux Administration Handbook.
Jozef Skvarcek programmed high performance parallel numerical simulations during his post-graduate studies at the City University of New York. Since January 2000 he has been working for Datek Online and Ameritrade as a System Engineer. The Unix System Administration is not only his job but also his hobby. Jozef is a long time Unigroup member and currently also serves on the Unigroup Board of Directors. Jozef was also our speaker for our Beuwolf Cluster meeting.
Marc Spitzer has been working with computers since 1991, when he started out as a VAX/VMS operator. Since then he has worked as a System Administrator, Programmer and Security Analyst. Currently he is a independent consultant working in NYC. Marc has been a regular attendee at Unigroup meetings during the past year.
Both speakers are representing themselves.
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Food and Refreshments
Complimentary Food and Refreshments will be served. This includes sandwiches such as turkey, roast beef, chicken, tuna and grilled eggplant, brownies, cookies, bottled water and assorted beverages.
Please join us for this meeting, you won't want to miss it!