SNMP Hub management tools

Well, it has been some time since I posted this, and the responses have died
down. Here is a sumary of the responses.

They came in a couple of categories.

For management of hubs (port deactivation, etc), there were several responses
that all essentially said that they script their own using the snmpwalk
ucd-snmp packages, and that their solutions were not available for outside
use.

For statistics, several people (including myself) use mrtg
(http://ee-staff.ethz.ch/~oetiker/webtools/mrtg/mrtg.html)

Is there anyone out there that knows of managment toools that missed the first
query? It suprises me that managable hubs sell so well if the only tools to
manage them are the Openview/Optivity solutions and whatever people cobble
together themselves.

Thanks to all that responded.

Matt

Well, it has been some time since I posted this, and the responses have died
down. Here is a sumary of the responses.

They came in a couple of categories.

For management of hubs (port deactivation, etc), there were several responses
that all essentially said that they script their own using the snmpwalk
ucd-snmp packages, and that their solutions were not available for outside
use.

For statistics, several people (including myself) use mrtg
(http://ee-staff.ethz.ch/~oetiker/webtools/mrtg/mrtg.html)

It's amazing, but I saw a lot of people buying managed hubs only because
_they are SNMP managable_ and no one of them really used SNMP to manage
this devices. HP OV - brr, too expansive for middle-size networks and too
huge.

Some companies sell lite manage tools for their hubs. But everything
around looks like _big toys for the big boys_ -:). I am not sure if SNMP
management is usefull for the HUB's and SWITCHes - every time we add some
new switch (we never was so crazy to manage hubs) into SNMP monitor we
found different kinds of software bugs in this hub preventing it from
good management. Simple examples - Cisco Catalist 5000 - lost counters
time to time; Cisco Catalist 1200 - no one know what does counters for
FDDI mean; etc etc - looks like a very little people manage their hubs
and switches by SNMP (except those ones from magazines who compare 10
tools and choose the best one -:)).

May be I am misunderstanded, but it's my impression.

PS. And MGRT is the best tool from noncommercial ones.
We use 'snmpstatd' + WWW interface to manege switches and hubs, btw.

Is there anyone out there that knows of managment toools that missed the first
query? It suprises me that managable hubs sell so well if the only tools to
manage them are the Openview/Optivity solutions and whatever people cobble
together themselves.

Thanks to all that responded.

Matt

>> Sat, 30 Jan 1999 14:30:24 MST
> Since the System monitoring query had such good results, I am going to try a
> variation. I am looking for SNMP management tools (windows or Unix) that can
> use multiple MIBS for an environment with hubs from several different vendors.
> The tools need not be GUI, and I am espically interested in 'free' tools. The
> functionality I am looking for includes (but is not limitted to):
>
> gathering port / board pps and bps information
> port link status
> the ability to determine what port an IP addresses / MAC addreses is
> connected to
> enable / disable ports
> reset hub / hub management
>
> Don't bother reporting on Openview and Optivity...I know about those :slight_smile:
>
> Please send responses to me personally (with URLS or other appropriate
> pointers) and I will digest / sumarize them and send them to the list.
>
> Matt

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