We provide a number of GUI tools (like MConsole) with our servers, allowing for sophisticated monitoring and control and where systems admins are dedicated to monitoring Isode components, these Isode GUIs are more than adequate.
In live deployments a system administrator will be expected to monitor many applications, servers and network components. Using a different monitoring system for each component in order to perform an 'overwatch' of total system performance is not proactical.
The solution to this is to use a general purpose monitoring tool, the most popuklar of which make use of SNMP (Simple Network Monitoring Protocol), which is supported by many network components and applications. A wide range of Management Consoles, such as HP Openview, use SNMP.
In this whitepaper we look at the role of SNMP in managing systems using Isode messaging and directory servers, explaining why SNMP support is provided, the sub-agent architecture used by Isode products, and approaches to deploying SNMP monitoring.
We have replaced the SNMP support in M-Vault and M-Switch for R14. This is based on a sub-agent model using AgentX (RFC 2741), simplifying deployment and increases accuracy of status reporting.