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Prometheus Distributed Monitoring System - A brief review

This article covers an overview of what Prometheus Distributed Monitoring System is and how it works.

Prometheus is an open-source systems monitoring and alerting toolkit with an active ecosystem.


Why is Prometheus used?

Prometheus is an open-source monitoring software that is very popular in the industry. Prometheus is easy to customize, and produces metrics without impacting application performance.

Along with this, Prometheus monitoring can be used to provide clarity into systems and how to run them.


What is Prometheus monitoring used for?

Prometheus is a free software application used for event monitoring and alerting. It records real-time metrics in a time series database (allowing for high dimensionality) built using a HTTP pull model, with flexible queries and real-time alerting.


What is AWS Prometheus?

Amazon Managed Service for Prometheus (AMP) is a Prometheus-compatible monitoring service that makes it easy to monitor containerized applications at scale.

AMP automatically scales as your workloads grow or shrink, and is integrated with AWS security services to enable fast and secure access to data.


What metrics does Prometheus collect?

At this moment, for Prometheus, all metrics are time-series data. The Prometheus client libraries are the ones in charge of aggregating metrics data, like count or sum. Usually, these client libraries—like the Go library from the graphic above—have four types of metrics: counter, gauge, history, and summary.


What is the difference between Grafana and Prometheus?

Grafana and Prometheus, both help us in tackling issues related to complex data in a simplified manner. 

Grafana is an open-source visualization software, which helps the users to understand the complex data with the help of data metrics.

Prometheus is an open-source event monitoring and alerting tool.


How does Prometheus monitoring work?

Prometheus scrapes metrics from instrumented jobs, either directly or via an intermediary push gateway for short-lived jobs. 

It stores all scraped samples locally and runs rules over this data to either aggregate and record new time series from existing data or generate alerts.

Add Remote Linux Host to Cacti for Monitoring - Do it now

This article covers how to add a #Linux host to #Cacti.

Basically, Cacti is a network #monitoring device that creates personalized graphs of server efficiency.

SNMP, short for Simple Network Management Protocol is a protocol used for gathering information about devices in a network. Using SNMP, you can poll metrics such as CPU utilization, memory usage, disk utilization, network bandwidth, and so on. 


To install snmp agent on Ubuntu, run the command:

$ sudo apt install snmp snmpd -y


To install #snmp agent On CentOS 8, run the command:

$ sudo dnf install net-snmp net-snmp-utils -y


SNMP starts automatically upon installation.

To confirm this, confirm the status by running:

$ sudo systemctl status snmpd

If the service is not running yet, start and enable it on boot as shown:

$ sudo systemctl start snmpd


To Add Remote Linux Host to Cacti for Monitoring:

1. Install SNMP service on Linux hosts. SNMP, short for Simple Network Management Protocol is a protocol used for gathering information about devices in a network.

2. Configuring SNMP service.

3. Configure the firewall rules for snmp.

4. Adding remote Linux host to Cacti.


To Install and Configure Cacti:

1. Cacti require few more dependencies, run the following command to install them:

yum -y install net-snmp rrdtool net-snmp-utils

2. As we have all the dependencies ready, we can now download the install package from Cacti website.

cd /var/www/html

wget http://www.cacti.net/downloads/cacti-1.1.10.tar.gz

3. You can always find the link to the latest version of the application on Cacti download page. Extract the archive using the following command.

tar xzvf cacti*.tar.gz

4. Rename your Cacti folder using:

mv cacti-1*/ cacti/

5. Now import the Cacti database by running the following command.

cd /var/www/html/cacti

mysql cacti_data < cacti.sql -u root -p

6. The above command will import the cacti.sql database into cacti_data using the user root. 

It will also ask you the password of root user before importing the database.

7. Now edit Cacti configuration by running the following command.

nano /var/www/html/cacti/include/config.php

8. Now find the following lines and edit them according to your MySQL database credentials.

/* make sure these values reflect your actual database/host/user/password */

$database_type     = 'mysql';

$database_default  = 'cacti_data';

$database_hostname = 'localhost';

$database_username = 'cacti_user';

$database_password = 'StrongPassword';

$database_port     = '3306';

$database_ssl      = false;

Add domain in PRTG

This article will guide you on how to add a #domain in the #PRTG #monitoring system.

PRTG is a network monitoring system to monitor a #website.

If you are working in more complex environments or those with a desire to reduce the number of authentication mechanisms on their networks, PRTG includes the option to easily integrate with Active Directory (AD).

1. PRTG additionally adds the probe device to the local probe. This is an internal system device with several sensors. It has access to the probe system and monitors the system's health parameters. 

2. PRTG automatically analyzes the devices that you add and recommends appropriate #sensors on the device's Overview tab.

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