Regrett that I got familiarized with the cacti system only a week back. And once a clean installation was ready and running, the bottle necks started. Running snmpd for monitoring cpu, disk and network was an overkill. Though the snmp helped when we could add our WiFi Access Points, Routers and Switches. Even the traffic from our ISP Load balancer (pfsense) could be added for monitoring. All this was excellent. We got bottle necked at one point though.
Most of our colocated servers were behind heavy firewalls, and or running in virtual box machines inside real hardwares. True that we could use a single snmpd with multiple community id to collect data. But I was just reluctant. Just out of curiosity, the last one week day and night, at home, at work over IRC I was after getting the insides of both cacti and rrdtool. Thanks to the developers of both, and to all those who have contributed towards it. I did find better cacti templates on google code. This was one good step. The MySQL templates are simply superb. Also there is a script in php which does do ssh to remote servers and collect data. Good enough, but needed the cacti host root user to have a public key published on all of our servers.
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