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Question: Managing Network infrastructrure metadata with Linux?

Posted by hq4ever on Mon 21 Aug 2006 at 08:01

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The one absolute truth every sysadmin confronts is "I need to document my network infrastructure, How do I do it?" I hope, with your help, to get this question solved here, now, today, once and for all.

How do you Debian sysadmins manage your networks diagrams? What tools are you using? What guidelines do you follow? What "hard experience based truths" will you be willing to share with us, children?

I'm looking for software to create Network Maps. I'm looking for software to display Network Topology. I'm looking for software to manage hardware inventory

Generally speaking, I'm on the quest to find any bit of software that would be useful for rapid and efficient network structure documentation and administration.

Wait, there's more: I would really love it if this software could generate output in "common format", so that even if it would get sent by mail to the alternative OS, it's user won't need to download zillion over blown executable to view it.

Google, forums, IRC, Wikipedia, Mailing Lists and apt-cache have given me this so far :

None of them feels like the right tool for the job.

Thank You for your help
Maxim

 

 


Re: Question: Managing Network infrastructrure metadata with Linux?
Posted by Anonymous (212.6.xx.xx) on Mon 21 Aug 2006 at 09:34
Look at Intermapper. Yes, it is not open source but does his job very well.

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Re: Question: Managing Network infrastructrure metadata with Linux?
Posted by Nilshar (195.200.xx.xx) on Mon 21 Aug 2006 at 09:57
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Visio is a nice tool... of course it's microsoft, it's not free, and will not run under linux, but still a nice tool. And you can use a xml format.

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Re: Question: Managing Network infrastructrure metadata with Linux?
Posted by loke (213.136.xx.xx) on Mon 21 Aug 2006 at 14:50
you could also take a look at the map function in zabbix ( monitor program www.zabbix.com gpl )

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Re: Question: Managing Network infrastructrure metadata with Linux?
Posted by Anonymous (213.217.xx.xx) on Mon 21 Aug 2006 at 15:15
look at tkined + scotty

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Re: Question: Managing Network infrastructrure metadata with Linux?
Posted by Anonymous (65.78.xx.xx) on Mon 21 Aug 2006 at 21:42
ascii art + wiki :)

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Re: Question: Managing Network infrastructrure metadata with Linux?
Posted by Anonymous (72.177.xx.xx) on Tue 22 Aug 2006 at 04:03
graphviz/neato/dot are useful though not particularly pretty. I got a neato module for moinmoin so I have versioned network diagrams.

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Re: Question: Managing Network infrastructrure metadata with Linux?
Posted by canoedf (66.227.xx.xx) on Tue 22 Aug 2006 at 13:50
I have used Lanflow, http://www.pacestar.com/

You need to draw the diagrams but it will generate HTML
and you can link to vendor sites. I used it with M$ W2000.
It might run under Wine - I have not checked.

I used it "dynamically" - updating the html using
snmp to keep track of hardware.

I found it useful.

Dan in Colorado

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Re: Question: Managing Network infrastructrure metadata with Linux?
Posted by Anonymous (142.167.xx.xx) on Tue 22 Aug 2006 at 15:53
Cheops (http://www.marko.net/cheops/) and Cheops-ng (http://cheops-ng.sourceforge.net/) were very promising but seem to be dead.

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Re: Question: Managing Network infrastructrure metadata with Linux?
Posted by RonnyAasen (217.17.xx.xx) on Tue 22 Aug 2006 at 18:13
You may consider NAV (Network Administration Visualized). It is an advanced software suite to monitor _large_ computer networks.

+ It's GNU Open Source
+ Packages for Debian, RedHat and FreeBSD
+ activly maintained
- very cisco oriented.
- not for the faint of heart

it contains network topology mapper, traffic grapher, hardware tracker, inventory and logistics, sms/email alerts, service monitor.

It may be overkill...

scrren shots http://metanav.ntnu.no/moin.cgi/NAVScreenShots
wiki/homepage http://metanav.ntnu.no/
feature list http://metanav.ntnu.no/moin.cgi/NAVFeature

Ronny

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Re: Question: Managing Network infrastructrure metadata with Linux?
Posted by Anonymous (145.253.xx.xx) on Wed 23 Aug 2006 at 10:56
Hey thanks for this link ! Very nice !

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Re: Question: Managing Network infrastructrure metadata with Linux?
Posted by steh (62.245.xx.xx) on Wed 23 Aug 2006 at 17:36
wiki + dia + lanmap ( http://www.parseerror.com/lanmap/ ) + ocs inventory ng ( http://ocsinventory.sourceforge.net/ )

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Re: Question: Managing Network infrastructrure metadata with Linux?
Posted by fpesce (195.200.xx.xx) on Mon 28 Aug 2006 at 17:29
Some developers are confronted to the same truth, after a few minutes playing around with yED, a java graph editor, I have forgotten all days lost to work on Dia ... It is really sad that's not under open source license but at least, it is free... Just try it, as I did... I've drawn a complex network schema in a couple of minutes, and now I can change the layout (tree/organic/orthogonal), in a blink...

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Re: Question: Managing Network infrastructrure metadata with Linux?
Posted by binarynomad (149.135.xx.xx) on Sun 10 Sep 2006 at 06:43
At my previous work place, we implemented a (agentless, linux) network discovery and monitoring system that did a great job:

http://www.insightix.com/products/enterprise-collector/what-s-new -in-2-0.aspx

Unfortunately it is not free.

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Re: Question: Managing Network infrastructrure metadata with Linux?
Posted by Anonymous (81.3.xx.xx) on Mon 23 Oct 2006 at 11:21
Netwhistler - netwhistler.sourceforge.net

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