Every month we try to publish a tip that helps you get the most out of Zenoss, here are some recent tips we hope our newest users find helpful. This advice comes from both experienced Zenoss users and Zenoss engineers on advanced features that can help you get the most out of you network monitoring.
As you may know you can use Zenoss discovery capabilities to add devices to Zenoss to be monitored. Another options is to use the batchload command line tool for loading a list of devices into Zenoss. While the Zenoss web interface allows you to discover devices and manually manage them, many sysadmins maintain a list of their devices and may choose to push them into Zenoss automatically. zenbatchload will allow fine-grained control over each device and Device Class, setting individual zProperties during the loading process. >> Read More
This tip comes from Zenoss Community member Stacy Uden that shows how to take advantage of the flexibility of Event Commands within Zenoss. Event Commands allow the system to run arbitrary shell commands when events occur that match pre-configured criteria. This allows almost any action to be taken in response to events that occur. Including updating your status on Twitter. >> Read More
As you may already know the Zenoss dashboard is very customizable through the use of widgets we call portlets. The Site Window Portlet allows you to embed any website on your Zenoss dashboard, and you can have multiple Site Windows on your dashboard. A common use of the Site Window is for logging into trouble ticketing systems, adding custom maps or keeping track of other infromation like your company wiki. >> Read More
Maintenance windows are useful for scheduled downtime periods, but there are situations where being able to dynamically schedule a maintenance window for an individual device is useful. This tip submitted by Zenoss power user Jeff Schroeder describes how to create an event that can create a short (10 minute) window with an event mapping. >> Read More
Many administrators who are new to Zenoss will understandably try to scale their monitoring infrastructure based on the number of devices they intend to monitor. While this is a good start, Zenoss monitoring daemons are focused on RRD Datasources, not devices so you need to understand what data you are collecting. Rackspace's Chris Krough shares his tips on how to maximize performance of your Zenoss monitoring data. >> Read More
If you would like to see future tips and tricks for using Zenoss, you can watch the tip-of-the-month tag for the latest and greatest tips and trickshttp://community.zenoss.org/blogs/zenossblog/tags/tip-of-the-month.