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dlebowski Rank: White Belt 30 posts since
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Feb 17, 2009 12:26 PM

Best Linux Distro to run Zenoss on?

What is the best distro of Linux to run zenoss on? The easiest to configure and the one that keeps Zenoss running the most consistent. Thanks.

Ryan
  • jmp242 ZenossMaster 4,060 posts since
    Mar 7, 2007
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    1. Feb 17, 2009 12:45 PM (in response to dlebowski)
    Best Linux Distro to run Zenoss on?
    From what I've seen, RHEL5 derivatives seem to be what they target in
    primary development, and is what I think they've said most Enterprise
    users are using. For 2.2.4, I've found SL5.2 (which is a modified RHEL)
    to be perfectly reliable. Then again, I also have a Linux guru to help
    when I get into deep water.

    Per your other post, I don't run on a VM however. I expect it would take
    some work to tune a VM environment to run well - Zenoss is big on RAM
    and I/O, two areas that VMs add additional overhead to. Just writing
    lots of events or to the RRD files can overwhelm direct disk access if
    there are enough monitored items.
    --
    James Pulver
    Information Technology Area Supervisor
    LEPP Computer Group
    Cornell University



    dlebowski wrote, On 2/17/2009 12:26 PM:

     

     

    What is the best distro of Linux to run zenoss on? The easiest to configure and the one that keeps Zenoss running the most consistent. Thanks.

    Ryan







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  • Matt Ray Rank: Zen Master 2,484 posts since
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    2. Feb 17, 2009 4:53 PM (in response to jmp242)
    Best Linux Distro to run Zenoss on?
    James is correct. Most Zenoss Enterprise customers run on Red Hat or
    CentOS, so that is probably the most tested platform.

    Thanks,
    Matt Ray
    Zenoss Community Manager
    community.zenoss.com
    mray@zenoss.com



    On Feb 17, 2009, at 11:45 AM, James Pulver wrote:

     

     

    From what I've seen, RHEL5 derivatives seem to be what they target in
    primary development, and is what I think they've said most Enterprise
    users are using. For 2.2.4, I've found SL5.2 (which is a modified
    RHEL)
    to be perfectly reliable. Then again, I also have a Linux guru to help
    when I get into deep water.

    Per your other post, I don't run on a VM however. I expect it would
    take
    some work to tune a VM environment to run well - Zenoss is big on RAM
    and I/O, two areas that VMs add additional overhead to. Just writing
    lots of events or to the RRD files can overwhelm direct disk access if
    there are enough monitored items.
    --
    James Pulver
    Information Technology Area Supervisor
    LEPP Computer Group
    Cornell University



    dlebowski wrote, On 2/17/2009 12:26 PM:

     

     

    What is the best distro of Linux to run zenoss on? The easiest to
    configure and the one that keeps Zenoss running the most
    consistent. Thanks.

    Ryan







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  • Matt Ray Rank: Zen Master 2,484 posts since
    Apr 5, 2008
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    3. Feb 17, 2009 4:53 PM (in response to Matt Ray)
    Best Linux Distro to run Zenoss on?
    James is correct. Most Zenoss Enterprise customers run on Red Hat or
    CentOS, so that is probably the most tested platform.

    Thanks,
    Matt Ray
    Zenoss Community Manager
    community.zenoss.com
    mray@zenoss.com



    On Feb 17, 2009, at 11:45 AM, James Pulver wrote:

     

     

    From what I've seen, RHEL5 derivatives seem to be what they target in
    primary development, and is what I think they've said most Enterprise
    users are using. For 2.2.4, I've found SL5.2 (which is a modified
    RHEL)
    to be perfectly reliable. Then again, I also have a Linux guru to help
    when I get into deep water.

    Per your other post, I don't run on a VM however. I expect it would
    take
    some work to tune a VM environment to run well - Zenoss is big on RAM
    and I/O, two areas that VMs add additional overhead to. Just writing
    lots of events or to the RRD files can overwhelm direct disk access if
    there are enough monitored items.
    --
    James Pulver
    Information Technology Area Supervisor
    LEPP Computer Group
    Cornell University



    dlebowski wrote, On 2/17/2009 12:26 PM:

     

     

    What is the best distro of Linux to run zenoss on? The easiest to
    configure and the one that keeps Zenoss running the most
    consistent. Thanks.

    Ryan







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  • Wouter DHaeseleer ZenossMaster 204 posts since
    Jun 22, 2007
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    4. Feb 18, 2009 8:09 AM (in response to Matt Ray)
    RE: Best Linux Distro to run Zenoss on?
    Altough I have to say I'm an Enterprise customer and are using the STACK for SUSE 10 64it and it's working also fine
  • Prem0 Rank: White Belt 9 posts since
    Feb 10, 2009
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    5. Feb 18, 2009 11:26 AM (in response to Wouter DHaeseleer)
    RE: Best Linux Distro to run Zenoss on?
    Im using Cent5 64bit, it is working fine but the statement about I/O and Memory usage is correct as Zenoss likes those resources.
  • mrcarl81 Rank: White Belt 96 posts since
    Feb 28, 2007
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    6. Feb 18, 2009 7:21 PM (in response to Prem0)
    RE: Best Linux Distro to run Zenoss on?
    i've had success on fedora core and debian
  • jwrober Rank: White Belt 41 posts since
    Dec 26, 2008
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    7. Feb 18, 2009 11:39 PM (in response to mrcarl81)
    RE: Best Linux Distro to run Zenoss on?
    For what it is worth, I am running core on ubuntu server with no issues. Not a ton of devices though. My AIX admins will be running a major core install on RHEL in an LPAR for ~1000 devices. So I would agree that RHEL seems to be the big fish in the pond.

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