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chris h Newbie 4 posts since
Apr 26, 2012
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Apr 26, 2012 12:41 AM

securely monitoring remote windows servers

I need the ability to monitor remote windows servers through the internet.  These remote servers will only be accessible via a port(s) that I'll open on my firewall.  I do not have a VPN tunnel established nor a layer 3 route..  How can I monitor remote windows servers?  These will be a series of customers... 

  • jmp242 ZenossMaster 4,060 posts since
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    1. Apr 26, 2012 7:43 AM (in response to chris h)
    Re: securely monitoring remote windows servers

    As you may have noticed, by far the easiest method is going to be to have a VPN connection either to the network the servers are on or to the individual servers. I'm sure you could program some custom connector, but you'd have to do that yourself or pay a community consultant to create such a thing. Zenoss pretty much assumes it's on the network of the devices it's monitoring.

     

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  • dpetzel Rank: Brown Belt 1,141 posts since
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    3. Apr 26, 2012 7:34 PM (in response to chris h)
    Re: securely monitoring remote windows servers

    If the remote servers will have static IPs (either directly or natted). Is there any reason you can't just use SNMP? SNMP-Informant could be purchased for the more advanced stats, or the free versoin of for the basic stats.

     

    Obviously if the monitored targets are going to have dynamic addresses, and dynamic DNS is out of the question I can't see  a way around having an agent installed.

  • dpetzel Rank: Brown Belt 1,141 posts since
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    5. Apr 26, 2012 8:25 PM (in response to chris h)
    Re: securely monitoring remote windows servers

    Gotcha.. I'm not aware of anything within Zenoss that would pull off what you need

  • Johnathan Bravo Rank: White Belt 30 posts since
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    7. Apr 27, 2012 11:16 AM (in response to chris h)
    Re: securely monitoring remote windows servers

    putty with port redirection may accomplish what you want.

     

    have to be able to ssh into your monitoring vm . setup a putty session to create a reverse tunnel to your monitoring vm on boot and redirect some non-standard local port. Then just put that port into zproperties for snmp. I haven't tried it but it should work.

  • James Borg Newbie 4 posts since
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    8. Oct 3, 2012 3:16 PM (in response to Johnathan Bravo)
    Re: securely monitoring remote windows servers

    So there is NO way to use an agent on a remote server (even if i have to write my own) to report back any alerts?

     

    Can zenoss accept SNMP traps at least??

     

    I do love the idea of agentless monitoring but there are some scenarios where you cannot do without.

     

    James

  • jmp242 ZenossMaster 4,060 posts since
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    9. Oct 3, 2012 3:23 PM (in response to James Borg)
    Re: securely monitoring remote windows servers

    Well, Zenoss is of course open source, so if you write the functionality, then, yes it could do whatever you want.

     

    It does accept SNMP traps...

     

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