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cacti working vmware player how to

Hi all,
               I had downloaded the vmware player. I installed it . Then I downloaded the virtual appliance named cacti-1.1.0 .    
Actually I want to check the avalibility of switches , access point , routers computers  etc .

I installed cacti-1.1.0 also.

NOw when I do http://10.2.1.251/
it ask for usename and password.
the user name is admin and the password is jatender123.
now the next screen opens.  I click at create devices.
the other screen opens
now i clicked at add
and added one computer with ip 10.2.1.50 .
I just added the ip address in hostname field but  rest i took all in default and i clicked at create.
it saved successfully.
but in the
Description** ID Graphs Data Sources Status Event Count Hostname Current (ms) Average (ms) Availability
jat  4  0  0  Unknown  0  10.2.1.50  0  0  100

in the status it is showing Unknown why please help me what to do .
let me known if i am making any mistake.

because in localhost it is showing up.

please help
thanks in advance
jatender
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agriesserCommented:
Did you tell cacti what type of service it should monitor? ICMP requests, SNMP queries, etc., ...
For monitoring tools to work you need at least a source to get the information from, e.g. if you want to check the hosts uptime by pinging it periodically, you'll need to configure this host in cacti to get ping'ed periodically.
If you don't choose any options, I don't know what the default action is, but probably it is nothing as you can see currently.

What do you mean with "in localhost it is showing up"?
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JATENDER1979Author Commented:
By this I mean in       localhost         it is working.
means it is showing green color up.


Yes I tried both icmp and snmp.
but resul was still zero.

help please
i will be very thankful to you if you can give me the points in steps .
that is going to help me a lot.
jatender
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agriesserCommented:
Can you please post a link to the appliance you downloaded? I can find several VAs running Cacti on vmware.com. I'd like to give this a shot on my system to see what's happening.
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JATENDER1979Author Commented:
The vmware player that i am using is

VMware-player-2.0.2-59824

and the cacti that i am using i got it from I went to site

www.vmware.com
then i clicked at virtual applicance
In search virtual applicance i wrote
cacti windows
and then i clicked enter
from this i got the list
from that list i took
JumpBox for Cacti 0.8.7b
downloaded it.

help
tx in advance
jatender

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agriesserCommented:
OK, I followed your instructions and am now downloading a file called cacti-1.1.0.zip, I hope this is the right one.
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JATENDER1979Author Commented:
actually  it was

jumpbox  version                  Bundelled application                     download
cacti-1.1.0                                    cacti0.8.7b                              download (178MB)

this is the information that i found when i downloaded it.
it was not written like  
cacti-1.1.0.zip

thanks
jatender
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agriesserCommented:
OK, cacti is running now.
I clicked on "Create devices", created a new device and saved it.

To me it says, that the host I created is alive, but the status is unknown. This seems to be a bug in the current cacti release as I found in the cacti forum:

http://64.233.183.104/search?q=cache:8SQFJv5HgYIJ:forums.cacti.net/about14743.html+cacti+status&hl=de&ct=clnk&cd=1&gl=at

(Sorry for the long link, it's the Google "In cache" page as the real site isn't available currently from my site).

They say that it might take ages before the status changes to OK and they all say, that it usually doesn't work without having SNMP configured on the host to monitor.

I tried to set up an ICMP ping check and cacti in this VA failed miserably in doing this (some problems with setting up a socket for ICMP requests), so I think that this cacti appliance isn't really feature safe at the moment...
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JATENDER1979Author Commented:
Hi
       Can you please tell me the stable version  of cacti if i want to install and run it.

Actuall As i told earlier that i want to see the status of the switches and the access points and the routers etc . That we have in different part in our university.

Or can u tell me any other tool in linux . that can be implemnted easily and with the help of which i can check the status of the switches and the access points and the routers etc .

thanks in advance
jatender
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JATENDER1979Author Commented:
can anyone help me
tx in advance
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