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Hi,

1) These both software seem as a monitoring software for company's network devices
2) I have not yet installed or configured these both softwares
3) I want to know "what input" we should give or put
4) For example, we have network device#1 up to network device# 40
5) My guess: We just GIVE or INPUT the IP address of the above network devices into the BB or Xymon
6) My question: am i right? Are there other things that i have to INPUT?
7) Thank you

tjie
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Hi tjie,

I'm a long-time user of the non-commercial version of BigBrother,
and have recently been migrating to Xymon, its latest open-source variant (previously
known as hobbit).

If you have money to spend, then the latest commercial version of BigBrother
may suit you (see http://bb4.com/ for details).  I believe Quest Software will provide you
personalized assistance with your installation.

For a no-cost approach, I would recommend Xymon, since it is actively being
developed.  Development of the non-commercial version of BigBrother seems to
have stalled.  The configuration of BigBrother and Xymon is essentially the same.

The main question for you is:  what is it, exactly, that you need to monitor?
Are your "network devices" other Linux or Windows systems, or are they actual
network switches/routers?


If you only need to monitor that the network devices are online/pingable, or that certain
services are responding to requests (e.g. webserver, mailserver), then you can
just configure one Xymon server, and populate your Xymon server's bb-hosts file
with the IP addresses and names of your network devices.

If you would also like to have other systems report on disk space, cpu load,
running processes, and so on, then those systems will need Xymon installed on them
as well.

If you wish to monitor network equipment specifically (not webservers and mailservers,
for instance), then you might also check out Nagios (http://www.nagios.org/).
My general feeling is that Xymon is an excellent system/service monitor that can
also monitor networking equipment; while Nagios is an excellent network monitor
that can also monitor systems/services.  
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Hi larsrohr,

1) Per your explanation ....
2) It seems there is Server and Client version of Xymon ....
     * As you said that """ ...then those systems will need Xymon installed on them
as well."""
    * So if i need the information of the CPUs, DIsk, etc .....i have to install the Xymon Client at the devices? Is it right? ...
    * And this "Xymon Client" is something like installation file of the symantec Endpoint Protection? (Where the Xymon's server will create it)
3) Please confirm
4) Thank you

tjie
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It's easier than that.  The Xymon software (for Linux/Unix) includes both the server and the client, so installation is from the same source code.
Nearly all the configuration is handled on the server (clients just need to be told who their server is).

On the server, you start it by running:
./server/hobbit.sh

On a client, you start it by running:
./client/runclient.sh


See also http://xymon.sourceforge.net/docs/install.html
for info on setting up the Xymon server.  A linux box with Apache server should be fine.

Windows clients are a bit different -- see http://bbwin.sourceforge.net/ for the Windows Xymon client.
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""" Windows clients are a bit different -- see http://bbwin.sourceforge.net/ for the Windows Xymon client."""

1) So it has also a Windows Clients, but the Xymon Server is the same right (Linux or Unix basis)?
2) So i could install Xymon ONLY on Linux or Unix basis (can not at Windows 2003, etc) right?
3) Thanks
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That's right.  The Xymon server needs to be on a Linux or Unix machine.
Windows machines can be Xymon clients, but not Xymon servers.
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