Monitor for LAN problems on HP Procurve

Posted on 2013-09-03
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Last Modified: 2013-09-10
We have a network of apx 250 devices using HP Procurve switches all around, both for edge and core. Occasionally we have a problem where one device causes network problems which affect everyone. For example, last week an improperly configured printer, connected to a small 4-port switch which was then connected to one of our HP's turned out to be the culprit for an entire LAN slowdown. It took us a few hours of walking around to find it.

We have the ability to monitor the switches using SNMP and I'm wondering if there are any specific events or traps that the HP can send to say that traffic looks "suspicious" from a port? Perhaps a bad Cat-5 cable, a bad device, or whatever... just something so we can look at the monitor, see the suspect ports, and disable them.

Question by:tabush
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I would list all switches and their firmware versions. Update firmware one by one when a newer version is available.
Problems like yours aren't fixed by monitoring. Updated firmwares isolate problematic ports.

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thanks @strivoli but once upgraded and problematic ports are isolated, how can i get alerts to the issues?
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I would set syslog (of each switch) to be forwarded to a central syslog server.
Have a look at Kiwi Syslog Server at this URL.

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