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Monitoring individual Cisco switches in a stack with Server Alive

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Hi,

Currently our stacks are monitored by Server alive but since all switches in the stack share the same management IP, if one of the switches fail in the stack, there is no way of knowing since the IP will still reply to pings.

Is there an easy way to configure this so that server alive can ping individual switches in a stack?

Switches are Catalyst WS-C2960S-48FPS-L and WS-C2960S-24PS-L
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by:mcsween
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You aren't going to be able to do this with ping for the reason you described.  The only way I can think of to monitor the individual switches in the stack is to use an SNMP monitor like What's up Gold and get the MIBs from Cisco
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by:Cyclops3590
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To add to mcsween's correct response that you need to use SNMP, check out the following link:

https://supportforums.cisco.com/thread/2067629

What's Up Gold is awesome but pricy.  There are lots of free OSS tools as well like Nagios, Zabbix, Zenoss, etc. that can also use SNMP to query and send alerts for what you are wanting to watch.
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by:seapr
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Thanks all fro your replies. I need this to work with Server Alive as this is our monitoring tool and I doubt management will approve spending for another monitoring solution.

Is there a way this can be done using Server Alive?

What about loop back?
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Looks like Servers Alive has SNMP support.  Just configure that to monitor the OID specified in that URL I gave and you should be good.

But SNMP is your only way to do this.
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by:mcsween
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The following three articles should help you get going.  The first is configuring SNMP community names for Cisco (this should be done first).  The second two are how to setup SNMP within Server Alive.

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/tech/tk648/tk362/technologies_tech_note09186a0080094aa4.shtml
http://www.woodstone.nu/salive/howto_snmp.php
http://www.woodstone.nu/salive/gen_snmpget.php
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by:seapr
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Thanks,

I can use snmp in Server Alive and using the OID provided by Cyclops3590.

Used links provided by mcsween to configure SNMP on the stacks.

Thanks for your help.
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