[olug] Help for a newbie system adminstrator

Irish irish.masms at gmail.com
Wed Aug 12 18:57:01 UTC 2009

On Sat, Aug 8, 2009 at 7:37 AM, Brady Cox <brady.cox at gmail.com> wrote:

> Figuring out the system baseline for memory and cpu usage would be a
> good idea.  What does it look like under heavy load?  What users
> typically run what processes?  Who is your most 'prolific' user?  Who
> is the guy who always writes code that makes things thrash?   Be able
> to look at the box at any given time and be able to tell in under 1
> minute that 'something is wrong'.

A good project for this is Nagios, and the replacement for Nagios Grapher -
automatically plot out the utilization & loads & such ofr your systems. Ive
been playing with this over the summer, and have been amazed at the stats we
can generate - down to the difference between system time & NTP, and the
network interface throughput! :)


Timothy G. O'Brien, CISSP, GSEC, NSA-IAM

Irish dot MASMS at gmail dot com

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