IBM Director. Is it any good?

By RMaguire996 ยท 7 replies
Jul 22, 2013
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  1. I need to find a suitable diagnostics tool that can be used to check the health of all the machines on a network, as well as their peripheral devices. IBM Director has been recommended but I know nothing about it. I've been told it can be very hard on memory. These testimonials have been unconvincing at best. Does Microsoft SCOM do the same thing??
    I have very little experience with this so any advice is really appreciated.

  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,128   +982

    how many systems are there - - more precisely, are they all on one subnet (eg 192.168.x.*) from one router or do you multiple subnets (192.168.1.*, 192.168.2.*, . . . 192.168.n.*)?

    Define "health". I wrote Availability Monitoring stuff for Unix systems and health took in considerations like:
    1. memory usage
    2. paging statistics
    3. processes vs number in the run queue
    4. disk capacity
    5. disk activity
    6. network utilization
    7. systems defined vs systems online
  3. RMaguire996

    RMaguire996 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I need to monitor several hundred IBM tills which are on multiple subnets (192.168.1.*, 192.168.2.*, . . . 192.168.n.*). I need to check that the peripherals (printer, scanner, ) connected to each system are working and if not find out what the problem is.

    As I said, I'm new to this, trying to research possible ways of doing this.
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,128   +982

    These system tools are BIG, expensive and complicated.
    by tills, to you mean teller or cashier stations and/or atms?
    suggest you see the FAQ
    and the descriptive info
  5. RMaguire996

    RMaguire996 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    They are cashier tills. Thanks for the FAQ link. I didn't see this when I was on IBMs site. Again, please forgive my inexperience in this area and thanks for your help.
  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,128   +982

    not a problem - - see my signature :)
  7. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,128   +982

    Btw: this stuff is terribly complicated. as an example,

    any device with an IP address can be seen to be online using ping, BUT
    • that assumes the NIC is configured to respond to pings
    • being online doesn't mean the device is operational (consider a printer with a paper jam needing manual intervention)
    and it just goes on and on and on . . .
  8. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,128   +982

    Here's a product to view network devices (Network View) which can scan the network using several technologies - - I think the SNMP interface would be your best bet.

    An issue to be resolved is accessing devices beyond the local subnet router, aka networks like
    gateway-router ---switch
    				   +--- routerA ( devices
    				   +--- routerB ( devices
    				   +--- routerC (192.168.1.x)--- devices
    				   +--- routerD (192.168.1.y)--- devices
    or still more complicated
    				   +--- physical-siteA-gateway-router --- devices
    				   +--- physical-siteB--gateway-router -- devices
    				   +--- physical-siteC--gateway-router --- devices
    				   +--- physical-siteD--gateway-router --- devices
    this is possible, but your network admin will need to allow port 161 thru the gateway routers

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