to see something about mrtg. The problem with mrtg is (at least if you
have a lot of devices to manage) that it is a standalone solution and
you have to configure everything you have already in Netview
(communities, Interfaces/MIB's to poll, polling rate, ...) again.
Our problems with reporting are following:
- our IBM support told us not to use relational databases due to
performance problems (>1000 Routers in our network)
- we wanted to buy the IBM reporting tool just in the moment, when it
was withdrawn from the market
- management decision is to buy the Tivoli reporting tool coming next
- we have to do customer reporting now and can't wait 'til next year
That's the reason why we don't want to buy another reporting tool, just
to throw it away next year (NetworkHealth by example would be about 2
million $ for our requirements).
So I decided to use some public domain tools for reporting until the
Tivoli solution is available, but unfortunately I can't give away this
solution. Thats why I mentioned the possibility to start a little
project "out of office", as it seems that a lot of other NV users have
the same problem.
> >I think we all have the same problem producing reports. The easiest way
> >to produce reports from routers seems to be mrtg
> With NetView/NT, the collected SNMP data is stored directly into a
> relational database.
> As such, you can use most any reporting tool to directly access the data
> via ODBC. Crystal
> Reports works just fine using this technique. Also remember that you have
> the NVDBEXPORT
> command. This is a meta-data driven export program that moves OVWDB data
> a set of relational database tables. There are a set of defaults but it is
> meta-data driven
> so if you don't like the tables we create or the fields we export - just
> change them.
> So now you can get Topo data, OVWDB data, SNMP collect data, and Event data
> relational databases and spend a couple hundred dollars to get a superstar,
> off-the-shelf reporting package to access this data directly. Go for it.
> PS: What is MRTG?