The following options exist to monitor systems using ICMP pings:
- ICMP response statistic collection
- Metrics provided by ping subagent
ICMP response statistic collection¶
NetXMS can periodically perform ICMP polls and calculate node
availability statistics. This functionality can be controlled globally via
server configuration parameter
ICMP.CollectPollStatistics or locally on each
node. ICMP polling interval and statistic calculation period (expressed in
number of polls), timeout and ICMP packet size are configured via server
configuration parameters, see Server configuration parameters.
ICMP requests are sent to node’s primary IP address. Additional targets can be specified in node’s properties. It’s also possible to set node’s interfaces as targets by enabling Collect ICMP response statistic for this interface in properties of the interface (enabling this for interface that corresponds to primary IP address will lead to pinging this address twice).
ICMP polling is performed from server, from a zone proxy if zoning is used or
from specific proxy if it’s configured in node properties. Proxying agent should
ping.nsm subagent enabled.
Results of ICMP response statistic collection for primary IP address are visible in Object Details -> Overview and are available as internal parameters:
Results of ICMP response statistic collection for additional targets and interfaces are available as internal parameters:
ICMP.PacketLoss(184.108.40.206) parameter will provide packet loss for
target with IP address 220.127.116.11.
No historical data is stored by default. It’s necessary to configure DCIs using above mentioned internal parameters to store historical data.
This subagent can be used to measure ICMP ping response times from one location to another. Measurements can be either scheduled by the agent itself or requested by the server.
Metrics scheduled by the agent (based on “PacketRate” parameter):
These metrics can be either defined in agent configuration file (using one or more “Target” parameters), or registered automatically on first request from server. If targets are registered automatically, default packet size is used. First request to non-existing target will return “0” as a value. Automatically registered targets are automatically removed after a timeout, if server stops requesting metrics for that target.
Metrics available on demand:
When loaded, PING subagent adds the following parameters to agent:
|Icmp.AvgPingTime(target)||Average ICMP ping response time from target for last minute. Argument target can be either IP address or name specified in Target configuration record (see below).|
|Icmp.LastPingTime(target)||Last ICMP ping response time from target. Argument target can be either IP address or name specified in Target configuration record (see below).|
|Icmp.PacketLoss(target)||ICMP ping packet loss (in percents) for target for last minute. Argument target can be either IP address or name specified in Target configuration record (see below).|
|Icmp.Ping(target, timeout, psize)||
ICMP ping response time from target. Agent will send echo request as soon as it receives request for parameter’s value, and will return response time for that particular request. Argument target should be an IP address. Optional argument timeout specifies timeout in milliseconds. Default timeout is 1 second. Optional argument psize specifies packet size in bytes, including IP header. If this argument is omitted, value from DefaultPacketSize configuration parameter will be used.
Please note that other parameters just return result of background ping process, while this parameter waits for actual ping completion and then returns the result. Because of this behavior, it is not recommended to use Icmp.Ping parameter for instant monitoring, only for occasional tests. For instant monitoring, you should configure targets for background ping and use Icmp.AvgPingTime or Icmp.LastPingTime parameters to retrieve results.
|Icmp.PingStdDev(target)||Standard deviation of the response time for the target for last minute. Argument target can be either IP address or name specified in Target configuration record (see below).|
Table of configured ping targets. Columns:
|Icmp.Targets||List of configured ping target names.|
All configuration parameters related to PING subagent should be placed into [PING] section of agent’s configuration file. The following configuration parameters are supported:
|DefaultPacketSize||bytes||Set default packet size to bytes.||46|
|PacketRate||packets||Set ping packet rate per minute. Allowed values are from 1 to 60 and values below or above will be adjusted automatically.||4|
|Target||ip:name:psize||Add target with IP address ip to background ping target list and assign an optional name name to it. Target will be pinged using packets of psize bytes size. Name and packet size fields are optional and can be omitted. This parameter can be given multiple times to add multiple targets.||none|
|Timeout||milliseconds||Set response timeout to milliseconds. Allowed values are from 500 to 5000 and values below or above will be adjusted automatically.||3000|
# This sample nxagentd.conf instructs agent to: # 1. load PING subagent # 2. Ping target 10.0.0.1 with default size (46 bytes) packets and 10.0.0.2 with 1000 bytes packets # 3. Timeout for ping set to 1 second and pings are sent 12 times per minute (each 5 seconds) MasterServers = netxms.demo SubAgent = ping.nsm [PING] Timeout = 1000 PacketRate = 12 # every 5 seconds Target = 10.0.0.1:target_1 Target = 10.0.0.2:target_2:1000
Response time of 10000 indicate timeout