ICMP ping

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 have 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:

  • ICMP.ResponseTime.Average
  • ICMP.PacketLoss
  • ICMP.ResponseTime.Last
  • ICMP.ResponseTime.Max
  • ICMP.ResponseTime.Min

Results of ICMP response statistic collection for additional targets and interfaces are available as internal parameters:

  • ICMP.ResponseTime.Average(*)
  • ICMP.PacketLoss(*)
  • ICMP.ResponseTime.Last(*)
  • ICMP.ResponseTime.Max(*)
  • ICMP.ResponseTime.Min(*)

For example, ICMP.PacketLoss( parameter will provide packet loss for target with IP address

No historical data is stored by default. It’s necessary to configure DCIs using above mentioned internal parameters to store historical data.

Ping subagent

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):

  • ICMP.AvgPingTime
  • ICMP.LastPingTime
  • ICMP.PacketLoss
  • ICMP.PingStdDev

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:

  • ICMP.Ping


When loaded, PING subagent adds the following parameters to agent:

Parameter Description
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 Description

Table of configured ping targets. Columns:

  • IP address
  • Last response time (milliseconds)
  • Average response time (milliseconds)
  • Packet loss (percents)
  • Configured packet size
  • Name
  • DNS name
  • Automatic


List Description
Icmp.Targets List of configured ping target names.

Configuration file

All configuration parameters related to PING subagent should be placed into [PING] section of agent’s configuration file. The following configuration parameters are supported:

Parameter Format Description Default value
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

Configuration example:

# This sample nxagentd.conf instructs agent to:
#   1. load PING subagent
#   2. Ping target with default size (46 bytes) packets and 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

Timeout = 1000
PacketRate = 12 # every 5 seconds
Target =
Target =


Response time of 10000 indicate timeout