Monitoring Cisco routers/switches with SCOM 2007 RRS feed

  • Question

  • We are running SCOM 2007 and we are considering using it to do some basic monitoring of Cisco routers and/or switches.  The only network-related management pack we currently have is Network Device Library, version 6.1.7221.0.  From what I've read on other blogs and message boards, it sounds like we might have to use a 3rd party Management Pack if we want to monitor Cisco devices.  Is that accurate?  Does the Network Device Library Management Pack do anything for us in regards to Cisco gear?

    Tuesday, September 8, 2009 4:14 PM


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  • Hi

    When you want to have a deep insight View of your Cisco devices you could think about Jalasoft Xian IO Networkmanager: http://www.jalasoft.com/Web/HomePage.aspx. The Network Device Library MP doesn't take such a deep dive as the MP from Jalasoft does. I have good experience with it and the aftersales (support) is very good.
    Best regards, Marnix Wolf


    (Thoughts on OpsMgr)
    Tuesday, September 8, 2009 6:51 PM
  • Hi

    Another approach is using Solarwinds Orion to monitor the networkdevices and using a Connector (pipeline) to connect it with OpsMgr. However than you end up with two seperate monitoring solutions with a pipeline between it. What I have seen is that Orion can be cheaper to buy compared to Jalasoft when wanting to monitor many many networkdevices to a deep level. At Jalasoft you have to pay for each device based on its complexity. Jalasoft uses three tiers. The third tier is the most complex thus a MP for that kind of device costs the most where as a networkdevice of the first Tier is the most basic device thus the MP costing less.

    See also for Orion:
    Best regards, Marnix Wolf

    (Thoughts on OpsMgr)
    Tuesday, September 8, 2009 7:48 PM
  • Out of the box you can build monitors and rules to monitor SNMP. Nothing special for Cisco. If you have a large number of different models and want to get a lot of data from them it might be easier for you to but a cisco MP. But it you only want some basic info from the switches you can configure your own monitors. http://www.it-jedi.net/2007/01/monitoring-snmp-enabled-devices-in.html

    Anders Bengtsson | Microsoft MVP - Operations Manager | http://www.contoso.se
    Tuesday, September 8, 2009 7:49 PM
  • In case you are interested, I'm finalizing a custom Cisco monitoring management pack that I'll be posting shortly.  I just posted my first blog post describing the design and development of the management pack: http://operatingquadrant.com/2009/09/10/scom-advanced-snmp-monitoring-part-i-discovering-cisco-devices-and-hosted-classes/ 

    Although, if you have a lot of network devices to monitor, there's a lot to be said for the benefits of a task-specific tool, like JalaSoft or SolarWinds Orion. 
    Thursday, September 10, 2009 9:42 PM
  • We are using the Orion MP. Installed it into two mgmt groups very easily, on a third we are still troubleshooting why it wont install. Nice thing is if you already own SW/Orion, the MP is free.
    Friday, September 11, 2009 6:40 PM
  • On some network devices you can set the level of detail of errors/alerts straight from the network device OS so you don't necessarily need any management packs, but could create alerts about all things that the network device defines.

    This is again then a matter of decision where you want to filter the data that is possible to use.

    Hope this gives you another idea how to do it.

    Tuesday, September 15, 2009 4:38 PM
  • I have posted the first version of the Cisco MP that I have been working on:  http://operatingquadrant.com/2009/09/14/scom-advanced-snmp-monitoring-part-iii-the-completed-cisco-management-pack/

    This version is for R2-only, but I hope to have an SP1 compatible version of it done soon. 
    • Marked as answer by Marnix WolfMVP Wednesday, September 16, 2009 5:22 PM
    Tuesday, September 15, 2009 9:18 PM
  • Think Kris's MP looks swell and will definitely delve in to that one. Thanks Kris!
    An alternative Cisco (and APC UPS) monitoring MP I stumbled across the other week is from a Russian based team:

    Metrex Engineering

    Monday, September 21, 2009 1:04 PM