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Using MRTG with RRDtool and Routers2
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Using MRTG with RRDtool and Routers2 : Third Edition

357 pages, 6" x 9", perfect binding, cream interior paper (60# weight), black and white interior ink, white exterior paper (100# weight), full-colour exterior ink

How to install, set up and configure a Systems Monitoring server using the popular MRTG software with RRDtool and Routers2. Includes examples, detailed configuration syntax, and advanced techniques to make the most of your system. This is what you need if you are running an MRTG/RRD system with Routers2 and want to make the most of your software! Learn new techniques, and have a quick on-hand reference when creating custom configurations and graphs. This is the first commercially-available book dealing with this popular software combination, written by the author of the Routers2 frontend.

MRTG was the first widely used traffic monitoring system, and today continues to enjoy a large following of people who like it for its simplicity and robustness. From the beginning, I have shipped MRTG with full documentation for all of its configuration options as well as installation instructions and more - a whole directory full of documentation, in fact. But still, as time goes by every now and then I get an email that says something like:
"Tobi, I have read all the documentation that comes with MRTG and have still no clue. Is there a book on MRTG that you can recommend?"
The bottom line is that, until now, if you wanted to get up and running with MRTG, you had to rely on the information that came with it, or follow one of the many tutorials you can find on the web. As you brought it up and running you may also have discovered that you want more configurability or even more beautiful output, which meant that you had to switch to RRDtool and some frontend.
This is all about to change now, since Steve not only talked about writing a book, but he actually wrote one. Enjoy!
- Tobi Oetiker, author of MRTG and RRDtool

Chapter list:

  • Introduction
  • Obtaining and Installing
  • Collecting the Data: MRTG
  • cfgmaker and templates
  • Displaying the Data: Routers2
  • Security, Authentication and Authorisation
  • Plug-ins, Hooks, and Extensions
  • Advanced Techniques
  • Errors, Problems, and Unexpected Behaviour
  • Examples: Configuring MRTG
  • Examples: Configuring Routers2
  • routers2.conf directives
  • Enhanced MRTG directives
  • Routers2 Symbol Replacement
  • cfgmaker template reference
  • Resources

MRTG and Routers2 reference
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MRTG and Routers2 Reference : Second Edition

120 pages , 6" x 9", coil binding , cream interior paper (60# weight) , black and white interior ink , white exterior paper (100# weight), full-colour exterior ink

This is a simple configuration reference for the MRTG and Routers2 software. It comprises part of the appendices of the "Using MRTG with RRDtool and Routers2" book, and is spiral-bound for easy desk use.

Chapter list:

  • routers2.conf directives
  • Enhanced MRTG directives
  • Routers2 Symbol Replacement

Using MRTG with RRDtool and Routers2: Companion CD
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Using MRTG with RRDtool and Routers2: Companion CD

This is the Companion CD for the book. Contained on the CD are all of the latest versions of the software packages discussed in the book, along with various other add-ons and plug-in software. There are also several examples and templates for use.

This CD contains GPL software and other software freely distributable under license. Some software may require you to purchase a license after an initial trial period or for commercial applications. No profit is being made from sales: all payments are for production and distribution costs only.

Some of the software packages on the CD:

  • MRTG package v2.16.4
  • MRTG contributors directory
  • MRTG bundle install for windows v2.1.1
  • Template library for cfgmaker
  • RRDtool packages
  • RRDtool RPMS: v1.2.27 and v1.2.23 for RedHat Enterprise Linux 5, including Perl, PHP and Python bindings
  • RRDtool and MRTG local install packages for Solaris Sparc 10
  • RRDtool required libraries for compilation source packages
  • RRDtool contributors directory (including PHP bindings source)
  • Routers2 v2.18, v2.19
  • Apache web server v2.2.8 for UNIX and for Windows
  • ActivePerl v5.8.8 for Windows install package
  • RRDbar v0.4
  • SWFgauge object, Slickboard object, and gaugexml.cgi script
  • Network Weathermap v0.95b
  • Weatherman weathermap editor for Network Weathermap
  • MRTG data collection plugins set, including mrtg-pnsclient, mrtg-nrpe and mrtg-ping-probe
  • NRPE and NSclient Nagios agents for Windows and Solaris and source code
  • Additional example code

A Garden for Ami
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A Garden for Ami

Printed: 24 pages, 8.5" x 8.5", saddle-stitch binding, full-colour interior ink

A 1000-word story for children of around 3-5 years, with bright collage illustrations and a gentle twist in the tale. Starts as a true story before diverging into fable. The basic narrative was invented on the spur of the moment, in the need for a new bedtime story. Older children will understand deeper levels than younger ones. The illustrations were made by collages of cut-out painted paper (since I'm useless at freehand drawing), and were heavily influenced by "The Very Hungry Caterpillar", "Goodnight Moon", and various 1970s children's TV animations. Buy copies for your friends! Buy copies for you local schools and libraries! The more you buy, the more economical postage becomes! And after all, I get a teeny commission for each one sold, so all I have to do is unload a couple of million then I'll be able to afford a house with a REAL garden for Ami!

Steve Shipway