Detecting local network systems

To start monitoring with Pandora FMS, nothing better than detecting which devices are nearby and start detecting them. It doesn't matter if they are personal computers (PC) with MS Windows®, servers with GNU/Linux®, routers, switches, etc, since a very basic monitoring is going to be done (see if they respond to a ping). Then you can improve the monitoring once you have located them (see also "Introduction to Pandora FMS Discovery" (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiPyFDgYvIM .

Creating a recognition task

In the side menu go to the Management → Discovery → Host&Devices section. Click on the Net Scan button, this will allow you to create a discovery task.

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It will create the task as follows: You will have to modify only the network range to be scanned, in this capture it is 192.168.70.1/24, which means that all hosts in the network 192.168.70.xx will be scanned. The appropriate mask will be used here to define the network. Select the Applications group, which will be used to contain the devices you detect. From now on we will call generically "agents" to the devices managed and/or monitored by Pandora FMS.

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Select under Module template the Basic monitoring option, which covers only latency and network availability checks. You can select other types of checks, such as SNMP or WMI, to be performed during the survey.

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Once created, the entry will be displayed. Click on the magnifying glass icon to view the details of the task:

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Clicking on the magnifying glass icon will show the current status of the task, which in this case is completed. In this image you can see that the progress bar has disappeared and the system has found the systems in the network to add them to the monitoring.

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Checking the detected systems

Wait until the entire network has been detected.

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When you are finished, access the agent detail view (left side menu Operation → Monitoring → Views → Agent detail) to view all detected systems.

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You will be able to see several systems that have been correctly detected by Pandora FMS. In some cases the system name will have been resolved (if it was possible by DNS) and in others the operating system will have been detected. By clicking on the name (in this case, the second one in the previous image) you will go to the agent detail view, which will show all the information collected from that system.

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