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Month: August 2016

RPi Network Packet Analysis Tooling

RPi Network Packet Analysis Tooling

In this post, I’ll cover using the Rpi as a network analysis tool. The hardware of the Rpi and the open source software that runs on it is an extremely cost effective method to network diagnostics and troubleshooting. The hardware layout I’ll be using is fairly simple. The Rpi 3 has built in interfaces for both wired and wireless connections. I’ll be using the wired connection as my packet sniffing port. It will not have any IP bound to it….

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Installing and configuring SmokePing on a Raspberry Pi

Installing and configuring SmokePing on a Raspberry Pi

These instructions are based from the blogs at MyHomeBroadband.com and kugelfish.com. Install Smokeping onto the Pi The nice thing about these steps is they aren’t confined to the Raspberry Pi. You can apply this to any Linux distribution. Open a terminal session and run the following command. sudo apt-get install smokeping The downloader has Apache included, however this was setup earlier when Webmin was installed. This appears to be a factor with some settings not being changed. Once downloaded, and…

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Cacti Custom Graphing Features

Cacti Custom Graphing Features

The default graphs that ship with Cacti provide a good starting point for your monitoring needs. However, you may find that the graphs don’t draw attention to what you would like. In this post, I’ll cover steps to customize your graphing functions. Also, we’ll cover ways to get more text information on your graphs, so lets begin. The default network traffic graph is reminiscent of the days of MRTG. I like to set my graph with both inbound and outbound…

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Cacti Sandbox

Cacti Sandbox

Introduction Having a sandbox is great way to test your disaster recovery methods.  I’ll step through a process that makes a backup of the Cacti data.  Then we can use that backup file to restore from as needed. There are some prerequirements to the steps I’ll be using.  These are LAMP, phpMyAdmin, Webmin, Cacti, and a ssh client. Do keep in mind that any plugins or templates that are not standard are not included in this backup.  This simply gives…

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Installing Cacti on a Raspberry Pi

Installing Cacti on a Raspberry Pi

Here is some Background before we get started. I had originally posted about setting up Cacti on the Raspberry Pi a few posts back.  Since there was plenty of on line tutorials, I just made references to sites that have since changed their content.  When I returned to the subject recently, I found that the steps were plagued with antiquated commands Ultimately, I was able to find the compile a list of commands that will help you get Cacti operational…

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