Monitoring your systems using open source tools

Speakers: Randy Saeks

Level: Intermediate, Lecture

Excerpt: There is a big difference between alerting, monitoring and logging and using these tools each serves a different purpose. Learn the differences between these and see how tools like Nagios, Cacti and the ELK stack can help you.

Description: Here we will learn about how tools can help us with alerting on our infrastructure using Nagios, monitoring trends using Cacti and centralizing logging using the ELK stack (Elasticsearch, Logstash and Kibana). We will spend most of the time looking at the latter and learning how we can ingest data from devices such as switches, routers, firewalls, Wireless Control Systems, plain text log files, just to name a few. Building filters in logstash will be covered as well as showing sample dashboards and how all these systems fit into a full solution to have great insight to your IT operations.

About the speaker

Randy Saeks (Twitter: @rsaeks) – Network Manager – Glencoe School District 35

Randy has over a decade and a half of experience in planning, deploying and supporting technology systems within education. This includes desktops, servers and mobile devices with emphasis on OS X and iOS-based devices. He is currently the District Network Manager for Glencoe School District 35 and works to ensure the infrastructure supports the educational goals of the organization. Randy has presented at MacTech, MacWorld, and the Penn State Mac Admins Conference. Randy is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Level 1 and Level 2 Google Certified Educator, author of CasperAlly as well as a Google Certified Trainer.

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