Chapter 7. Monitoring

The Red Hat Network Monitoring entitlement allows you to perform a whole host of actions designed to keep your systems running properly and efficiently. With it, you can keep close watch on system resources, network services, databases, and both standard and custom applications.

Monitoring provides both real-time and historical state-change information, as well as specific metric data. You are not only notified of failures immediately and warned of performance degradation before it becomes critical, but you are also given the information necessary to conduct capacity planning and event correlation. For instance, the results of a probe recording CPU usage across systems would prove invaluable in balancing loads on those systems.

Monitoring entails establishing notification methods, installing probes on systems, regularly reviewing the status of all probes, and generating reports displaying historical data for a system or service. This chapter seeks to identify common tasks associated with the Monitoring entitlement. Remember, virtually all changes affecting your Monitoring infrastructure must be finalized by updating your configuration, through the Scout Config Push page.

7.1. Prerequisites

Before attempting to implement RHN Monitoring within your infrastructure, ensure you have all of the necessary tools in place. At a minimum, you need: