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Cacti 0.8 Beginner's Guide by [Urban, Thomas]
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About the Author

Thomas Urban is currently employed as Senior Systems and Network Engineer in the valve industry. He is also the founder of Urban-Software.de, a small consulting company that provides services and software for Cacti.

He had his first experience with Cacti when working in the Strategic Outsourcing business at IBM Germany where he introduced Cacti to several external customers.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 15012 KB
  • Print Length: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (16 Mar. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005AXQHG8
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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Format: Paperback
We learn in the book that an early version was first deployed in 2001. Yet this book in 2011, ten years later, refers to Cacti Version 0.8. You [or at least me] might reasonably wonder why this is not at version 1. The text describes many reporting features, and it supports the 3 versions of SNMP that are out there on the net. Plus, it sits atop a MySql database, and uses PHP to generate reporting results.

All this use of freeware will be encouraging to many readers. It lets you avail of a free performance monitor for your network. Now the book's cover does say 'design a robust Network Operations Center'. A NOC, at least to me, carries connotations of a multimillion dollar centre, with many machines and massive bandwidth. If the cover's claim is true, then having a free performance tool, which you can customise with plug-ins, by the way, is terrific.

There is one possible caveat. The book talks about many reporting abilities. But not so much about scaling across numerous machines. I'm not so concerned about the underlying MySql database. It certainly would have capacity to hold massive performance data for a lot of nodes. But more about the scaling of the Cacti engine itself, to scrutinise the network traffic and the node usages.
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Format: Paperback
This is an extremely poor book in many senses. It is not well written, using a condescending style more suited to kindergarten and being completely lacking in technical detail. There is interminable repetition of a formula throughout, along the lines of a)what do we intend to do? b)let's do it and c) what did we just do? It goes into mind numbing detail on the simplest of items:- open this page, click on this button, type this into this field. Then, when there is any meaty material, it just glosses over. For example, it starts talking about MIBs, without ever introducing any SNMP concepts.

It also has a feel of having been rushed to press, which may be the case as it is the only book on Cacti that I could find. There are quite a few errors, both factual and typographical that suggest lack of review.

In short, don't buy it, the online documentation is a much better reference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended 18 April 2015
By Robert Willman - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent Cacti guide and probably the best tech book I have ever read. It's a quick and easy read. I read the whole thing in a weekend. Very clear and to the point instructions that also gives a brief how and why into the Cacti architecture without droning on and on. If you are thinking about deploying Cacti buy this book. Cacti is great but the documentation is not the best. This book will save you a lot of time and headache. The only thing I can think to add would be some additional chapters about plugins. This book does cover some of them but there are a lot of other great plugins which are really the strength of Cacti that aren't documented well where I think this author could really do them justice.
4.0 out of 5 stars early release 16 Jun. 2011
By W Boudville - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
We learn in the book that an early version was first deployed in 2001. Yet this book in 2011, ten years later, refers to Cacti Version 0.8. You [or at least me] might reasonably wonder why this is not at version 1. The text describes many reporting features, and it supports the 3 versions of SNMP that are out there on the net. Plus, it sits atop a MySql database, and uses PHP to generate reporting results.

All this use of freeware will be encouraging to many readers. It lets you avail of a free performance monitor for your network. Now the book's cover does say 'design a robust Network Operations Center'. A NOC, at least to me, carries connotations of a multimillion dollar centre, with many machines and massive bandwidth. If the cover's claim is true, then having a free performance tool, which you can customise with plug-ins, by the way, is terrific.

There is one possible caveat. The book talks about many reporting abilities. But not so much about scaling across numerous machines. I'm not so concerned about the underlying MySql database. It certainly would have capacity to hold massive performance data for a lot of nodes. But more about the scaling of the Cacti engine itself, to scrutinise the network traffic and the node usages.
3.0 out of 5 stars Fails to meet expectations 21 Jan. 2016
By JARED R CLEMENCE - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I expected a higher production value in this book than I received. The book is extremely limited and will walk you through the installation of Cacti on a CentOS operating system. I created a virtual machine on which I installed CentOS just to follow the instructions in the book precisely. After that, I found much more success scrubbing that virtual machine and moving to Ubuntu, with which I am much more familiar, and then reading the online documentation at Cacti.net. Honestly, if given the choice to recommend this book or recommend several google searches, I would recommend using Google and Cacti.net documentation to set up your first system. Note: Cacti is by no means something that one picks up quickly. One must enable SNMP on each of the monitored devices and then configure Cacti to read and display this information. Still, I am glad that I at least started down this path.
4.0 out of 5 stars Beginners' handbook 14 Jan. 2014
By Mohamad Rafik Hassan - Published on Amazon.com
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As a beginner to network monitoring system, this book has all my requirements. All chapters are clearly explained. Thanks to the team.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 21 Feb. 2015
By Clay S. - Published on Amazon.com
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A required book for anyone doing Cacti
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