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Generic Host monitoring plugin

Verax NMS & APM Generic Host management plugin enables easy monitoring, alerting, health check, management and performance reporting for non-UNIX and non-Windows workstations and servers such as OS/2, OS/400, VMS and others supporting the following MIBs:

  • RFC1213
  • ENTITY-MIB (optional)
  • HOST-RESOURCES-V2 (optional)

The Generic Host plugin can communicate using SNMP v1, v2 or v3.

General information view

The view provides the configuration summary for a Generic Host machine including:

  • OS version and hardware platform
  • Available memory
  • System date and uptime
  • Host name, location and administrative contact
  • High level usage statistics: logged on user count, number of running processes, CPU usage, real memory usage and swap space usage

Memory view

The view provides memory configuration and status including:

  • Memory sizes: total, buffered, shared and cached
  • Memory usage (used vs. available) for real memory, swap space and memory buffers


The view displays information about Generic Host mass storage, including:

  • List of devices: device ID, access mode (read-only, read-write), media (hard disk, optical drive), removable status and capacity
  • List of partitions for each device: partition ID, type, label and size
  • File systems: mount points, type, access mode, bootable status, last backup dates (full, partial) and others

Processes view

The view provides an overview of processes currently running on a Generic Host system including:

  • Process image name, path and command line arguments
  • Process id (PID) and type (OS, service or application)
  • Resource consumption: number of threads spawned by the process and amount of memory used
  • CPU usage chart (busy/available) for each CPU in the system

Installed software view

The view provides detailed view of the installed software including: package name, type (e.g. application, operating system component) and last modification date (installation or update).

Devices view

The view provides an inventory of physical devices in the system including:

  • Type (e.g. network, storage, keyboard, processor, etc.)
  • Name
  • Status (running, off-line)
  • Device error count

Internet protocol (IP) view

The view displays current IP configuration parameters (such as forwarding, default TTL, reassembly timeout and others) and statistics (input receives, forwarded datagrams, routing discards and others).

Interfaces view

The view provides an inventory of all network interfaces on a device including:

  • Index and name (e.g. FastEthernet0/0)
  • Type (e.g. ethernetCsmacd)
  • Physical address
  • Administrative and operational statuses
  • Current configuration parameters (e.g. MTU size) and statistics (e.g. packets out, excessive collisions) for each interface

Predefined Generic Host monitoring templates

The plugin provides predefined templates for most commonly monitored host items (listed in the table below). Other, user-defined sensors and performance counters can be added.

Generic Host monitoring templates
Generic Host CPU Utilization
Generic Host Memory Utilization
Generic Host Disk Utilization
Generic Host Process Count
Generic Host Interface Input Traffic
Generic Host Interface Output Traffic
Generic Host Interface Inbound Non-unicast Packets
Generic Host Interface Outbound Non-unicast Packets
Generic Host Interface Traffic Ratio
Generic Host Interface Unicast Ratio
Generic Host Interface Discarded Packets Ratio
Generic Host Interface Packets With Errors Ratio
Generic Host Storage Usage
Generic Host Storage Percentage Usage
Generic Host Physical Memory Usage
Generic Host Physical Memory Percentage Usage
Generic Host Virtual Memory Usage
Generic Host Virtual Memory Percentage Usage

Additional sensors

The following additional sensors can be created for a Generic Host:

  • Ping
  • TCP
  • SNMP Ping
  • SNMP Custom
  • DNS
  • FTP
  • HTTP
  • SSH
  • Radius
  • LDAP
  • DHCP
  • SMTP
  • POP3
  • IMAP
  • JDBC
  • XML
  • JMX
  • Shell script
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