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Tips and Tricks

MRTG

         I've received many emails on how to get up and running quickly with MRTG, so here's my tips.

  1. Install ActiveState Perl (http://www.activestate.com)

  2. Download and Install MRTG (http://www.mrtg.org)

  3. If you don't have one, create working directory for HTML files c:\mrtg\working

  4. Go to c:\mrtg\bin directory

  5. Run perl cfgmaker snmpreadstring@ipaddress –output=filename.cfg

  6. Open filename.cfg with notepad

  7. Add RunAsDaemon: Yes

  8. Remove # on Options

  9. Add WorkDir: C:\mrtg\working

  10. Type wperl mrtg filename.cfg to start MRTG


 

IPERF

  1. Simply download IPERF http://dast.nlanr.net/Projects/Iperf/
  2. Unzip into a folder on two pc's
  3. Go to one PC and type iperf -s at the command prompt.  This is a server
  4. Go to  the other PC and type iperf -c server_ipaddress

Other examples;

  • to run the iperf utility as a server service by typing
    iperf -s -D
  • to conduct an upload type
    iperf -c server_ipaddress
  • to conduct a separate upload and download type
    iperf -c server_ipaddress -r
  • to conduct a simultaneously upload and download type
    iperf -c server_ipaddress -p

Other Notes;

try creating a batch file that you can schedule at whatever interval to get an idea of throughput in relation ship to time;

sample dos batch file will accept an ip address filename for output.  Just make sure IPERf is in your path, or put the batch file in the iperf directory.

rem record ipaddress filename
rem ***
cls
echo off
Echo %date% %time% >> %2
Echo %date% %time%
Echo upload and download to %1
iperf -c %1 -r|find "sec" >> %2
echo ********* >> %2
 


SNMP


Cabling

  • I use a Sharpie permanent marker and write the length of the cable on the side of RJ45 with a double line to indicate a straight-thru cable and an X to denote a  cross over cable.

MAC Address

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Broadcast Storms
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Latency, the Basics
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Get to know ICMP
Really neat tip about troubleshooting ICMP packets

Get your house in order
You should always start monitoring and improving performance in your own backyard, or network


Make your own Cabling Errors
I talk about creating your own erros, so when you encounter them in the field, you will work more effeciently

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Tony's Shaking your Network to Bits Video clip
Tony explains the paradigm shift when it comes to support and lays some of the foundation for baselining


Space Junk - the The Problem
Tony's Shaking your Network to Bits Video clip
Here Tony talks about the 'Space Junk' on your Network and how you may have not found the root cause to your 'Problem'


If It Aint Broke
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Pulling Straws
Hear how this famous old technique works - or doesn't work for you

What The Heck Is a Tool
This is the first in many videos where I explain what a tool is and the difference between data and information.

The Right Tool..
Tony explains why you need more than 1 favorite tool.

Big Network Game Hunting
Here Tony talks about the value of having a network tool even though you may not find a problem

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