I am currently working in a company that runs Linux (openSUSE 12.1) on the workstations (about 200 computers).

I am looking for a tool or methods that could allow me to monitor them remotely, upgrade the system for all of them. I was thinking creating my own repository and then allow the computers to upgrade themselves through it.

Does anyone work with these kind of tools ? Or could share his/her experience?

  • You mean monitoring or remotely manage? By monitoring I mean, check or record resources usage or applications status. By manage I mean remotely run commands or give any kind of assistance.
    – ghm1014
    Commented Feb 28, 2013 at 22:05
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    Check nagios for monitoring and puppet for configuration management. nagios.org and puppetlabs.com
    – jippie
    Commented Feb 28, 2013 at 23:52
  • @ghm1014 I mean run commands
    – igor012
    Commented Mar 1, 2013 at 10:19
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    For updating I would say Yast must have it's way to create a LAN repo and update automatically. For running commands just SSH with non-password authentication isn't enough?
    – ghm1014
    Commented Mar 1, 2013 at 19:32

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I suggest to use OMD (Open Monitoring Distribution) in order to monitor your computers. OMD can be installed very easily and it is very powerful. Furthermore, the system requirements on your monitored computers are very low. Check it out on mathias-kettner.de.

At least you should have a look at the graphs of the performance data.

A quote from the OMD-Wiki:

OMD currently comes with the following software:

  • nagios
    • nagios-plugins
    • nsca
    • check_nrpe
  • Icinga
  • Shinken
  • nagvis
  • pnp4nagios
  • rrdtool/rrdcached
  • Check_MK
  • MK Livestatus
  • Multisite
  • dokuwiki

Check the eginnovations performance monitoring, reporting tool for Linux and other operating systems - http://www.eginnovations.com/web/linux-server-monitoring.htm

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    – slm
    Commented Dec 27, 2013 at 1:26

You can give SeaLion a try. It is very easy to install and operate. The graphs are detailed yet simple to understand. The alerting feature is useful and responsive. Plus there is a daily digest feature which sends you an email with the summary of your servers' performance that day. It's the simplest yet most useful solution I found to keep an eye on my servers. Hope it might work for you as well.

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