Type
  • Configuration Template
Description
  • This article explains how to use the pre-built configuration for F5 BIG-IP Systems with Monitoring Studio v9.4 and higher.
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  • Configuration Template

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Monitoring F5 BIG-IP Systems with Monitoring Studio

KB1203 - Jul 27, 2017

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Introduction

This article explains how to import the pre-built configuration into Monitoring Studio to monitor the F5 BIG-IP traffic management at the system level. The Sentry Storage Analyzer for TrueSight OM license is required to use Monitoring Studio.

The pre-built configuration only monitors the metrics of the BIG-IP system but can be customized to add, for example, the monitoring of BIG-IP Global and Local Traffic Management. No support will be provided for this prebuilt configuration. Should you need further assistance to customize it, please contact our Professional Services team.

The pre-built configuration collects the following metrics:

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Platform Hardware

  • Chassis Fans
    • Speed
    • Status
  • Chassis Power Supply
    • Status
  • Chassis Temperature
    • Temperature
  • System CPU
    • CPU Fan Speed
    • CPU Temperature
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System Cluster

  • Availability
  • Enabled
  • HA State
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System Global Statistics

  • Active CPU Count
  • Auth Cur Sessions
  • Auth Error Results
  • Client Bytes In
  • Client Bytes Out
  • Client Cur Conns
  • Client Pkts In
  • Client Pkts Out
  • Client Tot Conns
  • Connection Memory Errors
  • Curr PVA Assist Conns
  • Dropped Packets
  • Http Requests
  • Incoming Packet Errors
  • Memory Total for TMM (Kbytes)
  • Memory Used for TMM (Kbytes)
  • Outgoing Packet Errors
  • Pva Client Bytes In
  • Pva Client Bytes Out
  • Pva Client Current Conns
  • Pva Client Pkts In
  • Pva Client Pkts Out
  • Pva Client Tot Conns
  • Pva Server Bytes In
  • Pva Server Bytes Out
  • Pva Server Current Conns
  • Pva Server Pkts In
  • Pva Server Pkts Out
  • Pva Server Tot Conns
  • Server Bytes In
  • Server Bytes Out
  • Server Cur Conns
  • Server Pkts In
  • Server Pkts Out
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System Interface

  • Active Speed
  • Bytes In
  • Bytes Out
  • Collisions
  • Drops In
  • Drops Out
  • Errors In
  • Errors Out
  • Link Status
  • Mcast In
  • Mcast Out
  • Pause Active
  • Pkts In
  • Pkts Out
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System Software Volume

  • Status
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Packet Velocity Acceleration Engine

  • Client Bytes In
  • Client Bytes Out
  • Client Current Conns
  • Client Pkts In
  • Client Pkts Out
  • Server Bytes In
  • Server Bytes Out
  • Server Current Conns
  • Server Pkts In
  • Server Pkts Out

Importing the Pre-Built Configuration

Pre-requisites

Before using the pre-built configuration, make sure that:

Procedure

  1. Download the configuration file compatible with your version of Monitoring Studio, unzip the cfg file and copy it on the server where the PATROL Agent and the Monitoring Studio KM are installed
  2. Right-click on the main Monitoring Studio icon > KM Commands > Configuration > Import Configuration
    Importing the F5 BIG-IP pre-built configuration

    Importing the F5 BIG-IP pre-built configuration

  3. Navigate to the folder where the downloaded cfg file is copied and choose the F5 BIG-IP System configuration file.
    Selecting the F5 BIG-IP pre-built configuration

    Selecting the F5 BIG-IP pre-built configuration

  4. Monitoring Studio indicates the number of hosts found in the configuration file that require specific information before being imported. You can click the Hosts button to view the list. Click Next.
    Verifying the host information

    Verifying the host information

  5. Provide the hostname or IP address of the F5 BIG-IP System to be monitored and click Next.
    Providing the Hostname or IP address of the F5 BIG-IP system to be monitored

    Providing the Hostname or IP address of the F5 BIG-IP system to be monitored

  6. Specify the SNMP version used and click Next.
    Selecting the version of the SNMP used

    Selecting the version of the SNMP used

  7. For SNMP v1 and v2c, provide the SNMP community string; for SNMP v3 enter the credentials and click Next.
    Configuring the SNMP Settings

    Configuring the SNMP Settings

  8. Review the Import Summary and click Next.
    Reviewing the F5 BIG-IP System import summary

    Reviewing the F5 BIG-IP System import summary

  9. When import is complete, click Finish.
Important Note: Thresholds are not set by default. We recommend you to set them as per your needs.

Learn More

To learn more about the monitor types used in this configuration template, please refer to the Specifying the Monitors Used section of the user documentation.

Please refer to Professional Services page to learn more about the consulting services available.