[sysmon-help] Sysmon Backup Questions

George R. george at ceetonetechnology.com
Wed Feb 21 12:14:51 EST 2007

We have happily running sysmon for over a year now, and are very
satisfied with the simplicity and functions.  There's a time for heavy
Nagios, etc., and there's when you want to test uptime with some level
of specificity.  Sysmon fits the bill.

I have a question regarding setting up a backup sysmon on a host remote
from the primary.  I've been through Google and the gmane archives, and
am yet to find anything remotely useful.

First, is there a method internal to sysmon of providing this hot
backup?  There are certainly of tools in the Unix tool kit to check the
primary sysmon status, then load sysmond when not getting a response,
but I was wondering how to setup sysmon itself to do so.  I see
references to this, but nothing specific.

Second, the function of 'type sysmon;' I can't seem to get my head
around the role of 'reverse' in the test-type configs.  How exactly does
this work into providing sysmon backup on a different host?

I have unsuccessfully tried by seting up a remote backup sysmon to only
check primary sysmon, and to 'spawn' a full sysmon.conf when the primary
host is unresponsive.  I assume I'm on the right track with that. . .

Thanks, and I appreciate the efforts you've put into things Jared.


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