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by geoffsmith31
Sun Sep 22, 2019 2:25 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: snmp probe compare the oid lookup value
Replies: 1
Views: 480

Re: snmp probe compare the oid lookup value

You'd be better off to write a function probe to get the solution you want rather than the auto-created probes that just do the value compare as in your example. Look in the Probes thread there are heaps of examples about how to do this.
by geoffsmith31
Sun Sep 22, 2019 12:40 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Execute on server - Windows/Powershell/Teams
Replies: 2
Views: 530

Re: Execute on server - Windows/Powershell/Teams

FYI - the following is the execute part of a probe that I wrote a few years ago: execute("link-test.bat",concatenate(device_property("FirstAddress")," ", device_property("CustomField2")),"c:\\snmpget") "link-test.bat" is the batch script to be run concatenate(…..) puts together some parameters to be...
by geoffsmith31
Sat Sep 21, 2019 11:53 pm
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Network topology discovery L2
Replies: 3
Views: 550

Re: Network topology discovery L2

Not that I have ever known of. Dude discovery just builds a layer 3 view of what it discovers from memory (I did it once, then deleted the results as it was of no use to me). I discovered my network by starting with the switch I was connected to and mapping things out by using lldp neighbor informat...
by geoffsmith31
Sat Sep 21, 2019 11:43 pm
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Execute on server - Windows/Powershell/Teams
Replies: 2
Views: 530

Re: Execute on server - Windows/Powershell/Teams

Yes "execute on server" is definitely a working function. This is the reason that we have not been able to upgrade beyond 4b3 as since that version there is no longer a Windows server option for Dude. The syntax for the command is extremely unforgiving and there is not much help available for it. I'...
by geoffsmith31
Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:51 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Multiple Vlan monitoring
Replies: 7
Views: 1164

Re: Multiple Vlan monitoring

Just putting this out there without any real knowledge of RouterOS, just a bit of experimentation a while ago. I assume that the devices that move between VLANs will still have the same MAC and will be contactable by your router, so the router will have an arp entry for these devices. Can you put a ...
by geoffsmith31
Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:36 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: More IP from same router autodiscovery
Replies: 2
Views: 553

Re: More IP from same router autodiscovery

I've never had much success with Autodiscovery :( It just seems to give you a heap of data that isn't really related in any sort of clever way. My preference has always to manually add devices one at a time and learn how they interconnect manually. A very slow way to build a monitoring system but yo...
by geoffsmith31
Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:27 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Monitoring output module on alarm
Replies: 1
Views: 398

Re: Monitoring output module on alarm

Salut Adrien, I'm not sure what version of Dude you are running but I run ver 4b3 on Windows Server OS. This version has an "Execute on Server" notification capability, which means that you can write a Windows script to do whatever you want when a probe goes into error. Since 4b3 Dude will only run ...
by geoffsmith31
Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:09 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Fearute request - Polling multiple IP of the device
Replies: 3
Views: 1110

Re: Fearute request - Polling multiple IP of the device

The Dude already supports multiple IP addresses per device (well 4b3 does anyway). https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8nO44wKEKSwS3JReGQ0elpUQnhyQVJFRUhnZ1J3YXdFbzE4/view?usp=sharing There is no built-in method to probe the second,third,fourth,etc addresses but I have written a probe that pings the s...
by geoffsmith31
Sun Jun 16, 2019 2:23 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Send alarms when increasing the temperature
Replies: 4
Views: 879

Re: Send alarms when increasing the temperature

As long as the router has an OID that can be queried to determine the temperature - you can do this. Check out the Probes thread - there are details of how to build custom probes to generate alerts.
by geoffsmith31
Sat Jun 15, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: How to decrease polling time ?
Replies: 2
Views: 500

Re: How to decrease polling time ?

Change the polling times in the global settings. There is a button up in the top left somewhere that says "settings" - go to the "polling" tab. This is the default polling settings for every device. You can over-ride those settings at the device level or at the service level.
by geoffsmith31
Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Switch to Switch monitoring
Replies: 1
Views: 434

Re: Switch to Switch monitoring

Firstly - make sure that you have the SNMP set up correctly on both switches and Dude. Confirm this by double-clicking on the switch object in Dude and open the SNMP tab, then look on the Interfaces sub-tab and see that all the interfaces on your switch are listed. Then, right-click on a blank part ...
by geoffsmith31
Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: The Dude IS Dead, really, isn't it?
Replies: 30
Views: 5535

Re: The Dude IS Dead, really, isn't it?

I am in the same situation as @ChiMaster. My organisation is aware that The Dude is a critical tool for us and it is no longer being supported. We "may" have a project next year to move to an alternative and the first stage will be to investigate possible alternatives. If/When the time comes, I'll b...
by geoffsmith31
Sat Mar 23, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Dude notification - maximum number of emails per time
Replies: 1
Views: 395

Re: Dude notification - maximum number of emails per time

On your network maps you can set up dependencies between devices. If a device is down then dependent devices are not monitored and therefore to not generate alerts while that "upstream device" is down. On the map, up top on the right, change from links to dependencies, to set up and to view dependen...
by geoffsmith31
Sat Mar 23, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: dont want alert for all services
Replies: 1
Views: 409

Re: dont want alert for all services

You can remove the notification at the device level. Then open the device settings, select the services tab, edit the ping service and set up the notification for that service.
by geoffsmith31
Sun Feb 03, 2019 3:15 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: The Dude questions
Replies: 4
Views: 1091

Re: The Dude questions

If you have a notification set up, you also need to look at the notification triggers in the "On Status" window on the Advanced Tab of the "Notification". There are 5 different statuses: OK, Unknown, Unstable, Acked, Down. A notification will be sent only on the state changes that you select in that...
by geoffsmith31
Sun Feb 03, 2019 3:00 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Read Only monitoring with The Dude
Replies: 6
Views: 965

Re: Read Only monitoring with The Dude

Sorry - don't know how to set a default start page - apart from what I described above. Note that I am using Dude 4b3 running on a Win 2012 server - so could be different to what you see if you are running a later version on Mikrotik ROS
by geoffsmith31
Sun Feb 03, 2019 2:53 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Link down notification with colour change
Replies: 3
Views: 788

Re: Link down notification with colour change

Probably not exactly what you are wanting to do, but I had a similar issue where I have aggregated links (ie. 2 or more ethernet connections between switches that are bonded as a single virtual ethernet interface) and want I to know if one of the individual links is down. I could not figure out how ...
by geoffsmith31
Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Read Only monitoring with The Dude
Replies: 6
Views: 965

Re: Read Only monitoring with The Dude

What you are describing is how we use Dude in my organisation. A number of different "full" access accounts that can manage the monitoring of various systems that they have responsibility for and a couple of "read only" accounts that most people that just need to see what is going on use. The "read ...
by geoffsmith31
Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Device Color change at high CPU usage
Replies: 1
Views: 433

Re: Device Color change at high CPU usage

Yes. Almost anything is possible with The Dude. To do what you are asking, first - create a CPU probe (using an SNMP function) that shows an error state when CPU utilisation is greater than 90% (see the Probes thread for help on creating various probes). Name the probe something meaningful like CPU-...
by geoffsmith31
Fri Nov 30, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: going from 3.6 to more current... server files?
Replies: 1
Views: 593

Re: going from 3.6 to more current... server files?

After Version 4 beta 3 Mikrotik stopped developing The Dude server for Windows OS. They only provide the server package for Mikrotik Router OS. Though The Dude client is still supported on Windows OS. I was investigating changing from our 4b3 installation on Win Server 2012 to the latest Router OS v...
by geoffsmith31
Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:49 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Request help with ros_command function [SOLVED]
Replies: 10
Views: 2273

Re: Request help with ros_command function [SOLVED]

Thanks peson. I had to add the username and password to the router object on The Dude map. I also checked the Router OS and Dude Server boxes (not sure if this is required - more experimentation needed). Now the object appearance shows the values that I expect from the ros_command function. https://...
by geoffsmith31
Mon Apr 02, 2018 1:59 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Trouble with Custom Function and probe
Replies: 3
Views: 907

Re: Trouble with Custom Function and probe

To determine if the problem is with the function or the probe, try the following: Right-click the device icon and select appearance. In the Label section put [Cisco_SG_CPU_a()] The device icon should then show the CPU % as part of the device label. If it doesn't, then there is probably something wro...
by geoffsmith31
Sun Apr 01, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Request help with ros_command function [SOLVED]
Replies: 10
Views: 2273

Re: Request help with ros_command function [SOLVED]

OK - I finally got some time to get back onto this.... I have downloaded and set up CHR 6.39.2 but still no luck with this ros_command function. :( Here is what I've done: My (very basic) CHR setup [admin@MikroTik] > /ip address print Flags: X - disabled, I - invalid, D - dynamic # ADDRESS NETWORK I...
by geoffsmith31
Mon Dec 25, 2017 1:22 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Request help with ros_command function [SOLVED]
Replies: 10
Views: 2273

Re: Request help with ros_command function [SOLVED]

Can someone comment on this please? Getting the ros_command function to work is critical for us to be able to upgrade from 4b3.
by geoffsmith31
Mon Dec 25, 2017 12:42 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Request help with ros_command function [SOLVED]
Replies: 10
Views: 2273

Re: Request help with ros_command function [SOLVED]

Can someone comment on this please? Getting the ros_command function to work is critical for us to be able to upgrade from 4b3.
by geoffsmith31
Sun Nov 05, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Request help with ros_command function [SOLVED]
Replies: 10
Views: 2273

Re: Request help with ros_command function [SOLVED]

Can a Mikrotik engineer comment on this? Am I wasting my time trying to get this to work?
by geoffsmith31
Fri Oct 27, 2017 2:39 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Request help with ros_command function [SOLVED]
Replies: 10
Views: 2273

Re: Request help with ros_command function [SOLVED]

I found this in the "Probes Thread" topic Function Name: NC Code: ros_command("/routing ospf neighbor print count") I am just using a test setup on my laptop at this stage so don't have any ospf routes to test with but have added the following line to the appearance of the the CHR device that runs T...
by geoffsmith31
Thu Oct 26, 2017 2:44 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: How to pass parameters to a function
Replies: 8
Views: 2524

Re: How to pass parameters to a function

Post by BlackVS » 25 Oct 2017 17:40 Starting from 6.2 ROS supports passing arguments to custom functions: https://wiki.mikrotik.com/wiki/Manual:S ... #Functions Also global variables can be used to pass parameters. I think what you are referring to here is ROS functions - Not Dude functions. If I'm...
by geoffsmith31
Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:33 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: How to pass parameters to a function
Replies: 8
Views: 2524

Re: How to pass parameters to a function

I'm also keen to be able to pass parameters into a function that I have written. It seems that this should be possible as many of the built-in functions can accept input parameters. Just that this capability is not exposed (or not documented) for user functions.
by geoffsmith31
Tue Oct 24, 2017 7:58 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Request help with ros_command function [SOLVED]
Replies: 10
Views: 2273

Request help with ros_command function [SOLVED]

I'm trying to write some probes using the ros_command function on Dude 6.40.3 but cant get it to work. I've tried a few different commands as the parameter for the function but never see anything as a return value. Has anyone used this function successfully? If so could they please post a working ex...
by geoffsmith31
Sun Oct 22, 2017 12:55 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Submaps inside Submaps
Replies: 3
Views: 643

Re: Submaps inside Submaps

I have been using The Dude for 7-8 years and have not figured out a way to do this yet. But - it would be a useful thing to have. To now I have always had to plan the monitoring map layouts so there is no more than 2 layers.
May be worthy of a feature request?
by geoffsmith31
Sun Oct 22, 2017 12:38 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Dude v6 - Feature request list
Replies: 66
Views: 17968

Re: Feature request list for Dude v6

In addition to more granular user permissions, as requested by @ffrauter, could the users be authenticated using Active Directory, LDAP or RADIUS rather than just locally defined users in The Dude?
by geoffsmith31
Sat Oct 21, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: The Dude
Topic: How to Upgrade from Dude 4b3 ?
Replies: 8
Views: 1248

Re: How to Upgrade from Dude 4b3 ?

I've hit a bit of a roadblock with trying to make the ros_command function work. Not sure if this is a Dude issue or a Router OS issue but figured I'd continue this thread as it relates directly to migrating to the latest Dude. I am trying to write a probe that will read the contents of a file on th...
by geoffsmith31
Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:40 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: How to Upgrade from Dude 4b3 ?
Replies: 8
Views: 1248

Re: How to Upgrade from Dude 4b3 ?

I have set up The Dude server on CHR in VirtualBox on my laptop and using a Win7 Virtualbox VM to run The Dude client. Most features/functions I need are still there and work as previously (from the rudimentary testing that I have done so far). However - the "execute" function no longer exists. The ...
by geoffsmith31
Thu Sep 28, 2017 2:26 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: How to Upgrade from Dude 4b3 ?
Replies: 8
Views: 1248

Re: How to Upgrade from Dude 4b3 ?

Thanks for the info everyone. I'll have a look at it. :)
by geoffsmith31
Tue Sep 26, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: The Dude
Topic: How to Upgrade from Dude 4b3 ?
Replies: 8
Views: 1248

Re: How to Upgrade from Dude 4b3 ?

Thanks for the info. What you've suggested seems like a no risk way to see what we can do to get out of our situation. Excuse my ignorance, but what is CHR? Where can I download it?
by geoffsmith31
Tue Sep 26, 2017 3:09 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: How to Upgrade from Dude 4b3 ?
Replies: 8
Views: 1248

Re: How to Upgrade from Dude 4b3 ?

Any info on my queries from the Mikrotik team?
by geoffsmith31
Fri Sep 22, 2017 7:54 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: How to Upgrade from Dude 4b3 ?
Replies: 8
Views: 1248

How to Upgrade from Dude 4b3 ?

The organisation I work for has a fairly heavy reliance on The Dude but we are currently running 4b3 on a Windows 2012 virtual server. In fact we run multiple Dude instances (some are agents) but all on W2K12. Some of the probes, functions and alerts that we have developed over the years use the "ex...
by geoffsmith31
Sat May 14, 2016 11:15 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Dude x86 send email using host name
Replies: 2
Views: 873

Re: Dude x86 send email using host name

I have not tried this but a possible workaround for the issue of The Dude not being able to accept a host name as an SMTP server may be: 1. Put in 127.0.0.1 as the IP address of the SMTP server 2. Set up an SMTP server on the same machine that is running The Dude server (hMailServer is an opensource...
by geoffsmith31
Mon Nov 23, 2015 12:39 pm
Forum: The Dude
Topic: The Dude and several subnets
Replies: 4
Views: 1658

Re: The Dude and several subnets

OK - a NAT setup. Not a situation I have in my system. I can see why you need a Dude agent to monitor remote subnets. Windows Dude server can also act as an agent, but could be costly in licensing of Windows servers and hardware as well. Sorry - no simple answers from me.
by geoffsmith31
Sun Nov 22, 2015 8:21 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: The Dude and several subnets
Replies: 4
Views: 1658

Re: The Dude and several subnets

The Dude uses SNMP (mainly) to probe the devices that you have configured for monitoring. The protocols that are used by The Dude are all supported byTCP/IP (in my experience anyway) and, so are rotable. Therefore Dude can monitor devices on any subnet so long as there is a route to that subnet from...
by geoffsmith31
Sun Nov 22, 2015 8:10 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: The Dude Tools
Replies: 4
Views: 2694

Re: The Dude Tools

Here is a screenshot of the config of the RDP tool in my Dude setup. I use the /admin switch to connect to the console connection rather than a user session. Perhaps you are missing the /v option to specify the server that you want to connect to? Anyway - here is mine and it works fine.
by geoffsmith31
Mon Nov 16, 2015 10:58 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Dude Device Appearence > Shape SIZE
Replies: 2
Views: 1407

Re: Dude Device Appearence > Shape SIZE

The size of the background shape is determined by the size of what it contains. In the example you have shown I would reduce the font size of the text to make the containing shape smaller.
by geoffsmith31
Fri Jul 31, 2015 3:27 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Basic network discovery help?
Replies: 1
Views: 1313

Re: Basic network discovery help?

Tony, firstly - welcome. I'd advise against using autodiscovery, in my experience it doesn't give you anything of great value, just a logical interconnection of devices by subnets. I've always had my monitoring set up along physical interconnection lines. Makes more sense to me that way. The only wa...
by geoffsmith31
Fri Jul 31, 2015 2:59 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: How to check NTP service ?
Replies: 1
Views: 1187

Re: How to check NTP service ?

I have an NTP probe set up to test that my Cisco routers which are providing NTP reference time to the rest of my network are in sync with the external NTP reference. Not sure if this is what you are trying to achieve, but here is how my probe is set up. If the router loses sync with the external NT...
by geoffsmith31
Fri Jul 31, 2015 2:30 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Devices deleted from map but they apear again after TheDude server restart
Replies: 4
Views: 1810

Re: Devices deleted from map but they apear again after TheDude server restart

We had problems with our Dude setup a while ago. One of the symptoms was maps not saving (intermittently), so deleted objects would reappear and newly created objects would not be there next time you restarted the server. Another symptom was history graphs taking a very long time (minutes) to be dis...
by geoffsmith31
Thu Nov 20, 2014 12:11 pm
Forum: The Dude
Topic: The Dude Alternatives
Replies: 26
Views: 27568

Re: The Dude Alternatives

I had a play around with Intermapper for a while on a trial licence. It seems to do everything that I am doing with The Dude. Plus it has some other features which would be handy as well. It is almost as intuitive and simple to set up as The Dude. Unfortunately we did not have any budget for a new m...
by geoffsmith31
Mon Oct 14, 2013 2:00 pm
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Looking for some feedback on deploying Dude at 100+ sites
Replies: 2
Views: 1396

Re: Looking for some feedback on deploying Dude at 100+ site

I would put a Dude agent at each site and use that agent to "proxy" Dude probes and statistics gathering for all other devices at that site. This will keep your firewall rules cleaner I think. So only the Dude Master and the Dude Agents will need to communicate with one-another. This is guesswork on...
by geoffsmith31
Thu May 16, 2013 11:50 pm
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Security issues
Replies: 2
Views: 1961

Re: Security issues

The Dude will not pull the maps from a Dude agent onto the central Dude server, though this something that I would have had a great need for in a previous job. I think that this sort of feature would be great in an environment where you are monitoring multiple client's networks but you also want to ...
by geoffsmith31
Mon Dec 24, 2012 7:46 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: PDU Amp history graph
Replies: 2
Views: 990

Re: PDU Amp history graph

The graph is showing the response time for the snmp query by the look of it. In your probe definition you need to specify what it is that you want to graph for that probe. Put the OID of the counter that you want to graph in the "value" of the probe. Check the probes thread http://forum.mikrotik.com...
by geoffsmith31
Sun Dec 09, 2012 8:32 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: DUDE SMS ALERT
Replies: 24
Views: 7601

Re: DUDE SMS ALERT

I have had a few requests for this script and have now posted it on Google Drive: https://docs.google.com/folder/d/0B8nO4 ... lQNjQ/edit It is shared to the public.
by geoffsmith31
Sun Dec 09, 2012 7:31 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Network Map save layout
Replies: 1
Views: 1093

Re: Network Map save layout

There is no actual "save button" as far as I am aware. We had similar problems intermittently, where some stuff would revert to a previous version after a Dude server reboot. I worked out that shutting The Dude service down before rebooting the PC fixed the issue. That is - until the database got co...
by geoffsmith31
Sun Dec 02, 2012 2:43 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: auto connect to web interface of DUDE
Replies: 1
Views: 1223

Re: auto connect to web interface of DUDE

There is a topic on this forum from a year or two back that explains how to do what you want. I think it was related to automatically downloading graphs from The Dude. I have set this up previously (no longer using it) and it worked for me. I think I also posted an item that gave the link to this to...
by geoffsmith31
Fri Nov 09, 2012 12:29 pm
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Antennas offline? Can't upload files ? (I'm new, help!)
Replies: 4
Views: 1310

Re: Antennas offline? Can't upload files ? (I'm new, help!)

I think you may be posting in the wrong forum. The Dude is a monitoring and alerting system - not for uploading files to equipment.
by geoffsmith31
Fri Nov 09, 2012 10:36 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Monitoring Latency/Ping Lose etc.
Replies: 2
Views: 1895

Re: Monitoring Latency/Ping Lose etc.

I have tried a few other monitoring tools but none of them is as simple to set up and maintain as The Dude. Unfortunately your observations also apply to our network and the limitations that The Dude presents. I have tried: Argent (extremely capable and also extremely complex to set up and maintain)...
by geoffsmith31
Fri Nov 09, 2012 10:21 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: DUDE SMS ALERT
Replies: 24
Views: 7601

Re: DUDE SMS ALERT

The script and associated supporting files are too large and complex to post here. Let me know your email address and I will send you the information.
by geoffsmith31
Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:03 pm
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Pay for DUDE ?
Replies: 19
Views: 5437

Re: Pay for DUDE ?

Payment certainly introduces a whole other layer of complexity to the issue. Mikrotik do not seem to be interested in making a profit from The Dude, otherwise they would have been selling it for years. The problem we all see with it is the lack of development (at the rate we want). I think opening u...
by geoffsmith31
Thu Nov 08, 2012 11:04 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Help: Monitoring Remote Router & Access Points
Replies: 1
Views: 1889

Re: Help: Monitoring Remote Router & Access Points

I suggest you set up a Dude agent in each remote site. See my post in this topic => http://forum.mikrotik.com/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=48504
by geoffsmith31
Sat Oct 27, 2012 5:23 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: SNMPv3 and link label on the map
Replies: 2
Views: 1917

Re: SNMPv3 and link label on the map

Same issue. I have set my network equipment up so that SNMP v1 has only a READ community and SNMP v3 has both Read and Write access configured. The Dude accesses the SNMP v1 community string. This gives me all the monitoring, alerting and traffic statistics. When I want to make changes to network eq...
by geoffsmith31
Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:01 pm
Forum: The Dude
Topic: change start Map
Replies: 3
Views: 1252

Re: change start Map

Dude will restart at the map you were on when you closed it - if you are a Read/Write user. If you are a Read Only user it will always start up on the same map, no matter which map you were on when you closed it down. If you want a Read Only user to start on a particular page you need to temporarily...
by geoffsmith31
Thu Oct 18, 2012 11:45 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: restricting users to particular panels
Replies: 3
Views: 1463

Re: restricting users to particular panels

Dude does not have that sort of permissions granularity I am afraid. Just global Read Only or Read-Write. I have requested the sort of granularity you are talking about a couple of times. Maybe in a future release?
by geoffsmith31
Fri Oct 12, 2012 7:11 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Dude Agent, Again
Replies: 9
Views: 7533

Re: Dude Agent, Again

Here is my understanding/experience of Dude agents for what it is worth: First you set up the main Dude server, lets say in the head office part of your enterprise network. You create maps of all the things in that part of the network that you want to monitor and in the "General" tab for each device...
by geoffsmith31
Thu Sep 20, 2012 11:44 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: how to use two if statemens in probe
Replies: 4
Views: 1425

Re: how to use two if statemens in probe

I use Dude 4b2 and what you are seeing is tha same as what I see. I believe this is the normal behavior. If a probe goes into error it is listed on the device it is associated with and the device goes orange (or red if all probes are in error). You then have to open the device to see the error messa...
by geoffsmith31
Wed Sep 19, 2012 11:47 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Dude Web Access Stop Working
Replies: 4
Views: 2163

Re: Dude Web Access Stop Working

Sorry I do not have the answer but have had the same problem. I gave up relying on Web access and only enable it when needed (hardly ever). So the problem is not yours alone. My Dude is 4b2 on Win 2003 R2 server on an ESX system.
by geoffsmith31
Wed Sep 19, 2012 11:43 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: how to use two if statemens in probe
Replies: 4
Views: 1425

Re: how to use two if statemens in probe

Try this:
if((oid("1.3.6.1.2.1.25.2.3.1.6.33")/oid("1.3.6.1.2.1.25.2.3.1.5.33"))*100>0,if((oid("1.3.6.1.2.1.25.2.3.1.6.33")/oid("1.3.6.1.2.1.25.2.3.1.5.33"))*100<75,"","Disk usage > 75%"),"Mount /backup partition")
by geoffsmith31
Tue Sep 11, 2012 11:35 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Permission for Map
Replies: 1
Views: 1048

Re: Permission for Map

This function is not available at this time but I have requested this feature for a future release of The Dude (fingers crossed). At this stage there is just global Read/Write or Read Only
by geoffsmith31
Tue Sep 11, 2012 11:30 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: DUDE SMS ALERT
Replies: 24
Views: 7601

Re: DUDE SMS ALERT

I have sent the info by email to the address you specified.
by geoffsmith31
Sun Sep 09, 2012 9:27 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: DUDE SMS ALERT
Replies: 24
Views: 7601

Re: DUDE SMS ALERT

I am certainly happy to share it with you. Let me know where to send it as an email. It is quite large and complex as it does more than just send an SMS. It is the main alerting script that we use. In summary: it will send either an email or SMS to the group responsible for a particular service duri...
by geoffsmith31
Sat Sep 08, 2012 12:13 pm
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Links between neighbor devices
Replies: 6
Views: 1969

Re: Links between neighbor devices

I have always added the links between devices manually. I used autodiscover once or twice when I first started using The Dude but only got the devices connecting to a subnet as you have experienced.
by geoffsmith31
Tue Sep 04, 2012 1:59 pm
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Need General Practices for N00bs
Replies: 3
Views: 1587

Re: Need General Practices for N00bs

I advise you to spend a bit of time planning your map layout. You need to set up a system that is only 2 layers deep otherwise you will not see a "down" device on the third layer from the top layer. Maybe a Top layer showing your backhaul links and submap connectors for each of your tower sites. The...
by geoffsmith31
Tue Sep 04, 2012 1:34 pm
Forum: The Dude
Topic: DUDE SMS ALERT
Replies: 24
Views: 7601

Re: DUDE SMS ALERT

We have a dial-up modem attached to our Dude server and use SMS-it (Command line SMS application for windows). We have a script that The Dude runs which sends the SMS using the PSTN line. Old-school but it has saved the day when our internet connection is down or we have a problem with our Email sys...
by geoffsmith31
Sat Aug 25, 2012 12:28 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: ACKed devices
Replies: 1
Views: 1372

Re: ACKed devices

It seems that this is the intended behaviour, though in most cases an automatic UnAck when the device comes back up would make more sense. I have asked for an auto/manual UnAck function per each device be included in a future release of The Dude (lets see how that goes). In my organisation we have a...
by geoffsmith31
Mon Aug 20, 2012 12:10 pm
Forum: The Dude
Topic: telnet problem on dude
Replies: 1
Views: 1779

Re: telnet problem on dude

If you are running your Dude on Windows 7 then that will be the problem. Telnet is not installed on Windows 7 by default but can be added as a feature. Even when you add Telnet as a feature it still not able to be launched by The Dude. This may be because Telnet is no longer in the directory where T...
by geoffsmith31
Fri Aug 10, 2012 2:16 pm
Forum: The Dude
Topic: How to monitor a switch cisco, with rmon
Replies: 2
Views: 2947

Re: How to monitor a switch cisco, with rmon

The Rmon MIB will let you decode the Rmon counters data but the method that is used to get that data from the switch is still SNMP. If the switch doesn't support the SNMP protocol then you can probably only get the Rmon data using telnet to access the command line interface. It may be possible to ge...
by geoffsmith31
Thu Aug 09, 2012 10:53 pm
Forum: The Dude
Topic: configure proxy in the Dude
Replies: 2
Views: 1453

Re: configure proxy in the Dude

You can set up another Dude server and make it an Agent of your main Dude server. You can then probe your internet stuff using the Dude Agent. This will be the same functionallity as using a Proxy. I am not sure of your architecture but it is probable that you could install the Dude Agent on your ex...
by geoffsmith31
Sat Aug 04, 2012 2:13 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Dude Alarm System
Replies: 7
Views: 5284

Re: Dude Alarm System

The Dude seems to use inheritance of settings. Settings at the global level are inherited by each map, settings at a Map level are inherited by all of the devices on the map, device level settings are inherited by the probes for that device. If you want all probes for your system to have the same po...
by geoffsmith31
Wed Aug 01, 2012 10:50 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Connecting to ports
Replies: 1
Views: 963

Re: Connecting to ports

I would try creating the device just using the IP address, then set up a probe that is configured for the particular port that the device has open. DNS, TCP and UDP probe types can have ports specified.
by geoffsmith31
Sun Jul 29, 2012 11:50 pm
Forum: The Dude
Topic: reduce SNMP-Requests
Replies: 8
Views: 4296

Re: reduce SNMP-Requests

Here http://forum.mikrotik.com/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=12402&start=200#p322042 is the details of a probe that I wrote which uses SNMPGet and The Dude's execute function. It is far more complicated than just getting an OID value but you should be able to hack it down to what you need without too much dra...
by geoffsmith31
Sun Jul 29, 2012 9:53 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: reduce SNMP-Requests
Replies: 8
Views: 4296

Re: reduce SNMP-Requests

I hase created a probe that I use to do SNMP queries on a device using a particular SNMPv3 context (Dude doesnt support contexts). I have downloaded the SNMP GET command line utility (free for non-commercial use) and written a VB script to use that tool to query the individual OID that I need. I the...
by geoffsmith31
Thu Jul 19, 2012 10:56 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: controle syslog with probe
Replies: 8
Views: 2211

Re: controle syslog with probe

Some clarification please...

Are you wanting to generate a syslog message when a probe is out of tolerance, or are you trying to get some sort of notification when a particular syslog message is received by The Dude?
by geoffsmith31
Thu Jul 19, 2012 6:39 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: how to create notification to mail the dude?
Replies: 14
Views: 9890

Re: how to create notification to mail the dude?

Sounds like an email sytem configuration issue. If The Dude can send alert emails to people on your internal network using your internal mail relay then the configuration of The Dude is not really the issue. There could be restrictions on your Email system that only allows certain classes of users t...
by geoffsmith31
Thu Jul 19, 2012 6:27 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Disk Probe Status alway shows OK even device is down
Replies: 11
Views: 3158

Re: Disk Probe Status alway shows OK even device is down

This is the drive space probe that I use. If the server is down the return value is "no response" which is a keyword in the alerting script that I use. All of my probes have this feature and it helps prevent "alert spam" and false alarms when timeouts happen. I am not promoting this as "better" than...
by geoffsmith31
Thu Jul 19, 2012 6:09 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Dude has stopped email notification on service down change
Replies: 3
Views: 1520

Re: Dude has stopped email notification on service down chan

If the device goes blue when the link goes down then it must have been "Acked" at some stage. This is most likely causing the problem as you probably do not have a notification for when it goes from unstable->acked.

Either UNack the device/probe or tick the notification for unstable->acked
by geoffsmith31
Tue Jul 17, 2012 12:22 pm
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Disk Probe Status alway shows OK even device is down
Replies: 11
Views: 3158

Re: Disk Probe Status alway shows OK even device is down

It is most likely to do with the logic of your probe Error statement. If the device is down then the OID query will not be able to retrieve any value - this will be evaluated as a 0 and may end up making your error statement come out as a TRUE. I always write my probes with an if inside an if statem...
by geoffsmith31
Mon Jul 16, 2012 1:31 pm
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Web Interface Authentication Question
Replies: 2
Views: 1206

Re: Web Interface Authentication Question

this post http://forum.mikrotik.com/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=53484&p=272178&hilit=cookie#p272178 has details of a curl script that will automatically get graphs and charts from The Dude webpage. Part of the process is auto authentication which (from memory) involves manually authenticating once and then ...
by geoffsmith31
Sun Jul 01, 2012 12:34 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: HP ProCurve Switch port names
Replies: 4
Views: 2451

Re: HP ProCurve Switch port names

I was wanting to do the same at one stage but could not see any way to customise the interfaces listing that The Dude provides. Looks like nobody else has figured it out either. Probably cannot be done within The Dude. ???
by geoffsmith31
Sat Jun 30, 2012 4:34 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: managed switch question
Replies: 9
Views: 3383

Re: managed switch question

We have created a few different custom device types. Primarily to set the device icon to pictures we have uploaded to our Dude server such as different switch and router types, different radio link types etc. We have also created some custom tools for different device types. When you create a new de...
by geoffsmith31
Wed Jun 27, 2012 10:03 pm
Forum: The Dude
Topic: how to create notification to mail the dude?
Replies: 14
Views: 9890

Re: how to create notification to mail the dude?

From the diagram it seems that your Dude server needs to connect to the internet to send the email and it connects to the internet through the router (which is down when the email is being generated). That will not work as there is no path for the email to travel to the internet. Need to send an SMS...
by geoffsmith31
Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:33 pm
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Email Notification Question
Replies: 4
Views: 1747

Re: Email Notification Question

You can set up dependencies between devices so that if the parent device is down the child device doesn't get polled (And you dont get the alerts telling you it is down). Dependencies only seem to apply between devices on the same map though (not between maps). On the map toolbar change the Layer: p...
by geoffsmith31
Sat Jun 23, 2012 8:52 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: managed switch question
Replies: 9
Views: 3383

Re: managed switch question

Regarding the "visual representation" of how things are connected in your network: I am assuming you did a discovery and The Dude shows every device connected to an IP subnet? Discovery - IMHO - does not provide you with a map that shows how your network is set up in any meaningful sort of way. Much...
by geoffsmith31
Mon Jun 18, 2012 11:19 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Feature Request: cascade of Dude servers
Replies: 4
Views: 1559

Re: Feature Request: cascade of Dude servers

OK. In my previous job I had an idea for the same thing you are talking about. Mind you it was just an idea.... We had a very large distributed network with regional network administrators. Idea was to allow the regional administrators to set up their own network maps and monitoring as they were the...
by geoffsmith31
Mon Jun 18, 2012 9:21 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Probe Thread
Replies: 324
Views: 224210

Critical switchports

Most networks have redundant links to provide continued connectivity in case of equipment or cable failures. Failover is generally automatic using STP or LACP protocols and it is difficult to tell if a link has failed without actively looking for it. I have written this probe so that it will provide...
by geoffsmith31
Thu May 31, 2012 11:41 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: How to use winbox tool on changed winbox tcp port
Replies: 11
Views: 9445

Re: How to use winbox tool on changed winbox tcp port

I have had similar issues with different drives being used on different PCs and have solved it for tools that are "stand-alone executables" like PuTTY by: 1. Creating a "tools" share on the Dude server and give everyone (at least all your Dude users anyway) read access 2. Specifying the tool as - \\...
by geoffsmith31
Thu May 31, 2012 11:29 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Pulling Telnet Banner or Information?
Replies: 2
Views: 1298

Re: Pulling Telnet Banner or Information?

Welcome to the world of The Dude. You will not be disappointed with what it can do - I see you have already discovered the fantastic potential that it has. I have used a few different monitoring applications (some very expensive, some not so much, some free) but nothing else I have used is as versat...
by geoffsmith31
Thu May 24, 2012 10:58 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Feature Request: cascade of Dude servers
Replies: 4
Views: 1559

Re: Feature Request: cascade of Dude servers

The Dude can already be set up like what you are asking for. We have a similar setup and have a Dude on each main network segment. The "local" Dude on each segment is set up as an agent and then we have a central Dude server. The Central Dude server is the one that has all the network maps and so on...
by geoffsmith31
Wed May 16, 2012 11:27 pm
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Problem with the execute() function in 4b2
Replies: 3
Views: 2328

Re: Problem with the execute() function in 4b2

Thanks lebowski - I am happy to be shown that the execute function does work. I have tested your example and confirm that I am getting the expected result now. Now - on to the probe I really want....

Many thanks. :D
by geoffsmith31
Wed May 16, 2012 3:59 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Problem with the execute() function in 4b2
Replies: 3
Views: 2328

Problem with the execute() function in 4b2

I am trying to write a probe that uses the execute function and cannot get it to work. My Dude is version 4 Beta 2 running on a Windows 2003 server. I initially wrote the probe I wanted but could not get it to give me any results. I have been fault finding as recommended in other places in this foru...
by geoffsmith31
Wed May 09, 2012 12:17 pm
Forum: The Dude
Topic: outages - simple issue question
Replies: 2
Views: 955

Re: outages - simple issue question

Correct. It keeps a record of the time that it lost contact (or the particular probe went down). How long it has been down and whether the outage is acive or resolved. You have to do your own calculations to figure out what time the outage was resolved.
by geoffsmith31
Tue May 08, 2012 11:29 pm
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Super Netting Discovery Mapping Question
Replies: 2
Views: 1405

Re: Super Netting Discovery Mapping Question

I have not used autodiscovery, apart from trying it when I first started using The Dude 5 or 6 years ago. The results that I got with autodiscovery was exactly as described here - everything connected to one IP network cloud. I have always added individual devices and then manually set up links betw...
by geoffsmith31
Fri Apr 27, 2012 7:41 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: The DUDE 100% CPU usage
Replies: 5
Views: 3240

Re: The DUDE 100% CPU usage

We have The Dude v 4B2 running on virtual Win2K3 servers in an ESX environment. No problems. 200-300 devices being monitored.
by geoffsmith31
Tue Apr 17, 2012 11:24 pm
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Monitoring multiple dude locations on one HQ Dude
Replies: 3
Views: 1939

Re: Monitoring multiple dude locations on one HQ Dude

If you have multiple Dude systems (each with its own maps) and you are monitoring each Dude server from a central Dude then I think you should be able to consolidate all the maps and use the existing Dudes as agents for the central Dude. Can you put together a diagram of your system so people can se...
by geoffsmith31
Tue Apr 17, 2012 10:53 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Monitoring multiple dude locations on one HQ Dude
Replies: 3
Views: 1939

Re: Monitoring multiple dude locations on one HQ Dude

Richard, We have a setup similar to what you describe (I think). We have our main office and then different network segments that we monitor which are all interconnected through WAN links (not quite as simple or logical as that sounds - is it ever?). We have a Dude server on each network segment whi...
by geoffsmith31
Sat Apr 14, 2012 12:44 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: moving text along the link
Replies: 1
Views: 782

Re: moving text along the link

I do not think that either of the things you want to do are possible "natively" in The Dude. There have been previous posts regarding making a link go around another device by creating a static object and using it as an intermediate point on the link, thereby creating a link with a corner in it. <sw...
by geoffsmith31
Wed Apr 11, 2012 11:47 pm
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Dude and bantdwith monitoring
Replies: 3
Views: 4132

Re: Dude and bantdwith monitoring

The Dude will keep the history of total trafic in/out on each link that you add to a map. The proviso is that you have to specify the link as an SNMP type link (not simple) and you need to have SNMP read access to one of the devices on the end of the link. The data is saved in RRD style so the furth...
by geoffsmith31
Fri Mar 23, 2012 9:33 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: The Dude Freezing Up
Replies: 5
Views: 1754

Re: The Dude Freezing Up

Sorry, I do not have an answer to your question but I can tell you that we have had The Dude running for about 3 years on Win2K3 servers (7 of them) without anything like you are experiencing. It is not a Dude/Win2k3 compatability issue. Maybe Dude doesn't like your network driver or some other hard...
by geoffsmith31
Thu Mar 22, 2012 9:58 pm
Forum: The Dude
Topic: How to get The Dude to correctly link devices to switch?
Replies: 6
Views: 6240

Re: How to get The Dude to correctly link devices to switch?

The forwarding database cache has a timeout (5 minutes by default on my switches - but can be shorter or longer). It may be that your end devices are not very "chatty" or your switches may have a short fdb timeout. So if an end device has not sent a packet for longer than the timeout its entry will ...
by geoffsmith31
Thu Mar 22, 2012 10:17 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: How to get The Dude to correctly link devices to switch?
Replies: 6
Views: 6240

Re: How to get The Dude to correctly link devices to switch?

It could be done but may take you a while unless you can do some tricky scripting. Every device you have mapped in The Dude will show you its MAC address. This is found on the device's "General" tab. If you have SNMP read access to your switches then open up the switch settings dialogue, select the ...
by geoffsmith31
Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:15 pm
Forum: The Dude
Topic: How to get The Dude to correctly link devices to switch?
Replies: 6
Views: 6240

Re: How to get The Dude to correctly link devices to switch?

I have not used autodiscover since the first time I played with The Dude for the reasons you are talking about. I have always manually connected devices together to end up with a layer 1/Layer 2 representation of my networks, rather than the Layer 3 representation that The Dude builds through the au...
by geoffsmith31
Tue Mar 20, 2012 9:59 pm
Forum: The Dude
Topic: two ideas for dude
Replies: 6
Views: 2464

Re: two ideas for dude

I have the similar issue with Ack/Unack situation. On a map whith multiple devices, each with multiple services it is necessary to Ack anything that is down. For 2 reasons: 1. so that other members of our team know that someone else is aware of the issue and is working on it. 2. to stop the "down" s...
by geoffsmith31
Sun Mar 18, 2012 1:43 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Dude 4.0 beta4??
Replies: 39
Views: 24515

Re: Dude 4.0 beta4??

1. Capability to specify a "Context" for an SNMP configuration 2. Security groups (AD integrated?) to give none, read only or read/write access to different maps and tools 3. Outages on sub-maps and sub-sub-maps to flow up to the top level 4. Automatic unAck for devices/probes once theu are up again...
by geoffsmith31
Sun Mar 18, 2012 12:46 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Can't get links to show automatically between switches
Replies: 3
Views: 1671

Re: Can't get links to show automatically between switches

You sure it was The Dude that automatically connected the switch links? I have a proprietary network monitoring tool produced by the manufacturer of my network equipment which does exactly that. But I have never seen The Dude automatically detect switch interconnections - only what you describe. Con...
by geoffsmith31
Sun Mar 18, 2012 12:41 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Sub-Map inside Sub-Map Notification
Replies: 1
Views: 926

Re: Sub-Map inside Sub-Map Notification

I have tried a few things to get this sort of notification working - without success :( I have asked for this type of notification to be included in future releases of The Dude - here's hoping it happens one day. In the end I have redesigned my Dude maps so it is only 2 layers deep. My "main" map is...
by geoffsmith31
Sat Jan 28, 2012 11:26 pm
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Do agents use the same pooling settings as the dude server?
Replies: 3
Views: 1044

Re: Do agents use the same pooling settings as the dude serv

My assumption, which seems to be correct, based on experimentation - is that "default" means that the standard inheritance applies. So any settings that you specify explicitly on a service will over-ride the inherited setting from the device. If you explicitly configure a setting on a device it will...
by geoffsmith31
Fri Jan 27, 2012 11:02 pm
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Probe Thread
Replies: 324
Views: 224210

Re: Probe Thread

I have a network with many switches that have redundant links. Some use Spanning Tree to control the redundant configuration and some use LACP. I have had situations where a redundant link will fail and I do not discover it for some time (and only by chance). I am trying to write a probe that will g...
by geoffsmith31
Fri Jan 27, 2012 10:25 pm
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Do agents use the same pooling settings as the dude server?
Replies: 3
Views: 1044

Re: Do agents use the same pooling settings as the dude serv

We have a Dude system with multiple agents distributed through various network segments. My experience is that there is inheritance of settings. The service inherits settings from the device, the device inherits settings from the map it is on and the map inherits settings from the global settings. S...
by geoffsmith31
Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:21 pm
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Text function create a tool
Replies: 8
Views: 2064

Re: Text function create a tool

I suggest making a tool that passes the IP address parameter into a VB script. Make a VB script that does the substitution of the first octet of the IP address and then calls whatever application you need using that address.
by geoffsmith31
Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:10 pm
Forum: The Dude
Topic: The Dude Widget/Gadget
Replies: 1
Views: 1608

Re: The Dude Widget/Gadget

Give them Dude clients so that only the one Dude server is querying the devices, then they all connect to the Dude server to get the status of the devices. Or, maybe regularly export the map of what you want to display to a webserver that the techs have access to. Or, use the Dude web interface so t...
by geoffsmith31
Sun Jan 15, 2012 6:07 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: PING email notifications
Replies: 8
Views: 3508

Re: PING email notifications

A very ingeneous way of creating an escalation method when none exists natively. I had been thinking about ways to do this, as I can imagine that it is something the bosses will want at some stage. I shall spend no more energy on thinking about this issue... thanks for sharing that.
by geoffsmith31
Fri Jan 13, 2012 10:25 pm
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Monitor Services
Replies: 2
Views: 953

Re: Monitor Services

It would be worth your time to have a good read through the "probes" thread in this forum. There are some very good examples of how to set up probes for all sorts of useful things.
by geoffsmith31
Fri Jan 13, 2012 10:21 pm
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Add Hard Drive other than C drive to get History
Replies: 1
Views: 1117

Re: Add Hard Drive other than C drive to get History

I have created a function probe for each disk on my Win2K3 servers. This probe loggs the % of the disk used over time and also alerts you when 95% utilisation is reached. Details are below: Available: if((oid("1.3.6.1.2.1.25.2.3.1.6.3")/oid("1.3.6.1.2.1.25.2.3.1.5.3"))*100>0, 1, -1) Error: if(oid("1...
by geoffsmith31
Thu Jan 05, 2012 10:08 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: How do I collect and export WAN traffic data?
Replies: 4
Views: 3344

Re: How do I collect and export WAN traffic data?

I have a very similar requirement to what you are trying to do - my boss wants monthly statistics on our WAN utilisation (8 different sites). I looked at getting the data directly from Dude database and doing something in excel as well, but the data is not easily extracted. I did end up downloading ...
by geoffsmith31
Tue Jan 03, 2012 10:12 pm
Forum: The Dude
Topic: High Latency probe shows available when device is down
Replies: 9
Views: 4874

Re: High Latency probe shows available when device is down

I have had this issue before and in these situations I "wrap" the probe inside a timeout probe: if(string_size(snmp_description())=0,"Timeout",(<the probe you are having issues with>)) This way, if the device is down the snmp_description function will return an empty string (zero length) and the pro...
by geoffsmith31
Mon Jan 02, 2012 10:05 pm
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Is there a way to move devices from one map to another?
Replies: 3
Views: 1940

Re: Is there a way to move devices from one map to another?

Select the item (or items) you want to copy. Click the "copy" button (looks like two documents). Once you have copied the device the "paste" button will become active. (looks like a document on a clipboard). Go to the map you want to duplicate the device on and click the "paste" button. In my experi...
by geoffsmith31
Sun Jan 01, 2012 12:26 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: MAC address vendor
Replies: 2
Views: 2289

Re: MAC address vendor

Click on the"Settings" button on the top left of the main Dude screen. A Server Configuration panel will open. Click on the "..." tab and then select the "Misc" setting. The panel that opens has a "Resolve MAC Address Manufacturer" checkbox. Uncheck this and bingo... you get the full MAC address dis...
by geoffsmith31
Tue Dec 20, 2011 12:31 pm
Forum: The Dude
Topic: DNS Probe
Replies: 2
Views: 2780

Re: DNS Probe

The default Dude DNS probe tests for DNS resolution of mikrotik You may find that although your own DNS server is fine, there are problems upstream that are causing issues with timeout of the resolution. Try changing the probe to resolve something that your DNS server is authoritative for.
by geoffsmith31
Tue Dec 06, 2011 10:32 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Network Map device count
Replies: 4
Views: 1625

Re: Network Map device count

I have had to be very careful with map design to ensure I only have 2 layers of maps. Some maps are very crowded and it would be easier to understand the network if we had sub-sub-maps or sub-sub-sub-maps. Unfortunately the functionality is not there to let a down device on a sub-sub-map show up at ...
by geoffsmith31
Mon Nov 14, 2011 9:42 pm
Forum: The Dude
Topic: THe Dude give a blue item instead of red
Replies: 4
Views: 1369

Re: THe Dude give a blue item instead of red

Normis, I think the issue of devices staying "Acked" in The Dude has been raised before. Can I suggest that in future development of The Dude, Mikrotik provide the ability to "permanently Ack" or "temporarily Ack". Permanent Acked devices would show green when they are up but blue when they are down...
by geoffsmith31
Sat Nov 12, 2011 11:58 pm
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Newbie with dude: e-mail alert?
Replies: 5
Views: 2028

Re: Newbie with dude: e-mail alert?

It most certainly is!! You can set up just about any alerting method you want - only limited by your (or others) ingenuity. There are a number of built-in notification methods (email is one of them). One method allows you to run an external script or application which allows you to do all sorts of t...
by geoffsmith31
Sat Oct 15, 2011 10:57 pm
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Tying Multiple Dudes together
Replies: 3
Views: 1382

Re: Tying Multiple Dudes together

We have a distributed Dude monitoring system - similar to what you are trying to do but not identical. We have set up different Dude agents in different segments of our network (firewalled from eachother) and use the "local" agent to poll the different segments. Firewall rules allow the Dude Master ...
by geoffsmith31
Sun Oct 02, 2011 4:19 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: High CPU utilization on Router by Dude SNMP requests
Replies: 6
Views: 6332

Re: High CPU utilization on Router by Dude SNMP requests

I have also had issues with high CPU utilisation on some Enterasys switches due to The Dude (and have heard of others with different types of gear). This seems to be because of the large amount of info that The Dude gathers frome every device that has SNMP probing turned on (generally a good thing -...
by geoffsmith31
Tue Sep 27, 2011 10:48 pm
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Thicko - well feel like one
Replies: 7
Views: 1589

Re: Thicko - well feel like one

Regarding the Win2008 SNMP config. Have you configured the SNMP service after you installed it? Add a Read-Only community (public) and permit access to it from your Dude server (and whatever other devices you want to be able to query it) within the service configuration. You probably need to restart...
by geoffsmith31
Sun Aug 21, 2011 12:35 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Send SMS notification
Replies: 8
Views: 4046

Re: Send SMS notification

We have a dial-up modem connected to The Dude server that is controlled by a third party application to send SMS alerts when we have issues with network connectivity, email system or internet services. I have written a VB script that is initiated by The Dude notifications which works out which perso...
by geoffsmith31
Tue Aug 09, 2011 5:57 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: The Dude stops recording history graphs
Replies: 1
Views: 874

The Dude stops recording history graphs

I am running 4b2 and it has been pretty stable for months. Recently it has stopped recording the history graphs intermittently. When I notice that it has stopped - I reboot The Dude server and it starts recording again, then some time later (days) it stops again. All other functions seem to be worki...
by geoffsmith31
Sun Jul 31, 2011 3:58 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Fully Disable SNMP
Replies: 1
Views: 1922

Re: Fully Disable SNMP

I also have had occasions when troubleshooting high CPU utilisation etc, that I have had to disable The Dude from doing SNMP gets on a particular device, or two. I have done this by opening the "settings" dialog for the device, on the "General" tab go to the SNMP profile listbox and select "no SNMP"...
by geoffsmith31
Thu Jul 28, 2011 11:26 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Exporting Dude's HTTP graphs and charts with cURL
Replies: 5
Views: 6589

Re: Exporting Dude graphs with cURL

Thanks for sharing your work. I have a need to do something similar for a monthly management report and have been doing it with other systems etc and not really getting what I want. I will have a play with this if/when I get time.
by geoffsmith31
Sun Jul 24, 2011 2:21 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: The dude and sms
Replies: 8
Views: 4221

Re: The dude and sms

I fully agree with ste. We use email notifications for most things but use SMS for email or internet connectivity issues. We use a third-party SMS tool (SMS-IT) and a dial-up modem on a PSTN line. A 3G modem would also be a good way but I think you would need a third-party app to send an SMS using i...
by geoffsmith31
Sun Jul 24, 2011 12:16 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Problems in 3 and 4 going bnack to 2.2
Replies: 5
Views: 1134

Re: Problems in 3 and 4 going bnack to 2.2

I have not found versions 3 & 4 to be unusable, but there are a few things that don't quite work the way I'd like them to. In most cases I have found ways around these "limitations", however the ACK/UNACK issue described is annoying and I'm still having to manually UNACK things when the problem is r...
by geoffsmith31
Sat Jul 23, 2011 5:20 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Probe Help
Replies: 2
Views: 985

Re: Probe Help

I had the same issue and have encapsulated the "real" probe test within a test to see if the device is responding to SNMP queries. This has solved my false positives. This is the probe I am using to test if batteries need to be replaced in an APC UPS. First it cheks to see if the UPS will return its...
by geoffsmith31
Sun Jul 10, 2011 9:17 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Hard Disk usage (History)
Replies: 1
Views: 1429

Re: Hard Disk usage (History)

We are doing exactly that with this function probe: AVAILABLE: if((oid("1.3.6.1.2.1.25.2.3.1.6.4")/oid("1.3.6.1.2.1.25.2.3.1.5.4"))*100>0, 1, -1) ERROR: if(oid("1.3.6.1.2.1.25.2.3.1.5.4")>0, if((oid("1.3.6.1.2.1.25.2.3.1.6.4")/oid("1.3.6.1.2.1.25.2.3.1.5.4"))*100<90, "", concatenate("Disk 4 (", stri...
by geoffsmith31
Sun Jul 10, 2011 5:21 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Dude on Virtual server
Replies: 1
Views: 1187

Re: Dude on Virtual server

I have had situations occasionally, when modifying a device or probe, when a particular probe will go down even though the device it is probing is working fine. If I delete the probe from the device and then re-add it everything is oK again ?????? Have you tried that? Also, we run The Dude on a Win2...
by geoffsmith31
Sat Jul 09, 2011 10:56 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: cpu & memory probes
Replies: 8
Views: 1894

Re: cpu & memory probes

We had similar sort of problems when we were monitoring 300-400 devices with a single Dude machine (Win XP - I think). We tried to figure out the problem and couldn't pin it down to CPU, Memory or network throughput. It was a problem that was very intermittent and we could not pin-point what the cau...
by geoffsmith31
Sat Jul 09, 2011 10:04 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Probe for windows services - The Dude 4 beta 3
Replies: 1
Views: 2811

Re: Probe for windows services - The Dude 4 beta 3

We have been running 4b2 for quite a while and are using the following function probe to check for the Windows Print Spooler service successfully on Win 2k3 servers: AVAILABLE: if(array_find(oid_column("1.3.6.1.2.1.25.4.2.1.2"),"spoolsv.exe")>0, 1, -1) ERROR: if(array_find(oid_column("1.3.6.1.2.1.25...
by geoffsmith31
Sat Jul 09, 2011 6:25 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: User access level
Replies: 5
Views: 1559

Re: User access level

From the info provided it seems that user permissions are a global setting. So a user will get the same permissions on every map. This has been my experience also. i would like to be able to set up "read only" users that have "Write" access to one or two maps. (Feature request ?)
by geoffsmith31
Sat Apr 09, 2011 11:30 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Changing the "start up" Map
Replies: 4
Views: 1666

Re: Changing the "start up" Map

The workaround I am using to get Read-Only users to start at the top-level map is: Create the new user as an Admin user, log on as that user and navigate to the top level map, log off then log in with my admin user account and change the new user to a Read-Only user.
by geoffsmith31
Sat Apr 09, 2011 11:13 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: How to monitor if internet connection is up and running?
Replies: 2
Views: 2439

Re: How to monitor if internet connection is up and running?

We have The Dude set up to monitor many different things (services, network equipment and link throughput, etc) and as you say it is a great bit of software. We monitor the internet connectivity a couple of different ways. 1. From our main site we ping our gateway router. 2. From our main site we do...
by geoffsmith31
Tue Mar 22, 2011 5:05 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: The Dude database format
Replies: 10
Views: 9531

Re: The Dude database format

I downloaded the suggested ODBC driver and can import all but one table into Access or Exel. Unfortunately the table I can't get (objs) seems to be the one that links everything together. All the other tables just have values and ID references :( . Has anybody had any success with this?
by geoffsmith31
Mon Dec 06, 2010 7:12 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: how to disable default SNMP probe from flooding network
Replies: 13
Views: 4958

Re: how to disable default SNMP probe from flooding network

We are currently investigating network issues that have been causing drop-out on our VoIP system for a few months. It looks very much like the default SNMP queries that The Dude does are contributing to (if not the sole cause of) this problem. We have set the default SNMP profile for the core switch...
by geoffsmith31
Sun Nov 14, 2010 1:12 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Vote for new DUDE features!
Replies: 117
Views: 47047

Re: Vote for new DUDE features!

1. Active Directory or RADIUS integration for The Dude logon 2. Ability to select different permissions for each sub-map, or perhaps each device. To allow delegated management to different parts of the network. 3. More than 2 layers. So you can have the status of a device on a Sub-Sub-Sub-map show t...
by geoffsmith31
Fri Nov 05, 2010 7:11 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Dude API ?
Replies: 0
Views: 1123

Dude API ?

Dude 4.0beta2 on Win2K3 R2 server with WinXP clients. I am setting up a Dude status monitor in our IT operations area and would like to be able to control which map is being displayed programatically. Is there a Dude API that I can access? If so could someone point me to where I can get the details ...
by geoffsmith31
Fri Nov 05, 2010 6:59 am
Forum: The Dude
Topic: Changing the "start up" Map
Replies: 4
Views: 1666

Changing the "start up" Map

The Dude 4.0beta2 on W2K3 R2 server and WinXP clients. Some of the Read Only users of my Dude monitoring system have reported that it always shows the same sub-map each time they launch The Dude client on their workstations and connect to The Dude server. They have checked that they are viewing a di...