I have TheDude on CHR to monitor all devices in company network - we are not an WISP, not even IT company. Just ordinary business with approximately 150 devices (computers, printers, servers, networking equipment...) across several sites.
Often it happens that some device get stuck or does not behave correctly. With TheDude, I have notifications telling me in instant that for example printer in main hallway stopped responding on pings and I can deal with it straightaway. Coworkers would eventually come to me asking for help with "I cant print, for half an hour, what to do?" but thats a bit late.
Same goes to UPS (I had to create own functions and probes to handle things like Remaining Capacity, Input Voltage or Output Load) and other critical devices.
For this, I had to configure SNMP on each device. On windows computers pretty easy using domain policies. Many other devices support this as well but has to be configured manually.
I also use it for "tools" - for example RDP connections to windows machines are much easier when I can simply click on map, instead of trying to remember and write hostname/ip into RDP client.
In overall, TheDude actually allows me to handle issues before other people even notice.
Very interesting indeed... OK, voltage/temp/cpu/memory, is that drawn from other Mikrotik devices (besides the one on which the Dude is operating) eg. switches...?
Dude can directly connect to any RouterOS device as long as you provide login details. It can also connect to any SNMP enabled device. For example here:
As you can see, you can monitor not just responses (service up/down) but also value of almost any available parameter. Some probes are predefined but you can easily create your own with a bit of scripting.
On next image you can actually see how is computer being used - when employee turn it on/off, how much cpu/memory is being utilized.
On map, you can also see summary of current values (you can actually design these labels by yourself so it can show any textual info). It is really easy to pick up if any computer is running out of memory/storage and each link can show its utilization based on its current speed and capacity.
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