So cool Tom, thanks for sharing what you do, always fascinating to see people work in large scale, i can barely cope with a single router and a couple of access points.
Yea - large networks have their own set of problems , then add to that about a thousand Mikrotik wireless devices and I can then see it would be totally easy to go postal ...
FYI - for bulk management of my client CPE wireless devices, I created a Linux based script server. It basically does this:
- Loop and repeat for each client wireless client CPE in my list
- Ping , if on-line continue , of not on-line then work on next CPE
- telnet or ssh in to the CPE
- do some CLI stuff and save results in a log-file on my Linux server
- do some other stuff ( update mikrotik ROS version , reboot , make changes , perform site-survey to file, ftp upload something ... )
- sleep x seconds
- still more in my list ? if no - then exit , else if still-more then loop
The sleep x seconds determines how quickly I want to process my list. If I need to process everything super quickly , then I perform each task in the Linux background , which may result in several hundred established connections on my Linux script server.
When your network get's big, you will need/want something similar so that you can bulk manage all of your Mikrotik CPEs.
North Idaho Tom Jones