Cisco Switch monitoring plugin

Verax NMS Cisco Switch management plugin allows easy monitoring, alerting, health check, management and performance reporting of Cisco Systems' switches via Cisco SNMP MIBs.

General information view

Verax NMS: Cisco Switch management plugin (memory pools view)
The view presents general configuration information about a switch such as:
  • Hardware configuration: model, serial number and name
  • Firmware version, uptime, last change dates for running and startup configurations
  • All system parameters for the switch.

Interfaces view

The view presents summary for all interfaces present on the switch including:

  • Index, description, type (e.g. Ethernet, virtual), physical address, administration and operational statuses.
  • Detailed parameter list for each interface, such as MTU, speed, in/out octets, etc.
  • All interfaces with problems are highlighted for easy troubleshooting.

Modules view

The view presents summary for all modules (e.g. expansion cards) present to the system including:

  • Index, model, name, serial number and status (OK or not working).
  • Detailed parameter list for each module (e.g. moduleHWversion, moduleType, etc.).
  • All modules with problems are highlighted for easy troubleshooting.

Performance view

The performance view allows to monitor processes running on the switch and their performance:

  • List of active processes: PID, name (e.g. DHCP Receive) along with performance statistic for each process such as: average CPU time, dynamically allocated memory, freed memory, number of invocation times and others.
  • List of memory pools with detailed statistics for each pool such as: status (valid/invalid), used and available bytes and largest available continuous memory block.
  • Hardware monitors for: temperature, fans and power supplies.
  • Detailed CPU usage statistics

Predefined Cisco Switch monitoring templates

The plugin provides predefined templates for most commonly monitored Cisco Switch items (listed in the table below). Other, user-defined sensors and performance counters can be added.

Cisco Switch monitoring templates
Cisco Switch Free memory (in bytes)
Cisco Switch CPU busy 5 sec
Cisco Switch CPU busy 1 min
Cisco Switch CPU busy 5 min
Cisco Switch Temperature for testpoint 1
Cisco Switch Temperature for testpoint 2
Cisco Switch Number of buffer allocation failures
Cisco Switch Number of buffer create failures due to no free memory
Cisco Switch Number of free buffer elements
Cisco Switch Maximal number of buffer elements
Cisco Switch Number of buffer element hits
Cisco Switch Number of buffer element misses
Cisco Switch Number of buffer element creates
Cisco Switch Size of small buffers
Cisco Switch Total number of small buffers
Cisco Switch Number of free small buffers
Cisco Switch Maximum number of small buffers
Cisco Switch Number of medium buffer misses
Cisco Switch Number of medium buffer trims
Cisco Switch Number of medium buffer creates
Cisco Switch Size of big buffers
Cisco Switch Number of free big buffers
Cisco Switch Maximum number of big buffers
Cisco Switch Number of big buffer hits
Cisco Switch Number of big buffer misses
Cisco Switch Number of big buffer trims
Cisco Switch Number of big buffer creates
Cisco Switch Size of large buffers
Cisco Switch Number of free large buffers
Cisco Switch Number of large buffer hits
Cisco Switch Number of large buffer trims
Cisco Switch Number of large buffer creates
Cisco Switch Size of huge buffers
Cisco Switch Total number of huge buffers
Cisco Switch Number of free huge buffers
Cisco Switch Maximum number of huge buffers
Cisco Switch Number of huge buffer hits
Cisco Switch Number of huge buffer misses
Cisco Switch Number of huge buffer trims
Cisco Switch Number of huge buffer creates
Cisco Switch Number of small buffer hits
Cisco Switch Number of small buffer misses
Cisco Switch Number of small buffer trims
Cisco Switch Number of small buffer creates
Cisco Switch Size of medium buffers
Cisco Switch Total number of medium buffers
Cisco Switch Number of free medium buffers
Cisco Switch Maximum number of medium buffers
Cisco Switch Number of medium buffer hits
Cisco Switch Total number of big buffers
Cisco Switch Total number of large buffers
Cisco Switch Maximum number of large buffers
Cisco Switch Number of large buffer misses

See also

RMON monitoring and management plugin »

Generic Switch monitoring and management plugin »

Cisco Router monitoring and management plugin »