Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Review : Zenoss Core Network and System Monitoring

I recently read "Zenoss Core Network and System Monitoring" by Michael Badger and from Packt Publishing. I was excited to hear that there was a book available that covered the Zenoss monitoring system in a more structured and step by step method (as compared with documentation found online). When I began with Zenoss, the documentation was very high level and left much to be desired. This generally caused me to spend a lot of time on IRC, in the forums, and trying to figure out what to do with the simplistic documentation that existed. This book is exactly what I was looking for when I started to venture into the world of Zenoss, and was a nice review for someone (like me) who is comfortable with the system. The book does a real nice job of giving an overview of the system architecture, then steps through each stage of an example installation and configuration, device and event management, generating reports, user management, transforms, etc.

I would also recommend this book for anyone who is new to network and system monitoring, as the book goes into the details of installing and configuring SNMP, WMI, Windows Event Logs, and Syslog.

This book is a must have for anyone who plans on using Zenoss or anyone that is wondering if Zenoss is the right monitoring solution for them.

You can find the book here.


  1. Dan,

    Glad to hear you liked the book and thanks for using Zenoss. Also to your point on the online documentation we are working hard to improve the docs so it's more useful.

    Mark Hinkle
    VP of Community

  2. Yeah, what I hear from Matt Ray is that documentation is a big priority. That will be a big help for those who are starting with Zenoss and prevent people from deterring away from the product.