As you know, one of the great things about InterMapper is that there is literally no limit to the types of network devices, connections, and conditions that it can monitor. All you need is an IP address.
Perhaps less well known is that you can create your own customized probes. These software plugins can gather data and alert you to all sorts of things, from problem devices and incipient failures to displaying deep, diagnostic information. When one of the hundreds of built-in probes doesn’t match a specific need, users can create their own and share them with the entire InterMapper community.
Our users are creative. They developed environment-monitoring probes to keep track of temperature, humidity, and other variables that affect their network. They monitor servers for disk space, memory utilization, and hardware health. Telecommunications probes check signal status, communications, bit error rates, signal to noise ratios, and AFC levels… just to name a few.
One of our favorite examples is about food. An Arizona school district had power problems that caused freezers to lose power and defrost everything inside. The quick-thinking network administrator purchased and installed temperature-monitoring devices. He then created an InterMapper probe by importing their MIB files. Now, he’s alerted when the temperature in the freezers fluctuates. No more food loss due to power outages!
Take a look at the fantastic probes contributed so far. There might be a probe already created that will solve your problems.
THE BUILD-A-PROBE CONTEST
Build your own probe and you can win great prizes! Take the challenge with our first Ultimate Probes Challenge.
Get an Ultimate Probes T-shirt just for entering a validated probe! One competitor will win all three prizes below:
- Apple MacBook Air: 13.3” display, 4GB memory, and 256GB Flash Storage with 4th Gen Intel® Core™ processors with faster graphics, all-day battery life, and even faster flash storage.
- iPad Air 16GB: 9.7-inch Retina display, A7 chip with 64-bit architecture, ultrafast wireless, powerful apps, and up to 10 hours of battery life.
- Apple TV:Watch high-resolution movies and TV shows; view videos and photos from the internet, Mac, or PC in crisp 1080p.
- Entry deadline February 28, 2014
NEVER WRITTEN A PROBE BEFORE?
Building probes can save you time, and help keep your stress levels low. Learn how to create probes at our January 29 webinar (recorded) with InterMapper creator, Rich Brown.
Let us know your challenges, and if you have any stories you’d like to share. For more information on our current probes, or how to build your own, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy exploring the possibilities of probes!