1 Reply Latest reply on Dec 22, 2011 11:47 AM by smittyman

    Configure NPM to use secondary network port when alert conditions are met



      Is there a way for NPM to send an alert through a secondary NIC if the network connection on the primary NIC is down?
      So in the scenario where the switch the NPM server is connected to goes down, how do I get alerts out of NPM via an alternate route?

      My initial thoughts are to install an SMTP server on the NPM server and tie that to a secondary NIC on the server, then set an alert that triggers if the switch or exchange server goes down and set that alert to use the local smtp to send the alert?
      I am open to any suggestions you may have.


      Thank You!

        • Re: Configure NPM to use secondary network port when alert conditions are met

          In our environment we have two pollers, a separate database server, and an additional web server.  We dual home all these servers to separate switches, and use NIC teaming in an active/passive mode.  This provides us fault tolerance at layer-2, so that if the primary switch that our NPM systems are connected to goes down, they immediately start using the NIC attached to the secondary switch those monitoring nodes are attached to.  There's no special configuration you need to do with NPM, it's all at the OS layer with the NIC drivers.  As previously stated this protects us from a layer-2 failure of a switch; it doesn't help if the layer-3 routing for that VLAN segment goes down, but as long as you're running something like VRRP or HSRP, you're covered there too and your monitoring system should not go down or be unable to alert you of failures.