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Preparing network devices

Preparing switches and routers

To prepare a switch or router device for monitoring, verify that an SNMP agent is installed and currently running on the device.

The rest of this section describes how to prepare Cisco network devices for monitoring. For other device types, refer to the ZenPack catalog documentation.

Preparing Cisco UCS network devices

Resource Manager uses SNMP to provide customized or generalized support for many Zenoss products.

The following table associates Zenoss products with the customized Resource Manager device types that support them. Device types are listed in the Network area of the Add Infrastructure wizard, which is both part of the setup wizard and available through the Resource Manager browser interface.

The following device considerations apply:

  • Some supported devices, such as the Cisco Nexus 7000 and 9000 switches, represent a large number of discrete monitoring endpoints. If you are unsure which Resource Manager deployment size supports the number of high-density devices you wish to monitor, contact your Zenoss representative.

  • To monitor Cisco Nexus 9000 Series devices, you must first enable NX-API with the feature manager CLI command on the device. For detailed instructions on performing this task, refer to the Cisco documentation for the Nexus 9000.

Cisco product Device type
Cisco Catalyst 6500 and 3560 Series Switches Cisco 6500 (SNMP)
Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches Cisco Nexus 5000 (SNMP + Netconf)
Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches Cisco Nexus 7000 (SNMP + Netconf)
Cisco Nexus 1000v Series Switches Cisco Nexus 1000V (SNMP + Netconf)
Cisco Nexus 3000 Series Switches Cisco Nexus 3000 (SNMP + Netconf)
Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches Cisco Nexus 9000 (NX-API)
Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Virtual Switching Systems Cisco VSS (SNMP)
Cisco MDS 9000 Series Multilayer Switches Cisco MDS 9000 (SNMP)

In addition, Resource Manager provides two generalized device types.

Cisco product Device type
Cisco CatOS-based switches or routers Generic Switch/Router (SNMP)
Cisco IOS-based switches or routers Cisco IOS (SNMP)