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ICMP Monitoring (Ping) Agent

The ICMP collector is an agent of the Genie - Monitoring platform product that sends ICMP echo requests to clients. If there is a reply, the agent measures it and its responce time. The agent can perform this operation very fast using asynchronous operations and complex algorithms that enable it to monitor tens of thousands of IP addresses in cycles of around a minute. The agent does not wait for a response from a given node to monitor other nodes. It contains many flow control parameters that enable it to work in all kinds of networks, with equipment that supports the ICMP protocol in different ways.
On the IP address level, the agent supports:
  • Monitoring frequency
  • Monitoring hours
  • Timeout while no reply
  • Retry count
and more...

Status Measurement
The agent's basic function is to monitor the status of IP addresses. It checks if a remote IP address is answering to a Ping request, and when a status change is discovered, it launches an event handler which is a user defined command. The user defined command can for example send an SNMP trap to a management platform, or send a message to an operator.

The product is able to generate an alert message if the IP address is flickering (i.e. changes status too often). There is an option to specify a limit of status rotation within a day. Above this limit, an event handler is launched.

A new guide on how to test Large Scale ICMP Monitoring over the Internet with all the required configuration files now exists in the documentation directory of the product.
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