Network Connectivity

Devices, such as servers, gateways, and other hardware, must be reachable to maintain overall performance. Aware of just how brittle some networks can be, IT administrators listen to SNMP traps (alert messages sent from remote devices) to detect network connectivity issues. But they’re still occasionally caught out, because network and power failures can prevent the delivery of traps, meaning administrators remain unaware of certain connectivity issues.

Ping tests are a more reliable gauge of network connectivity, using a time-based measure to indicate whether devices under management are reachable and the OS is running. Ping is a software utility measuring the round-trip time of messages sent between a source (in VSM, the Collector) and destination device. An alarm can be raised when a ping test fails to meet certain elapsed time criteria.

Use VSM network connectivity reporting to:

  • Diagnose network connections
  • Observe changes in network performance
  • Track ping round-trip maximum time, round-trip average time, and ping packets lost, to independently prove when hard-to-find problems exist on the data network

VSM network connectivity reporting in action

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Where do I find it?

Find VSM network connectivity reports in Availability Manager.

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