Windows performance counters & VBS/WMI via SNMP

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Windows performance counters & VBS/WMI via SNMP

#1 Post by erwan.l » Sat Feb 02, 2008 12:25 pm

Hello there,

I have been using cacti in production environement for a while and the tool is great and has been very helpful in many situations.

Still, MS Windows does not always provide the right OID's, and particularly when it comes to retrieve performance counters.

This is why I have developped a snmp agent that is simply an interface between SNMP and the windows perf counters.

This way, any existing perf counters on my windows boxes can be retrieved via snmp and used from cacti running on my linux box.
The agent can also debug incoming snmp requests to a log file.

So the tool is there with a quick how to : http://erwan.labalec.fr/snmptools .
The tool is a freeware, provided as is, and is meant to eventually help sysadmins monitoring windows boxes.

Any feedback welcome.

Regards,
Erwan.

Added :
-An oid can now also point to an external executable (like a vbs / wmi script).
-SnmpTools now support 32 and 64 bits platforms.
-Snmptools also support snmp v2c, spine, and 64 bits counters.

Tested fine on w2k, w2k3, w2k8.

Current version : 2.0.0.16 history here http://erwan.labalec.fr/snmptools/history.txt
Download (binaries included in zip file) http://erwan.labalec.fr/snmptools/snmptools2.zip
Download (32bits installer) http://erwan.labalec.fr/snmptools/snmptools32.exe
Download (64bits installer) http://erwan.labalec.fr/snmptools/snmptools64.exe
Source Code (latest version minus 1) http://sourceforge.net/projects/snmptools/
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#2 Post by BSOD2600 » Sat Feb 02, 2008 2:25 pm

hmm, very interesting. I'll have to give it a try this weekend.

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#3 Post by malken00 » Wed Feb 06, 2008 7:00 pm

Fantastic tool and page/write up. Thanks!

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#4 Post by erwan.l » Thu Feb 07, 2008 5:05 am

Hi,
Thanks for the feedback.

I am currently using this snmp agent to monitor the average disk queue length on a server where we suspect IO issues.

Here attached an example.

Regards,
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#5 Post by malken00 » Thu Feb 07, 2008 5:10 pm

Hey Erwan,

Feature request already =) Can this work with x64 versions of 2003?

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#6 Post by malken00 » Thu Feb 07, 2008 6:51 pm

Erwan,

Maybe I spoke a bit too soon. I have this setup on a test box, dumped the .zip file contents into the system32 folder and then ran the registry edit successfully. I can browse all the normal SNMP OID's on windows, but get

enterprises.15 = No Such Object available on this agent at this OID

When checking 15

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#7 Post by erwan.l » Fri Feb 08, 2008 9:12 am

Hi,
The oid is 1.3.6.1.4.1.15.
snmp get this oid and you should get snmptools.

merge the reg file :

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\SNMP\Parameters\ExtensionAgents]
"snmptools"="SOFTWARE\\snmptools\\CurrentVersion"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\snmptools\currentversion]
"Pathname"="%systemroot%\\system32\\snmptools.dll"

Add debug="1" (string) under [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\snmptools\currentversion] to debug to c:\log.txt.

Restart the snmp agent.

Let me know what you get in your log.txt so that I may be able to help you.

Regards,
Erwan.

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#8 Post by erwan.l » Fri Feb 08, 2008 9:13 am

Hi Malken00,
I will check this week end if I can run a windows64 bits in a VM and then should be able to compile a specific version of snmptools.

Regards,
Erwan.

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#9 Post by malken00 » Fri Feb 08, 2008 11:31 am

Hey Erwan,

Thanks for the quick support on it!

Here is the log.txt:

08:29:44:415,start
08:29:46:415,Error 170 : The requested resource is in use.
:Unable read MULTI_SZ value
08:29:46:415,PerformanceData1.ObjectCount <=0
08:29:46:415,DLL_PROCESS_DETACH
08:29:46:415,clean

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#10 Post by erwan.l » Fri Feb 08, 2008 1:01 pm

Uhm indeed, this is wierd.

The good news is that the agent is installed sucessfully and starts along with the snmp daemon.

The bad news is that it cannot retrieve the local perf counters and therefore terminates right away.

What kind of windows server is this?
I have tested snmptools ok with w2k and w2k3, standard and enterprise edition, 32 bits.

Regards,
Erwan.

PS :
to test perf counters, you can use iptools to list these.
download here : http://Erwan.l.free.fr/sniffer.zip, and goto tools\ms networks\perf counters and get a screen like the one below.

if you get a similar list as below, at least I know that the perf counters part is fine and I have to look on the snmp agent part.

if it is a perf issue, see MS KB there : http://support.microsoft.com/kb/300956/en-us (lodctr /R to rebuild counters list).
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#11 Post by malken00 » Fri Feb 08, 2008 1:59 pm

Erwan,

These are W2k3 boxes, SP2 on both.

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#12 Post by malken00 » Fri Feb 08, 2008 2:16 pm

I am able to use iptools, and bring up the counters without an issue, they show all of the local counters for all services.

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#13 Post by erwan.l » Fri Feb 08, 2008 2:22 pm

Oki very good.
So i will focus on the agent part.
Sounds easy but does restarting the service help?

Regards,
Erwan.

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#14 Post by erwan.l » Fri Feb 08, 2008 3:35 pm

working on the issue mentionned below.

regarding 64bits system, I dont know much yet but would putting the dll in SysWOW64 instead of system32 help?
I read here and there that 32bits dll's should not go in the system32 on 64 bits systems but in the syswow64.

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#15 Post by malken00 » Tue Feb 12, 2008 10:43 am

Putting it in syswow allows me to register it, but doesn't appear to work/load the tool :(

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