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This guide will describe how to use op5 Monitor to keep track of unused switch ports on your network.


Before you start please make sure of the following:

  • op5 Monitor is installed
  • you have SNMP access from the op5 Monitor server to the switch(es) you would like to monitor

Adding the command

To add the new command:

  1. Open up the op5 Monitor configuration tool and click "Commands".
  2. Add a new check command with the following data:
    command_name  check_portstatus
    command_line  $USER1$/check_portstatus -H $HOSTADDRESS$ -C $ARG1$ -v $ARG2$ -w $ARG3$ -c $ARG4$


  3. Click Apply.

Adding the service

To add the new service:

  1. Open up the op5 Monitor configuration tool.
  2. Pick up the host you like to add the service to and click "Services for this host"
  3. Add a new service like this
    Service description  Port status
    check_command        check_portstatus
    check_command_args   snmpcommunity!1!10!5


  4. Click Apply.
  5. Click Save.

View the result

On the Service information page you can find the status output for this service. It looks like this:

OK: 49 of 52 ports available, 1 down, click here to view the report.

From here you can view a report showing all ports on the host. In the report you can see the port

  • description
  • state
  • speed
  • idle time

To view the report click on the click here to view the report link.



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  1. Could be useful to paste either a link or a screenshot to the post....


    or the overview>>