How to monitor management boards
Combining management board and operating system monitoring
While it is currently technically possible to attach a management board directly to a host, this will be deprecated soon. This results in both the management board as well as the operating system information being visible in the same host. This however comes with several disadvantages:
The management board is logically completely independent of the installed operating system. Meaning, you can reboot the operating system, without the management board and vice versa. Or in monitoring terms: One of them can be DOWN, while the other is UP.
Fine-tuning of a dedicated host is easier and more powerful than the integrated Management board section. For example, if the management board is monitored via SNMP and the device's SNMP stack does not perform well, you might need a higher check interval. You are forced to increase the interval for the agent based host as well, although that one might not require it.
We understand the need for having related information combined inside Checkmk. Already today you can integrate two dedicated hosts (one for the management board and one for the operating system) via Checkmk’s powerful dashboard and view options. We plan to provide a smooth, automated fashion to combine both data sources in the user interface in the future as well.