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Network Interfaces: Traffic

Distribution: official part of Check_MK
License: GPL
Supported Agents: HPUX, Solaris

This check reports the network traffic, the port state and the error counters of interfaces using the command line tool statgrab on Solaris and HP-UX.

Make sure you have the statgrab binary available on the monitored machine. Under HP-UX, you also need to activate the hpux_statgrab agent plugin.

For details about the features and configuration of this check, please refer to the manpage of if64. This check uses the same implementation - with just a few restrictions: There is no information about broadcast or multicast packets. These will be shown as unicast packets. Furthermore, the interface type will always be 6 (Ethernet), except for lo0, which will be discovered as type 24 (SoftwareLoopback).


There are three allowed ways to specify an interface: its index, which simply enumerates the interfaces starting from 1, its description and its alias.


One service is created for each interface that fulfills configurable conditions (rule "Network interface and switch port discovery"). By default, these are interfaces which are currently found up and are of type 6, 32, 62, 117, 127, 128, 129, 180, 181, 182, 205 or 229.

Grouping: In some situations, you do not want to monitor a single interface but a group of interfaces that together form a pool. This check supports such pools by defining groups. The data of all members is accumulated and put together in a single grouped interface service.