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Dinangkur Kundu is currently working as IT Support Analyst at Moriah College in Sydney, Australia, also running a local business directory for Bangladeshi people and developing web sites using concrete5 CMS in his free time. Dinangkur started his career as a Visual Basic programmer for DEN - a hospital management system development company. Later, he moved to web programming and spent the majority of his career in the web arena, using open source technologies, which are the driving point of his technological advances. He worked as a LAMP developer for Quantumcloud - building and implementing an e-commerce solution, content management system, helpdesk and service-oriented application; as Chief Technical Officer he implemented and managed the Linux based internet gateway, mail, backup, revision control and over all security. On the rare occasion he's away from his computer, you can find him reading books in String theory and gaze on math books. He dedicates this book to his parents - Dipty Rani Kundu and Ranjit Kumar Kundu, most extraordinary and beloved ones in his life; because of their love and blessing he is here and continuing his journey. He also thanks his sweet wife Suravi Sarkar for her faithful support in writing this book. He specially thanks his younger brother Shanku, who took care of his Mum and Dad in his absence, and pushed him to reach his goal. He also wants to thank Rashmi Phadnis at Packt Publishing for being so patient with him. S. M. Ibrahim Lavlu is a Linux wizard who has dedicated most of the time his for Linux and open source. All time he is busy with his technical world. He is also expert in PHP. Now working as a software engineer and deployment engineer at somewhere in... net ltd. He maintains the world's largest Bangla blog community (www.somewhereinblog.net) and also the busiest site of Bangladesh. In his free time; Lavlu shares his knowledge on www.lavluda.com among his many tutorials and technical documents. For successfully completing this book; all credit goes to my wife Tania Sabnam (www.tsabnam.com). And special thanks to cacti developer team for their great support.
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This book starts with taking the reader through every step that is needed to set up Cacti. While there are Linux distributions that provide Cacti, the book also shows how to set it up manually, which is a good solution for users that want to have more control over Cacti. Every step is shown in an easy to follow way which makes setting it up trivial. The only downside is that the book focuses on Debian/Ubuntu and APT packaging system - it would be of great benefit to also show similar path for RPM packages.
The book then goes on to configuring Cacti along with explaining underlying technologies like RRD, which is the Round Robin Database that is used for data and graphs. It also explains the concept of templates, reusability and why it is important to use them. The book also introduces SNMP, which is used for retrieving information from network aware devices and XML used by Cacti.
While the book introduces every concept related to Cacti the thing I found missing is extending some of them, such as more details on RRDTool - better understanding of RRDTool would allow making graphs better. SNMP chapter was also introducing the basics, but a continuation for readers interested in more details would also be beneficial. The book is only 116 pages and additional 2-3 chapters would be enough to introduce features for more advanced users.
I would recommend this book for new users of Cacti users. It should help them set up graphs much faster. This book will not provide much value for experienced Cacti users as it focuses only on the basics.
The first few chapters merely provide a brief overview of what Cacti is, and poorly written installation guide. The middle part of the book brings you through step-by-step on how to set up graphs, templates and so on. Nothing insightful, and no value over trying Cacti out by yourself. Finally the last few chapters only give a very brief overview of SNMP and network management concepts - again nothing insightful and very relevant to Cacti.
Stay away from this book - you can get more useful guides by searching online. You may also want to consider other alternatives to Cacti such as Nagios, ZenOSS or OpenNMS.