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Cacti Plugin Management and RealTime Plugin

I played a little with Cacti today and installed the Plugin Architecture 2.1. While reading some forums a lot of people are talking about the Plugin Management functionality. I looked and searched in my complete Cacti installation, checked all the configurations which can be made, but I couldn’t find anything about Plugin Management.

After some more searching on forums I found how to enable the Plugin Management. When you download the Plugin Architecture ZIP file, the ZIP contains a file called pa.sql. This file needs to be imported into the Cacti database with the following command:

mysql -u root -p cacti < pa.sql

After executing the command you can enable Plugin Management per user under User Management.

I haven’t played a lot with Cacti lately, but my colleague told me about a new plugin. This new plugin in called Realtime and I find it very useful. As you all know, Cacti only polls after a certain amount of minutes. Sometimes it is useful to get real-time bandwidth utilization statistics. In most cases I always use tools like STG or Interface Traffic Indicator (both can be found on the Tools page) to get real-time statistics. The Realtime plugin allows you to get real-time bandwidth utilization statistics through Cacti. You can download the Realtime plugin here, more information can be found at CactiUsers.org.

René Jorissen works as Solution Specialist for 4IP in the Netherlands. Network Infrastructures are the primary focus. René works with equipment of multiple vendors, like Cisco, HP Networking, Juniper Networks, RSA, Aruba Networks, AeroHive, Microsoft and many more. René is CCNA (Routing & Switching, Security), CCNP , Cisco ASA Specialist, AeroHive Certified WLAN Professional and CEFFS certified. You can follow René on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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